Open minds and open source

Together we can accelerate the innovation of new digital products that help people give more and give better.

Why does the Better Giving Studio Exist?

The Better Giving Studio (BGS) recognizes the power of individual donors — whether it’s $5, $50, or $5000, it’s the act of giving that counts. While foundations and corporations make headlines with their large donations, the general public is by far the largest private source of funding for U.S. nonprofits. Their unrestricted donations give organizations the freedom and capacity to address the needs of their communities. In 2019 alone, individual givers in the US contributed more than $309 billion, impacting causes from hunger and climate change to racial justice and healthcare.


What is the Better Giving Studio?

Generosity is a universal value that spans time, geographies, and cultures. While it has always been a part of the human experience, digitization is transforming how we give. The Better Giving Studio exists to support everyday donors by sharing innovative and equitable solutions across the giving marketplace. We share and translate donor behavior research, spotlight innovative ideas, and support product development in collaboration with charitable giving platforms. Our goal is to optimize and reimagine digital products that will help all donors give more and give better.

BGS is brought to you by Giving By All, an initiative of the Philanthropic Partnerships team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to inspire and enable more informed and intentional generosity by all.


How does the Better Giving Studio work?

As donor attitudes and behaviors evolve alongside a rapidly changing world, BGS aspires to be a resource for the broader giving marketplace, offering practical tools, real-world insights, and opportunities for collaboration. 

Our two-year pilot program combines a series of activities and experiments focused on product sourcing, prototyping, and piloting to help our partners leverage existing insights and deliver a range of innovative digital giving products and features. Wherever possible, we strive to make BGS tools and concepts open source so that they can be adopted, remixed or used as inspiration and learning efforts.


Who is Better Giving Studio for?

BGS is a collaborative effort. We invite giving platforms, organizations, and entrepreneurs to work with us as we explore new opportunities to better connect people with the causes they care about. Together, we can address gaps and inequities in the current giving marketplace and unlock the potential for positive change. Sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date with what’s coming up next!

Our Team

Better Giving Studio is fueled by a core team from Gates Giving By All team and the global design firm IDEO.

Alisa Ahmadian

Director,
IDEO

Agus Galmarini

Program Officer,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sean Hewens

Design Director,
IDEO

Alena Owen

Assoc. Program Officer,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Victoria Vrana

Deputy Director,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Our Champion Cohort

The Champion Cohort helps to push thinking and progress the Better Giving Studio by offering their time for advising, mentorship, and collaborative work. The Cohort is a diverse group of practitioners representing different perspectives across the giving space.

Ana Marie Argilagos

President & CEO,
Hispanics in Philanthropy

Erin Barnes

CEO,
ioby

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy,
Charities Aid Foundation

Patricia Eng

President & CEO,
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

Armando Castellano

Family Member Trustee,
Castellano Family Foundation

Rachel Hutchisson

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy,
Blackbaud, Inc.

Ciciley “CC” Moore

Program Officer, Office of the President,
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Xiaonan “Coco” Kou

Associate Director of Research,
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Kyumon Murrell

Program Coordinator,
A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities (ABFE)

Woodrow Rosenbaum

Chief Data Officer,
Giving Tuesday

Erik Stegman

Executive Director,
Native Americans in Philanthropy

Piyush Tantia

Chief Innovation Officer,
ideas42

Sarah Welch

Vice President,
ideas42