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"Collective Grantmaking in the Philanos Network: Research Report" explores the impact of collective giving as exemplified by the Philanos network of affiliate members. Philanos joined with Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington to analyze the collective giving movement that gave birth to organizations that have a common commitment to a collective, democratic grantmaking process. View the report.


Collective Giving Circles (see additional resources) 

General Resources for the Nonprofit Sector

Print Publications about Philanthropy

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Town and Country, June philanthropy issue each year
  • What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting, published by Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC (
  • The Stanford Social Innovation Review- a quarterly magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses

Articles and Research on Philanthropy

Suggested Books

  • Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 3rd ed., Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner
  • Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women’s Philanthropy, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor
  • Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy - The Washington Women’s Foundation Handbook on the establishment of their organization.
  • The Soul of Money,  Lynne Twist
  • Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, Peter Frumkin
  • The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy, Martha A. Taylor and Sondra Shaw-Hardy
  • Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor with Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
  • Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey
  • Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn't Manage You, Marla Brill
  • Wealth in Families,  Charles Collier
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins
  • Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer
  • Inspired Philanthropy, 2nd Edition, Tracy Gary
  • High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan Wendroff
  • Town & Country, The Guide to Intelligent Giving: Make a Difference in the World - and in Your Own Life, Joanna Krotz
  • Don't Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty
  • The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs
  • The Cathedral Within, Bill Shore
  • Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman
  • The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources, Lynne Twist

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