Year-End Giving Tips for Year-Round Impact

Posted December 14, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Blog yearendgiving 2015

How can I do the most good with the mon­ey I have? 

That’s a ques­tion most of us — includ­ing the board and staff at the Casey Foun­da­tion — ask our­selves when we con­sid­er the many wor­thy caus­es seek­ing our phil­an­thropic invest­ment dol­lars. Answer­ing that ques­tion is espe­cial­ly impor­tant this time of year when many indi­vid­u­als make their annu­al char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions, often with­out the ben­e­fit of large research teams, 60-plus years of expe­ri­ence and insti­tu­tion­al mem­o­ry or access to third-par­ty eval­u­a­tion data. 

So, this year we’re proud to part­ner with the Cen­ter for High Impact Phil­an­thropy (CHIP) and Fideli­ty Char­i­ta­ble to help donors find the answer to that ques­tion. Specif­i­cal­ly, the Casey Foun­da­tion sup­port­ed CHIP’s 2015 High Impact Year-End Giv­ing Guide, which pro­vides tips on iden­ti­fy­ing good oppor­tu­ni­ties, offers free resources for con­duct­ing due dili­gence on those oppor­tu­ni­ties, presents six of this year’s most promis­ing glob­al oppor­tu­ni­ties and includes oth­er spe­cial features.

As the asso­ciate direc­tor of phil­an­thropy, I help our staff col­lab­o­rate with oth­er donors — indi­vid­ual and orga­ni­za­tion­al — to achieve greater impact for chil­dren and fam­i­lies. We gain a lot from those part­ner­ships, but we offer a lot, too. Most impor­tant, I think, is our focus on results using data to dri­ve deci­sions, high­light­ing evi­dence-based pro­grams and mea­sur­ing what matters.

By sup­port­ing a tool like CHIP’s High Impact Year-End Giv­ing Guide, we can expand the reach of our phil­an­thropic engage­ment — and the ben­e­fits we offer — to a whole new audience.

Here’s to bet­ter giv­ing in 2015 and greater impact in 2016 and beyond. Hap­py sea­son of giving!

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