Recommended Reading for Donors

The North Texas Community Foundation recommends this reading list to help donors who want to get smart about giving.

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

By Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen


Arrillaga-Andreessen wrote this book based on the belief that “all you need to have to be a philanthropist is generosity.” Giving 2.0 is the ultimate resource for anyone navigating the seemingly infinite ways one can give. The future of philanthropy is far more than just writing a check, and Giving 2.0 shows how individuals of every age and income level can harness the power of technology, collaboration, innovation, advocacy and social entrepreneurship to take their giving to the next level and beyond.


Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy

By Paul Brest and Hal Harvey



Billions of philanthropic dollars go to waste every year. Often, the reason for this is poor strategy. Drawing on examples from many different foundations, Money Well Spent presents donors with the framework to design a plan that will ensure meaningful returns.


The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan

By Charles Bronfman and Jeffery Solomon



A unique guide to finding purpose, meaning and results in the complex world of charitable giving. The Art of Giving reveals how the act of giving benefits not only the recipient, but also oneself.


Wealth in Families

By Charles W. Collier



After 25 years working with individuals and families of wealth, the author has discovered that the hardest, yet most rewarding, part of the planning process is asking essential questions about what people want to preserve – besides financial wealth – and how they can enhance each family member’s growth.


Values-Based Estate Planning: A Step-by-Step Approach to Wealth Transfer for Professional Advisors

By Scott C. Fithian



Estate planning has more procrastination, indecision and inertia associated with it than any other area of planning. This step-by-step approach to estate planning equips planners and financial advisors to help clients tackle this important process once and for all.


Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy

By Tracy Gary with Nancy Adess



With practical, step-by-step information, this book shows how everyone can align and integrate values, passions and dreams for their communities and families into their plans.


Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World

By Jill Rigby



Child expert Jill Rigby reveals the dangers of the self-esteem parenting philosophy and offers an alternative approach that teaches children to respect both themselves and others.


Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children

By Eileen Gallo, PH.D., and Jon Gallo, J.D.



The first parenting guide to focus exclusively on this increasingly sensitive topic, Silver Spoon Kids was coauthored by a psychotherapist who counsels people with money-related emotional problems and a lawyer specializing in estate planning.


Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation

By Alison Goldberg, Karen Pittelman and Resource Generation



This book explains how privilege works in our society and how young people can use it to better society. It frames controversial topics, offering next-generation readers the tools they need to transform their funds.


How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist

By Nicole Boles



Almost every daily action can result in a small but deeply meaningful act of giving. Here are 330 unexpected ideas for making a difference. “This book is the perfect guide for those who want to do the right thing, but can’t figure out how.”