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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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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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Avoiding waste in medical research

This article first published in the Financial Times. The news that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are putting $3bn towards “ending all disease” has renewed the spotlight on the giving of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest. They are not alone in … Continue reading

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The evidence system in the mental health charity sector

UK non-profits delivering mental health services are not great at producing or using scientific evidence. This is the main finding of a new study by Giving Evidence. We interviewed 12 such organisations to understand their ‘evidence system’, i.e., how evidence is: Produced … Continue reading

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Why do so few charities have their meetings in public?

All charities and charitable foundations exist to serve the public good. Most of them are subsidised by the public, through various tax breaks. Whereas any company must have a meeting at least annually at which the directors are held to account … Continue reading

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