To offer you a shortcut to the very best that has been said and written on philanthropy, we've compiled the crucial literature — from recent essays to classic books. For ease of browsing, we've sorted them according to general theme, and provided many short extracts and reviews. If you want to explore more deeply, we've linked to the full works.


Strategies for Giving

Case Studies and the History of U.S. Giving

Biographies of Some Great Donors

Philanthropy and the American Character

Pursuing Philanthropy Like a Business

The Role of Moral Issues in Charitable Success

The Power of Grassroots Civil Society

Charity in Literature

The Special Case of Corporate Philanthropy

Respecting the Intentions of Donors

In Defense of Private Giving