Monday, March 25, 2013
With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give
Cogent. There are a few cogent points buried in the 270 pages of Ken Stern’s book, With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give. It’s too easy to start a charity. Once started, a charity keeps going even when it fails. Outcomes are inadequately measured, and there is usually a lack of focus and accountability. Government support of nonprofit entities is huge, and very dysfunctional when it comes to achieving desired results. Surrounding those key points and a few others, the book presents some interesting and many boring case descriptions. Stern is a former NPR executive, and he understands nonprofits from that perspective, but he brings no particular expertise to this complicated topic. After I finished the book, I went online and made a contribution to a charity I’ve supported for years, confident that the money will be well spent, even if inadequately measured. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase With Charity for All from amazon.com.