We just read an article on the Huffington Post site about “giving 2.0,” telling people not to give more but to give in a way that matters more.
And we couldn’t agree more. This is exactly why Chimp exists.
The author, Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen (who teaches strategic philanthropy at Standford University), has some great advice, and we’ve pulled out some of her top points:
“Give to what interests or excites you most and make it a long-term affair, rather than a ‘philanthropic one-night stand.’”
At the same time, “To make a bigger impact, you also need to shift your giving from sympathetic to strategic.”
“Giving through trusted intermediaries means that, instead of giving to invisible recipients, you can see how your generosity is used….”
“Collaborative giving is another way to maximize bang for philanthropic buck. You can pool funds – moving from isolated to collaborative – and make joint giving decisions, helping your money go further than it would have if you made a gift alone.”
“In the midst of economic turmoil, when everything seems out of control, let's focus on what we can control – how we express our generosity.”
Of course we’re pleased as punch that Chimp offers people a way to give according to each point she makes. From our charity profiles where you can find revenues, expenditures and other details on the 85,000+ registered charities in Canada to our new Chimp Groups, we want to help you make your giving matter more. How do you make it matter more?