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Who are the new philanthropists? And how is their philanthropy 'new'?
In this remarkable and inspiring book, the eminent management writer Charles Handy and his wife Elizabeth, a portrait photographer, have collaborated to portray a new generation of practical philanthropists, men and women who have made their own fortunes and decided to move on from financial success to try to help those in need. They are doing so not simply by giving their money away to charities and agencies but by helping actively, working on the spot with the very people who need their aid, ensuring that the initiatives are sustainable in the longer term.
As in their acclaimed The New Alchemists, the Handys have both interviewed and photographed their subjects in order to tell their inspiring stories; from the Sydney restaurateur Jeff Gambin, who personally helps to cook hot and cold menus for homeless people; to Niall Mellon, a young Irish property developer who is replacing the shacks with breeze-block homes in a South African township; and Sara Davenport, who sold her art gallery and set up the breast-cancer care centre the Haven Trust to offer integrated and holistic treatment and support.
This striking book of words and photographs reveals the energy and inspiration of these new ways of using wealth, revealing the motivations and satisfactions of such direct action.
Declaring that generosity is once again fashionable, management expert Handy (The Age of Reason) collaborates with his wife, Elizabeth, to investigate whether high-profile entrepreneurial philanthropists are visible signs of a global philanthropic trend. Celebrating the work of these "new philanthropists" and hoping to encourage others to follow their examples to instigate social change, the Handys profile the work of 23 humanitarians including British soccer star Tony Adams, Breast Cancer Haven founder Sara Davenport, filmmaker Jeff Skoll and Brazilian businessman Ricardo Semlar. Full-page black and white photos of each of the philanthropists begin each profile, along with a color photograph of five objects and one flower that the subjects feel best symbolize what is important in their lives. The stories are uplifting and show remarkable dedication to the causes each embraces from cooking for the homeless to promoting peace efforts to working with underprivileged children. With its smooth narrative and discerning photographs, the authors' combined effort is a worthy tribute to committed individuals actively seeking to make the world a better place.