About Us

Giving Compass is a philanthropy knowledge hub helping you learn, connect, and take action.

Our Mission

Channeling generosity through guided experiences toward meaningful change on issues and in communities.

Our Values

Innovation: We embrace fresh ideas, forward thinking, and fast improvements.

Impact: We are accountable to our mission and to delivering a public benefit.

Integrity: We are driven by the desire to do the right thing.

Inclusion: We believe in the power of elevating diverse voices and representing the breadth and depth of work in our sector.

Inspiration: We’re motivated by the joy of giving and spreading it.

Understanding Impact-driven Philanthropy


Guided by clear goals and strong values, impact-driven philanthropists have a passion for solving problems and a commitment to partnering with the people closest to the problems we aim to solve.

While each person’s journey is different, certain core beliefs can guide us to discover the strategies and solutions that will allow us to do the most good for the causes we care about. In an effort to provide further guidance for how philanthropists might do the most good with their assets, we offer a set of principles and practices that flow from these three core beliefs.

Read our 2019 reflections.

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The Path for Giving with Impact

Inspired By a Partnership in Giving


Giving Compass was inspired by Jeff and Tricia Raikes, Co-Founders of the Raikes Foundation. They were enthusiastic about learning how to take their generosity to the next level but found it difficult to find targeted resources to guide their strategic giving.

In their journey, they learned that other donors faced similar challenges. Giving Compass was created to address this opportunity, in collaboration with leading philanthropic organizations.

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Stephanie Gillis Senior Advisor
Jina Heverley CEO
Jen Jope Editor in Chief

Advisory Board

Jeff & Tricia Raikesco-founders
Cindy Mercerco-founder
Larry Leibowitzco-founder
Mickie Rosen
Bill Shaughnessy
Kathleen Hebert
Stanford PACS