Liberating Generosity - links and further reading

The website of the Global Generosity Network can be found here.

The recent booklet Kingdom Stewardship has a Foreword by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Ram Gidoomal and is available as a published booklet from the Acton Institute and as a downloadable PDF document here.

The Acton Institute is also one of the key organizations behind the publication by Zondervan of the momentous NIV Stewardship Bible in 2009.

The British business guru Charles Handy has written a book about entrepreneurs turned philanthropists called The New Philanthropists: The New Generosity (Heinemann, 2006). It contains a chapter on Ram Gidoomal, who is noted above and is a key player in the Global Generosity Network.

A White Paper on giving, produced by the UK government in 2011, is available on the Cabinet Office website here.

Academic research on philanthropy is still in its infancy but is developing rapidly. Two notable academic centres are based at the Cass Business School in the UK (see here) and the National University of Singapore (see here).

Research on the links between faith and social capital includes Faithful Citizens: Why Those Who Do God, Do Good (Demos, 2012) and the work of Robert Putnam summarized in his Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and his co-authored American Grace (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

A book on generosity by the biblical scholar and theologian Mark Powell is Giving to God: The Bible's Good News about Living a Generous Life (Eerdmans, 2006).

Some of the key texts to have inspired the philanthropic culture of the USA can be found in the following 430-page collection by William Jackson: The Wisdom of Generosity: A Reader in American Philanthropy (Baylor University Press, 2008).

The famous entrepreneur-philanthropist Sir John Templeton insisted on the link between thrift and generosity. This inspired his son, Dr Jack Templeton, to write a booklet entitled Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving (Templeton Press, 2004) and Yale University's Prof Theodore Roosevelt Malloch to write Thrift (Encounter, 2009) and Being Generous (Templeton 2009).

A link between thrift and generosity is made with reference to John Wesley in the booklet Transforming Capitalism: Entrepreneurship and the Renewal of Thrift, by Peter Heslam (Grove 2010).

For a short article by Peter Heslam that reflects on the work of the 'venture philanthropists' Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, see 'Buffeting the Gates of Heaven: Can Philanthropy Save the Poor, or Only the Rich?' in Faith in Business Quarterly, 10.2, available here.