Summary of Every Gift Matters

How Your Passion Can Change the World

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Every Gift Matters book summary
Responsible charitable giving means far more than simply writing a check.


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The National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that the US has upward of 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, including many charities. Many more charities operate worldwide. So how should individuals, companies and foundations decide where to bestow their philanthropic gifts? Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation and an expert in what she calls “venture philanthropy,” offers valuable, tested advice on the best ways to give to charities. Besides writing donation checks, Morgridge has given more than 10,000 hours of her time since 2000 to assist the nonprofits she supports. If you want to know the best, most productive ways to donate, you will appreciate her counsel. getAbstract recommends Morgridge’s guidance to philanthropists, corporate social responsibility executives, employees of foundations and nonprofits, and anyone who wants to give.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why both large and small charitable donations matter,
  • What drives donations in the US,
  • How the Morgridge Family Foundation approaches philanthropy, and
  • How to give effectively to charities.


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About the Authors

Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation, is also an Ironman competitor. John Perry is a professional writer.

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