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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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Choosing causes and charities: look for problems that are big and under-funded

A version of this article published in the Financial Times in January 2019 My financial resolution for this year – as flagged by FT Money earlier this month – is to review the charities in my will. I wrote my will … Continue reading

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Introduction to knowledge management, for foundations and donors

With Keystone Accountability, we recently worked for a funder who was relatively new to knowledge management. We created for them a ‘primer’ to introduce some of the key concepts, and are publishing it because we feel, and hope, that the … Continue reading

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Study of the existing research about charities and philanthropy

New report! Giving Evidence has been mapping the existing research around strategic and operational management of charitable and philanthropic activities. We are today (2nd July 2019) launching a ‘review copy’ of the findings, which you can download here. This sits … Continue reading

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Top charities to support this Christmas: giving recommendations

Whom should you support this Christmas (or in your will)? As we’ve discussed here before, the data on charities’ effectiveness is really ropey, so this question is harder than it should be. In international development, there are some reliable independent … Continue reading

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Empowering the poorest of the poor

This article first published in the Financial Times The global ‘gig economy’ is awash with the downtrodden and effective campaigners The council wanted them out. The Grand Parade area in front of Cape Town’s City Hall needed to be clear … Continue reading

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