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Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality


reviewed by Christine W. Letts — October 02, 2006

coverTitle: Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality
Author(s): Mary Ellen S. Capek and Molly Mead
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262033372 , Pages: 320, Year: 2006
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The authors have undertaken a very ambitious task–to make the case that “nuanced understanding of diversity that includes gender and gender cultured competence is a key variable for doing effective philanthropy” (p. 6). They also aim to introduce two concepts–deep diversity and discovering “Norm”–that they assert are key to improving a foundation’s practices toward becoming effective.  The book contains quite a lot of very good information, frameworks, and references that support the value of gender-specific grant making. They do a very good job of distinguishing what they consider appropriate and effective gender-based grant making from what foundations are largely doing today that supposedly serves minorities, women, disadvantaged people, etc.  They also illustrate the challenge that executive leadership and trustees have in keeping an organization’s attention to diversity.  The strength and value of these sections of the book are somewhat diminished by the organization of the book and the authors’ failure... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 02, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12749, Date Accessed: 11/22/2017 7:13:32 PM

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  • Christine Letts
    Harvard University
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    CHRISTINE LETTS is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and the Rita E. Hauser Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has extensive experience in private and public management. As Associate Dean, Letts manages the $20 million Executive Education department, which delivers over 40 programs in Cambridge and throughout the world for public sector leaders seeking to develop and expand their skills.
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