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The Philanthropic Mind: Surprising Discoveries from Canada’s Top Philanthropists

Chuck English and Mo Lidsky

Pages: 156
ISBN: 978-145753-388-4
List Price: 18.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: June 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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The Philanthropic Mind is based on dozens of candid interviews with Canada’s top philanthropists. Through revealing quotes and rich anecdotes, it uncovers their philanthropic motivations, joys, challenges, and defining experiences.

The Philanthropic Mind delivers a collection of inside stories and surprising insights that has never before been assembled. You will discover the real reasons behind some of the largest donations ever made in Canada, as well as eye-opening perspectives on giving and receiving and the people behind it.

The Philanthropic Mind is a rare opportunity to learn from and be inspired by Canada’s most generous individuals. It is an invaluable resource for fundraisers and all those who are involved within the charitable sector. Whether you are a professional within an organization, a board member, a volunteer, or a budding or seasoned philanthropist, you will find the thinking of these accomplished Canadians to be instructive, intriguing, possibly even validating, and almost certainly motivational.

The Philanthropic Mind explores the backstory to a news item that has become almost commonplace. A philanthropist has made a large donation to a local organization and is photographed giving an oversized cheque to its representatives. Along with the photo is the obligatory quote about the gift’s impact and how meaningful it is to the cause.

But what’s the real story? How did that donation really come to be? What role did the donor’s attitude, history, and relationships play in his or her gift? Out of the eighty-six thousand other organizations in Canada, what prompted the philanthropist to meaningfully support this one? What is the essence of the philanthropic mind?

That’s what we sought to discover in the research at the heart of this book. It was obvious to us that the best source of information about philanthropists was, in fact, the philanthropists themselves.

Our interviews with Canada’s top philanthropists were comprehensive. We asked all the difficult questions we could think of without crossing the boundaries of appropriateness. Through these frank conversations, we unearthed numerous unexpected and perhaps even counterintuitive insights about major gifts and meaningful philanthropic engagement.

Our conversations provided answers to such questions as:

When actually is the ideal time to ask for a major gift?
What is the real value of marketing material?
What’s the true connection between a donor’s business and philanthropic interests?
What are the key ingredients to a successful solicitation?

Even with our combined decades of experience, some of what we heard was astounding. We left most of our interviews trying to debrief and process the sheer volume of what we had just learned. More than anything, we almost always walked away inspired and enlightened. And that’s exactly what we hope The Philanthropic Mind will do for you.

Chuck English is a leader in the field of strategic marketing, providing expert consulting and counsel to businesses and not-for-profits for over twenty years. His successful firm, English Marketing Works, has improved the capacity of dozens of independent schools, fundraising organizations, and businesses by producing measurable results from their marketing investment. Chuck speaks at seminars and conferences and is also an accomplished writer. He is passionately committed to helping to improve our world, having served as a board member and in leadership roles for many community organizations.
Mo Lidsky is a principal at Prime Quadrant LP, an investment research and consulting firm for affluent Canadian families. Previously, Mo was the co-founder of TMX Inc., a group of automobile restoration companies in Northeast Ohio; FundCoaches LLC, an online fundraising institute; CharityBids LLC, an online auction platform serving the nonprofit sector; and Apex Global Capital, a microfinance institution in the Caribbean. Mo served as the chief executive officer of Yeshiva University (Canada), chairman of the THJ Foundation, founding board member of CAF Canada, and chair of the Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Mo continues to serve on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations and is the co-author of In Search of the Prime Quadrant: The Quest for Better Investment Decisions.