Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

Claire Gaudiani

Broadway Publications, 2010 - 294 pages

Generosity Unbound is a critical appreciation of our distinctively American approach to citizens' sharing our good fortune with others. Our philanthropic institutions grow out of our values that are rooted in the ideals of our Founders. These ideals have endured to the present day. They continue to generate new ideas and inspire our history as an 'improving people.' The best way to love and improve our nation is to strengthen our commitment as individuals to the well-being of all our fellow citizens.

Subjects: Civil Society, Thrift

More by: Claire Gaudiani

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In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

But this book is more than a warning. Gaudiani also uncovers the fascinating history of philanthropy in America, showing how this nation's distinctive tradition of citizen-to-citizen generosity has been a powerful engine of economic growth, social justice, and upward mobility.

Finally, Gaudiani calls on foundation leaders, legislators, and concerned citizens to take up anew the great challenge set forth by our nation's Founders in the Declaration of Independence. She proposes an all-out citizen-led effort to deliver on the Declaration's promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, particularly our poorest citizens. The success of such a "Declaration Initiative" would enable us to justly celebrate the nation's 250th birthday on July 4th, 2026.

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