"Giving Done Right" Book Group Discussion

Thursday, November 14, 2019 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Graustein Memorial Fund, 2319 Whitney Avenue, Suite 2B, Hamden
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Join your colleagues for a discussion of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every dollar Count. Written by Center for Effective Philanthropy President Phil Buchanan, this new book provides practical information for foundation leaders to increase the impact and effectiveness of philanthropic giving, and asks provocative questions about some of philanthropy’s standard practices. The event is hosted by CCP’s Program Officer Network.

Using the book as a jumping off point for discussion, this will be an opportunity to connect with your peers and colleagues and explore best practices in grantmaking and some of philanthropy’s big questions. CCP has copies of the book to lend to those who are interested in attending.

In addition to this peer-to-peer discussion, all CCP members will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Phil Buchanan at one of two CCP events in Fairfield County and Greater Hartford on December 3.


A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another--from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you're in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference?

In Giving Done Right, Phil Buchanan, the president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, arms donors with what it takes to do more good more quickly and to avoid predictable errors that lead too many astray. This crucial book is a counter to those who diminish the role of philanthropy and the nonprofits it supports. While the book offers constructive critique, it also highlights what is possible when giving is done right, pointing to exemplars like software entrepreneur Tim Gill, who helped expand rights for LGBTQ people, as well as to nonprofits doing heroic and unsung work everyday. It busts commonly held myths and challenges the idea that "business thinking" holds the answer to effective philanthropy.

Learn more by watching Is Giving By the Wealthy a Good Thing?, a debate between Phil Buchanan and Rob Reich, professor of political science at Stanford University and author of Just Giving.


Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He is deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness.

Phil is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year.” Phil serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.


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