Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy

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Wiley, Sep 8, 2008 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
This newest edition of the classic book shows how anyone can align and integrate values, passions, and dreams for their communities and families into their plans. Inspired Philanthropy explains how to make a difference by creating giving and legacy plans, tells what questions to ask nonprofits, and spells out how to help partner with advisors and nonprofit leaders for inspired outcomes. In addition to overall updates to statistics, the new edition includes a discussion of the implications of the Buffett gift to the Gates Foundation; new legacy planning tools; expanded resources on youth, giving circles, and communities of color; key questions for advisors and donors; and worksheets and resources available on the enclosed CD.

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Unfortunately there's some very sloppy editing in this book. Page 105 contains a quote that is not only paraphrased, but attributed to the wong author. (It's Henry Melvill, not Herman Mellville as the book states.) This type of easily checked error doesn't bode well for the veracity of the rest of the facts in the book. 

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About the author (2008)

Tracy Gary is a philanthropic and legacy advisor and nonprofit entrepreneur. She is a donor partner, public speaker, and nonprofit trainer and the executive director of Inspired Legacies. (

Nancy Adess is a freelance editor and writer.

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