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Saying “Yes” Wisely

Insights for the Thoughtful Philanthropist

by Richard Marker

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Second edition
Blooming Twig Books, 2011
ISBN 978-1-61343-002-6

This collection of essays is both timely and timeless. They cut through the clutter of popular jargon and fads in philanthropy to provide a series of thought-provoking and instructive essays of interest to all who do or are contemplating giving money for charitable purposes.

Written over time in response to questions which have come from his students, clients, and colleagues in the grantmaking field, it addresses real issues, respects individual needs and family legacies, and doesn’t shy away from controversial topics. Marker’s experience has taught him that “it may be hard to say ‘no’ graciously, but it is even harder to say ‘yes’ wisely.”

Whether you give $25 or $25 million each year, this collection will help any funder be more thoughtful about when, why and how to say ‘yes’ to the abundant requests we all receive.