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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
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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
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
Chelsea Bodoe
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 4 of 5 stars
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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.
Nikki Ball
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.
Excellent, thought-provoking book! Good balance of story and research. Also recommend his horse books...
Kathy Capecchi
An eye-opener about the state of poverty in my own country.
Joy Elefson
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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