Category Archives: Great charities

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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NSPCC’s stats on child addiction to porn don’t stand up to scrutiny

Oh dear. The NSPCC seems to have lost the moral high ground to – of all people –Vice magazine, a trendy periodical that is mainly about trainers and unconventional sex. The children’s charity recently claimed that a tenth of the … Continue reading

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Deworming: problems under re-analysis

A flawed study on deworming children—and new studies that expose its errors—reveal why activists and philanthropists alike need safeguards. The book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, of all things, offers a critically important message for people who work … Continue reading

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Systematic review of evidence to inform funding practice: outdoor learning

“What is known about what works and what doesn’t? What can we learn from the existing literature and experience of other organisations about what works and what doesn’t – and for whom and in what circumstances – which can help … Continue reading

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Good charities spend more on administration than less good charities spend

Ground-breaking analysis by Giving Evidence disproves the popular idea that charities should spend less on administration. This is the first analysis which shows (doesn’t just argue) that high-performing charities spend more on administration costs than weaker ones do. {Report here. The … Continue reading

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Why I’m delighted to join the Advisory Board of Evidence Aid

Boxing Day, 2004. You’re in Sri Lanka, and a tsunami has turned a beautiful day into utter devastation. You’re a doctor and everywhere are ill people, injured people, distraught people: you’re also worried about epidemics of cholera, measles and so on. … Continue reading

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Influential charities you’ve never heard of: Index on Censorship

This was the last in an Advent Calendar for Spear’s Magazine of influential charities you’ve never heard of. It features Index on Censorship. To the heart of the law My cousin had a heart attack the week before Advent. He … Continue reading

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Influential charities you’ve never heard of: IPA

In the run-up to Christmas, Spear’s is highlighting four charities which we recommend you consider supporting. You’ve probably never heard of them, and that’s deliberate. This week is Innovations for Poverty Action, which researches how best to structure development and … Continue reading

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Influential charities you’ve never heard of: Beth Johnson Foundation

This Advent Calendar first appeared in Spears Magazine. Just like investment opportunities, the best charities aren’t necessarily the ones which make most noise or which come to find you. So in the tradition of Advent calendars, each week this Advent … Continue reading

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Influential charities you’ve never heard of: Lucy Faithfull Foundation

This Advent calendar, of influential charities you’ve never heard of, appeared in Spears Magazine. In the run-up to Christmas, Spear’s highlighted four charities which it recommend supporting. You’ve probably never heard of them, and that’s deliberate. This week is the Lucy … Continue reading

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