Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about foundations, nonprofits and their impact

How much good does a charity do? And at what cost? These are questions that many–perhaps most–nonprofits simply can’t answer. Trickle Up, a small New York-based NGO that helps some of the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of poverty, has answers. In FY2014, Trickle Up delivered a high quality program, known as the “graduation” …

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The animal welfare movement is making remarkable progress, which is surprising in a way, because (1) it’s quite small and (2) not much is known about which strategies and tactics are the best ways to reduce the suffering of farm animals. As I wrote last fall, it’s unclear whether lobbying governments, pressuring companies, persuading consumers …

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My most read blogposts of 2015: 1. Evaluating nonprofits: If not overhead, then what? About the “overhead myth” and what Jacob Harold of Guidestar is doing about it. 2. What if the “most good you can do” is to help animals? About Animal Charity Evaluators. 3. The disruptive potential of feedback About Feedback Labs, and listening to beneficiaries. 4. Why won’t foundations …

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POVERTY, INC. | Official Trailer from POVERTY, INC. | The Movie on Vimeo. Near the beginning of the new film Poverty Inc. are excerpts from the music video of the song, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which was recorded in 1984 in response to a terrible famine in Ethiopia by the supergroup Band Aid, featuring, …

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