How to practice high impact giving year-round
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s annual giving toolkit provides donors and funders with actionable guidance for high impact giving year-round.
We include a practical guide on what high impact philanthropy really means and four high-level strategies to help you practice it, no matter what cause or geographic community you care about. To illustrate how high impact philanthropy can be practiced across issue areas, we profile nine exemplars with potential to achieve high impact and share lessons learned that can be applied in your own community.
How to Practice High Impact Philanthropy
This year, our High Impact Giving Toolkit focuses on strategies for practicing high impact philanthropy. Whether you have $5 or $5 billion, we hope this toolkit and our team’s efforts help you translate your generosity and good intentions into greater social impact.
No one wants to practice “low-impact” philanthropy. But what does “high impact philanthropy” actually mean?
We define high impact philanthropy as the practice of using private philanthropic resources for the public good. In other words, it’s philanthropy for social impact.
Philanthropic support takes many forms. It can fund nonprofit programs that provide services directly to those in need; increase the capacity of systems so that multiple programs and organizations are more effective and efficient; support policy & advocacy initiatives that change the environment in which nonprofits work; and fund research & innovation with the potential for game-changing progress.
In the 2024 High Impact Giving Toolkit, we profile nine exemplars with potential to achieve high impact. These nonprofit organizations were vetted by our staff and organizational partners for evidence of positive impact and/or fidelity with evidence-proven interventions. They work in the U.S. and internationally to improve childhood health, educational outcomes, youth career preparation, housing stability, and family livelihoods.
Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 382,000 nonprofit organizations with $73 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective.