The Effective Philanthropy Lab is an interdisciplinary team based at Stanford PACS, working at the intersection of human centered design, strategic philanthropy, and the behavioral sciences, to design and test methods, messages, products and services to increase donor impact. Our Lab is supported by grants from the Raikes Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Lab emerged from a Hewlett Foundation-supported fellowship and Raikes Foundation case study. Learn more about our background.
EPL aims to help individual High Net Worth (HNW) donors increase their philanthropic impact through more intentional and effective (“outcome-focused”) giving.
EPL conducts applied research to better understand HNW donors’ philanthropic interests, motivations and behaviors with the goal of developing tools and programs to improve their impact and to share lessons learned with the broader field.
Working with experts in strategic philanthropy, human centered design, and the behavioral sciences, the Lab’s team is designing and piloting a series of experiments that they test with High Net Worth donors and related stakeholders. The experiments will comprise in-person engagements, as well as online interactions, and the lessons, tools and resources will be shared publicly.
EPL approaches its aims through three primary activities:
EPL’s approach to motivating more outcome-focused giving is interdisciplinary and encompasses research, tool design and development, and stakeholder engagement and education, with a range of projects in each area. For more, see: