Category Archives: Analysing giving

Making charity & philanthropy more evidence-based

Giving Evidence’s purpose is improving the effectiveness of charitable giving and charitable work by improving the quality of evidence on which they are based. The changes that we need are very analogous to changes which happened in medicine, in terms of … Continue reading

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What makes a helpful reporting & evaluation system? Learning from an outlier

Funders’ reporting and evaluation systems are rarely loved: they are more often regarded as compliance or ‘policing’. But not so for the Inter-American Foundation apparently: IAF received better feedback from its grantees on its reporting and evaluation system than have … Continue reading

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Don’t Die of Ignorance

This was first published by Third Sector, in Caroline Fiennes’ regular column. It sounds pretty good – a programme that aims to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families through early childhood … Continue reading

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Easy ways for philanthropic donors to see if they’re doing well

This article was first  published by the Social Impact Analysts Association. Some skiers are better than others. Some singers are better than others. The same for teaching, nursing and curling. So it seems reasonable to suppose that some people are … Continue reading

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Shameful story of Rockefeller and Einstein

This was first published by the Huffington Post. 100 years old this year, The Rockefeller Foundation likes to tell the tale of its founders’ responsiveness and foresight: ‘When a young Albert Einstein sent a request for $500 to John D. Rockefeller’s top … Continue reading

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Do matched giving schemes work?

This article was first published by Philanthropy Impact magazine. Many fundraisers tell us that donors give more if a match is available, that is, somebody else will also give if, and only if, they give.  Fundraisers’ confidence is based largely … Continue reading

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How should advice on charitable giving be priced?

Answer: In a way that aligns the advisor’s incentives with those of the beneficiary. But which way does that? Along with many others, I’m often asked to advise donors about finding good charities to support and/or strategies to make their … Continue reading

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How do you know if your charity is making any difference? Take control

Charities need to understand which parts of their activities are working and which aren’t. But to really understand the charity’s impact, we need to know not only what did happen, but what would have happened without the charity’s work. Imagine a city with … Continue reading

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