With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give


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Anchor Books
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Ken Stern is a media and nonprofit executive best known for helping to build National Public Radio into a global news and information power. He is currently the CEO of Palisades Media Ventures, a Washington D.C.-based public affairs company.


"Smart and scathing."
--Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and co-author of Half the Sky

"An eye-popping--and devastatingly detailed--critique."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Stern makes a strong case that the average American donor has become a sucker. . . . A good guide to what makes an effective charity."
--Los Angeles Times

"Eye-opening. . . . Stern is calling for donors to . . . rethink the way they give in order to be the impetus for change."
--The Washington Post

"Informative. . . . Stern covers an enormous amount of non-profit ground . . . Feisty."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"[With Charity for All is] more exasperated than mean, more provocative than shrill, and counterintuitive instead of purveying stale conventional wisdom. Stern's advice is consequential, because if followed it will alter the charitable realm."
--USA Today

"[With Charity for All] will be particularly beneficial to those conservatives whose reflexive answer to every question about how to limit government is 'civil society'. . . . [We] must therefore devote serious attention to the health of the charitable sector. . . . Ken Stern offers essential guidance on where to start."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Stern is an engaging storyteller, and his catalog of venality and graft in the charitable sector borders on farce. . . . His insistence on this fundamental question about the purpose of American charity is the great and original strength of this book."
--Washington Monthly

"[A] devastatingly detailed critique. . . . With Charity for All makes a compelling case that philanthropic organizations are rife with theft--both grand and petty--grotesquely high salaries, waste and incompetence, and subject to virtually no oversight."
--Tulsa World

"[Stern] fills the text with insightful, vivid examples. . . . A trove of useful insider wisdom."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] provocative exposé. . . . For anyone who has given time or money to not-for-profits, Stern's critique will prove both disturbing and thought-provoking."
--Publishers Weekly