Research

Empowering Strategic Philanthropy

Methodology

How we evaluate charities

Without the right support, the giving process can be opaque and confusing. Our research framework is designed to identify the most strategic opportunities for impact, so every member can donate with evidence and confidence. For more information on how we conduct our research, read about our methodology below.

Prioritising Impact

Underpinning our methodology is the simple fact that the results achieved by different organisations vary significantly. Identifying the right ones is the difference between making a donation and having an impact.

Understanding Impact

The best entrepreneurs make business decisions backed by evidence and expertise. We do the same with charities. When we compare programs we use rigor and analysis, prioritising outcomes over outputs, and proven causal links over guesswork.

Multiplying Impact

Charities should compete on how much impact they have, not how good they are at fundraising. When we donate thoughtfully, based on evidence of strategic thinking and outcomes, we incentivise those practices within the sector as a whole.

The Value Discovery Approach

Explore Your Intrinsic Values

When it comes to philanthropy, there is no ‘one size fits all’. For Founders Pledge members who don’t already know where to give, our team helps find effective and meaningful focus based on their individual values.

We developed the Value Discovery Approach in order to dig deeper than the causes or charities a donor is already interested in. Instead, we focus on what a better world looks like to each individual, and the ‘intrinsic values’ that motivate them to give.

The result is a highly individualised donation strategy that combines both the donor’s core values and our expertise in maximising impact.

This process takes a different shape for each member, and depends entirely on where they're at in their journey. If they've already found their area of focus, we can provide the data and insights to uncover more effective giving opportunities. If they're new to donating, we can start at the very beginning, defining their aims and identifying the right focus for them.

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Our dedicated research team is available to every Founders Pledge member. From auditing your existing giving portfolio, to talking you through the research below, book a call to get in touch with them today.

Research Reports

Malaria Prevention

A highly neglected cause, and an exceptionally effective way of saving human lives.

A highly neglected cause, and an exceptionally effective way of saving human lives.

Malaria Prevention

Cash Transfers

Giving money directly to those who need it most, so they can use it for what they most need it for.

Giving money directly to those who need it most, so they can use it for what they most need it for.

Cash Transfers

Children’s Nutrition

Preventing blindness, disease and even death by making sure children get the nutrition they need.

Preventing blindness, disease and even death by making sure children get the nutrition they need.

Children’s Nutrition

Climate Change

Combatting anthropogenic climate change through policy advocacy and intergovernmental coordination.

Combatting anthropogenic climate change through policy advocacy and intergovernmental coordination.

Climate Change

Children's Deworming

Likely one of the most cost-effective ways to positively affect children's lives.

Likely one of the most cost-effective ways to positively affect children's lives.

Children's Deworming

Mental Health

Leveraging local resources to increase mental health services where they are most neglected.

Leveraging local resources to increase mental health services where they are most neglected.

Mental Health

Animal Welfare

Improving animal welfare conditions through corporate campaigns.

Improving animal welfare conditions through corporate campaigns.

Animal Welfare

Evidence-Based Policy

Supporting governments to create evidence-led and sustainable social change.

Supporting governments to create evidence-led and sustainable social change.

Evidence-Based Policy

Women's Empowerment

Improving the lives of women and girls through transformative solutions.

Improving the lives of women and girls through transformative solutions.

Women's Empowerment

Forced Displacement

Economically empowering the forcibly displaced.

Economically empowering the forcibly displaced.

Forced Displacement

Mitigating Existential Risks

Focussing on the long-term future of humanity to address existential risks such as AI and pandemics.

Focussing on the long-term future of humanity to address existential risks such as AI and pandemics.

Mitigating Existential Risks

Impact Investing

Being strategic about impact investing to ensure it's really doing good.

Being strategic about impact investing to ensure it's really doing good.

Impact Investing

How We Evaluate Policy Interventions

Our in-house research on how to evaluate charities advocating for social change

Our in-house research on how to evaluate charities advocating for social change

How We Evaluate Policy Interventions

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