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Guide highlights meaningful giving to benefit others, yourself
Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson provides essential information on how to become an innovative giver to causes close to your heart in “Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy”
Dr. Susan Gitelson's personal slogan is: “The more you give to others, the happier you are likely to become.” This led her in 1978 to found the Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs, which recognizes outstanding work by SIPA students at graduation. Dr. Gitelson endowed the award in 2016 while expanding its scope to recognize and provide support for innovative work by SIPA faculty and students. The enhanced Gitelson Award will provide support in perpetuity for generations of SIPA faculty and students to pursue pioneering policy and programs.
A triple Columbia alumna. Dr. Gitelson has had a distinguished career in academia, international consulting, and entrepreneurial business. She was a trainee at the Rockefeller Foundation and later an assistant professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Subsequently she has been active in entrepreneurial international business as president of International Consultants.
She is the author of Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy, as well as other books and articles, which have been published on four continents. She credits her SIPA experiences with providing her with the tools and background to connect with people from all over the world for thoughtful exchanges that promote international business, as well as contribute to cultural and philanthropic endeavors.
As an alumna, Dr. Gitelson has been an active volunteer and leader, serving as co-chair of the Dean's Council and president of the alumni association. She also sponsored the Gitelson Policy Forum, an innovative program to bring top Columbia professors midtown to interact with SIPA alumni. She was recognized for her professional achievements and contributions to Columbia University with the Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service in 1984. Dean Harvey Picker also gave her a special medal for Outstanding Service to SIPA.
Her passion for giving awards recognizing achievement was inspired by her father, Dr. Moses Leo Gitelson. He established a double award for alumni and students for “The Spirit of the Search for Truth” at the AEPi fraternity, which has continued for years beyond his passing in 1964. Susan got her start in the “awards business” at the age of nine, when she assisted him in bestowing the award. Subsequently, on her own, she has given a human rights essay award at the Columbia Center for the Study of Human Rights, an essay award at the Center for the Presidency, a distinguished service award at the Sutton Place Synagogue in New York, and others. She has also sponsored a fund for innovative programs at the Columbia Graduate Faculty for Arts and Sciences and the Ralph Bunche Institute seminar on the United Nations at the City University Graduate Center.
In 1989, during the Middle East peace negotiations, Dr. Susan Gitelson established the Gitelson Peace Prize at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Despite some diplomatic challenges, the first prize was awarded in Jerusalem in 1991 to the then president of the European Parliament, the Hon. Simone Veil of France. The award continues today as the Truman Peace Prize. Dr. Gitelson also supported the Gitelson Peace Papers at the Truman Institute for a number of years. Recently she has endowed The Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs for faculty and students at the Truman Institute.
Through her leadership, scholarship, and volunteerism, Dr. Gitelson continues to have an impact on the SIPA community. By generously including SIPA in her estate plans, she has created a legacy to honor and support groundbreaking work by SIPA students and faculty for generations to come.
Foreword by Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau
NEW YORK – Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson answers many questions about the reasons to give and how to give wisely in “Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy” (ISBN 1468111043). Gitelson says her book will help readers clarify their priorities, choose charitable organizations wisely and become aware of how to make a real impact. From baby boomers to young entrepreneurs, there are numerous practical ideas for giving back, which not only help others, but also allow donors to feel better about themselves.
Gitelson gives examples of the wealthiest donors who act as pacesetters, but then goes on to consider other ways for everyone to give time, ideas and assets to help others. She offers examples of innovative givers, social entrepreneurs, celebrities, government officials, nonprofit professionals, volunteers and social media networkers who also have a positive impact on society. Analyzing the major areas for giving, she reviews religious philanthropy, education K-12, higher education, science and health, arts, culture and humanities, sports, multipurpose umbrella organizations, awards and international aid.
“I want my readers to use this book as a source about giving creatively to help others,” Gitelson says. “The examples offered can inspire the reader to devise meaningful, innovative contributions. It belongs in everyone’s library for reference and for very practical ways to evaluate soliciting charities.”
“Giving Is Not Just for The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels in both print (paperback) and electronic editions..
About the Author:
Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson has a bachelor’s from Barnard College and her master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. She has been president of International Consultants, Inc. and consults for international business, educational, cultural and other institutions. Gitelson previously was the co-chair of the Dean’s Council for the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She currently serves as a member of the board of advisers of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She has had books and articles published on four continents and was awarded Columbia University’s prestigious medal for distinguished alumni service. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Robert M. Morgenthau
I. Introduction: Giving Benefits Others and Yourself
II. Different Kinds of Impassioned Giving for
A. Wealthiest Donors Who Are Pacesetters
B. Innovative Givers for Meaningful Causes
C. Social Entrepreneurs Who Strive for Impact
D. Celebrities Who Promote Giving to Others
E. Government Officials and Nonprofit Professionals
F. Volunteers Who Help in Many Imaginative Ways
G. Social Media Networkers for Good Causes
III. Major Areas for Giving
A. Religious Philanthropy
B. Improving K-12 Education
C. Higher Education
D. Science and Health
E. Arts, Culture, and the Humanities
G. Multipurpose Umbrella Organizations:
1. Public-Society Benefit Organizations
2. Community Foundations
3. Donor-Advised Funds
4. Protecting the Environment and Animals
H. Awards to Highlight Values and Inspire Others
I. International Aid to Encourage Self-Reliance and
IV. How to Evaluate Charities
A. How to Research and Evaluate Potential Giving
B. The Main Watchdog Agencies
C. Other Information and Evaluation Sources
V. Choices and Commitments—How Will Your
Contributions Have the Greatest Impact?
A. Diversify but Focus!
B. Questions for Making Your Choices, Especially
If You Want to Establish Your Own Projects and
C. What Determines “Success”?
More About the Author:
Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson has been President of International Consultants, Inc. and has been consulting for international business, educational, cultural and other institutions.
Dr. Gitelson has been Co-Chair of the Dean’s Council of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She was also a National Vice President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and remains a member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and the Board of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute on the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Advisers of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Currently she is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Previously she had been on the advisory boards of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University Graduate Center and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, she has supported the Columbia SIPA Gitelson Policy Forum, the Gitelson Peace Publications of the Truman Institute, and many other programs and awards at Columbia University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the City University Graduate Center, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and other institutions. Her books and articles have been published on four continents. Columbia University awarded her its prestigious Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.
Dr. Gitelson received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.I.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was a trainee at the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, she was an assistant professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Subsequently she headed several small international business firms for many years, where she used her earned income to sponsor cultural and educational programs.
She is the author of Giving is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy,and Multilateral Aid for National Development and Self-Reliance. In addition, she co-edited Israel in the Third World with Michael Curtis.
Dr. Gitelson is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, and other biographical directories.