ON-Lion Letter
In her new book from Broadway Publications, Generosity Unbound:  How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle ClassClaire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals, and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

But Gaudiani's Generosity Unbound is more than a warning.  She also tells the fascinating history of philanthropy in America, showing how this nation's distinctive tradition of citizen-to-citizen generosity has been a powerful engine of economic growth, social justice, and upward mobility.

Gaudiani is a clinical professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University and a senior fellow of the Institute for American Values in New York City.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supported her work on the book.

In the book, Gaudiani also calls on foundation leaders, legislators, and concerned citizens to take up anew the great challenge set forth by our nation’s Founders in the Declaration of Independence.  She proposes an all-out citizen-led effort to deliver on the Declaration’s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, particularly our poorest citizens.
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