More of the same old, same old?

More of the same old, same old?

Ever since we started thinking about FW i’ve noticed that there are more and more people like us trying to do the same or similar things. Helping people find good non-profits. Every time I come across one my heart sinks just a little. I know, why should i be sad? If i’m truly mission-driven, then […]

“Our Survey said…!”

“Our Survey said…!”

Want to know the results of our survey? Click on the image below to see our Infographic Thank you to every one who took our survey. We had just under 200 responses which resulted in some interesting insights. Over 80% of you said that “if this information existed today you would trust a local organisation enough […]

Would Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas?

Would Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas?

There was a great article published by Louise Redvers on IRIN at the end of march. If you are interested in understanding what is preventing more locally-led financed interventions from happening, it is well worth the read. On Saturday Federico and I also attended a “hack” day hosted by Development United looking to address the […]

What does Impact mean?

What does Impact mean?

Imagine a company who is giving away a new product free of charge at a train station or in the street. No one asked you what you wanted, in fact you don’t even know if you’ll like it or need it. But everyone is crowding around to get theirs. So you wade in, triumphantly grabbing […]

The Issue with “Overheads”

The Issue with “Overheads”

“On average over the last 5 years, for every pound donated to [xxx], 73p went towards our work with children around the world, just 1p went on governance and the remaining 26p went on raising another pound.” “For every £1 we receive, we spend: 88p on activities to benefit children, 11p on further fundraising initiatives […]

DFID is NOT the victim

DFID is NOT the victim

While I am the first to have a good old dig at inefficiencies and overspending within the aid sector, I find “aid actor bashing” (and I use the words “aid actor” broadly in this context) and the sector’s mental block with “profit” particularly irritating when not balanced.  This was the article that prompted this blog […]

Does it matter what beneficiaries think?

Does it matter what beneficiaries think?

When you choose to buy anything you might be the kind of person that does a little research. If you’re like us you might even do up a little spreadsheet. First you’ll think about what you want. Or maybe something prompts you to think that you want “it”. You might decide upon some criteria of […]

ACTION: Take our Survey!

ACTION: Take our Survey!

We’re currently running a survey to find out more about what drives YOUR decision making when making donations. We’re looking for input from as wide a spectrum of individuals as possible. Help us understand whats important to you with our 5 minute survey (click on the image below to access it): https://fieldworks.typeform.com/to/UFLocU   It would be doubly […]

Voices from the ground up; Investing in Impact

Voices from the ground up; Investing in Impact

As individual donors we expect – nay, even demand – ‘impact’. Yet often we aren’t informed of what it takes to get to the point of having impact and then demonstrating it, nor are we willing to allow organisations to invest in the resources and capacities they need in order to maximise their impact. This thought-provoking […]