“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
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.
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 Navigator, Evidence 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 Oxford University, a Masters in International Economics from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Oxford University.
Sarah Galbraith-Emami has fifteen years of experience with the World Health Organization in Geneva on international and national legal initiatives relating to public health, including serving on the secretariats for negotiations of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the International Health Regulations (2005). Since relocating to London in 2011, she has worked with organizations such as Oxfam UK, Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, the UK Health Forum, Giving Evidence and private sector clients. She continues to work with WHO HQ in Geneva, currently with the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. She is currently consulting with UNDP (through December 2014) as Coordinator for the Effective Integration of HIV, Health and Development into CCA-UNDAF and Country Programme Document processes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Sarah has worked closely with WHO headquarters, regional and country offices as well as United Nations agencies and other international organisations. She has experience in developing policies and strategies, as well as project management and development of databases.
Contact. To book Caroline to speak, or for advice about your giving, contact enquiries [at] giving-evidence [dot] com