2023 High Impact Giving Toolkit: Supporting a More Secure Future for All
Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, some people have returned to a sense of stability. But many face tremendous uncertainty about the future. For individual donors and professional grantmakers alike, the question is, “How can I help?”
This toolkit is our team’s answer. In it you’ll find:
- 5 strategies to support a more secure future for all
- 12 nonprofit organizations using evidence-based strategies to create real-world impact
- Tips for practicing high impact philanthropy year-round
- More resources to identify additional nonprofits
We hope this toolkit and the free, downloadable booklet help you translate your generosity and good intentions into high impact.
Support nonprofits implementing one or more of these evidence-based strategies
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted learning for children of all ages. Remote learning set children back, particularly those in resource-poor settings who didn’t have supports like a place to learn, reliable WiFi, or parents who could stay home and serve as defacto teachers. Philanthropy can help by strengthening the web of support that all children need to thrive.
Even when someone has a reliable income, the lack of $500 in savings can start the slide into financial hardship, unemployment, or homelessness when an unexpected repair or medical bill comes due. Increasing savings and access to better jobs help. In addition, direct, unconditional cash transfers – also known as guaranteed income programs – can be a powerful tool to address financial insecurity.
Disparities by race, gender, socio-economic status, age, and geography often result from policies and practices that systematically exclude certain groups. Such structural inequality exists across a range issues, including health care, education, housing, economic development, and environmental impact. Funders can consider 5 dimensions in reviewing an organization’s work: inclusivity, durability of power, strength of evidence and systems-level impact.
Climate- and weather-related disasters and floods have been rising disproportionately in both incidence and gravity and at the same time, communities face urgent man-made disasters. Many individual donors and institutional grantmakers are moved to help when a crisis first hits. Yet the effects of a disaster persist long past the initial headlines. Ensuring a more secure future requires considering all four stages of disaster response.
Multiple indices that track the strength of democracy – both in the US and globally – have measured declines in democracy and increases in authoritarianism. Yet democracy and democratic institutions have been a powerful force for ensuring that the interests of individuals are well met and that their futures are secure. Addressing “news deserts” can be an effective way to help.
Nonprofits Making an Impact
Here we profile 12 nonprofits implementing one or more of the strategies above. These organizations were each vetted by our team and provide real-world examples of how you can help. Collectively, they also illustrate all four of the philanthropic plays that lead to impact.
Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 328,000 nonprofit organizations with $51 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.