Making the most of major philanthropy

We are a group of philanthropists committed to giving as effectively as we can, and passionate about connecting with like-minded donors.

Major philanthropy works best when donors think strategically, rely on high-quality research, and are willing to take bets on promising new ideas.

This isn’t easy to do. Misinformation, cognitive bias, and parochialism are major barriers to giving effectively. Only a fraction of the hundreds of billions donated annually are targeted to help as many individuals as possible.

Effective Giving was founded by the philanthropists and social scientists working to change this.

We take our lead from world-class researchers at Cambridge, MIT, Oxford and elsewhere, to develop, test and improve methodologies for identifying exceptional funding opportunities.

We connect at strategy retreats and seminars, and we share our results at dinners and an annual leaders forum.

Our values

We are an independent, nonprofit group of peers, 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.

Our shared values help to build our common culture, and guide us in all of our activities:

Meet our 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 LiketCo-founder / Director Netherlands
Robert Boogaard
Robert BoogaardCo-founder
Natalie Cargill
Natalie CargillExecutive Director UK
Dr. Vera Scholmerich
Dr Vera ScholmerichHead of Research
Eva van der Meer
Eva van der MeerCommunity Manager
Liv Boeree
Liv BoereePeer Representative UK



For  our prospectus and enquiries, contact community@effectivegiving.org