Chapter 1: Let’s Start Here: An Important Introduction

1. Robert L. Payton, Philanthropy: Voluntary Action for the Public Good (New York: American Council on Education/Macmillan). For years, I’ve used the definition “philanthropy is voluntary action for the common good.” I’ve attributed this to Bob Payton, based on my participation in the Executive Leadership Institute that he facilitated in February 1992, sponsored by AFP (then called NSFRE). And only now, while writing this third edition, did I notice that he actually says, “voluntary action for the public good.” I wonder if, during the institute, Bob actually used the two phrases interchangeably? Or did I translate “public good” into “common good”? The concept of the commons does exist. And it does refer to community and public. Well, I just don’t know. And no matter. I plan to continue using “voluntary action for the common good.”

2. Robert H. Bremner, American Philanthropy, 2nd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 3.

3. Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers with Joan P. Garner, Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change (New York: W.W. Norton), 15.

4. Learn about social justice philanthropy, an essential element of philanthropy. Visit for resources.

5. Collins and Rogers with Garner, Robin Hood Was Right, 15.

6. Henry A. Rosso and Associates, Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, edited by Eugene R. Tempel (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003), 3.

7. First published in 1996 as The NSFRE ...

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