Some superb books on the history of philanthropy and contemporary issues have been published in 2021. Here are the top 10 best books:
1. The Future of Fundraising by Paul D’Alessandro
The author focuses on changes in fundraising caused by the pandemic, artificial intelligence used in nonprofits, the growth of blockchain charity, and the blurring of lines between profit and nonprofit efforts to address social problems.
2. Philanthropy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: An Introduction by Mark Dodgson and David Gann
This book serves as an introduction to the world of philanthropy. It includes discussions of historical philanthropists, what philanthropy seeks to accomplish, and the impact it has had on various fields, including the sciences and the arts.
3. Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums by Patricia A. Banks
The author examines how museums deal with racial politics, corporations, and youth culture. It also examines the relationships between leadership and grassroots supporters of the museums.
4. Family Philanthropy Navigator by Peter Vogel, Etienne Eichenberger, and Malgorzata Kurac
This book serves as a step-by-step guide to families interested in giving in an effective and meaningful way.
5. Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg by Paul Vallely
This 2,500-year history of philanthropy concentrates on giving by the super-rich and its impact.
6. Your Leadership Moment by Eric Martin
The author introduces the reader to the concept of the adaptive leader by focusing in on the lives of three ordinary people working to achieve extraordinary change.
7. Ask, Listen, Act by Luz Vega-Marquiz
The founding president of the Marguerite Casey Foundation discusses their efforts to help low-income families organize on their own behalf.
8. Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving by Tyrone McKinley Freeman
Madam Walker was the founder of a beauty company, America’s first female millionaire, in 1900. She worked to help black people fight the effects of Jim Crow segregation.
9. Elite Art Worlds by Eduardo Herrera
The author presents the history of a noted Latin American organization for avant-garde musicians that existed in the 1960s in Buenos Aires.
10. Philanthropy Revolution by Lisa Greer and Larissa Kostoff
Lisa Greer describes the outdated nature of philanthropy and her worries that it might collapse unless it engages in transparency and effective communications strategies.