Insights from the Research Team

Insights from the Research Team

What Biden and his Senate majority mean for climate policy and philanthropy

By: Johannes Ackva & Anu Khan

An update on how the US election results affect climate policy and philanthropy.

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2020 Research Review: Our latest findings and future plans

By: Stephen Clare

We discuss what our Research team learned in 2020 and our plans for 2021.

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Impact stories: GiveDirectly

By: Rachel Baxter

Read the story of Bahati, whose life has been transformed thanks to the work of GiveDirectly, one of our recommended high-impact charities.

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The case for longtermism and safeguarding the future

By: Stephen Clare & Sjir Hoeijmakers

Why we care so much about the future and what this means for philanthropists

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The implications of Biden’s victory for impact-focused climate philanthropy

By: Johannes Ackva & Anu Khan

We explore the implications of Joe Biden's recent election for climate-focused philanthropists.

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Our Approach to Charity

By: David Goldberg

The Founders Pledge approach to charity is based on rigor, humility, and counterfactual thinking. Learn more about how we leverage hard evidence to find the most impactful charities.

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Running the Global Health & Development Fund

By: Stephen Clare

In this final blog in our series about the Global Health and Development Fund, we discuss our plans for learning, iterating and improving.

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Should you support animal welfare charities?

By: Stephen Clare

Discussing three key considerations that affect our decision to donate to animal advocacy organisations rather than human-focused organisations.

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Biden’s victory: Is this a special opportunity for outsized climate impact?

By: Johannes Ackva

What do the results of the US election mean for high-impact climate philanthropy? We explore how it might affect your ability to make a difference through climate philanthropy, and what it means for our Climate Fund strategy and top recommendations.

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Investing to Give Executive Summary

By: Sjir Hoeijmakers

This research report evaluates investing to give as a philanthropic strategy to maximize long-term impact. It concludes it is promising, mainly due to exogenous learning, compound financial returns and option value. Timing of giving matters.

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Pursuing riskier opportunities for impact in global health and development

By: Sam Carter & Stephen Clare

We explain how we aim to maximise the impact of our Global Health and Development Fund by pursuing riskier opportunities with potential for high impact.

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Erik Bergman challenges you to tackle climate change with €1 million match pot

By: Johannes Ackva & Anu Khan

Founders Pledge member Erik Bergman, founder of Catena Media and Great.com, is generously offering to match contributions to our Climate Change Fund up to €1 million (the equivalent of $1,200,000 or £900,000) until December 31!

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Searching for impact: How our Global Health & Development Fund fits into the development landscape

By: Sam Carter & Stephen Clare

This blog provides an overview of the Global Health & Development funding landscape and identifies the unique role that the Founders Pledge Global Health and Development Fund will play.

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Period Poverty: Understanding and addressing an urgent human rights issue

By: Founders Pledge Team

A look at the findings of a new research report on period poverty and how to tackle it. The report was produced by the Kulczyk Foundation in partnership with Founders Pledge.

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Why we're launching a Global Health and Development Fund

By: Sam Carter & Stephen Clare

This blog introduces the Founders Pledge Global Health and Development Fund and is the first in a four-part series.

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Climate Change Executive Summary

By: John Halstead & Johannes Ackva

What’s the best way to donate to fight climate change? Our researchers reviewed the evidence and found the two best charities that lower climate emissions through policy and advocacy.

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Could psychedelics revolutionise mental health treatments?

By: Aidan Goth

Could psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms and MDMA revolutionise mental health treatments? The Founders Pledge research team recently investigated this question and found promising results.

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Psychedelic-Assisted Mental Health Treatments Executive Summary

By: Aidan Goth & Sjir Hoeijmakers

This is a summary of our cause area report on psychedelic-assisted mental health treatments.

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Our plans for seed funding promising nonprofits

By: Callum Calvert

This post lays out what we’ve done so far to find funding opportunities in the space of seed funding nonprofits, and what we plan to do next.

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Seed funding nonprofits: a high-risk, high-reward approach

By: Callum Calvert

In this post, we explore seed funding new or early-stage nonprofits and how it this approach can create impact.

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Our thoughts on tackling homelessness

By: Stephen Clare

We introduce our new recommendations for homelessness charities and discuss how homelessness fits into our cause prioritisation.

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COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. It’s time to take action.

By: Sam Carter & Stephen Clare

We look at how different low- and middle-income countries have been impacted by the pandemic and highlight the best opportunities we’ve found for philanthropy to make a meaningful difference.

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Is Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy paying off?

By: Aidan Goth

Discussion of Sweden's aims, whether the health system is coping and whether Sweden will soon reach herd immunity.

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Why improving housing affordability is one of the best causes to support in England

By: Stephen Clare

An analysis of the housing crisis in England, its social, economic, and environmental effects, and our recommendation for supporting effective solutions.

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Saving lives vs. saving the economy

By: John Halstead

A look at how we can compare the health costs and economic costs of COVID lockdown.

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Housing Affordability in England Executive Summary

By: Stephen Clare

This is a summary of our cause area report on Housing Affordability in England.

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COVID-19: Insights from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

By: The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Insights about the COVID-10 pandemic from the team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

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COVID-19 Global Impact & Innovation Fund

By: Anu Khan

We are excited to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Global Impact & Innovation Fund, in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank.

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COVID-19: It’s not too late to act

By: John Halstead

A look at humanity’s response to COVID-19, the action we can take, and how to reduce the risk of the next pandemic.

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Climate and Lifestyle: policy matters

By: John Halstead & Johannes Ackva

Advice on how to live a climate-friendly lifestyle is typically dominated by adjectives rather than numbers. We might, for example, be told that reusing plastic bags and switching to a plant-based diet have a huge effect on the climate.

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Climate and Lifestyle: donations and offsetting

By: John Halstead & Johannes Ackva

Emissions per person vary considerably even across rich countries: the average American emits 18 tonnes of CO2 per year, whereas the average Swede emits only 7 tonnes.

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Education Executive Summary

By: Callum Calvert

Education executive summary

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Beyond the Pledge: Our Charity Matching Pilot

By: Stephen Clare

Giving time and skills to non-profits can feel fulfilling, but it’s difficult to know just how impactful these collaborations actually are, and how to do them well. So last year, we decided to find out.

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Our Value Discovery Approach

By: Sjir Hoeijmakers

When it comes to philanthropy, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’ Our researchers dig deep, to help you match your intrinsic values to the latest evidence on effectiveness. Learn more.

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Safeguarding the Future Executive Summary

By: John Halstead

As technology reaches new heights, the risk of humanity’s self-destruction also rises. What are the most pressing existential risks we face, and how can donors prevent them? We review the evidence.

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Deworming Children Summary and Giving Recommendations

By: GiveWell

These deworming interventions are some of the most effective ways of increasing children’s health and education. Learn more about this unexpected evidence with Founders Pledge and GiveWell research.

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Animal Welfare Cause Report

By: Stephen Clare

We discuss global animal welfare issues and how donors can help address them