A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Philanthropy ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lawrence Scanlan

A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Philanthropy

Douglas & McIntyre
Publication date: May 2010
ISBN: 9781553656173
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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 odyssey was the new face of philanthropy – its players, its politics, its undeniable satisfactions and its fundamental perils. Scanlan works alongside other volunteer builders in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, teaches journalism at a community radio station in Senegal, works with AIDS/HIV victims in Costa Rica, and marvels at the resilience of the homeless in Canada. He encounters the legacies of famous philanthropists, from Andrew Carnegie, Paul Newman, Bill Gates and June Callwood to lesser-known figures like street nurse Cathy Crowe, prison nun Mother Antonia, and a woman who grows a garden for the dying. Finding hope and humor every step of the way, Scanlan nevertheless confronts some uncomfortable truths about direct engagement and the societal divide that allows most of us to look away. A Year of Living Generously is a fresh and critical exlporation of ways to help the world's less fortunate. Scanlan argues passionately for greater connection and genuine committment from us all—individuals, governments and philanthropists of every stripe.
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