Resource library

Giving 2.0

Take philanthropic thought leader Laura Arrillaga Andreessen’s course on personal philanthropy.

Giving Library

Get to know the people behind the organizations: watch interviews with nonprofit executive teams.


Leading nonprofit consultancy Bridgespan has an in-depth resource with philanthropy strategy guides and interviews with notable philanthropists.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

This quarterly magazine on the social sector includes topics that range from social innovation to public policy.

University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy

This Center offers guidance on where to give, as well as publishes research and produces a podcast on philanthropy.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana

So interested in philanthropy you want to get an actual degree? The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy offers a number of degrees in philanthropy studies, as well as publishes research within various areas of philanthropy.


Guidestar lets you comprehensively research specific nonprofits’ financials, including their tax returns and financial health visualizations that Guidestar creates on its own. You can also find each nonprofits’ mission statement and impact report through Guidestar.


Philanthropedia allows you to choose one of many causes (national causes like LGBT equality and local causes such as homelessness) for which they have analyzed nonprofits and given the best performers awards. Here you can find stories about the nonprofit as well as expert reviews and information on the nonprofit’s leadership.


GiveWell provides a small, concise list of the charities that you can give to using a strict adherence to Effective Altruism: evaluating high impact in lives saved and quality-of-life improved. Their top charities serve the global poor, focus on evidence-backed interventions, and are thoroughly vetted and transparent. They also publish their own research mistakes, so you know how both research and charity money has been mismanaged.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania engages the philosophy of strategic philanthropy. It provides a great toolkit and suggestions of important causes, both global and local, which can be significantly affected by your philanthropic dollar. For Impact definitions, make sure to check out this link.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is an independent charity evaluator that lets you browse charities by categories, and informs you of news in the philanthropy world, including new and notable organizations.

S&I 100

S&I 100 tracks high-impact nonprofits just as the S&P 500 tracks large companies. The S&I 100 team has screened each of the nonprofits included in the list for evidence of impact, as well as potential to scale.

A Life You Can Save

Inspired by Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save is an educational outreach and advocacy organization focused on extreme poverty. Notable resources include their “Impact Calculator” and “Giving Games”, available for companies.

For more information on Effective Altruism, and its creator Peter Singer

For distilled characteristics of Effective Altruism, check out this GiveWell post

A criticism of Effective Altruism by David Brooks for The New York Times

A Decade of Outcome Oriented Philanthropy

Strategic Philanthropy and Its Discontents

Dan Pallotta’s TED lecture on why a nonprofit’s overhead can only tell us so much

Nonprofit Quarterly article which gives an overview of “The Role of Risk at the Heart of Philanthropy”