High Impact Giving Guide

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Welcome to our sixth-annual High Impact Giving Guide, designed to help donors make a bigger difference with their philanthropic gifts. Once again, we’ve reviewed the dozens of effective approaches housed on this website and handpicked 11 distinct opportunities that you can act on immediately.

We are the only university-based center with a singular focus on how philanthropy can achieve greater social impact. We define positive social impact as a meaningful improvement in the lives of others. This year, we’ve organized opportunities to illustrate how donors can address the range of risks human beings face, from their earliest days on earth to adulthood.

As donors, you can equip low-income mothers in the U.S. or in the developing world with tools to keep themselves and their children healthy; provide disconnected youth with the capacity to return to school and get a job; or help homeless people with drug addictions find refuge and treatment. There’s something for every budget. For example, $10 can vaccinate 10 children from measles and rubella in low-income countries; $100 gives a U.S. teacher one-on-one instructional coaching to improve children’s literacy; $5,000 helps preschools set up a high-quality early childcare curriculum; and $100,000 pays for an attorney to assist 200 mentally ill people facing eviction or other legal issues.

We’ve also included our updated Disaster Relief guide. Oxfam estimates that 1.7 million Haitians are in need of humanitarian aid from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October. The scale of human suffering can be overwhelming, with all sorts of natural and man-made disasters calling for aid. Yet, different crises have different needs. Only one thing is certain: The needs remain long after the initial media attention has faded. If Haiti is to move beyond the current devastation and dependence on aid, its people have to be able to make a living.

Don’t forget to check out our tips on how to create greater social impact, no matter the cause or nonprofit you choose; ways to avoid fraud; and additional resources for identifying nonprofits to support.

This guide is just a sampling of what’s available on this website; most, if not all, of the guidance we’ve produced is arranged by issue area. Here, you’ll not only find additional high impact opportunities, but rigorous evidence of what experts in a particular field consider to be the most effective interventions. And, if you’re curious on what new work and initiatives we’re working on for 2017, click for a sneak peek.

On behalf of our team, we hope this guide helps you translate your generosity and good intentions into high impact.

-Katherina Rosqueta
Founding Executive Director

Welcome to our sixth-annual High Impact Giving Guide, designed to help donors make a bigger difference with their philanthropic gifts. Once again, we’ve reviewed the dozens of effective approaches housed on this website and handpicked 11 distinct opportunities that you can act on immediately.

We are the only university-based center with a singular focus on how philanthropy can achieve greater social impact. We define positive social impact as a meaningful improvement in the lives of others. This year, we’ve organized opportunities to illustrate how donors can address the range of risks human beings face, from their earliest days on earth to adulthood.

As donors, you can equip low-income mothers in the U.S. or in the developing world with tools to keep themselves and their children healthy; provide disconnected youth with the capacity to return to school and get a job; or help homeless people with drug addictions find refuge and treatment. There’s something for every budget. For example, $10 can vaccinate 10 children from measles and rubella in low-income countries; $100 gives a U.S. teacher one-on-one instructional coaching to improve children’s literacy; $5,000 helps preschools set up a high-quality early childcare curriculum; and $100,000 pays for an attorney to assist 200 mentally ill people facing eviction or other legal issues.

We’ve also included our updated Disaster Relief guide. Oxfam estimates that 1.7 million Haitians are in need of humanitarian aid from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October. The scale of human suffering can be overwhelming, with all sorts of natural and man-made disasters calling for aid. Yet, different crises have different needs. Only one thing is certain: The needs remain long after the initial media attention has faded. If Haiti is to move beyond the current devastation and dependence on aid, its people have to be able to make a living.

Don’t forget to check out our tips on how to create greater social impact, no matter the cause or nonprofit you choose; ways to avoid fraud; and additional resources for identifying nonprofits to support.

This guide is just a sampling of what’s available on this website; most, if not all, of the guidance we’ve produced is arranged by issue area. Here, you’ll not only find additional high impact opportunities, but rigorous evidence of what experts in a particular field consider to be the most effective interventions. And, if you’re curious on what new work and initiatives we’re working on for 2017, click for a sneak peek.

On behalf of our team, we hope this guide helps you translate your generosity and good intentions into high impact.

-Katherina Rosqueta
Founding Executive Director

Opportunities for Impact

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Essential Support

Nurse home visits for low-income, first-time mothers and their kids.
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Health Ed

Teaching mothers about child nutrition and care.
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Life Saver

Vaccinating the world’s children against measles and rubella.
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Ready to Learn

Closing the achievement gap in preschool for low-income students.
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Word Power

Inspiring teachers to create strong readers.
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Work Study

Empowering low-income young adults to earn a living wage.
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Food Matters

Feeding hungry families in one of the world’s richest countries.
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Urban Renewal

Combating neighborhood blight by sprucing up neglected lots.
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Bare Necessities

Giving the most vulnerable a chance at economic security.
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Civil Rights

Ensuring legal services for people with mental illness.
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Safe Harbor

Refuge and treatment for homeless Americans with drug addiction.
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Disaster Relief

Where to begin and how to help.
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We have many exciting projects planned for 2017, including new and updated guidance, education programs, and our 10 year anniversary.

Our Instructional Programs

In 2017, we will offer three sessions of our Funder Executive Education Program, a new resource for philanthropists, trustees and foundation leaders.

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Sponsors & Partners

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Fidelity
Anne-E-Casey

Gold

HSBC
Vanguard
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Silver

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Mistral-Stiftung
Wealthaven
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