Giving Compass' Take:

• Kate Tkacik, writing for GuideStar Blog, discusses how individual donors can use various resources to organize their giving strategy without feeling overwhelmed. 

• How can donors create peer networks to collaborate on impactful giving? What are the most significant barriers for donors to give with impact?

• Read about what factors shape charitable giving plans. 

A few days ago, my bank statement showed me that I’ve been making two recurring donations each month to the exact same social justice organization. With so much happening in the world, so many crises to defuse, and so many causes to support, I hadn’t even realized I’d set up these duplicate contributions.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one feeling a bit disorganized these days. We have resources (be they money, time, or skills) to contribute to the issues we care about. We know we want to help. Maybe we start with a Google search, or browsing through Facebook. Perhaps we find what we’re looking for, but chances are we wind up easily overwhelmed. We keep coming back to the same question: where do I begin? At your local Funding Information Network (FIN) location, you can start getting some answers.

Who is already doing the work? One of the first steps to taking action, is to understand who is already working on the issues. At your local FIN, you can use Foundation Directory Online (FDO) to filter by issue area, and research funders and the nonprofit organizations they have supported, as well as details about the grant projects. You might be familiar with FDO as an application that helps organizations identify funding opportunities, but it’s also a very useful tool for understanding the ecosystem and key players working around a certain issue area in your geographic region.

Once you have narrowed in on the key players doing the work, you can start to focus and deepen your research to understand the best ways to get involved.

Read the full article about resources for giving by Kate Tkacik at GuideStar Blog.