What is High Impact Philanthropy?

High impact philanthropy is characterized by the following:

  • A focus first on achieving social impact – i.e., a meaningful improvement in the lives of others (vs. other concerns such as maximizing the funder’s tax benefit or honoring a funder’s loved one)
  • Leveraging the best available evidence in identifying problems and developing solutions
  • Linking considerations of cost and impact to understand where the best ‘bang for buck’ lies
  • Continuous learning to refine and improve so that you make a greater and greater difference

Watch Katherina M. Rosqueta, our founding executive director, discuss high impact philanthropy at TEDx and BigThink.

For more on how to practice high impact philanthropy, no matter what issue or cause you care about, see Achieving Impact

To find out about specific high impact philanthropic opportunities by sector or cause (e.g., education, global public health, disaster relief, etc.), see Issue Areas