About the Book

Putting Wealth to Work

Putting Wealth to Work

Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?
November 2016
Not Yet Published
Hardcover · 320 Pages
$26.99 U.S. · $34.99 CAN · £17.99 U.K. · €20.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781610395328


During the next twenty years, as part of the largest transfer of wealth in history, more than $500 billion is expected to pour into the philanthropic sector. Some of it will come from retiring baby boomers, but even more will come from newly rich Silicon Valley billionaires. Since 2006, the idea of giving while living has grown in its appeal such that many philanthropic donors now expect not just to give money during their lifetimes, but to create organizations or ventures — some for profit, others not for profit — whose missions are expected to be completed within the lifetime of the donors. The combination of these two trends has transformed the not-for-profit sector in scale and dynamism, attracting some skeptical scrutiny along the way. Philanthrocapitalism has acquired some of the trappings of financialization, and has the potential to deliver ever greater impact. But will it? And will the demand that the impact be quickly realized mean that longer-term institution-building missions will be neglected? Joel Fleishman is one of the wisest of wise men in philanthropy whose advice is routinely sought by organizations and individuals across the country. In Putting Wealth to Work, he tells the story of a uniquely American financial sector, all but created by Andrew Carnegie's example, that since 1995 has become more dynamic with every passing year. Staggering personal fortunes are made and given away, from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, as in no previous era since the golden age of American capitalism. America currently leads the world in this trend — of the 138 signers of the giving-while-living pledge, 110 were American — but the world is following in its footsteps. This movement of socially motivated capital is unprecedented and its consequences and potentially transformative to the American economy and the world at large.

About the Author

Joel L. Fleishman is now Professor of Law and Public Policy, and Director of the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions, as well as Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, at Duke University. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Fleishman took a part-time leave from Duke University to serve as President of the Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company, the U.S. Program Staff of Atlantic Philanthropies. Mr. Fleishman also serves as a director of Ralph Lauren Corporation.