Talking Giving

Edited by Susannah Quern Pratt. Project on Civic Reflection, 2010.

More and more, people engaged in giving—individuals, members of donors’ circles, leaders and staff of philanthropic foundations—are discovering the value of civic reflection. Talking Giving is a selection of six readings to spur conversation on the challenges and complexities of giving, with reflection exercises and discussion questions. The selected readings take up fundamental questions about the act of giving: What is a good gift? Why give to this institution, cause, or individual, rather than another? How do I know when I’ve given enough?

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Table of Contents

  • What I Learned from My Mother, Julia Kasdorf
  • Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Eleventh, Henri Barbusse
  • The Four Traditions of Philanthropy, Elizabeth Lynn and D. Susan Wisely
  • The Sweetness of Charity, Maya Angelou
  • The Reveries of the Solitary Walker (excerpt), Jean-Jacques Rousseau