A Guide to Charitable
Giving, Part 6

A list of Canadian and U.S. Charity Analysis Services




Country Source


My Comments







Charity Intelligence www.charityintelligence.ca Best in class! In-depth analysis of roughly 800 charities, which represent 57% of total Canadian giving. Easily accessible, reliable data.
Canada Revenue Agency https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyBscSrch?request_locale=en


No recommendations, just solid facts on all registered charities.
Charity Data / Blumbergs www.charitydata.ca Excellent. Detailed access to the most relevant metrics for a large number of charities.
Smart Giving/Blumbergs www.smartgiving.ca Tips on good giving, avoiding scams.










Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org/ Key data points for roughly 200,000 charities. Risk: such broad coverage can limit depth of analysis.
Charity Watch www.charitywatch.org Key data points, but smaller coverage.
Give www.give.org Key data points, but smaller coverage.
Guidestar www.guidestar.org Free overview, but detailed data require subscription.
Give Well www.givewell.org/ Raises funds and channels them to favoured charities, based on its research.

Please note that these organizations are typically registered charities themselves. While they make most of their information available for free, they depend on donations to keep operating.


A List of Insightful Educational Articles


“We think that funders like us should be accountable for impact, just like investors are accountable for profit. Without that we – philanthropy and aid – will only accomplish a fraction of what we might have. This is an effort to get out ahead and put our money where our mouth is.” A brilliant summation by Mulago Foundation’s self-critical CEO, Kevin Starr.



Kevin Starr at it again. This time he explains how he used to blame ineffective charitable organizations, wondering why they didn’t work harder, smarter, but how we, the donors are culprits too. “Money is the lifeblood of social sector organizations, we are the ones who allocate it, and we are the least accountable in the whole system. If there are zombies roaming the landscape, it’s on us.” Must read.



An entertaining and educational conversation between Kevin Starr, the CEO of the Mulago Foundation, and Denver Frederick, the host of The Business of Giving.



Atlantic Philanthropies was the largest endowed institution to put all its charitable assets to use in a fixed period of time and then close its doors. In 2010, it commissioned consultant Tony Proscio, in conjunction with Duke University Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civil Society, to write a series of reports charting the final years of the foundation. These seven reports examine the major decisions made behind concluding operations and the culminating “big bets”. Highly insightful; recommended for advanced students of the charitable universe. (See my comments on Chuck Feeney, the founder of Atlantic Philanthropies, in “A Guide to Charitable Giving, Part 3”).


The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune”, by Connor O’Clery.

The definitive book on Chuck Feeney’s remarkable philanthropic journey. Available in book stores, as well as Amazon, Goodreads and other websites.



At the Cavelti Family Foundation, half of the causes we support fall into the “small” category. Charities with a smaller footprint typically get less media coverage and are often better managed and more attuned to the needs of their constituencies. Large or small, we are proud to share who the major recipients of our grants are. Our webpage also explains why we feel they deserve our help.


Reprinted from Peter Cavelti’s “A Guide To Informed Charitable Giving”, copyright 2023. Published by the Author. Content may be reprinted with proper attribution.