Giving, written by Bill Clinton, is one of the best books I have ever read on the topic philanthropy! When people think of philanthropy, they usually equate it to donating money to charity. However, in this book, Clinton highlights a variety of ways that any person, no matter how old they are or how much money they make, can give back to their society in a meaningful way. This book is a real page turner and heart warmer, because it demonstrates time and time again that the true key to successful philanthropy is not finances, but drive. Using the example of countless initiatives, including ones that he learned about through The Clinton Foundation, Clinton repeatedly shows us that it is often the people with the least means who accomplish the most, because they will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Reading this book, Clinton also makes you realize that no act or donation is too small, because ultimately anything you give is a sacrifice and every individual’s ability to sacrifice is different. While the book predominantly discusses North American and British NGOs and charities, many of these organizations operate internationally. So, if you are interested in partaking in one of these organizations, you can always see if there is a local chapter in your country. Or, better yet, if you see an idea you like this book encourages you to take the initiative and set up in your own country! I can guarantee you by the time you finish this book, you won’t be able to wait to give back to your community!
If you are passionate about the philanthropy, development work or empowerment, you will love Giving and the way that Clinton makes giving seem like the easiest thing in the world.
About the Author:
William J. Clinton, aka Bill Clinton, served as the 42nd president of the United States of
American between 1993 and 2001. Since leaving the White House, has traveled all around the world speaking and supporting humanitarian causes with The Clinton Foundation.
Most Memorable Quote:
“In the United States, about 55% of American adults, almost 84 million people, give some time every year. Total time-giving exceeds the hours put in by more than 9 million full-time employees, with a value of $239 billion, almost as much as the $260 billion in financial contributions Americans made in 2005.”
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