Giving 2.0This is the second post reviewing the book "Giving 2.0" by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (Great Giving LLC, 2012)

Effective philanthropy is a continuous process of learning, reevaluation, and renewal. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the author of "Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World," knows this well. Her book is replete with useful recommendations to add structure to philanthropic giving – to "chart a course" for success.

One method she discusses is the "Power of Ten." The practice of tithing dates back to early days of many religious traditions and refers to the practice of giving 10% of your income to charity. And while charity is at the core of most religions, there are many non-religious reasons for giving too, like a sense of gratitude for a blessed life. In any event, giving on some organized basis is usually more robust and regular, helping to form a discipline for your charitable work.

Unless donors hold themselves accountable for impactful giving, no one else will. And so she encourages every donor to educate themselves as much as possible before they write the check. Look up a nonprofit's Form 990 on Guidestar, call the nonprofit to ask them questions about their mission, activities and goals, and volunteer with the organization to provide a fist hand understanding of how things run.

The best line in the book: "Giving is successful only if the organizations we fund succeed, and part of our role as givers is to foster that success."