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A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches From The Front Lines Of Philanthropy

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Can one person make a difference?
When we write a cheque to a charity, or run in a fundraiser, or volunteer at a food bank, we're part of the solution, aren't we?
Author and journalist Lawrence Scanlan went searching for answers to those questions. He selected twelve different charitable organizations and devoted a month to each. What he discovered during his year-long ody
343 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2010)
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Nov 12, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Lawrence Scanlan, a writer and journalist from Kingston, Ontario, has for many years volunteered his time, his money, and his talents to various charitable and community organisations. But in 2008, he decided to immerse himself in ‘deep volunteering’. He wanted to explore the concepts of the original meaning of philanthropia, which originally meant ‘love for humankind’. He asks, “Are governments right to trust that wealthy benefactors and armies of volunteers will pick up the slack if they step ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
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Lawrence Scanlan has produced a perfectly constructed book exploring the world of philanthropy from all sides. Scanlan's adventures in volunteering give a compassionate look at the people in various forms of poverty, letting the reader be moved to action. His call to take up volunteering and political activism strikes the right note; while he provides direction as to where those energies could be best spent. The parable, the author includes, about the babies in the river sums up the struggles in ...more
Easy to read by chapters over time. Lot's to think about. Great admiration for the author and his year long undertaking.
Poo Man
Jul 24, 2015 Poo Man rated it it was amazing
a white guy who boned a foreigner poor girl and he's a beta male
Sep 07, 2012 Shami rated it really liked it
I got this book for free as the author was giving a talk and signing books at MAC this week. But I wouldn't have read it, if it had not appealed to me. I particularly appreciated the focus on local organizations because all too often we are not aware of what happens in our own backyard. It was eye-opening and makes you think about compassion and the contributions you (as the reader) can/should make to the lives of others and why. The epilogue is powerful in exploring the notions of philanthropy ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book.
Suzanne Arcand
Feb 25, 2014 Suzanne Arcand rated it liked it
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Worth 3,5
Chelsea Bodoe
Jul 30, 2012 Chelsea Bodoe rated it really liked it
A very touching and inspiring book, not about the man who took on the task of volunteering in these institutions, but instead of those who surrounded him; the people who live impoverished lives and those who feel helpless when it comes to aiding them. The book really struck me, with powerful quotes and writing that really makes you want to stand up and help these people out. The message was extremely prominent and I have already recommended this read to many others.
Jun 23, 2010 Alexis rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book and loved how the author used his journalism skills to create some a well rounded read! The author explores philanthropy and volunteerism and spends a year volunteering in 12 different organizations. He learns a lot about non-profits, volunteering, social problems and the communities around them. The author is from Kingston, Ontario, and I enjoyed learning more about that community. I definitely enjoyed the Canadian aspects of this book.
Sheri Robinson
Oct 30, 2015 Sheri Robinson rated it really liked it
EVERYONE needs to read this book!
Nikki Ball
May 19, 2013 Nikki Ball rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me as a gift from a professor at Mac after the author did a book signing. She said it reminded her of me and my volunteer stints local and abroad. Great book with touching tales and eye opening experiences. Great life quotes as well.
Sep 30, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thought-provoking book! Good balance of story and research. Also recommend his horse books...
Kathy Capecchi
Sep 09, 2010 Kathy Capecchi rated it it was amazing
An eye-opener about the state of poverty in my own country.
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Jan 06, 2013 Joy Elefson rated it really liked it
This book shows you that one person can make a difference.
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Lawrence Scanlan is the author of six bestselling books, including Wild About Horses and Little Horse of Iron. He is the coauthor, with Ian Millar, of Riding High, and has written three books for younger readers: Big Ben, Horses Forever, and The Horse’s Shadow. Scanlan worked closely with Monty Roberts on his acclaimed book The Man Who Listens to Horses. Winner of three Canadi
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