On Sept. 24, Elysa Gordon ’89, left, and Phil Buchanan ’92, right, discussed Buchanan’s new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore.
Buchanan ’92 is the president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), a leading provider of data on philanthropic effectiveness. He is a co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. In 2016, Buchanan was named the NonProfit Times‘s “influencer of the year.”
Gordon ’89, vice president and senior advisor to the president at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Buchanan ’92 had a lively discussion about the successes and shortcomings of modern-day philanthropy. Their conversation ranged from personal anecdotes to data-driven insights, tools, and practical examples of impactful philanthropy.
Buchanan’s new book presents a practical guide for the individual who wants to give $1, as well as for the corporation that wants to give $1 million. It answers the question, “How do I channel my giving effectively in order to make the greatest difference?”
Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, Emerita, comments on the discussion.
Following his talk, Buchanan signed copies of his book and mingled with the audience. (Photos by Nick Sng ’23)