New World Library, May 2006
In 1987, Anne Firth Murray had the idea that funding should go to grassroots women's organizations around the globe and that the recipients themselves should decide how to use that money. From that idea, The Global Fund for Women was born. The organization became a major force for good in the world, embodying a new paradigm of philanthropy. In these pages, Murray shares her wisdom, offering guidelines that demonstrate how anyone can turn a clear vision of a better world into reality.
paperback | ISBN: 9781577315339 | Publication Date: May 2006
"I am grateful that Anne Firth Murray and thousands of women around the world dreamed, struggled, and succeeded in planting the seeds and reaping the harvest of the new paradigm she describes here so compellingly. Her experience and clarity provide an essential text for us all. Either we learn to lead organizations based on human generosity, kindness, and wisdom, or we will descend further into the chaos created when we disown these qualities."
--Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time
"These are many of us around the world who have been personally
influenced by the principles and the model that Anne describes . . .
Readers of this book [will] find inspiration in its practical
suggestions and clear guidelines for thinking about their own
philanthropic work in new ways."
--from the foreword by Esther B. Hewlett
"Paradigm Found is a must-read for anyone interested in
social change and the remarkable history of The Global Fund for Women.
Murray's own highly personal and fascinating story is inspirational,
instructive, and insightful -- the story of an extraordinary woman and
an extraordinary life."
--Thomas C. Layton, president, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
"Few people feel deeply enough to act on the gender and equity gaps
they encounter. When they do, the power of their conviction and
unrestrained commitment creates magic. I salute this book as I do Anne
Firth Murray's work. Paradigm Found is an invaluable reference
for any and all who dare to walk their paths to fruition."
--Rita Thapa, founder, Tewa, and founding president, Nagarik Aawaz
"Anne Firth Murray is an entrepreneur in the nonprofit world."
--United Airlines Hemispheres magazine
"This powerful and refreshing book explores what it means to devote
a lifetime to the service of others, with a focus on the leadership,
vision, passion, and humility it takes to use resources as tools for
the empowerment of women. Paradigm Found makes us realize that
after all, what makes for visionary philanthropy is not the size of an
endowment but the size of one's heart."
--Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, cofounder and executive director, African Women's Development Fund
"Anne Firth Murray's honest and valuable advice has inspired and
encouraged us since the very first month of FACE AIDS, and we are happy
to find that same wisdom right here for everyone to read. Her insight
is invaluable -- it could help anyone build a successful organization.
Her story of transforming her idea into the largest foundation in the
world focused exclusively on women's rights will give you faith in your
ability to make an impact on the world."
--Lauren Young, Katie Bollbach, and Jonny Dorsey, founders of FACE AIDS
"Reading Anne's story, I learned new things about the nuts and bolts
of building an organization from scratch, about enrolling others in a
grand adventure, and about savoring as well as saving the world. With
great gratitude to Anne and to Paradigm Found, I look forward
with new eyes and fresh energy to the adventures of my own life."
--Barbara Waugh, PhD, director, university relations, Hewlett-Packard Company
"In Paradise Found, Anne Firth Murray described how strong
vision, fierce resolve, and leadership humility combine gracefully to
create a unique laboratory for historic social change. We at Global
Greengrants Fund are indebted to Anne and her colleagues for enabling
us to better understand some of what distinguishes successful social
movements and how financial resources help and sometimes hurt."
--Chet Tchozewski, founder and executive director, Global Greengrants Fund
"Do you read the newspapers with mounting despair that makes you
want to go back to bed? This is a book to give you back your
get-up-and-go. Anne Firth Murray offers hope and practical suggestions
for those of us who believe that the world deserves a better future and
that, in Gandhi's words, 'we must be the change we wish to see.' In
telling the tale of one very special organization, Anne provides lively
advice and wise insights on the challenges, joys, and rewards of being
a social entrepreneur in modern times."
--Kavita Nandini Ramdas, president and CEO, The Global Fund for Women
"Anne Firth Murray has given us a wonderfully readable look into her
own personal journey to establish what has become the lighthouse
funding organization for women's rights and justice around the world,
The Global Fund for Women. More important, she offers a compelling
challenge to mainstream organizational and management theory and
provides the reader with a concrete example of how to structure and
operate an organization 'the way [she] wanted the world to be:
friendly, modest, diverse, honest, respectful, loving, fair, efficient,
--Christopher Harris, senior program officer, governance and civil society, the Ford Foundation