Open minds and open source
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!