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Philanthropy has been a part of our society for centuries. From early Roman and Greek myths to more recent periods like the Gilded Age in the United States, philanthropy has been a significant part of what defines our culture. In recent decades, philanthropy has been a significant component of many people’s success stories. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are two examples from America who have become successful by donating money to charitable causes.

When someone thinks of philanthropy in America, it is common for them to think first about the Bill Gateses and Warren Buffetts of this world. Often this reaction comes from individuals who have never truly experienced what a dollar can do.


5 of the Best Books About Philanthropy


1. The Philanthropic Scholar


When the arts and humanities are paying less and less attention to their underfunding and cuts, many are giving up on their focus on the arts. In an article in The New Yorker, writer Kathryn Schulz describes how John Murray, Jr. has been helping the arts for many years. However, Schulz does not explain how Mr. Murray built a career in philanthropy.


2. Goodbye Mitt


Arianna Huffington has been following Mitt Romney’s career since the 1960s. As a reporter, she has become an expert on the candidate’s successes and failures. She makes it clear in her book Goodbye Mitt that the candidate does have a conscience, though he is reluctant to return it.


3. The Power of Philanthropy


In this book for young readers, Michelle Rowland explains the efficiency of philanthropy and how it can help people in need. Including a discussion on the importance and role of money, this book is a great way to become more informed on philanthropy.


4. The Truth About Success


Long before he changed his name to Eli Broad, Peter H. Lewis was one of the wealthiest people in the world. His success came from his work as an industrialist and his constant philanthropy. Peter H. Lewis is known for many philanthropic projects in both America and overseas; however, his most significant work was to build a network of hospitals and medical schools, only to have them all closed soon after he passed away.


5. A Philanthropist’s Approach to a Business Plan


Entrepreneurs continuously look for the best ways to earn money in business. But often, they neglect that philanthropy can also help them in that area. Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary helped create A Plus, an organization that uses technology to understand better what is happening worldwide.


It is essential to realize that sometimes, being kind to others can also help our successes. Throwing money at something will not always result in a positive outcome. Money is used for the right reasons. If it does not benefit the lives of others, it cannot indeed be considered philanthropy.