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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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International development is often new and unfamiliar territory for funders and they can struggle with the operational difficulty of funding internationally. But challenges can be overcome, according to a study of foundations making annual grants in this area of between...
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This handbook seeks to catalyse growth in responsible investment across asset classes. It is meant to help investors incorporate responsible methods into their investment mandate; identify and evaluate opportunities for responsible investment, and coordinate the vocabulary and metrics used to...
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This report distills the learning and experience of foundations that have used evaluation effectively in order to provide clear guidance to those that are still searching for useful practices. The authors note that, increasingly, foundations are moving beyond traditional third-party...
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This two-volume book, funded by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, is an exciting addition to the current literature on both arts philanthropy and more generally the philanthropic landscape in the UK. Volume 1 contains an extensive case study of the history...
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Foundations in the US have phenomenal wealth with assets in the billions. Grant-makers enjoy great freedom in deciding how this money is spent without answering to any regulator or shareholder and have the ability to take risks and innovate where...
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The divisions and differences between grantors and grantees form the central backbone of this book. A lengthy description of the Chicago Initiative is used to illustrate difficulties in the donor-recipient relationship and to assess how the differences within and between...
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An innovative guide to how great non-profits achieve extraordinary social impact, based on case studies of twelve high-performing charities. The authors’ central question - what makes great non-profits great? – is answered by describing six counterintuitive practices that these organisations...
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The foreword to this edited volume correctly notes that, “Analytically constructed studies of philanthropy are in short supply” and books that do appear tend to be either “self-congratulatory, mostly boring insider accounts” or “shrill denunciations by outsiders” . Yet as...
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This is essentially a polemic from the director of the Belgian-based King Baudoin Foundation arguing that European foundations must step forward as leaders to do battle with the big issues of our day, such as poverty, conflict and disease. The...
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After nearly two decades as president of the Surdna foundation, Edward Skloot looks back on a period of rapid change in American philanthropy, social policy, politics and civic ideals.

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