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High Impact Holiday Giving

December 1, 2011

All over the world, the end of the year marks a time of reflection and celebration—and an opportunity to offer a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. Nothing beats the feeling of giving confidently with the knowledge that your support can make a significant change in someone’s life.

For us, high impact philanthropy isn’t about how much you give. Whether you have ten dollars or a million dollars, it’s about how well you give to produce positive change.

We at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy have been investigating and analyzing philanthropic options for more than five years. In our newly released guide, High Impact Holiday Giving, we share what we have learned, presenting ten of our best opportunities for making a meaningful difference in people’s lives in the United States and abroad.

For each opportunity, we describe a successful approach that is based on carefully considered evidence. Examples include:

  • Transforming an at-risk student in the US into a reader – and a lifelong learner
  • Lifting a woman out of extreme poverty into increased economic security
  • Preventing a child’s death in the developing world

Not only do our examples have evidence of success, but they also achieve that success at a reasonable cost. An approach for providing emergency food can feed a family of four for a week for less than $50. A program that works with local and international partners can prevent a child’s death for less than $1,200.

Each example provides guidelines to help you take action as well as links to our complete philanthropic investment guides. These in-depth guides house a wealth of research evidence, detailed information on our methodology, and tools for donor decision-making.

Our hope is that by doing much of this legwork for you, we inspire you to turn this year’s traditional season of giving into a celebration of high impact philanthropy.

Happy Holidays!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2011 9:58 am

    Thank you for featuring Fonkoze’s program for the poorest in Haiti in your Giving Guide! This is a powerful program that transforms the lives of Haiti’s hopeless – giving them productive assets, social support, education, health, adequate housing and sanitation, and the dignity of learning to sign their names. Now’s a great time to give because all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

    For more, check out our web page on the program

    and for more on Fonkoze’s microfinance programs, watch our captivating new video “Solid Women.”

  2. December 4, 2011 9:04 pm

    Come December – Christmas time we think of our families and friends , We give them gifts and receive gifts, but are you not the happiest while giving , then give to Haiti .
    Please they need all the help and your financial assistance.


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