The Effective Philanthropy Lab

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.

Our Vision

EPL aims to help individual High Net Worth (HNW) donors increase their philanthropic impact through more intentional and effective (“outcome-focused”) giving.

Our Mission

The Effective Philanthropy Lab (EPL) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) conducts applied research to better understand high net worth (HNW) donors’ philanthropic interests, motivations, and behaviors. EPL’s guiding question is How might we help HNW donors increase their philanthropic impact? An interdisciplinary research initiative working at the intersection of strategic philanthropy, the behavioral sciences, and design thinking, EPL aims to improve the knowledge of donors—and of intermediaries providing donor education and advisory services—so they can make more informed, outcome-focused decisions, thereby increasing their philanthropic impact.