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Family Philanthropy Booklist curated by Toronto Foundation

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Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Family Philanthropy Booklist curated by Toronto Foundation



Have you found yourself thinking it’s time to get a little more focused with your giving? Do you want to involve your kids, or grandkids in your giving? How can you create a high-impact strategy for your family philanthropy? 

To answer these questions, we’ve pulled together just a few of the books that we think might help get you started.



Strategic Philanthropy

Money Well Spent, Paul Brest

The Art of Giving: Where Soul Meets a Business Plan, Charles Bronfman & Jeffrey Solomon

Willing Wisdom: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Die, Thomas Deans

Inspired Philanthropy, Tracy Gary

Strategic Giving, Peter Frumkin

The Rich Life: Managing Wealth and Purpose, Susan Latremoille

Women Who Give Away Millions, Iris Nowell

Grassroots Philanthropy, Bill Somerville, Fred Setterberg

Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, Jean Shafiroff

What was your Great Grandmother’s Name? Keith Thomson


Impact Investing

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, Anthony Bugg Levine & Jed Emerson

The Power of Impact Investing, Judith Rodin, Margaret Brandenburg


Next Gen Philanthropy

Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation, Alison Goldberg, Karen Pittelman, Resource Generation

Generations of Giving: Leadership & Continuity in Family Foundations, Kelin E. Gersick

Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change, Karen Pittelman, Resource Generation, Molly Hein


Books for Children

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, Kate Smith Milway

The Giving Book, Ellen Sabin