About

Thoughtful Philanthropy is a charitable giving advisory service for individuals, families and organisations that want to become informed and empowered philanthropists.

Why hire a philanthropic adviser?

We all have issues that move us. Maybe you are devoted to your local community.  Or you have a deep love of nature and of protecting native forests. Whatever issue moves you, charitable giving can be a fulfilling, highly impactful way to act on your passions.

But with so many worthy charities vying for your attention, how do you create a giving strategy that transforms you into an engaged force for good in support of your issues? That’s where your philanthropic adviser comes in.

At Thoughtful Philanthropy, I work one-on-one with my clients to dig into the issues they’re passionate about. I  map out the players and highlight the strategies organisations are following to address the issues. Then, I put everything in a tidy report for you to take away and think about before deciding which group/s you will give to.

Do you partner with other professional advisers?

Absolutely. I work closely with financial and legal advisers who want to offer bespoke philanthropic advisory services to valuable clients with an interest in charitable giving or legacy planning. Visit the Professional Advisers page for more information.

.Lauren Janus

About Lauren

I graduated from Carleton College with a BA in International Relations and devotion to the social change sector. Since then, I’ve led change initiatives working for more than 10 years with formidable, for-impact organizations and gained deep insight of the field of nonprofits tackling today’s toughest challenges. I’ve held positions at AARP, The United Way of the Bay Area, The Alliance for Climate Protection and Oxfam Great Britain. I have an MA in International Affairs and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.

“Lauren listened to me, asked the right questions and delivered a thoughtful, well-researched report on ways I could support the cause I care most about. I would recommend her to anyone looking to better understand the ways their money can work to make the world a better place.”

Karen, Pullman, WA