Author Archives: carolinefiennes

One donor’s fantastic work to encourage use of evidence, and production of more, to fight factory farming

This article appeared in Alliance Magazine’s special edition about food systems. It shows a powerful approach to using and producing evidence which donors could use an any sector. Moving to a sustainable and fair food system is a giant challenge, … Continue reading

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Reducing the Administrative Burden Placed on UK Charities by UK Donors and Funders

New project! Giving Evidence is delighted to be starting a project to study funders’ application processes – to try to figure out how to reduce the costs that funders create for operational nonprofits. This is a hugely important topic, so … Continue reading

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Letter in The Economist about anti-malarial bednets

Giving Evidence’s Director, Caroline Fiennes, has a letter in The Economist this week. Giving Evidence’s existence is about directing philanthropic resources to effective & cost-effective work. So we were horrified by a letter in The Economist two weeks ago which … Continue reading

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Announcing a rating of UK foundations on their transparency, accountability and diversity

UK charitable foundation staff and trustees are very white and very male. They’re also often senior in years, and pretty posh. None of those characteristics is necessarily a problem of itself, but (a) the homogeneity creates risk of lacking diversity … Continue reading

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Why most ratings of charities are useless: the available information isn’t important and the important information isn’t available

A Which? Magazine-type reliable rating of a wide range of charities would indeed be helpful. Unfortunately it’s currently impossible. Most months, somebody contacts me saying that they’re setting up some website / app to rate loads of charities – to … Continue reading

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Webinar: intro to evidence, and the evidence about child abuse

This webinar, given with the Campbell Collaboration and Porticus, is a great introduction to rigorous evidence in general, and specifically the rigorous evidence around ‘what works’ in institutional responses to child abuse. It is part of our work on that … Continue reading

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Many (many!) charities are too small to measure their own impact

Most charities should not evaluate their own impact. Funders should stop asking them to evaluate themselves. For one thing, asking somebody to mark their own homework was never likely to be a good idea. This article explains the four very … Continue reading

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We don’t know how to get donors to use more evidence to improve their giving

This article first published in Alliance Magazine. What aids and impedes donors using evidence to make their giving more effective? This question motivated a two researchers at the University of Birmingham to do a wide search of the academic and … Continue reading

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Royal patronages of charities don’t seem to help charities much

Giving Evidence today publishes research about Royal patronages of charities: what are they, who gets them, and do they help? This fits within our work of providing robust evidence so that charities and donors can be as effective as possible. In … Continue reading

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How is philanthropy responding to Covid19? How should it respond?

How are donors responding to the pandemic? What should they be doing? What will the long-term effects be on #philanthropy? Giving Evidence’s Director Caroline Fiennes discussed all this with The Business Of Giving in this interview. We also discussed Giving … Continue reading

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