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How to make an evidence-based intervention

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Give one charity donation, get one free

Making a big gift to draw other donors is only useful if the charity is highly effective This article first published in the Financial Times The practice of donors offering to “match” gifts made to charities they support has become … Continue reading

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What the Skoll Global Threats Fund learnt with its $100 million

This article first published in Alliance Magazine. The first president of eBay, Jeff Skoll, set up his Global Threats Fund in 2010 to ‘make  progress against five of the gravest threats to humanity’: climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, … Continue reading

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Giving suggestions for this Christmas

If you, like millions of people, want to give this Christmas / holiday season, the following are all good bets, in our view: Medicins Sans Frontieres: They always seem to be to be where the sh*t is worst, e.g., Yemen, … Continue reading

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How to fund in education

This article first published in the Financial Times. Malala Yousafzai starts at Oxford university next week. The Nobel Peace Prize, which she shared at the age of 17, was for her work promoting the right of all children to education. … Continue reading

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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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