Talks about philanthropists, who decided to move on from financial success to try to help those in need. This title tells their stories; from the Sydney restaurateur Jeff Gambin, who personally helps to cook menus for homeless people; to Sara Davenport, who sold her art gallery and set up the breast-cancer care centre, the Haven Trust.
Who are the new philanthropists? And how is their philanthropy 'new'? In this remarkable and inspiring book, the eminent management writer Charles Handy and his wife Elizabeth, a portrait photographer, have collaborated to portray a new generation of practical philanthropists, men and women who have made their own fortunes and decided to move on from financial success to try to help those in need. They are doing so not simply by giving their money away to charities and agencies but by helping actively, working on the spot with the very people who need their aid, ensuring that the initiatives are sustainable in the longer term. As in their acclaimed "The New Alchemists", the Handys have both interviewed and photographed their subjects in order to tell their inspiring stories; from the Sydney restaurateur Jeff Gambin, who personally helps to cook hot and cold menus for homeless people; to Niall Mellon, a young Irish property developer who is replacing the shacks with breeze-block homes in a South African township; and Sara Davenport, who sold her art gallery and set up the breast-cancer care centre, the Haven Trust to offer integrated and holistic treatment and support. The new philanthropists are employing their own entrepreneurial and managerial skills to make their financial contributions work directly, reaching the people they want to help face to face. Mellon started his South African building project with a million Euros of seed money, but he also takes an airbus of volunteers from his native Ireland to work alongside the locals in constructing their new homes.
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Praise for Charles Handy: "His appeal stretches beyond the business classes and he has a spiritual quality unlike other management writers." --"The Times" "I have always found Professor Handy's writing and ideas a goldmine of new thinking and challenges." --"Sunday Times" "Charles Handy's books The Age of Unreason, The Empty Raincoat and Beyond Certainty have secured him uncontested guru status." --"Scotland on Sunday" "Handy's way of living in the world . . . is the topic of this magnificent book. I can only beg that it be savored . . . it could well be a life-turner.' --Tom Peters, on Myself and Other More Important Matters "A godsend. Britain's leading management writer is consistently provocative, highly readable, and insightful. You might not always agree with him, but he is sure to get you thinking. Myself and Other More Important Matters . . . uses all his varied experience . . . to ask further searching questions about how we live and work and where society is headed." --Daily Telegraph, on Myself and Other More Important Matters "Charles Handy's books, The Age of Unreason, The Empty Raincoat and Beyond Certainty have secured him uncontested guru status.' --Scotlandon Sunday "His appeal stretches beyond the business classes and he has a spiritual quality unlike other management writers." --The Times
About Charles Handy
Charles Handy is a writer and broadcaster whose books have sold over one million copies in the UK.. He is the author of The Age of Unreason, The Empty Raincoat, and The Elephant and the Flea, among other bestselling books. Elizabeth Handy is a portrait photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and published.
The New Philanthropists by Charles Handy
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