Advice on giving, based on evidence

Giving Evidence works to get charitable giving based on evidence. It was founded by Caroline Fiennes, an acclaimed author and former award-winning charity CEO with over 10 years experience advising donors and charities. We work by consulting to donors on an individual basis, and campaigning to improve the ‘system’ overall.

Caroline Fiennes is a great source of advice about charitable giving. She’s helped Eurostar become effective very rapidly” – Eurostar CEO Richard Brown

Caroline Fiennes

1. Consulting on improving performance by making evidence-based decisions. Our independent advice covers the best strategies for giving money, the best ways of giving time, the best charities for them to support, the best ways to organise that support and to understand their impact. We help donors and charities to create processes which use evidence in decisions, to understand their own effectiveness, to identify where to improve, to identify how best to intervene, to make their organisation cultures more orientated around evidence, to collect evidence e.g., from employees and beneficiaries. Clients include the Institute for Government, Cambridge University, the Guardian’s giving programme, a large international family foundation, a small new family foundation, Eurostar, the Institute of Family Business, the Association of Tennis Professionals (the men’s professional body).

Caroline Fiennes provided excellent advice to the ERM Foundation when we were setting up our Low Carbon Enterprise Fund – a social impact programme. She has a strong understanding of philanthropy and how it is best done in a corporate context. She enabled us to see and understand a number of issues that we might otherwise have missed” – Robin Bidwell, ERM Founding President

More information about Giving Evidence’s services for donors and recent client engagements is here. This 90 second video outlines how we help donors:

2. Campaigning aims to get more evidence about charities’ effectiveness published in a way that’s findable and clear (see this project), and to improve its quality (see here). We inform donors about the importance of good evidence (e.g, by writing and speaking in the press and at events); produced the first data that charities’ admin costs don’t indicate their effectiveness, and analysis showing the evaluation of the first social impact bond won’t show whether it’s worked.  We look to learn lessons from evidence-based medicine.

Caroline  has contributed to Freakonomics, the FT, Money Week, BBC Radio 4,  BBC Radio 5Live, Alliance Magazine, The Guardian, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Daily Mail, Huffington Post and the charity sector press. She speaks at many conferences and events, e.g., Skoll World Forum, the annual meeting of the Community Foundations of Canada, Skeptics in the Pub events, trains foundations through the Social Impact Analysts Association, Association of Charitable Foundations and Arab Foundations Forum. She spoke recently at TED – see below.

The Team

Caroline Fiennes founded and directs Giving Evidence.  She is on boards of the US Center for Effective Philanthropy, of the world’s largest charity rating agency Charity NavigatorEvidence Aid (part of The Cochrane Collaboration), UKSIF (the UK Social Investment Forum), is the Corporation of London’s City Philanthropy Coach.

More information about Caroline Fiennes is at www.carolinefiennes.com/about and she is on http://www.twitter.com/carolinefiennes

Dr. Leonora Buckland has worked for a variety of organisations and projects in social entrepreneurship, social investment and philanthropy and has a hybrid background in the private, public and social sectors.  She has been a consultant for the Skoll Foundation and Executive Director of the Venture Partnership Foundation. She co-designed the London Business School social entrepreneurship course with Professor Michael Hay and has written articles for the Stanford Social Innovation Review on microfinance and European venture philanthropy. Most recently she was author of a report on European banks and social and impact investment. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company and followed this by working for the civil service at the Social Exclusion Unit before becoming involved in the social sector. She has a 1st class degree from Worcester College, Oxford University, a Masters in International Economics from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Gareth McKibben is an analyst, working on various projects. Gareth has experience managing research projects, including in the field, to determine needs; sourcing, selecting and working with local businesses and charities to deliver social projects; and designing and implementing systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of interventions. He has authored numerous publications, the majority of which are based on field research.

Gareth started out in the British Civil Service in London before moving on to the International Civil Service, where he worked for the International Organization for Migration in northern Uganda. Upon returning to London, Gareth worked for the City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development, prior to starting with Giving Evidence. He holds a law degree and a research master’s degree in international relations.

Contact. To book Caroline to speak, or for advice about your giving, contact enquiries [at] giving-evidence [dot] com

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