What We Do
Giving Compass is a one-stop shop to help individual donors learn about issues, get involved, and give to community-led change. In the US, 80% of giving to nonprofits comes from individuals (Giving USA). While the amount we give is important, how we give also matters. We guide donors toward practices that advance equity and address the root causes of society's issues.
We are guided by the principles of impact-driven philanthropy (IDP).
Ensuring resources and power are fairly redistributed so all humans experience dignity and opportunity.
Drawing on evidence, collecting feedback, and evaluating progress using quantitative and qualitative data.
Addressing institutional, systemic, and structural root causes to eliminate inequities in social outcomes.
Centering beneficiaries in the co-creation of solutions, ensuring integrity and accountability in processes and relationships.
To help impact-driven donors transform their generosity into meaningful change for communities and society.
Who We Support
Access learning content, find opportunities to get involved, and give to trusted organizations.
Reach donors through our platform by sharing your expertise and insights.
Giving Compass was inspired by Jeff and Tricia Raikes, co-founders of the Raikes Foundation. Early in their own giving journey, they met other donors who faced a similar challenge: Finding targeted resources to guide a values-aligned, community-inclusive, and effective giving strategy.
Giving Compass Timeline
- June 2017 Giving Compass goes live in partnership with Giving Tech Labs as a minimal viable product (MVP)
- November 2018 Giving Compass publishes Charting Our Course: First-year Reflections
- June 2019 Giving Compass spins out from Giving Tech Labs from an MVP product toward a long-term, scalable platform
- July 2019 In partnership with Stanford PACS, Giving Compass launches the Philanthropy Resource Directory
- December 2019 Giving Compass reaches 40,000 users per month
- December 2019 Giving Compass publishes its 2019 annual reflection
- March 2020 In partnership with National Center for Family Philanthropy, Giving Compass launches the Coronavirus and COVID-19 Funds Directory
- May 2020 Giving Compass surpasses 78,000 users - 200% YoY growth
- December 2020 Giving Compass publishes its 2020 annual reflection
- October 2021 Giving Compass releases the latest version of Giving Planner, which includes its new Benchmark Calculator
- November 2021 Giving Compass launches a repository of social justice nonprofits
- December 2021 Giving Compass publishes its 2021 annual reflection
- January 2022 Giving Compass spins out from the Raikes Foundation as an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
The world faces many pressing problems, but impact-driven donors can create lasting change by proactively learning more, getting involved, and giving with impact.
Guided by the principles of IDP -- equity, effectiveness, due diligence, and transparency -- Giving Compass:
- Presents facts and frameworks in our library of curated and original articles, columns, videos, and podcasts. Updated daily. Sign up for our newsletter.
- Features event listings, volunteer opportunities, and tools to help donors connect with others, find support, and get involved.
- Creates partnerships with nonprofit and philanthropy experts to provide credible information and trusted best practices.
- Offers a dynamic digital platform for the best user experience.
- 85% of donors want more impact
- 32% spend 2 hours per year to inform their giving
- 9% do comparative research before giving
Our Content Partners
Alliance for Education
Black Voters Matter
Blue Meridian Partners
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
Clean Energy Districts of Iowa
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Donors of Color Network
Equity in Education Coalition
Latino Community Foundation
LeAnne Moss, June Wilson, and Candace Tkachuck
Leap Ambassadors Community
Mission Investors Exchange
Movement Voter Project
National Center for Family Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
New England International Donors
Noel S. Anderson, Lisette Nieves, and Becca Huntting
Science Philanthropy Alliance
Social Impact Exchange
Social Venture Partners
Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Johnson Center
The Life You Can Save
The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI)
The Philanthropy Workshop
Women's Philanthropy Institute
Giving Compass offers a range of partnership opportunities.
VP of Philanthropy & Impact
VP of Editorial & Marketing
VP of Product & Engineering
Senior Financial Executive
Lead Software Engineer
Strategic Partnership Management
Creative Content Manager
Sr. Web Developer
Jr. Web Developer
Head of Product
Philanthropy & Impact Analyst
Integrated Marketing Manager
We embrace fresh ideas, forward thinking, and fast improvements.
We are accountable to our mission and to delivering a public benefit.
We are driven by the desire to do the right thing.
We believe in the power of elevating diverse voices and representing the breadth and depth of work in our sector.
We’re motivated by the joy of giving and spreading it.
Join The Giving Compass Team
Executive Governing Board
Jeff & Tricia Raikes
1109 1st Ave
Seattle WA 98101