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Praise for Braided Threads

Easy to read and follow, the strength of this work is in the historical context of philanthropy from a US perspective.

Michael Thatcher
President & CEO, Charity Navigator

Braided Threads offers a tour through the history of America’s charitable sector, giving texture to the story of social change as a way to understand this critical pillar of American society, helping us understand where we came from and where we are going.

Jacob Harold
President & CEO, GuideStar

Robert Penna offers us the story of American philanthropy from its ancient roots to its current reality. By tracing key themes, he aptly presents the evolving nature of our philanthropic adventure. Penna has done the nonprofit sector a great service and made its understanding more accessible to the broader public.  A great resource for those who study and work in our sector, as well as those in the general public curious about where it all came from.

Barry Silverberg
Director, Center for Nonprofit Studies, Austin Community College
Former President & CEO, Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO)