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Author: Carrie Morgridge
Foreword/Introduction: John P Morgridge
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9781626341821
With Every Gift Matters, Carrie Morgridge takes readers into the heart of the world of philan-thropy. We all give to those in need at some point in our lives. Whether that gift is in the form of time or money, you will learn how to make decisions that will maximize its impact on the world. Through actionable advice and touching stories, Every Gift Matters will show you how to leverage your gift of time or money-regardless of size-and make it work harder, work smarter, and have a bigger impact on your community.
Every Gift Matters is at once conversational and direct-specific tips on how to make informed decisions are further illustrated through stories of the Morgridges' personal experiences. In this heartwarming book, you will learn to research opportunities for giving and the importance of aligning oneself with others through trust, under- standing, and shared goals. Morgridge believes every dollar can always work harder, and she delights in finding non profits that seek every way possible to maximize the money they are given. By sharing both the successes and the failures of grant makings, she will show you how to make all of this happen, compounding your gift to others.
Morgridge has a true gift for giving, and she wrote this book for you. To inspire, guide, and encourage you to take the first step, whatever it might be. She believes that every person has the opportunity to make a difference, and she hopes that through this book you find your own passion to change the world.
"Carrie Morgridge has written a very important book. So many people have told me they really want to help, but they give nothing because they feel a small gift cannot make a difference. But it can, as you will learn from the inspiring examples in Every Gift Matters. Philanthropy is for everyone, and giving not only benefits the recipient but the giver, too."
== JANE GOODALL, Ph.D., DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
"No single individual alone can tackle the complex issues our communities face today. People innately need to be part of something bigger than themselves, and most, by nature, are optimistic and hopeful. If leaders paint an aspirational and hopeful vision of the future, people will rise to meet it. Carrie Morgridge's book does its part in painting an inspirational picture-in fact, many pictures-of how every person matters and what a difference small and large acts of generosity and caring can truly make."
== BRIAN A. GALLAGHER, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide
"The majority of charitable donations come from households donating what they can, not large organizations giving hundreds of thousands of dollars. At Spark, our network of Millennial donors helping women and girls, we know that relatively small gifts can aggregate to create a big difference, gifts compound over time and can have ripple effects, and people are more likely to give when they feel an environment of trust and friendship. Beautifully capturing themes like these, Every Gift Matters is a hands-on guide that teaches people how to maximize their donation, so that even the smallest amounts make the most impact."
== JACKIE ROTMAN, Executive Director, Spark
"Carrie Morgridge is a force of nature. From education to the environment, she has driven positive change well beyond the capabilities of a normal human being. Her energy is infectious. What's really amazing is that she's just getting started …. "
== SALMAN KHAN, Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy
PRAISE FOR EVERY GIFT MATTERS :
"Carrie Morgridge has written a must-read primer for anyone considering philanthropy. From the smallest gifts to transformative mega-giving, she shows her readers how passion, smarts, and trust can change the world. Read this book and learn from one of the best."
== Katherine Bradley, President, CityBridge Foundation
"In Every Gift Matters, Morgridge reminds us that we are a nation of "difference makers" and encourages us to continue that legacy of meaningful giving through her empowering stories of those who have made a difference."
== Douglas Conant, Chairman, Avon Products; Chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute; Founder & CEO, Conant Leadership; Former CEO & President, Campbell Soup Company
"Every Gift Matters is a collection of timely, personal stories reminding us that philanthropy isn't about writing a check; it's about the value we create when we invest in local communities, follow our principles, and make a lasting difference."
== Howard W. Buffet, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
"Every Gift Matters inspires readers to reimagine the trans formative nature of giving. Through engaging stories and real-world examples, Carrie provides a new roadmap to more meaningful and impactful philanthropy."
== Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education
"Carrie Morgridge shows firsthand how philanthropy multiplies the happiness and wellbeing of both giver and receiver, well beyond all material benefits. She is among the most vivacious and successful philanthropists I have had the pleasure of knowing, and her book is a challenge to the rest of us to step up our game."
== Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
"Carrie Morgridge is among the most hands-on, proactive philanthropists I've ever encountered. Every Gift Matters reflects how thoughtfulness and passion can multiply one's impact in philanthropy."
== Hadi Patrovi, Founder, Code.org
"Anyone interested in philanthropy can learn from Every Gift Matters. It's a must-read if you want to learn how to effectively support the causes you believe in and feel that your dollars are actually making a difference."
== Jeffrey C. Walker, Author, The Generosity Network
"Carrie Morgridge is an amazing force of nature who is reshaping the world by improving the lives of countless thousands by her passionate, kind-hearted love. Carrie's generosity, organizational excellence, and infectious enthusiasm know no bounds. In Every Gift Matters, you will not only be inspired by acts of selfless compassion and joy, but Carrie shows how even the most modest acts of philanthropy can have a most meaningful impact upon the lives of others."
== Mark Holtzman, Chairman, Meridian Capital HK
"This is a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference. As one of the savviest philanthropists I know, Carrie Morgridge knows how to make the most of her giving. Every Gift Matters shows that transformative giving is about much more than the number of zeros on your check."
== Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy
"For anyone with the passion and caring to do more, Every Gift Matters will become your go-to 'guide for giving."
== Dr. Pamela Cantor, Founder, Turnaround for Children Inc.
"Carrie Morgridge and The Morgridge Family Foundation are truly gifts to Colorado. In Every Gift Matters, Carrie reminds us that we can impact positive and extraordinary change in the communities where we live, in such a compelling way!"
== Gov. John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
"In Every Gift Matters, Carrie Morgridge transforms the way we look at giving, teaching us that you can't remove the donor from their donation. She shows us how the best giving works as a circle, feeding itself and growing in impact, not just a one-way, one-time transfer of resources, and she speaks with the authority and wisdom of someone who is making these things happen in her own life everyday!"
== Stacey Stewart, US President, United Way Worldwide
1. The $7 Miracle
2. A Grateful Life
3. Follow Your Passion
4. Finding Common Ground
5. Be a Difference Maker
6. Full Circle
7. A Seat at the Table
8. Invest in Leaders
9. Clone Your Cash
10. Outside the Box
11. Unintended Consequences
12. Filling the Gap
13. Making an Impact
14. Take the First Step.
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