Mission and Vision

Philanthropedia’s mission is to improve nonprofit effectiveness by directing money to and facilitating discussion about expert recommended high-impact nonprofits.

Philanthropedia’s vision is to inspire everyone to give with impact and improve nonprofit effectiveness. We envision a world:
  • where all experts openly share their knowledge about nonprofits,

  • where all donors give to high-impact nonprofits in social causes they care about,

  • and where all nonprofits improve their practices because of increased transparency, accountability, and open discussion.

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Theory of Change

Our theory of change is that expert-driven recommendations have tremendous potential to improve the pace of social change: Theory-of-change


Fundamentally, we value:
What makes us unique is that we value:

We strive for excellence in our research, professional relationships, management, and all other aspects of our work.
Without expertise we lose the opportunity to build on a vast existing body of knowledge.

Continuous improvement
We seek continuous improvement through hypothesis-based, data-driven, iteration-heavy decision making.
Without innovation we cannot create new, better solutions to funding and improving the nonprofit sector.

Our stakeholders
We believe in serving the needs of our stakeholders, including donors, experts, and nonprofits.
Without humility we are blind to our weaknesses and miss the chance to learn from others.

How We Measure Success

We look at:
  • Number and quality of experts participating in research
  • Number of donors using Philanthropedia and our data
  • Amount of donations to expert recommended nonprofits
  • Lively public discussions about impact
  • Nonprofits improvements based on feedback

Philanthropedia is a division of GuideStar, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Through independent research, Philanthropedia has leveraged the wisdom of 3128 experts to provide reviews on 783 top nonprofits across 48 causes.