Author Archives: carolinefiennes

Why I’ve joined a board of the Flemish Red Cross

I know. You’ve never heard of the Flemish Red Cross. You realise that such a thing probably must exist but you’d never hitherto realised it, right? Well, you should know about it because it’s amazing. Of all the operational charities … Continue reading

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Do Royals help charities? We’re finding out

Apparently ~3000 UK charities have Royal patrons. About 200 have this week lost their relationship with Prince Andrew. Securing and maintaining a relationship with a Royal is work, and is it worth it? It seems that nobody knows. Giving Evidence … Continue reading

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Can people tell posh champagne from cava in a blind trial?? – an experiment

{Warning: this post has nothing to do with philanthropy. It’s to do with science. Sort of.} As widely discussed in the press (i.e., written about by me on Twitter), I recently ran a little trial to see whether people (specifically … Continue reading

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A life ended well

This article first published in the British Medical Journal. My mum died in 2016, a more decorous and peaceful end of life would be hard to imagine. That she died well is a huge blessing: not everybody gets that privilege. … Continue reading

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How to give well to charity?

This article first published in MoneyWise magazine. MacKenzie Bezos, who recently divorced the world’s richest person, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has pledged to give away at least half of her $37billion fortune. To whom should she give it? I’ve advised … Continue reading

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The second best thing to give to charity is feedback

This article first published in the Financial Times in May 2018 Donors can encourage charities to seek feedback Oxfam’s UK chief executive announced his resignation last week, after a spate of damaging allegations of abuse by the charity’s frontline staff … Continue reading

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Charitable foundations: There’s an argument for spending it fast

This article first published in the Financial Times in January 2018 A growing number of funds take a shorter-term approach Having spent its entire war chest of $100m, the Skoll Global Threats Fund closed last month. Jeff Skoll, eBay’s first … Continue reading

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Priority areas for research into charities & philanthropy

With Charity Futures, Giving Evidence has run two projects which combine to identify priority areas for new academic research into charities and philanthropy. These studies are prompted by the growing amount of academic research activity around charities and philanthropy, including … Continue reading

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The campaign for unrestricted funding needs to change tack

This article first published in Charity Finance magazine. A PDF copy is here. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation released a report about its experience of providing core  funding. Entitled Insights on Core Funding, one of its aims is to “provide the organisations … Continue reading

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Charities should have kept Presidents Club donations

This article first published in the Financial Times in February 2018. Much the same issues apply now to organisations declining funds from the Sackler Trust. Among the many issues to have arisen from the FT’s exposé of the Presidents Club … Continue reading

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