We search for non-profit organizations that hold the promise of meeting our screening criteria in a credible way. Only 5-10% of the organizations we consider are a strong enough fit for us to showcase them.

Ways we learn about candidate recipients and their programs:

  1. Known to and admired by one or more Focusing Philanthropy Partner

  2. Recommendations by individuals or organizations well known to a Focusing Philanthropy Partner

  3. Referrals by an admirable, larger charitable organization that works with the potential recipient but cannot support it directly

  4. Referrals from Focusing Philanthropy staff and volunteers

  5. Referrals to other organizations from recipients already included on this site

  6. Culling of other philanthropy sources for possible candidate recipients which we then scrutinize ourselves