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Reference books are always useful. In this list some books have been reviewed whilst others are listed as recommended reading.

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The subject of this biography, Bill Cook, is said to “epitomize the American success story”. From the early days of conducting business from the spare bedroom in his apartment, Cook built up a global multi-billion dollar business. So far, so...
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Written by a historian, this is the first Canadian book to explore the evolution of modern charitable giving and the development of that country’s welfare state. The author’s meticulously traced account of the rise of professional fundraising leads her to...
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This book examines the evolution of the ideas and practices of benevolence, chiefly in the context of British imperialism, from the late eighteenth century to the present. The editors raise philosophical questions about the relationship between benevolence and self-interest, concluding...
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This book is an extended critique of the holding, and holders, of wealth and the impact of economic inequality on contemporary UK society. It contains a chapter entitled ‘Philanthropy is no excuse’, which describes charitable giving by the rich as...
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At a time when the UK and Scottish governments have committed £2.2m (alongside the Carnegie UK Trust) to fund research into charitable giving and philanthropy, Wiepking’s book – which addresses the core problem of ‘why do some [Dutch] people donate...
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Payton and Moody’s book is an extended argument that philanthropy is an interesting and important subject that deserves to be better understood and to be taken more seriously. Apart from the usual gripe from this side of the Atlantic that...
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This book tells you everything you ever wanted to know about who volunteers and why, and probably a bit more besides. Well, actually, it tells you everything that is known or measured about why different people volunteer, whilst also highlighting...
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Although two decades old, this book is a gold-mine of inside information on America’s million dollar donors. Whilst the hyperbolic language occasionally grates for readers on this side of the Atlantic, the author understands big givers, provides useful insights into...
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Written by a former director of Philanthropy UK, this book provides a comprehensive review of all aspects of fundraising for cultural organizations, including sections on donor research, events, legacies, board development and tax issues. Case studies demonstrate best practice and...
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This book works through the building blocks for developing a programme of major gift giving, including strategy, research, cultivation, making the ask and good stewardship once the cheque is received. No quick results are promised, the foreword warns, "There are...

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