Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich by Susan Aurelia Gitelson
A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy

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1. Book shows how giving benefits others and yourself by dealing with key questions: Why give – what are your values and concerns? Where to give – major causes and charities? How to give wisely? Where to concentrate your efforts?

2. Book offers essential information about wealthiest donors who are pacesetters; innovative givers for meaningful causes; social entrepreneurs; celebrities; government officials and nonprofit professionals; volunteers and social media. We analyze major areas for giving: religious philanthropy; education K-12; higher education; science and health; arts, culture and humanities; sports; multipurpose umbrella organizations; awards; and international aid. Finally we analyze how to evaluate charities and then guide you in your choices and commitments.

3. This is a how-to book on giving and philanthropy.

4. Target audiences = People who want to give back and to contribute meaningfully to the world: baby boomers, women; social entrepreneurs; professionals and volunteers who have skills and time to give rather than money; young people who bond through social media.

5. Tone is professional, motivational, encouraging.

6. I began giving awards to dedicated individuals and presenting collections and other special gifts to educational institutions with my father from the age of nine. Subsequently, I developed many innovative programs on my own at Columbia University and other major institutions and then realized I could encourage and guide others who want to give significantly.

7. Most books on philanthropy seem directed to very wealthy donors who wish to set up their own foundations or to the philanthropy professionals who assist them. In modern terms, they are counseling the top 1% how to donate for measurable results. I am in effect encouraging the lower 99% to help others in many qualitative, often measurable, ways that will bring significant benefits both to the recipients and the givers.

8. Readers can perceive the book as a source for many ideas about giving creatively to help others while providing pleasure to themselves. The examples offered can inspire the reader to devise meaningful, innovative contributions. This is an easy-to-use guide that belongs in everyone’s library for reference and for very practical ways to evaluate soliciting charities.

About Susan Aurelia Gitelson

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Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson has been President of International Consultants, Inc. and has been consulting for international business, educational, cultural and other institutions.Dr. Gitelson has been Co-Chair of the Dean's Council of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She was also a National Vice President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and remains a member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and the Board of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute on the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Advisers of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Currently she is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Previously she had been on the advisory boards of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University Graduate Center and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, she has supported the Columbia SIPA Gitelson Policy Forum, the Gitelson Peace Publications of the Truman Institute, and many other programs and awards at Columbia University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the City University Graduate Center, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and other institutions. Her books and articles have been published on four continents. Columbia University awarded her its prestigious Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.Dr. Gitelson received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.I.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was a trainee at the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, she was an assistant professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Subsequently she headed several small international business firms for many years, where she used her earned income to sponsor cultural and educational programs.She is the author of Giving is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy, and Multilateral Aid for National Development and Self-Reliance. In addition, she co-edited Israel in the Third World with Michael Curtis.Dr. Gitelson is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and other biographical directories.
Published June 29, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 178 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The final section contains a helpful guide instructing readers how to identify reputable charities, how to choose organizations that are in alignment with one’s own passions and how to ensure that donations are properly utilized.

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Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich is an important research document on philanthropy.

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Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-To Guide For Giving And Philanthropy by Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson is an excellent resource for locating philanthropic people and organizations that donate to a host of charities all over the world.

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In the final section of the book, Gitelson addresses the question, “How will your contributions have the greatest impact?” Here, she discusses how a person can match up his or her values with causes and organizations, determine an individual’s appropriate level of involvement with an organization...

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