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.
This book is an incredibly valuable demonstration of how academic theory can be translated into practitioner language. The philanthropy sector is such a niche market in the UK but it has not yet found the space (which it much deserves) to have as great an impact as it could. If enough people took the time to read this book and understood that it really is possible for philanthropy (or however you want to define it) to make a positive impact on society/the environment (or whatever cause you choose) and is not just a myth - the UK would be a happier place to live in. And just think what good could be done if it was adapted to suit different cultures around the world.