Effective Giving During the Downturn

The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy launched a three-month project to help donors find high-impact giving opportunities during the downturn. The first article provides the following ideas:

  • Support and expand community health centers
  • Get the word out on legitimate foreclosure prevention programs
  • Support organizations and collaboratives that break down silos between different government-supported basic needs services

This list is a great start.  I’d add that donors can also get good bang for their buck by helping nonprofits, communities, and schools effectively pursue, manage, and monitor economic stimulus money.  They’ll likely need help with grant writing, contract management, and holding state and local government agencies’ accountable for effective and transparent spending.

What other high-impact opportunities do you think donors have during the downturn?