PHILADELPHIA — The holiday season sparks the spirit of giving and to help donors who are looking to make a difference for others through charitable contributions, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released a free, online toolkit outlining the most effective opportunities.
Based on the Center’s previous analysis pin-pointing where private, philanthropic funds can make the biggest difference improving the lives of others, “High-Impact Holiday Giving” features a round-up of pre-vetted high-impact, cost-effective charitable-giving options and non-profit information for those who wish to make a strong social impact with their donations.
Each opportunity is an evidence-based, successful approach to philanthropic giving in the key areas on which the Center has focused for six years: global public health and international development, domestic education and vulnerable populations in the United States.
“No matter if you have $10 or a million dollars to donate, this guide is designed to help donors get more bang for their charitable bucks by highlighting models that have proven to be highly successful at a reasonable cost,” Katherina Rosqueta, the Center’s founding executive director, said. “High-impact philanthropy is not about how much you give; it’s about how well you give to create positive change.”
Depending on the donor’s interests and how they wish to channel their donations, the Center provides effective charitable-giving opportunities in its online toolkit. For instance, for donors who are interested in assisting victims of Superstorm Sandy, the website refers them to the Center’s blog about post-disaster relief titled “Hurricane Sandy: How Can I Help?”
"High Impact Holiday Giving" includes the Center's latest model-in-practice, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, India, from its ongoing child survival donor toolkit.
Other suggested charitable-giving opportunities center around improving education in the United States, at-risk youth issues, global development and violence prevention.
Its online toolkit delivers guidance for ways to give that will provide emergency food for hungry families, give children a strong start in life with nurse home-visitation programs, keep families healthy, redesign schools for better learning, help new teachers succeed and support literacy. Others deliver life-saving interventions, help people move from poverty to self-sufficiency, fund sustainable agriculture and support community-based primary healthcare systems.
Additionally, “High-Impact Holiday Giving” provides interviews with staff members from the Center that offer various ways to approach year-end giving.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, a non-profit resource that provides independent analysis and decision-making tools to ensure philanthropic funds have the greatest possible social impact, was created in 2006 through a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Wharton School.