Author Archives: carolinefiennes

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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Three ways to tell if you’re giving effectively

This article first published in the Financial Times. It describes three methods for assessing the effectiveness of giving. If many donors did this, and published the results with descriptions of how they give, we could build up a picture of … Continue reading

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We need a science of philanthropy

This article first published in the scientific journal Nature. PDF copy here. Billions of dollars are being donated without strong evidence about which ways of giving are effective Philanthropists are flying blind because little is known about how to donate … Continue reading

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Investigating what makes for successful giving

Giving Evidence is pleased to publish what seems to be unprecedented analysis of the success of a foundation’s various grants split by characteristics of the grants: such as size, duration, restrictions, and extent of non-financial support. We have analysed all … Continue reading

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How to give: how to do evidence-based giving

‘Ask an important question and answer it reliably‘: how to do evidence-based philanthropy. This talk was given to an invited group of major donors. (18 mins)

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Help the homeless — don’t give them spare change

This article first published in the Financial Times.  Support homelessness charities and send your money to where it’s really needed It is the classic Venn diagram: not everybody who is homeless is a beggar, and not everybody who is a … Continue reading

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What is evidence-based philanthropy?

This five-minute video is Caroline’s take on what evidence-based philanthropy is, and how it’s similar to and different from evidence-based medicine. Filmed on a park bench…with Oxford-Cambridge boat race crews practising in the background.

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Breaking the hunger cycle for the price of a bus ticket

Modern philanthropists adopt an evidence-based approach This article first published in the Financial Times. The Christian tradition of giving things up for Lent comes, it is said, from making a virtueof necessity. Last year’s harvest, gathered in the autumn, would … Continue reading

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Why are there so many charities?

This article first published in the Financial Times. Donors encourage smaller organisations — but does that help beneficiaries? There are 165,000 registered charities in England and Wales alone, which people often say is a lot. But is it? Moreover, it … Continue reading

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Don’t spread the love with your Christmas charity giving

This article first published in the Financial Times. One big donation will be more effective than several smaller ones Would you prefer to receive one big present this Christmas, or lots of little ones? Your inner child will tell you … Continue reading

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