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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical advice, 12 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Business of Giving: The Theory and Practice of Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment (Cass Business Press) (Hardcover)
I read this book as an outsider to the third sector in order to gain an insight into the mechanics of how foundations work. I found the book incredibly helpful in this respect and full of excellent practical advice.

The slightly academic style of writing does not detract from the varied and social aspects fundamental to the work of foundations. The balance is kept between the need for process to give structured governance and the social philanthropic goals, missions and values of many foundations. The author carefully and astutely picks a path through this challenging dichotomy.

As a personal reflection on the differing ways in which private/public sector organisations work, this book demonstrates that the tools borrowed and adapted from commercial institutions, and some of the processes shown to be used by foundations, should be more readily shared between sectors as there are a great many learning opportunities to be had. I would therefore hope this book is read in a wider context.
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