Available on the center’s website, the guide helps donors choose organizations that can make a big difference in the lives of people who struggle with substance use, today and over the long term.
“Addiction isn’t a problem just for the poor, or the inner-city or rural communities,” said Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and an author of the guide. “The costs are enormous in terms of families destroyed, emergency room visits and lost productivity. For those who want to help, this guide shows how.”
The team analyzed the results and cost effectiveness of organizations and programs across the country and found over a dozen with a track record of success. They also identified promising targets for prevention and treatment research.
“There are many tools available that can help substance users, beyond the 12-step programs that many people are familiar with,” said Cecily Wallman-Stokes, lead author and senior analyst at CHIP. “Those programs can be helpful for many people, but we found a wide range of additional tools, like case management, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications like naltrexone and buprenorphine, that are effective and cost effective. Using philanthropic funds to expand access to the full range of therapies could make an enormous difference, now.”