1000s of books and counting

Report from the Rollout

Hi! I hope you and yours are doing well!

Just checking in with an update on the rollout of my book,  “Philanthropy Revolution”, along with the related publicity campaign. People have been asking how the book is doing, and we are happy to share that over the last 8 weeks, more than 1000 books have been donated to 46 nonprofit organizations across Greater Los Angeles via a program sponsored by real estate celebrity Josh Flagg. We’re also sending books across the country — and to Australia, the UK, France, and Israel. This is all in addition to the sales on and offline through book retailers throughout the world.

The reaction from the community has been beyond our wildest dreams and we are grateful for the positive feedback. Many organizations have asked for assistance, and I’ve been working with them as time permits.

Also, I’ve been a guest on numerous programs and at various events — talking with leaders and innovators in the nonprofit space — and I’m pleased to share some of these conversations (and articles) with you.

Lately in the media:

  1. Is Fundraising Really Ready for the Baby Boom Generation of Major Donors? A Talk with Jason Lewis of The Fundraising Talent Podcast

  2. UK’s Alliance magazine: Agent Provocateur

  3. Center Stage: A Fundraiser’s Guide to Radical Philanthropy in 2020 and Beyond” at the Wallis Annenberg Center

  4. BBC Sunday Morning Live

  5. The New Way to Raise Money for the Causes You Love with Rob Eshman of The Forward and Andres Spokoiny of the Jewish Funder’s Network

I was thrilled, too, to be interviewed on Bloomberg BusinessWeek Radio and BBC World News! Upcoming features include the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Great Battlefield podcast and I’m joining the UK’s fantastic philanthropic advisor Louise Morris for the joint webinar “Major Donor Fundraising on Each Side of the Pond” on December 2nd (registration is still open!).

I have upcoming speaking engagements for development staff at UCLA, and I have already completed sessions for the Boys and Girls Clubs, Alliance for Middle East Peace, Heritage Radio Network, NYU’s MyFace, and a microfinance program in Rwanda. St. John’s Hospital Foundation has sent the book to their board for the holidays, and Hillel International is sending the book to the heads of all of their chapter boards. 

Many of the organizations we’ve connected with have already told me that they’ve used some of the lessons in the book to great success. We hope to continue the mission of “Saving Giving” with more partnerships across the country and internationally to get more books in the hands of those leading the way in fundraising.

There’s a lot more “in the works” -- but those are some highlights. As always, thank you for being a part of the newsletter, the journey, and for your continued support.

All the best!

Lisa