“The Art of Planned Giving” was written for professional charitable fundraisers.  Even so, it is mainly a narrative, with stories to show how charities can best be served when donors are well-served in their philanthropic planning.  In 1996 the book received theStaley/Robeson/Ryan/St. Lawrence Prize for Research, granted by the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (NSFRE), now the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  All reviews were favorable, and a few representative comments are highlighted below:

“. . . full of perspectives that flow from the human element of charitable giving.  I particularly liked Doug’s preface advice – to find the real meaning of planned giving by looking into the soul, rather than the Internal Revenue Code.”

The Northern California Planned Giving Council

“White’s thoughtful, well-written book focuses on the human side of planned giving . . . Realistic scenarios skillfully woven into the fabric of the text give depth and detail to the book’s themes.”

The Association of Fundraising Professionals

“Within the first chapter . . . he addresses why people give their money to charity.”

Blackbaud, Inc.

“Doug White is the philosopher prince of planned philanthropy.”

Taxwise Giving

“Doug White’s book takes us on a journey to the seldom explored human side of planned giving.  The Art of Planned Giving is the outgrowth of Doug’s considerable experience in this field, and in it he shares generously of the insights he’s gained from working with literally hundreds of donors and their advisors over the years.”

The Planned Giving Group of New England

“This remarkable book should be required reading for every planned giving professional.  It reminds us that tax and financial discussions that fill most books on this subject are only one part (and not the most important part) of the picture.”

Charitable Gift Planning News

“What we really like is the accessible and extensive discussion of topics we have not seen addressed in other books on charitable gift planning – even very good ones – because the author focuses more on the activities that make up the . . .  qualities needed to be successful”.

Charitable Sector Letter