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Reference books are always useful. In this list some books have been reviewed whilst others are listed as recommended reading.

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"This book should be required reading for new donors and experienced philanthropists. Klein and Berrie have crafted a winning combination of practical guidelines and heartfelt personal accounts to create a moving call to action for anyone who wishes to give...
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Centre for Social and Sustainable Products (CSSP)
This year the Enabling Microfinance Fund (EMF) initiative celebrates its 6th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, the Enabling Microfinance Foundation and CSSP AG Liechtenstein hosted an event on 19th May 2014 in London to launch a new guide to philanthropy: My Impact - Fundamentals of Modern Philanthropy.
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Angus Deaton
"The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier and healthier, and live longer lives. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's hugely unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and he addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape. Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations."
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Dame Stephanie Shirley
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An experiment using magnetic resonance imaging on the brain activity of people choosing to give to charity, found that there was activity in the “reward centre” of the brain – the same part that is stimulated by sex and good...
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Zoltan J Acs, Why Philanthropy Matters: how the wealthy give, and what it means for our economic well-being . This book provides a different perspective on the development of capitalism by highlighting philanthropy’s critical links to economic progress, heath and...
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Zoltan J Acs
Zoltan J Acs, Why Philanthropy Matters: how the wealthy give, and what it means for our economic well-being. This book provides a different perspective on the development of capitalism by highlighting philanthropy’s critical links to economic progress, heath and future from a USA perspective. Acs argues that philanthropy achieves three critical outcomes: He believes philanthropy complements government in creating public goods and by focussing on education, science and medicine and philanthropy has had a positive effect on economic growth and productivity. Acs argues that philanthropy has given an edge to capitalism by promoting vital forces necessary for technological innovation, economic equality and economic security.

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