You can read every webpage about every foundation’s strategy.
You can scour CSR reports to see about a company’s social priorities.
You can analyze an individual’s past giving and the boards they serve on to understand their philanthropic priorities.
That all will help, but don’t be fool yourself.
Philanthropy is and always will be personal, deeply personal. There’s no such thing as the best place to give a donation, and there is no analysis that gives the philanthropist the right answer.
This is why all the best philanthropists have a healthy dash of angel investor in them. Angels invest in people above all else, because they know that when you can find that rare combination of grit, belief, tenacity, vision, people skills, humility, audacity, and, and and….
You see, that’s the point.
The list is too long, the unicorn-like combination of attributes so rare, that it’s always, fundamentally, about someone’s belief in you.
(and, for those keeping score, ‘you’ is not just the founder or the CEO, not by a long shot).