A core function of EPLI is to design, develop, and prototype resources that help donors and the intermediaries who support them increase the effectiveness of their giving. All tools designed by EPLI are intended to be shared through a Creative Commons license. You can find a selection of some of our completed tools below.
EPLI led the research that resulted in the creation of the Giving Compass, an online resource for high-net-worth donors who are seeking information about effective philanthropy.
How might we create a website where high-net-worth philanthropists can come to research answers to their strategic questions?
How might we centralize online resources that are vouched for by other high-net-worth philanthropists and experts?
How might we take what we’ve heard from high-net-worth philanthropist’s overlapping journeys and share commonalities in the forms of questions and relevant materials?
In 2015, through a partnership with the Raikes Foundation, we interviewed over 50 users, then in 2016 built a prototype of what later became the Giving Compass. When interviewing “active seeker” philanthropists, we heard consistent frustration with their difficulty in finding helpful materials to guide their strategy. Active seekers are trying to source the landscape (like articles, books, donor education programs, donor stories, and toolkits among other things) and are motivated to craft an effective plan. Yet, many don’t know where to start or where to go to find resources. They exist, but often only experts know where to find them because they are hosted by the authors that produce them. We believed the Giving Compass could help more high-net-worth donors apply effective philanthropy methods.
Active Seekers: Curious, voracious consumers of knowledge who enjoy engaging in solving complex social issues. They seek the resources to help them tackle their philanthropy from a “build-to-learn” perspective, feel confident in their approach, and feel like they are applying the appropriate amount of rigor to their work.
If we provide active seeker donors with the (already existing) resources they need to navigate the donor education space, then they will know where to go to find information, will have relevant information, and will have greater confidence in mapping out their philanthropic strategy.