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Professional global activist LeMay (founder and head of Raising Change), sets out to accomplish a twofold task with her inspirational handbook. First, she ventures to redefine the word "philanthropist" as an egalitarian title that can apply to the masses as well as the rich. The second is to show readers, step-by-step, just how easy it is to be philanthropic, regardless of personality or personal budget. LeMay's success on both counts emerges from her commitment to her causes, the disarming candor of her personal stories of triumph, and the thoughtful discussion points and charts she provides to structure the financial planning process for giving on any salary.There are two points, however, that I would like to comment on: #1. "Unfortunately, the book's greatest strength is also its weakness—LeMay's well-presented plan is not a quick solution, but requires time, thought, and preparation." I have to wonder when it became a weakness to take time, thought, and preparation to make good choices and create lifestyle changes. We usually put a lot of time, thought, and preparation into planning what college we go to, what career we choose, how we save for our children's educations, purchasing our home, our retirement, even our deaths. Why wouldn't we put similar attention into a generosity plan?
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