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Book Review: Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving

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Invest in Charity: A Donor's Guide to Charitable Giving Ron Jordan & Katelyn Quynn. John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Giving to charity is truly a noble act -- one that has its financial as well as emotional rewards. The motivations for giving, and the results desired, are as varied as the individuals involved. The choices are many -- and, for the novice, daunting. This new book, written by two of the field's most respected experts, tells the donor everything he or she needs to know to make charitable giving a fulfilling experience. As a fundraiser, use it to help your donors go step-by-step through the myriad decisions necessary to building a thoughtful and effective giving plan.

The book is geared toward helping the donor construct an Action Plan, which helps to define goals and decide on a path to reach them. Then the reader is taken step-by-step through the process of planning, including decisions on:

  • Why they are making the gift and how they want the gift to be used.
  • The process of information-gathering and choosing a charity.
  • What assets may be used to make the gift.
  • What kind of gift should be made.

At each step, the information is concise, thorough, and easy for the non-professional to understand. Each chapter has a Glossary of Terms and a list of Frequently Asked Questions on its topic. The book is useful for donors of every level, from the very wealthiest to those with modest means interested in helping their communities.

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