Author Archives: carolinefiennes

Charities & donors: What would you like more research about?

Giving  Evidence and think-tank Charity Futures break new ground in researching what matters to charities and donors Charity Futures, the new sector think tank led by Sir Stephen Bubb, is launching a major consultation to find out the topics on which … Continue reading

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Donors left empty-handed on charity data questions

How can you tell if a charity is effective, when there is little independent analysis? This article first published in the Financial Times Judging by my inbox, there seems to be huge demand for advice about which charities to support. … Continue reading

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How to make an evidence-based intervention

VIDEO: Watch Caroline’s new lesson with the Fitzroy Academy! Full lesson here.

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Give one charity donation, get one free

Making a big gift to draw other donors is only useful if the charity is highly effective This article first published in the Financial Times The practice of donors offering to “match” gifts made to charities they support has become … Continue reading

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What the Skoll Global Threats Fund learnt with its $100 million

This article first published in Alliance Magazine. The first president of eBay, Jeff Skoll, set up his Global Threats Fund in 2010 to ‘make  progress against five of the gravest threats to humanity’: climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, … Continue reading

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Giving suggestions for this Christmas

If you, like millions of people, want to give this Christmas / holiday season, the following are all good bets, in our view: Medicins Sans Frontieres: They always seem to be to be where the sh*t is worst, e.g., Yemen, … Continue reading

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Try not to judge a charity by its admin costs alone

Producing the kind of data donors would like is hard and expensive, but not impossible This article first published in the Financial Times. We kept overheads low, boasts Camila Batmanghelidjh in her book published last week  about how and why … Continue reading

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How to fund in education

This article first published in the Financial Times. Malala Yousafzai starts at Oxford university next week. The Nobel Peace Prize, which she shared at the age of 17, was for her work promoting the right of all children to education. … Continue reading

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Donating $100m is like donating anything else

So, $100m is a sizeable donation. And one charity is in line to scoop the lot. The  John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, a $6.5bn foundation based in Chicago, is looking for “a single proposal that promises real and … Continue reading

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The rise of the mega-charity that may never die

This article first published in the Financial Times. Established fundraisers dominate — but they don’t have a monopoly on good ideas Death comes rarely to big charities. The Charity 100 Index lists the largest charities in the UK, and of … Continue reading

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