Company history for a better world


Company history for a better world

‘This timely book is a stimulating journey through years of insightful and transformative grant-making.’ Dawn Austwick, chief executive of The Big Lottery Fund

Lord Sainsbury was interviewed in the Guardian about his Gatsby Charitable Foundation and A Better World is Possible: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress where he spoke about the importance of charities using their funds to take risks and innovate, rather than using charitable spending as a substitute for social welfare. To celebrate the publication of the book we held a launch with the Gatsby Foundation. Author and established science writer Georgina Ferry and Lord Sainsbury discussed his motives behind producing a company history and his hopes for the future, restructuring the typical book launch format by focusing on creating a dialogue about the book. You can read more about the launch on the City Philanthropy website.

As an imprint of Profile Books we have the flexibility to work on corporate projects that are published under the Profile Books imprint, but can be handled jointly with the Profile Editions team, leaning on our experience in corporate history titles. A Better World is Possible: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress is one such project, and a notable example of the publicity potential for corporate histories with wide appeal. By placing the history of the Gatsby Foundation within a wider framework, we produced a corporate history book that could be sold into the trade. This exclusive history also exists as a study in contemporary philanthropy and a beneficial read for those with an interest in social development, starting or running a charity, or the study of philanthropy.

With praise quotes from Bill Gates, Sir Paul Nurse, Dawn Austwick and Gordon Brown MP, A Better World is Possible could not be better timed to enter the market as a book that invites us to question how the super-rich – and even the moderately affluent – might spend their money for the common good. 

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