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2013 Brazilian Philanthropy Forum: we want more, better and faster

Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 31 October 2013

The 2nd Brazilian Philanthropists Forum, organized by the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) and IDIS, took place on 24 October in São Paulo. Attendance had grown to 186 participants from a little over 150 last year.  …


Measuring non-profit impact: Five questions determine if you can know a charity’s effectiveness

2 Paul Penley 18 July 2013

Peter Singer’s 2013 TED talk about effective altruism argues for the moral necessity of supporting effective charities. Since most of us would prefer to support charities we know, working on issues we care about, rather than …


Let’s be realistic about measuring impact

1 Alnoor Ebrahim 25 March 2013

‘Measure impact’ has become a mantra for creating social change. Claims about making a difference are no longer sufficient; evidence of how much difference you’re making is now required. We should applaud this trend, because …

Why funders should focus on ‘impact practice’ and not just results

John Copps 26 February 2013

The ideas of impact and evaluation are as old as grantmaking itself. But, like anything, being aware of something doesn’t necessarily mean we pay enough attention to it in our working lives. So, for funders …

Evaluation at the Hewlett Foundation

Lucy Bernholz 12 February 2013

  The Hewlett Foundation recently posted an internal working paper on evaluation on its website. I love this – an internal working paper posted on an external website (helloo, sharing!)

 The paper is well worth …

Interview with Andreas Rickert

Louise Hallman 14 January 2013

PHINEO, the German ‘NGO ratings agency’, was launched in 2010. It offers analysis of where best donors should grant their money in a hectic market of 550,000 NGOs in Germany. CEO of PHINEO Andreas Rickert …

Elephants, glorified accountants, gardeners? What is a social impact analyst?

Alison Bukhari 17 December 2012

The analogies and metaphors were flying around the room as a group of 85 social impact analysts gathered for the second SIAA conference in Berlin last month. The group included academics, philanthropy advisers, consultants, researchers …

Discussing progress, growth and development

Elaine Smith and Instituto Geracao 11 September 2012

When most of the year is gone, it is easy to look back and try to see what worked and what did not. We keep on trying to evaluate our actions, maybe in order to …

Data dividends

Lucy Bernholz 22 August 2012

Have you heard of the design company Threadless? You may know it as a t-shirt company. Or the former home of the Obama campaign’s current CTO, Harper Reed. Or you may never have heard of …

Non-profit performance evaluation: strategy (part 5 of 6)

Paul Penley 6 August 2012

Recently a financial advisor asked: what has surprised you the most when evaluating charities? I did not have to think long about the answer. It’s an outstanding juxtaposition: I constantly find good intentions and big …