Effective Giving

The first question on a donor's mind is usually “Where does my money go?” Effective giving is an approach to philanthropy using the head as well as the heart to discover actions and organizations that meaningfully improve life for the most people possible via cost-effective interventions. The approach of giving effectively emphasizes donating where the need is greatest and where donation dollars do the most good; that is generally in developing countries, where poverty exists on a scale that we are fortunate enough to rarely see in industrialized nations. We believe it’s time to put a new spin on the notion that “charity begins at home”, with “home” being our entire planet, not just our immediate geographic or social circles.


As you send your kids off to school, think about Zusha!
Every morning as I wave my ‘ducklings’ off to school on their bikes I implore them to be safe on the roads – a fact they reminded me of when my daughter suggested Zusha! for this month’s charity donation.  In Africa ro...
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Write the World Notebooks (AKA The Love Project)
Kate Tapping had a tiny idea that grew into a project: Write the World notebooks, unique notebooks designed to make the world a better place. 
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The Pale Blue Dot
In this and upcoming posts, Melbournian Kate Tapping reflects on her family's multi-year experience with effective giving.
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Thoughts on 5% Car Sales for Charity, Fourteen Months Later
Car salesman Andrei Smith reflects on the 14 months since he pledged to donate 5% of his commission to effective charities.
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Speed Giving Games in Monroe Park!  A promising model for effective Speed Giving Games
It can be challenging to expect a high turnout in a classroom setting. Students have already spent hours attending lectures! We wanted to make learning about charities open to everyone in a fun environment. What better place to host a Giving Game than the campus hub of Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park.
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Money Hacks for Effective Giving
People have the misconception that giving money to alleviate extreme poverty puts an undue burden on them as donors. Contributor Rob Mathers explores ways we can remove or reduce spending that brings us little or no value with minimal time and effort, and the impact this money can have when given to effective charities.
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Giving Games held at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences;  A Case Study in how The Giving Games Project tracks its impact
In early May, Chris O'Bleness and Paige Ely facilitated a Giving Game at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences’ Family Medicine Interest Group (PNWU). This blog will use the Giving Game results as a case study to consider how we measure the impact from Giving Games and what we hope to achieve.  
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Giving Games goes to the University of Technology Sydney
Nicole Sutton and her teaching team at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a Giving Game which simultaneously teaches students about High Impact Philanthropy and the practical application of core accounting concepts.
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A firsthand view of The Effectiveness of Giving Money to the Poor
While researching my book Where Am I Giving: A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference, in which I explored various types of giving around the world, I traveled to Kenya to see GiveDirectly’s work firsthand.
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An Interview with Oxfam America's CEO, Abby Maxman
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Abby Maxman, President & CEO of Oxfam America. The interview with this dedicated, knowledgeable, and thoughtful career professional led me to confront my conflict regarding interventions where measuring impact is relatively easy versus those where it is much more challenging.
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