Many times, picking up a meaningful book can give you insight and inspiration. Along those lines, I was inspired to put together this post focusing on some of the best books on philanthropy and giving or giving back.
You know my passion is helping people find or regain a purpose during the second half of their life, so here are my favorite books on that topic that I can personally recommend:
If you’re looking for ways to make the second half of your life greater than the first, then you’ll find this book to be an excellent read. Author Bob Buford explores how people can use all that has been given to them to give back. This can result in living your best life as you get older. For many people, the first half of their life is about success, while the second focuses on significance.
In this book, Bob Buford talks more about how people can finish the second half of their life with purpose. Buford took the conversations of 60 people who have pioneered the art of finishing their lives better than they started. It is through these conversations that Buford hopes readers will learn to do the same.
Also on the topic of finding significance in the second part of your life is this book by Lloyd Reeb. Throughout the book, Reeb shares the stories of people who are making a difference in the second part of their lives. These are the stories of those who found what they were passionate about and were brave enough to incorporate it into their lives. The book also provides ideas for readers to make the second part of their lives the most meaningful.
Author Lloyd Reeb continues his quest to help people find significance in their lives with this novel. Readers will find a blueprint to help them redefine success and ultimately discover how to attain significance in their lives. Reeb explains how using your time and talents to help others can help you attain real significance. This book speaks to those in the so-called “halftime” of their lives, those who are currently in their second part of their lives and want it to be better than their first.
And here is a list of very popular books on philanthropy that many have found inspirational, insightful, and have loved reading:
This book tells the story of how Adam Braun turned $25 into more than 200 schools around the world through the organization, Pencils of Promise, which he founded. Inspired by a young boy he met in India, Braun left a high-paying job to find his true calling. Each chapter explains how everyone can turn their dreams into reality. The book not only chronicles the stories of those who have done so but also continues to give back with proceeds from the book supporting the Pencils of Promise organization.
When you decide to give of yourself and your wealth, you want to make sure that your donation is being used in the best way possible. In this book, Phil Buchanan shares the secrets and lessons on how to make every dollar count from some of the world’s largest donors. There are also tools and examples to show readers what it takes to really make a difference.