The Almanac of American Philanthropy was created to serve as the definitive reference on America's distinctive philanthropy. Upon its publication it immediately became the authoritative, yet highly readable, 1,342-page bible of private giving—chronicling the greatest donors in history, the most influential achievements, the essential statistics, and summaries of vital ideas about charitable action.
Now there is this new Compact Edition of the Almanac. It offers highlights of the crucial information and fascinating arguments contained in the full-length Almanac, in a condensed format. All updated to 2017!
Karl Zinsmeister is the author of 13 books ranging from embedded reporting to encyclopedic references to a storytelling cookbook to a Marvel graphic novel.
In 2016 he published What Comes Next? How Private Givers Can Rescue America in an Era of Political Frustration. Earlier that same year he released the fascinating Almanac of American Philanthropy that brings to life 300 years of great donors and great achievements in charitable problem-solving in America. In 2017 he created a Compact Edition of that work, which had quickly become the authoritative source on private giving in the U.S. Other recent work includes a 2015 book on how public policy is changed by savvy givers (Agenda Setting), and a 2014 examination of the rise of charter schools (From Promising to Proven). Before that he created a storytelling cookbook (Finger Lakes Feast) chronicling one of America's new hotspots for great local food, in collaboration with his co-author daughter and photographer son.
Previous books included the first book of Iraq war reporting to be published by an embedded reporter (Boots on the Ground), the first book of embedded reporting on the U.S. counterinsurgency effort (Dawn Over Baghdad), even a Marvel non-fiction comic book. He has also written for national publications like the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. He and his wife produced a feature documentary film entitled Warriors that aired nationally on PBS in 2007, with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
For nearly 13 years Zinsmeister was editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise, a national magazine of politics, business, and culture based in Washington, D.C. Author and former Cabinet Secretary William Bennett called it "one of America's finest magazines.... intellectually interesting, well-written, lively, wide-ranging, and above all useful."
From 2006 to 2009 Zinsmeister served in the West Wing as President George W. Bush's chief domestic policy adviser and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Earlier in his career he was an assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He has testified before Congressional committees and Presidential commissions, and holds the highest U.S. security clearance.
A graduate of Yale University, Zinsmeister did further studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. During college he won rowing championships in both the U.S. and Ireland.
He has appeared often on a wide variety of national television and radio programs. He has lived, worked, or traveled in 40 countries, and nearly every U.S. state.
Zinsmeister is married and has three children. An avid biker, photographer, outdoorsman, and renovator of old houses, he currently lives on a houseboat in Washington, D.C.
"This is a volume that everyone concerned about nonprofits—scholar, practitioner, and citizen—will find useful and illuminating."—Peter Dobkin Hall, Program on Non-Profit Organizations
Yale Divinity School
"A remarkable book."—Robert Putnam, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
[One to come from John Simon, School of Law, Yale University by Jan. 13th and others are being solicited.]
Unique among nations, America conducts almost all of its formally organized religious activity, and many cultural, arts, human service, educational, and research activities through private nonprofit organizations. Though partially funded by government, as well as by fees and donations, American nonprofits have pursued their missions with considerable independence. Many have amassed remarkable resources and acquired some of the most impressive hospital, university, performing arts, and museum facilities in the world. While some have amassed large endowments, many that surpass one billion dollars, there are also hundreds of thousands of small nonprofits, most with no tangible resources at all.
How did the United States come to rely so heavily on nonprofits? Why has it continued to do so? What purposes do Americans seek to advance through nonprofits? How have Americans sought to control them? How have nonprofits been effected by the growth of government in the twentieth century? These questions suggest the complexity of the history of nonprofits in the United States. To help explore that history, this reader presents some of the classic documents in the development of the nonprofit sector along with important interpretations by recent scholars. The selections can be considered a representative part of a single extended conversation by the men and women who have taken part in the effort to define America and the American dream, even as they shaped what we now call the nonprofit sector. The statements by participants in the growth and development of the nonprofit sector are accompanied by essays written by historians and social scientists that provide concise surveys of important issues and periods. The essays give voice to those whose contributions to the American debate about voluntary associations and private institutions would otherwise be difficult to find or comprehend.
The selections can be considered a representative part of a single extended conversation by the men and women who have taken part in the effort to define America and the American dream, even as they shaped what we now call the nonprofit sector. The statements by participants in the growth and development of the nonprofit sector are accompanied by essays written by historians and social scientists that provide concise surveys of important issues and periods. The essays give voice to those whose contributions to the American debate about voluntary associations and private institutions would otherwise be difficult to find or comprehend.
Each selection has been chosen to define or illuminate important questions in the development of the nonprofit sector in the United States. Many include criticisms of particular nonprofit efforts, or of nonprofit activity in general. The intention is to provoke thought, not to establish an official list of readings. Though not every point of view could be included, the reader does reflect a general understanding of the nature of the nonprofit sector and its significance in the development of the United States.
Philanthropic Studies—Dwight F. Burlingame and David C. Hammack, general editors
This is a riveting account of the war in Iraq moving north with the 82nd Airborne. Units of the 82nd depart Kuwait and convoy to Iraq's Tallil Air Base en route to night-and-day battles within the major city of Samawah and its intact bridges across the Euphrates. Boots on the Ground quickly becomes an action-filled microcosm of the new kinds of ultramodern war fighting showcased in the overall battle for Iraq. At the same time it remains specific to the daily travails of the soldiers. Karl Zinsmeister, a frontline reporter who traveled with the 82nd, vividly conveys the careful planning and technical wizardry that go into today's warfare, even local firefights, and he brings to life the constant air-ground interactions that are the great innovation of modern precision combat.
What exactly does it feel like to travel with a spirited body of fighting men? To come under fire? To cope with the battlefield stresses of sleep-deprivation, and a steady diet of field rations for weeks on end? Readers of this day-to-day diary are left with not only a flashing sequence of strong mental images, but also a notion of the sounds and smells and physical sensations that make modern military action unforgettable.
Ultimately, Boots on the Ground is a human story: a moving portrayal of the powerful bonds of affection, trust, fear, and dedication that bind real soldiers involved in battle. There are unexpected elements: The humor that bubbles up amidst dangerous fighting. The pathos of a badly wounded young boy. The affection openly exhibited by many American soldiers--love of country, love of family and hometown, love of each other. This is a true-life tale of superbly trained men in extraordinary circumstances, packed with concrete detail, often surpassing fiction for sheer drama.
A good event fundraiser puts together a nice event that makes some money for their organization. A great event fundraiser plans memorable events, raises lots of money, creates awareness for their cause and fosters loyalty and support from donors and volunteers that can last a lifetime.
Which one do you want to be?
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With step-by-step instruction, checklists and more, this user-friendly guide with downloadable appendix will help you every step of the way, letting you spend your energy on what is important: raising funds for your organization and giving your attendees an experience they are sure to remember.