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New Book Claims "The American Way of Giving to Charity Is Wrong" - Suggests a Way of Selecting Causes & Contributions That Best Benefit the Individual and the Nation

Written by Godfrey Harris, ‘The Donation Dialogs’ is breaking new ground with ten easy-to-follow charts that help any reader draft a budget for their annual charitable gifts and then select the type, amount and frequency of contributions so that the money consistently benefits causes that do the most good on a local and national level. In a climate where charities with the most expensive marketing campaigns unfairly get the most donations, Harris’ guide is expected to help level the contribution “playing field”.


Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/30/2014 -- Street corners, the Internet, mainstream media and just about everywhere else is awash with an endless parade of appeals for money from nonprofit organizations. Individuals are faced with seamlessly endless possibilities when it comes to deciding who to donate to and how much to give. Of course, those with the most expensive and elaborate marketing campaigns usually win. While this may be passed off as nothing more than the American Way, author Godfrey Harris sees it as a serious problem potentially rewarding the wrong organizations for the wrong reasons. In fact, he openly admits that “the way most Americans respond to the solicitations of the 1.5 million registered nonprofit groups sucks”.

Harris has a solution, and a bold one at that. His new book, ‘The Donation Dialogs’ aims to improve results for both individuals and charitable organizations, by leveling the contribution playing field, reducing donor stress, and limiting nonprofit waste.


An easy-to-use guide for selecting the organizations, amounts, and frequency of charitable gifts so that available funds will go consistently to the causes that mean the most to the individual, the community, and the nation. The book is packed with 12 freely reproducible forms and simple instructions to maintain reasonable balance in the donations given to nonprofit groups.

“Just because a household-name charity has splashy TV ads and a Hollywood celebrity as a spokesperson doesn’t mean that donations are being used wisely or fairly,” explains Harris. “A local group trying to cure a little-known disease, impacting only a select group of persons, may not be able to mount the flashiest campaign with the biggest celebrity name. But money provided to these programs may have a greater impact on the nation's overall health than larger sums given to mount bigger and brighter campaigns for charities to do further research against a better known, but more intractable, disease.”

Continuing, “This book will help anyone find that vital middle ground by sourcing organizations that benefit both their own personal causes and those of the wider community. When these groups have been identified, the book walks the donor through every step of working out what they can afford to give, how it should be split between different organizations and how it might be ‘automated’. There’s simply not enough money in individuals’ pockets for each organization to get exactly what its wants, but we can make things fairer by giving to those charities doing the most good.”

Since its release, the book has garnered rave reviews. Stacy Harris comments, “The amount of work put into this [book] is amazing, well thought-out, and certainly could be used as a major step in planning a budget [for] charitable giving.”

Jerome Selmer was equally impressed, adding, “The book is a good piece of work. I am sure it will be of use to many people in helping them to make appropriate [charitable] decisions [if they, like us,] receive through the mail each year ... over 500 ... requests [for funds] from 100 different organizations, not including [those on] the Internet or [by] telephone.”

Each copy of the book is shipped in an attractive Bookcard, offering a gift box with the gift book and a greeting card all in one package at no extra cost — a memorable presentation for a recipient if the book is not acquired for personal use.

‘The Donation Dialogs’, published by The Americas Group, is available now: http://www.americasgroup.com/THE_DONATION_DIALOGS.htm.

Review copies are also available to qualified book reviewers by sending a request to: hrmg@mac.com.

GODFREY HARRIS has been a public policy consultant based in Los Angeles, California, since 1968. He began consulting after serving as a university instructor at UCLA and Rutgers; a U.S. Army intelligence officer; a U.S. foreign service officer in Bonn, London, and Washington; an organizational specialist in President Lyndon Johnson’s Executive Office; and a program manager for an international financial company in Geneva.

As President of Harris/Ragan Management Group, Harris has focused the firm’s activities on projects that offer alternative solutions to matters of community concern. In fulfilling that role, he has specialized in political and economic analysis; marketing public and private sector services through word of mouth advertising; developing new environmental and commercial products; promoting international tourism to various destinations; and creating commemorative, enlightening, and educational public and private events.

Harris has also worked on a number of tasks in the philanthropic area, specifically applying his planning and managerial skills to the administration of a nonprofit organization assisting people in need abroad, to providing the leadership for the philanthropic activities of several clients, and to developing different ways to raise funds for a variety of nonprofit groups.

Harris has written 71 books on his own or with associates. He holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles.