Policy Press

Meaningful Philanthropy

The Person Behind the Giving

By Jen Shang and Adrian Sargeant

Published

Jul 16, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447371762

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 16, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447371779

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Meaningful Philanthropy

With unparalleled access to some of the world’s most reflective and thoughtful philanthropists, this book explores the philanthropic journeys of 48 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) to uncover the person behind the giving.

Their stories reveal the difference between the meaning they experience and the impact their philanthropy makes. Through the lens of philanthropic psychology, the authors examine how philanthropists experience their giving and the psychological challenges they need to overcome.

This fascinating book provides a unique guide for new and experienced philanthropists and their trusted advisers and fundraisers in the creation of more meaningful philanthropic experiences.

“We have long sought to understand the motivations of philanthropists. This book introduces what should be at the root of philanthropy, with new concepts that critically challenge our misconceptions.” Wendy Wong, The Archdiocese of Toronto

Jen Shang is Professor of Philanthropic Psychology and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. Jen Shang is the world’s only philanthropic psychologist.

Adrian Sargeant is Professor of Fundraising and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.

1. Introduction

2. 2.Psychological Ownership and Moral Conviction

3. The Self

4. Identity Ceding

5. The Essential Self

6. Meaning and Meaningfulness

7. Paths to Meaningful Philanthropy

8. Conclusions