A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy by Lawrence Scanlan

A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy

byLawrence Scanlan

Hardcover | April 5, 2010

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A powerful and personal exploration of generosity by one of Canada's finest journalists.

Can one person make a difference? When we write a cheque to a charity or volunteer at a food bank, we're part of the solution -- aren't we? Author Lawence Scanlan went looking for answers to those questions. He selected twelve different charitable organizations and spent a month in each, and what he discovered during his year-long odyssey was the new face of philanthropy -- its players, its politics, its undeniable satisfactions and its fundamental perils. Scanlan uncovers unexpected stories, from his fellow builder-volunteers in post-Katrina New Orleans, to the challenges facing a women's radio station in West Africa, to the ongoing shame of homelessness in Canada. And he confronts some uncomfortable truths about the nature of personal engagement and the societal divide that allows us to look away. This fresh and critical look at diverse approaches to the troubles of the world's less fortunate demonstrates the compelling need for greater commitment and real connection from us all-individuals, philanthropists of every stripe, and government.

About The Author

Lawrence Scanlan has won three National Magazine Awards and is the author or co-author of thirteen books, on subjects ranging from horses to hockey to country life. A book he co-authored with Monty Roberts—The Man Who Listens to Horses—has sold more than a million copies in North America. Involved in community service for some three de...

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Title:A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of PhilanthropyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2010Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553654161

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"An unusually intelligent, thoughtful, engaging and, at times, provocative reflection on some of the most pressing issues of our time..."—The Globe and Mail"I was thinking about this book long after I'd finished it, and was wondering what I could be doing to make the world a better place. In my mind, these thoughts mean that Scanlan's book accomplished its mission."—Daily Herald Tribune"Every philanthropist should buy at least one copy and every citizen, volunteer or not, should read it."—The Ottawa Citizen"An ingenious, richly executed book…a mix of the ‘important’ and the ‘great read.’"?National Post