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Love Giving Well

  • By Mark Petersen
  • Foreword by Lorna Dueck
Mark Petersen has learned philanthropy in the process of leading a private grantmaking foundation. It has been a pilgrimage with mountaintops and valleys, high-impact grants and dead-end disasters. He parallels a personal account of a physical pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago alongside his philanthropic journey to create a sense of momentum and intentional movement toward a shared destination. Each of the thirty-five chapters leads with a short journal entry from the author's month-long pilgrimage along the Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo in Spain. Mark uses compelling stories to vulnerably shares fifteen years' worth of failures as well as successes in his journey of philanthropy. Along this journey he developed practical steps for reviewing grant applications and achieving goals for philanthropy. He advances the values of transparency, mutuality, and collaborating with others to achieve common goals. The vision of philanthropy espoused not only includes charitable impact but suggests the giver can be transformed in the process. The book offers a window into how people of faith struggle with giving, humanizes the mystique of a philanthropist, and provides grantmakers with tangible tools in their efforts to be both shrewd and faithful. ""Love Giving Well is the compelling story of a reflective man leading a foundation to examine the consequences of the way it supports Christian ministries. Petersen presents us with an inspiring vision for charitable giving that really makes a difference. Fundraisers will learn how to approach foundations more effectively and individual donors will learn how to shift from transactional to transformational giving."" --John Pellowe, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Christian Charities ""I can recommend scores of books teaching the mechanics of philanthropy and the same number for those that are inspirational. What distinguishes Love Giving Well is Mark's being an artisan and craftsman of philanthropy. Through years of both practice and inspiration he has taught me and others how to approach philanthropy as an art to be valued and learned for the joy of excellence. In other words, this book captures both the prose and the poetry of giving."" --Fred Smith, President, The Gathering ""St. Paul tells the early Christians: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Was this a teaching they held dear? Mark Petersen suggests that Christians of all ages should. How should Christians think about their giving as essential to their discipleship? Mark has thought through these questions with admirable rigor and reminds us that our giving should not only be generous, but competent and effective, for which he provides practical advice born of experience. To paraphrase St. Augustine: 'Take and give '"" --Raymond J. de Souza, Senior Fellow, Cardus; Editor-in-Chief, Convivium ""What a strange and wonderful combination of experience and expertise. Mark Petersen, former missionary in the developing world with a spiritual care and leadership focus, and son of entrepreneurial parents with a passion for philanthropy, ends up as the director of the private family foundation that gives away multi-millions for social good, on two separate occasions walks The Camino across Spain, and then births a book that blends it all together with poignant observations, winsome stories, and an intoxicating passion. In a culture that is confused about whether to follow heroes or succumb to the democratization of everything, this book offers the image of the faith-filled pilgrim plodding through the bumpy world of philanthropy with an incisive clarity. A gift."" --Rod Wilson, Consultant; Pastor; former President, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada ""Mark Petersen has thoughtfully, reflectively, prayerfully walked The Camino as a pilgrim. He has also actively participated thoughtfully, reflectively, prayerfully with charities in their work of making a difference in the world which i

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    • SKU: 9781532601880
    • Manufacturer: Cascade Books
    • ISBN 13: 9781532601880
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2017
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Mark Petersen
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