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Recommended Reading: Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships, and Make a

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships, and Make a Difference is a thought-provoking and comprehensive guide that offers invaluable insights into the world of philanthropy and fundraising. Written by Lisa Greer & Larissa Kostoff, seasoned philanthropists and experts in the field, this book serves as an essential resource for both aspiring and experienced philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, and anyone interested in creating meaningful and lasting impact through giving.

In this timely and engaging book, Greer and Kostoff delve deep into the evolving landscape of philanthropy, emphasizing the need for a revolution in the way we approach charitable giving. With a wealth of real-life examples, practical advice, and compelling anecdotes, the authors skillfully guide readers through the complexities of philanthropy, offering actionable strategies and best practices to inspire donors, foster meaningful relationships, and maximize the positive change they can create.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its emphasis on building authentic connections between philanthropists and the causes they support. Greer and Kostoff demonstrate a keen understanding of the transformative power of empathy and personal connection in the philanthropic space. Through vivid storytelling and relatable case studies, the authors illustrate how cultivating genuine relationships with donors can lead to more meaningful engagements, increased trust, and ultimately, greater impact.

Moreover, the book excels in providing a comprehensive framework for effective philanthropy. From identifying causes and defining goals to implementing strategic giving plans and evaluating impact, Greer & Kostoff cover every aspect of the philanthropic journey. The step-by-step approach and practical exercises provided throughout the book make it easy for readers to apply the concepts to their own philanthropic endeavors, ensuring that they can navigate the complexities of the philanthropic landscape with confidence.

While the book is filled with valuable insights and practical advice, there are a few areas where it could have delved deeper. For instance, a more nuanced exploration of the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies and digital platforms in philanthropy would have been beneficial, considering their increasing role in shaping the sector.

Overall, Philanthropy Revolution is an inspiring and informative guide that challenges traditional notions of giving and empowers readers to make a significant difference in the world. Greer & Kostoff successfully blend personal experiences, expert knowledge, and a genuine passion for philanthropy, creating a compelling narrative that will resonate with readers from all walks of life. Whether you're an individual donor, a nonprofit professional, or a social entrepreneur, this book will equip you with the tools and insights needed to transform your philanthropic efforts and create a lasting impact.

In a time when philanthropy is more important than ever, Philanthropy Revolution serves as a powerful call to action, reminding us that we all have the capacity to be agents of change.


Juliana M. Weissbein, CFRE is a respected leader and decision influencer in regard to fundraising operations best practices. With over a decade of experience, Juliana thrives on professional growth, team success, measurable results, and inspiring fundraisers to utilize data-based strategies. Juliana currently serves as the Associate Director of Development Operations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is an AFP Global Board Member, AFP Global's 2019 Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser, and is a member of the AFP Global Women's Impact Initiative. Juliana is immediate past chair of the AFP New York City chapter’s Emerging Leaders Committee and currently serves on the chapter’s board chairing their mentorship program. She resides in Houston, TX, and never turns down a good kombucha.


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