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Bridgespan launches website for givers

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Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Susan Wolf Ditkoff

To equip donors with the tools and information they need to be smart and impactful givers, Bridgespan Group has launched GiveSmart.org, an online resource for philanthropic giving.

The site is part of Bridgespan’s larger Give Smart effort, which is funded in part by a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for developing and making available research and tools to enable philanthropists to improve the impact of their donations.

The website allows donors and would-be donors to nurture their own philanthropic effort by considering six questions:

  • What are my values and beliefs?
  • What is “success” and how can it be achieved?
  • What am I accountable for?
  • What will it take to get the job done?
  • How do I work with grantees?
  • Am I getting better?

The site also provides case studies, best practices, how-to guides and other tools, some of which are provided by outside groups, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Philanthropy Roundtable.

“In our decade of experience working with philanthropists, we’ve learned that a growing number are eager to raise the bar on their own performance,” Susan Wolf Ditkoff, a Bridgespan partner, says in a statement. “They want help with the questions they care passionately about and they want compelling examples of other philanthropists who have created real change.”

The new website is based on a book, published recently as part of the Give Smart effort, titled “Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results,” and written by Thomas J. Tierney, co-founder of Bridgespan, and Joel L. Fleishman, a professor of public policy at Duke University.

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