Philanthropy that tackles the world’s most pressing problems


Effective Giving supports major philanthropists who are committed to giving as effectively as possible, and passionate about connecting with like-minded donors.

We believe that major donors can afford to be ambitious.

Thoughtful, outcome-driven philanthropy has improved the world in transformative ways: It has saved the lives of millions, pushed the boundaries of moral progress, and launched entirely new fields of advocacy and research. History tells us that this kind of philanthropy is most likely to succeed when donors think strategically about which problem to focus on, rely on the high-quality research, and are willing to take bets on promising new ideas.

In the complex modern world, this isn’t easy to do. Philanthropy can be hard to navigate, and a lack of access to reliable information is a major barrier to giving effectively.

Effective Giving was founded by the philanthropists and thinkers who hope to change this. We take the lead from world-class researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley and MIT to help our members find – and fund – the most promising solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

We support members with one-on-one meetings with experts, funding recommendations (if requested), community events, and invitation-only strategy retreats.

Shared values

Effective Giving is an independent nonprofit, supported by a small group of funders who have no control over our operations. We never solicit funding at events, charge membership fees, or accept payment for services.

Meet the team

Effective Giving was founded by philanthropists and social scientists who believe that changing the culture of major giving is a neglected priority.

Dr Kellie Liket
Dr Kellie LiketFounder / director
Dr. Vera Scholmerich
Dr Vera ScholmerichHead of Research
Robert Boogaard
Robert BoogaardChairman



For the prospectus of our 2-day retreat and enquiries email us, or use the contact details below:

Kellie Liket, Founder & director 
+31 (0)35 820 0502


For Effective Giving UK, visit or contact Natalie Cargill