A new book by Thomas Tierney, co-founder and chairman of The Bridgespan Group, and Joel Fleishman, a professor of law and public policy at Duke University, discusses how to get the best results from philanthropy. In Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, they argue that effective grantmaking demands rigorous inquiry around six questions:
What are my values and beliefs?
What is “success” and how can it be achieved?
What am I accountable for?
What will it take to get the job done?
How do I work with grantees?
Am I getting better?
Business guru Jim Collins calls Give Smart, “a great gift to the world. By asking questions—the right questions—Tom Tierney and Joel Fleishman guide, advise, challenge, and, as with all great teachers, push us to find our own best answers. If you want your philanthropy to be useful—changing lives, solving intractable problems, making society work better—then engage deeply with this book!”
Kristi Kimball and Malka Kopell, Letting Go, Stanford Social Innovation Review (Spring 2011).