Why this book?
I grew up believing that philanthropy was a positive thing that helped disenfranchised people, and that my role as a ‘good person’ was to engage in this work. As I evolved my philanthropic understanding, I began to see how the overlapping systems of economics and charity reinforced a status quo that I didn’t want to support. Heather McGhee’s book clearly lays out how the racist policies and practices in all of our systems (from education and housing to environmental practices and health care) are the roots of inequity that make philanthropy necessary. Reading her book will shift your approach from merely ‘doing good’ to being an authentically engaged, informed, and self-aware philanthropist.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, The Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ms. magazine, BookRiot, Library Journal
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist