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Vast and largely unexamined, the world of American charities accounts for fully 10 percent of economic activity in this country, yet operates with little accountability, no real barriers to entry, and a stunning lack of evidence of effectiveness. In With Charity for All, Ken Stern reveals a problem hidden in plain sight and prescribes a whole new way for Americans to make a difference. (PDF) With Charity of All

Each year, two thirds of American households donate to charities, with charitable revenues exceeding one trillion dollars. Yet while the mutual fund industry employs more than 150,000 people to rate and evaluate for-profit companies, nothing remotely comparable exists to monitor the nonprofit world. Instead, each individual is on his or her own, writing checks for a cause and going on faith. Ken Stern, former head of NPR and a long-time nonprofit executive, set out to investigate the vast world of U.S. charities and discovered a sector hobbled by deep structural flaws. Unlike private corporations that respond to market signals and go out of business when they fail, nonprofit organizations have a very low barrier to entry (the IRS approves 99.5 percent of applications) and once established rarely die. From water charities aimed at improving life in Africa to drug education programs run by police officers in thousands of U.S. schools, and including American charitable icons such as the Red Cross, Stern tells devastating stories of organizations that raise and spend millions of dollars without ever cracking the problems they set out to solve.
But he also discovered some good news: a growing movement toward accountability and effectiveness in the nonprofit world. With Charity for All is compulsively readable, driven in its early pages by the plight of millions of Americans donating to good causes to no good end, and in its last chapters by an inspiring prescription for individual giving and widespread reform.

From Booklist
Stern, corporate executive and former CEO of NPR, tells the story of how the charitable sector in the U.S. has lost its way because of the absence of market mechanisms that reward good work and punish failure. His research uncovered organizational and service failures in charities that refused to evaluate their programs and ignored poor results. There are approximately 1.4 million charities in this country with a workforce of 13 million and volunteers numbering 61 million; revenues total more than $1.5 trillion annually. “Charitable activity accounts for 10 percent of the economic life of this country,” says the author, seeing hope in a small movement that is currently rethinking how charities operate, and he is optimistic that tools will be developed so that contributors to charities will become investors rather than donors. Stern emphasizes that social investing takes work and urges donors to look beyond clever marketing campaigns for organizations that are transparent and accountable to stakeholders. Important and thought-provoking analysis. –Mary Whaley


“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.” (PDF ) With Charity of All Review PDF 2019
—San Francisco Chronicle. (PDF) With Charity of All

“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. (PDF) With Charity of All

“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. (PDF) With Charity of All Review PDF 2019

“[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.” (PDF) With Charity of All
—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.” (PDF) With Charity of All
—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


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File Size: 3467 KB
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor (February 26, 2013)
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Language: English
ASIN: B00957T6NQ
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Screen Reader: Supported
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Best Sellers Rank: #875,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#678 in Philanthropy & Charity (Books)
#508 in Nonprofit Organizations & Charities (Kindle Store)
#169 in Philanthropy & Charity (Kindle Store)

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