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The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure, and Talent to Shape the World
by Kathy LeMay
Many of us have the desire to make a difference. But when it comes down to it, how many really know what steps to take and how to fit philanthropy into our lives. The Generosity Plan shows readers the unexpected benefits and joys of generosity in our daily lives. This smart, practical guide to philanthropy illuminates the power of giving by helping readers to discover what ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Atria Books/Beyond Words
(first published December 28th 2009)
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This book was full of good ideas. It provided some excellent advice for deciding how, where, and when to donate your time, treasure, and talent. I learned a good deal from this book. My husband and I are putting the things into practice as we make our own generosity plan.
Great book for just starting out with volunteering or philanthropy, LeMay does a good job of emphasizing the fact that it's not all just about signing checks and how to discover what you are really passionate about giving your time to. She takes readers through the discovery process and then also the steps of how to put their ideas into action, with information on how to start generosity groups to grow more strength and support for your cause to how to budget your money for charitable giving. Th ...more
I found this book very useful in that it steers the reader toward being a philanthropist no matter what the income level. It's really encouraged me to revisit some of the initial principles that drew me to the arts and to teaching. It's also allowed me to reimagine how I'll give to my community--and what that community is--in the future.
This is a great book for anyone who is wondering how much of their time, talent, and $ they want to give, as a philanthropist. The message I took home is the definition of philanthropy is not what I imagined it to be. Basically, we are all philanthropists any time we give any amount of $, share our time as a volunteer, or give our talents and skills where needed. This book gives practical suggestions on developing a Generosity Plan which is a way to help you visualize how you want your giving to ...more
"The Generosity Plan" is about "finding your passion, envisioning a better world, and putting yourself on the path to making that vision a reality." It is filled with personal stories about ordinary people, with a helpful appendiz that summarizes all of the questions, exercises, and tips. I felt inspired but also a little overwhelmed, because I'm not giving back "enough" -- and also, creating a Generosity Plan is work, not spontaneous giving.
I read this book doing research for my own book on charitable giving. It is an inspiring and easy read. Once I put it down I renewed my effort to model generosity for our children. Immediately I picked up my knitting needles to work on a scarf; I knit and donate them to a program for homeless children. Large wallets are not the only road to philanthropic living. Read this book and be inspired!
Kathy's book is really something special and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't greatly benefit from reading it. If you're like me, you'll turn that last page and finally start to put into action all of those good intentions you've held inside for too long. The Generosity Plan will inspire and uplift you as you create your own plan and help to change the world.