We evaluate each potential recipient organization to determine to the best of our ability that they are credible organizationally and financially, capable of deploying incremental donations in the likely size range, and of a size that suggests that the new dollars will have a meaningful impact.

Recognizing the limitations of many small charities, even if well run, we apply the following screens while constantly looking for additional Sources of Credibility in checking the information and impressions we assemble.

  1. Meaningful Impact - Will new donations have a meaningful impact? With few exceptions, no existing grantor provides greater than $1 million of annual budget; no large grant which already effectively meets program needs and exhausts organizational capacity

  2. Institutional Capacity - Is the recipient large enough to handle new donations? In general, recipients will have an annual budget of between $1 and $5 million dollars, although some recipients operating outside of the US may have lower budgets

  3. Proven Record - Has the recipient proven it can accomplish its promised goals? At least three years of operating history demonstrating measurable impact or progress

  4. Demonstrated Impact - Are program impacts being demonstrated and measured? Ability to define its use of donated funds in terms of impact per dollar invested (for example, inoculation of a child, provision of a year of teacher training, supply a starter kit for a target new business type)

  5. Scalability - Can the recipient successfully scale-up? Credible basis to think the organization has the capacity to do meaningfully more of what it does, or to commence a related program

  6. Targeted Opportunity - Would a specific size of donation enable the recipient to materially expand its impact? Is there a piece of equipment, specialized hiring, geographic expansion, or construction project -- the cost of which is known -- which would permit a step-up in furthering the recipient's mission?

  7. Low Overhead - Do donations fund the program with minimum diversion for administration and fundraising? At least 80% of annual budget devoted to direct program services

  8. No Other Agenda - Does the recipient operate without a proselytizing agenda? Absence of political or religious activism, however the fact of a link between a charity and a religious organization is not disqualifying