Tag Archives: efficiency

Understanding impact. What would have happened anyway?

Article first published by the Society of Impact Assessment Analysts In understanding a charity’s impact, we seek to identify the difference which the charity has made in the world. That is, what has happened which would not otherwise have happened. … Continue reading

Posted in Impact & evaluation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

A grand unified theory of effective giving starts with beneficiaries

This article first appeared in Alliance Magazine. ‘What do you think of our team?’ asked the chairman of a new foundation. I hesitated, fearing he would dislike my answer. The trustees were experts in only two of their three focus … Continue reading

Posted in Effective giving | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three golden rules of effective charitable giving

This article first appeared in The Ecologist. Many of us support charities which work on some of the biggest environmental issues of our time. But which are the good ones, and how can we really help? Caroline Fiennes, author of … Continue reading

Posted in Effective giving | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Application and reporting processes keep 3m children out of school

Avoidable waste from foundations’ reporting processes is ~£100m every year, enough to fund the whole of Barnardo’s or the British Red Cross. Another ~£150-250m is wasted in reporting to public sector funders, plus there’s plenty of avoidable waste in application … Continue reading

Posted in Admin costs, Effective giving, Impact & evaluation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

WaterAid: what are you thinking of?

Millions of Thames Water customers have this week received leaflets from WaterAid containing this: WaterAid should know better. This graph perpetuates the dangerous lie that charities’ spending on governance and fundraising is somehow separate from ‘work on charitable objectives’. They’re not: … Continue reading

Posted in Admin costs, Great charities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

The popular fetish of the small

The Economist this week has an article and data showing the folly of the popular affection for small companies. It shows that productivity* per employee is markedly higher in large companies than small ones for two reasons: employees in large … Continue reading

Posted in Effective giving, Impact & evaluation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments