First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
William D. Coplin is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Public Affairs Program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He is the co-author of Power Persuasion: A Surefire System to Get Ahead in Business, which was selected by Fortune Magazine's Book of the Month Club.
"This book makes doing good a little easier..." -- American Way
"Shifting focus from self to others, William D. Coplin shows how to make the world a better place in How You Can Help: An Easy Guide to Doing Good Deeds in Your Everyday Life. The public affairs professor packs in self-assessment quizzes, suggested activities and extensive contact information before sending readers off to donate something (time, blood, talent, money) toward the enhancement of society. Purity of motive isn't an issue in this low-guilt book--action is. Deeming Mother Teresa an unworkable role model, he profiles 'genuine do-gooders,' such as a kindly school teacher who spent eight years of Sundays welcoming visitors to a harsh jail." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a wonderful book. It will be enormously helpful to all individuals who want to make the world a little better. Would-be volunteers with only a few hours a week or a month to spare will find very good suggestions and resources for how to get involved. Would-be doctors and even philanthropists (big donors) will find very practical ideas for getting started. And for those who want to make doing good their life's work, there is also valuable information. We often hear that people want to get involved but don't know how. This book will make it impossible for anyone to use that excuse anymore. And best of all, it's written without jargon or preaching and with lots of passion and conviction." -- Sara E. Melendez, President and CEO, Independent Sector
"Highly inspirational...With clearly stated principles and real life examples, How You Can Help will inspire every reader to help make things better in our world." -- Jack Brill, co-author of Investing With Your Values: Making Money and Making a Difference (1999)
"Finally we have a realistic roadmap which can be used to leverage our charitable giving and our volunteer time in ways that will genuinely improve society. This book includes all the component parts that anyone--regardless of age, sex, income level or political persuasion--can assemble into a powerful strategy that will truly make a difference." -- Curtis Weeden, co-author of Corporate Social Investing: The Breakthrough Strategy for Giving and Getting Corporate Contributions
"Bill Coplin shows how you can help, no matter who you are, what you are and where you are." -- Ralph Nader