External Resources

Giving is driven by intensely personal attitudes. In the digital age are blessed with access to vast amounts of information that can allow us to personalise our giving activities to suit our individual preferences.

On this page we list some of the resources that we have found helpful


The Centre for Effective Altruism
CEA is a registered UK charity founded by Will McAskill and others to help disseminate the ideas expounded in his excellent book (see below).

Financial Tracking Service – provides data on the current state of funding of international humanitarian projects.

Givewell – US site with short list of charities mainly in the developing world with evidence of impact.

Giving what you can – community of mainly US donors undertaking to give away at least 10% of their wealth.

The Life you can save – Peter Singer’s (see book & TED talk below) website with recommendations for charities with effective programmes.


Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference, by William Macaskill

It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It, by Caroline Fiennes

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, by Peter Singer

TED Talks

The why and how of effective altruism by Peter Singer

Giving away our wealth has been the best thing we’ve done by Bill & Melinda Gates

Advice for Donors

Charities Aid Foundation – the major provider of charity accounts in the UK

The Big Give – the experts on matched giving but they can also help donors search for effective charities.

The Funding Network – hold regular group meetings at which three small charities pitch for funding. Founded by Fred Mulder CBE

The Giving Department – founded by Steve Wickham, acts as several family offices, major grant makers and corporates

Philanthropy impact – Guide to Giving – lots of useful content for donors plus personalised advice if required.


Matchmaking websites for volunteers

Reach volunteering:
UK based site that connects people with at least 3 years professional experience.

Volunteer match:
Site that facilitates micro volunteering.

Universal Giving:
The site to use if you want to travel and volunteer overseas.

Impact analysis

Driving Impact by Impetus Private Equity Foundation

What makes a good charity? by New Philanthropy Capital

Center for Theory of Change – explanation about theory of change.