12 Fantastic Books on Philanthropy You Should Check Out - Success with Purpose

12 Fantastic Books on Philanthropy You Should Check Out

12 Fantastic Books on Philanthropy You Should Check Out

12 Fantastic Books on Philanthropy You Should Check Out

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:

Halftime by Bob Buford

Halftime

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.

Finishing Well: The Adventure of Life Beyond Halftime by Bob Buford

Finishing Well: The Adventure of Life Beyond Halftime

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.

The Second Half: Real Stories. Real Adventures. Real Significance by Lloyd Reeb

The Second Half: Real Stories. Real Adventures. Real Significance

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.

From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough by Lloyd Reeb

From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough

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:

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

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.

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count by Phil Buchanan

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

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.

Toxic Charity How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) by Robert Lupton

Toxic Charity How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help

Author Robert Lupton explores how some modern charities may actually be hurting those they intend to help. Lupton gives examples of how charitable groups can help those who are supposed to benefit from their services. The goal is to show people how to give effectively to promote real change.

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Majors

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Katie Davis Majors shares her inspiring story of how a trip to Uganda ended up changing her life. Touched by the people of this nation, at the age of 18, she turned her life upside down to care for them. She writes about the process of adopting thirteen children from Uganda in this book about the true spirit of philanthropy.

Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Start Something that Matters

What matters most to you? If you have trouble answering that question, this book may be able to help. Author Blake Mycoskie shares the story of TOMS, one of the fastest growing shoe companies in the world. He uses the company’s success to give examples of how you don’t have to choose between finding your passions, making a living, or giving back to causes you find important. In this book, you’ll learn tips about how to do it all and live a fulfilled life.

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

This best-seller looks at the efforts of the world’s elite to “change the world” and how they may actually be doing the opposite. This eye-opening book by Anand Giridharadas looks at why people may rely on the rich to solve their problems and how they should explore other ways to make the world a better place.

How Chuck Feeney Made and Gave Away a Fortune: The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery

How Chuck Feeney Made and Gave Away a Fortune: The Billionaire Who Wasn't

Many people are fascinated by the story of Chuck Feeney who made his fortune as the founder of Duty-Free Shoppers, the world’s largest duty-free retail chain. While he made the 1988 Forbes Magazine list of the richest Americans alive, he secretly transferred his money to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. Years later, Feeney worked on a biography that focused on giving while living.

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William MacAskill

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

William MacAskill looks at how we can all get the most out of our altruistic behavior in order to get the greatest amount of good. MacAskill wants people to think differently and use reasoning instead of impulse when making decisions. He believes that when all of these things come together, everyone has the power to do a greater amount of good.

I hope this post has helped you find at least one new book to add to your reading list. Many of these books are entertaining as well as insightful and will keep you engrossed and engaged to the very end. Happy Reading!

About Post Author

Richard Ward

Richard Ward is a financial advisor who holds the CERTIFIED FINANICAL PLANNER TM professional certification with a passion for helping people find their purpose in life. Richard believes that the secret to living life well and leaving a lasting legacy is found by making contributions in our communities that help others prosper.

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