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Giving Compass Releases New Experience Based on Learning from 25,000+ Beta Visitors

In partnership with leading experts in the philanthropic sector, the portal offers resources, events, volunteering opportunities, funds, organizations and more to make it easier to give well

Published 09-28-17

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 Giving Compass, the first of its kind online portal aggregating information to help people to give with impact released today a major technology refresh informed by over 25,000 visits during their beta period this past summer. Enhancements include a guided compass overlay to help users easily explore relevant content based on their interests, the addition of vetted interest funds and additional content such as volunteering opportunities served in real time.

Giving Compass was born through a catalytic grant by the Raikes Foundation, founded by Jeff and Tricia Raikes. They were enthusiastic about learning how to take their generosity to the next level but found it difficult to find targeted resources to guide their strategic giving.

“In our journey, Tricia and I found that other donors faced similar challenges. Giving Compass was created to address this opportunity, leveraging the power of technology and in collaboration with leading philanthropic organizations” said Jeff Raikes, co-founder and chairman of the board at Giving Compass.

Individual donors contribute over $280 billion to charitable causes in the U.S., but how can we give better? There is no single answer as there are many ways to define impact. The Giving Compass team believe that if donors take time to do comparative research and join with others who share similar interests, we can drive meaningful change.

"Giving Compass is tackling a hard, critical challenge for the social sector, getting better information in donor's hands so more dollars go towards greater impact” said Mario Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute, Co-founder, Venture Philanthropy Partners and LEAP Ambassadors Community Member. “LEAP has been a content partner and we see early indicators of their progress. We want to keep helping them reach their potential to be an important, new aggregator for our sector."

Giving Compass is a gathering place of the best content related to giving with impact. Instead of visiting a disjointed group of websites and conducting multiple queries to find information related to a particular topic, individuals can search While searching for a topic of their interest, such as K-12 Education, donors can find trending articles and resources crafted by experts on how to give with impact, information on local events, volunteering opportunities, giving funds and more; all on a single screen aggregated in real time from multiple sources. “We want to help individual donors learn, connect and take action around areas of passion” added Raikes.

 “Thanks to Giving Compass I felt comfortable about where to donate to help Houston's relief efforts” said Valerie Conn, Executive Director, Science Philanthropy Roundtable.

Giving Compass represents a partnership in giving with a collective of corporate citizens, individual thought-leaders, foundations, and nonprofits to advocate for impact philanthropy.


Giving Compass Nonprofit and Foundational Partners


LEAP Ambassadors

Social Venture Partners

The Philanthropy Workshop

Bright Funds

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Stanford PACS

Thrive Global

Charity Navigator

Raikes Foundation

The Bridgespan Group


Global Brigades

Seattle Foundation

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy


Global Giving

Social Impact Exchange

The Impact Network



Giving Compass Advisory Board Members and Leadership

Tricia Raikes

Cindy Mercer

Mickie Rosen

Stephanie Gillis

Jeff Raikes

Kathleen Hebert

Paul Shoemaker

Luis Salazar

Bill Shaughnessy

Larry Leibowitz

Shelly Kurtz



About Giving Compass

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Giving Compass is a nonprofit portal organizing the world’s information to make it easier to give well. Giving Compass guides donors who want to give with intention and impact on a journey to learn, connect with others, and take action to drive meaningful change in communities and the world. Learn more at

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Giving Compass

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Giving Compass is a nonprofit organizing the world’s information to make it easier to give well. Giving Compass offers a single online destination to power impact giving by aggregating resources in one convenient place, encouraging the journey to learn, connect and take action. Complement your CSR efforts with on your employee intranet portal or customer-facing website.

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