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. Americans have been generous in giving over $300 billion dollars a year to charitable causes.
Dr. Gitelson provides simple guiding principles for giving wisely. Examples of the principles are to check for transparency, examine the mission of the charity, visit the charity and verify the tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Among the wealthiest donors are Bill Gates, who has given $28 billion dollars through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. George Soros, Eli Broad, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner and Jon Huntsman Sr. have given over a billion dollars apiece. The Omidyars have given over $1 billion dollars to Hopelab, as well as the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund at Tufts University for international microfinance initiatives.
The William J. Clinton Foundation has been focusing on education, economic empowerment, the environment, energy, and literacy. Even sports heroes have created programs to help others. Examples are the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Turn 2 Foundation, Best Buddies International and Athletes for Hope. All of these charities and more are documented in Dr. Gitelson’s book.
The author cites important watchdog agencies that evaluate charities. Examples are Charity Navigator, GuideStar, GreatNonprofits and The Independent Sector. With a list of potential candidates in hand, donors are in a position to choose the ones that most closely match the personal values of each donor.
Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich is a fairly comprehensive volume on gift giving benefactors and beneficiaries throughout the United States and the world. The presentation is easy to understand and the contents have been researched exhaustively. Examples of research citations are the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, USA Today and Atlantic Philanthropies.