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Thinkers and doers: introducing our new Head of Research

In 2017 we focussed on learning how to give effectively. This year we want to make sure that we are not only critical thinkers, but also doers. In this pursuit we have hired Vera Schölmerich as Head of Research starting February 2018.

Vera Scholmerich

Sharing high-impact opportunities

Vera’s responsibility will be two-fold. Firstly, she will coordinate, update and share high-impact Giving and Impact Investing opportunities (also published on our website): highly effective organisations which philanthropists can directly donate to or invest in. There will be a range of Giving and Investing opportunities to suit the needs and preferences of various asset owners, depending on their unique resources, including a list of Top Charities, Catalytic Investing opportunities and Catalytic Giving opportunities*.


Using Benchmarks to increase your effectiveness

“Even in what seem like “unquantifiable” areas like political change and disaster prevention, we can still think rigorously, in an evidence-based manner, about how good those activities are. We just need to assess the chances of success and how good success will be if it happens. This, of course, is very difficult to do, but we will make better decisions if we at least try to make these assessments rather than simply throwing up our hands and randomly choosing an activity to pursue, or worse, not choosing any altruistic activity at all.”

William MacAskill, Doing Good Better


During the last Effective Giving Mini Masters, Robert commented that the value their foundation could’ve created for a better world would have been much greater if they had given almost all of Jazi Foundation’s grant money from 2013-2015 to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF).


Sinterklaas is a foolish philanthropist

A day before his official birthday, Kellie Liket wrote a column about why Sinterklaas, a generous Dutch figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children, who according to the legend brings lots of presents every year for Dutch children, acts as a foolish philanthropist according to her children. It was published on 4 December 2017 in Het Financieel Dagblad, a Dutch newspaper specialising in financial and corporate news.

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Sinterklaas is a foolish philanthropist