Our editorial mission is to help donors see the intersections between complex social issues and advocate for and fund solutions accordingly. Giving Compass’ curated and original content aims to educate donors on addressing the root causes of inequitable systems, elevate nonprofit stories, and generate long-term funding in social impact.
We welcome all content for consideration as long as it does not promote hate or discrimination. We prioritize voices that have historically been left out of the conversation (BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities).
Our content curation, original resources, and nonprofit/fund selections are guided by Impact-Driven Philanthropy (IDP) practices and principles.
Content is sourced by reputable publishers, influencers, experts, and vetted nonprofits. Giving Compass follows fair curation standards (less than 1/3 of original piece is published, link to original source, and adds value).
Each piece is vetted by Giving Compass’ content team, using a range of criteria including:
Giving Compass publishes original content in various forms:
Content collections feature curated and original content from IDP values-aligned organizations and often focus on pressing issues such as climate action, racial equity, and democracy.View Partner Collections
We aggregate this data using the same principles described in the Curated Content section.
We aggregate U.S.-based volunteering opportunities and match them in real time with the topic explored by our users. This data comes from our partnership with Volunteermatch.orgView Volunteering
We source nonprofits through partnerships with grantmakers (“sponsors”) who meet at least three of the five criteria listed below. We then pull their publicly available grants data to aggregate in our dataset.
Sponsors – (c)(3) organizations: A donor, family or community foundation, or philanthropic intermediary that provides grants to nonprofit organizations.
Sponsors – (c)(4) organizations: A nonprofit organization or philanthropic intermediary that
We also source nonprofits via:
We review the following information about an organization:
Organizations must have at least three of the five competencies publicly available:
We set out to build a data set of issue funds that:
To develop a starting list, we drew upon other’s research, in particular intermediaries that had been identified in the Philanthropist Resource Directory (Stanford PACS) and through the Bridgespan Group’s Four Pathways to Greater Giving report. We also polled our networks of current partners, leading nonprofit organizations, funders, and philanthropic consultants to listen and learn about other funds that are making an impact in a variety of fields and that are transparent about their efforts. Finally, we did some research online to flesh out the list.
Conducting Diligence With a long list of potential funds, we moved into the diligence phase, assessing information that was publicly available on the internet.
We first gauge if funds meet all of the following required criteria:
We then assessed if funds were transparent about specific components of their work. We included in our dataset funds that shared information publicly about at least three of the following:
Impact-driven Philanthropy Funds Our Issue Funds are vetted for impact philanthropy and must meet all of the following criteria:
While we assess transparency, we do not use it to vet issue funds for our repository.
During a crisis, Giving Compass moves quickly to aggregate and elevate rapid response and relief funds that are emerging for donors. Our goal is to build a directory of funds that:
Because of the urgency of these situations, we relax some of ourstandard due diligence criteria. The disaster funds featured on Giving Compass are:
Giving Compass cares deeply about equity and is working to elevate funds that prioritize social justice and populations least well-served by systems.
Because of the number of users and the potential volume of donations, and because of the mission and target audience for our platform, we are not including funds hosted at crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe. We also are directing donors who want to support funds launched by individual nonprofits (to support their own work) to Charity Navigator, which has recommended organizations.
The funds featured on Giving Compass allow donors to give to many organizations with a single contribution and provide peace of mind that someone else is selecting the right organizations.View Disaster Funds
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