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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn assert persuasively that everyone has the potential to spread opportunity and change lives. Their book shines in its inspiring anecdotes about people who overcome the challenges that can impede effective philanthropy. Kristof and WuDunn underscore their great stories with the results of studies proving that the aid efforts they showcase are effectual at addressing pivotal, underlying problems. In a few spots, the research can get a bit dense for the casual reader, but the authors make a compelling case that giving back is universally possible and beneficial. Kristof and WuDunn provide practical, empirical advice for readers of all ages and backgrounds who want to contribute to a cause. getAbstract recommends this engrossing examination of philanthropy to students, executives of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and those who wish to give back but may not know how to begin.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What obstacles stand in the way of effective philanthropy,
  • How people, companies and nonprofits can successfully change lives, and
  • How you and your organization can get involved in a cause.

About the Authors

New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn co-wrote the bestseller, Half the Sky. They won a Pulitzer for their coverage of Tiananmen Square. Kristof also won a Pulitzer for his columns from Darfur.



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