A Year of Living Generously

A Year of Living Generously

Dispatches From the Front Lines of Philanthropy

Book - 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. 

Publisher: Vancouver : D&M Publishers, c2010
ISBN: 9781553654162
Branch Call Number: 177.7 SCA 2010
Characteristics: xv, 343 p


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Sep 27, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. I like that he did all kinds of volunteering both at home and abroad with different kinds of people. It really gives you a good look at what is out there and what every person can do.

Barbarajean Aug 15, 2011

If you are thinking of volunteering this is a must read. The author spends a month working for a Food Bank, the John Howard Society, an Immigrant Services Society, and Habitat for Humanity
among others. This book will make you more sympathetic towards the less fortunate in our society. I found it very illuminating.

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