November 1, 2013, Attorney Melinda Gustafson Gervasi released her first non-fiction book. Middle Class Philanthropist: How anyone can leave a legacy is a small book designed to educate and inspire the average person to make a final, end-of-life gift to a charitable cause, as well as challenge nonprofit development staff to re-examine who they view as a philanthropist. From the back cover:
"Predating democracy, capitalism, organized religion, and as old as humanity itself, philanthropy exists because things often go wrong, and things can always be better in our world. Nothing about philanthropy requires a person to have excessive amounts of money to make a difference. In Middle Class Philanthropist: How anyone can leave a legacy, Melinda Gustafson Gervasi redefines the conventional view of philanthropy, providing simple and practical tools by which anyone can leave a legacy."
Middle Class Philanthropist: How anyone can leave a legacy is available in bookstores, through on-line book sellers (Amazon, Barnes & Nobel) and direct through the publisher. Visit www.purpleowlpress.com to learn more about readings or make inquiries. Discounted bulk orders (starting at 10 or more copies) are available through Purple Owl Press, LLC.