Addressing poverty and social needs through philanthropic efforts often proves to be a daunting challenge, and so there are many resources that cover the topic through various approaches. These books tackle the issues that directly impact effective philanthropy and offer new insights into familiar problems.

Addressing Poverty Through Technology

As technology expands, so does its ability to directly impact the way communities meet the needs of its people.

  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. After finding a sweater she had given to Goodwill in America ended up in the hands of an impoverished African youth, Jacqueline Novogratz set out to show how a global ability to connect makes giving directly easier.
  • How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. Focusing on the rise of social media’s impact on changing communities and the companies that respond to it, David Bornstein shows case-by-case examples of these charitable relationships.

Generosity: More Than Just Money

Philanthropy efforts that go beyond fundraising and focus on the full spectrum of addressing society’s needs get to the heart of helping those in need.

  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time. Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin write about their experiences with developing schools and education for marginalized communities in Central Asia in order to reduce chronic poverty.
  • The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. Adam Braun describes the path he took from Wall Street to a road less traveled as a volunteer and leader for meeting the needs of global poverty and offers practical guidance about the various ways others can contribute their time and resources.

The Financial Realities Of Need

Understanding the complex and complicated relationship between generosity and need means knowing how giving works on an industrial scale and the influences that bind or guide it.

  • Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results. Authors Tom Tierney and Joel Fleishman offer insight on how donors can evaluate organizations with philanthropic causes for best practices towards an effective impact and measurable results.
  • Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference. William MacAskill looks at the common problems that plague philanthropy and how to solve them with viable data, evidence-based research and working to change prejudices about poverty and need.