For Donors

“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”
―Victor Hugo


Charitable giving should bring great joy and fulfilment. It should make you feel empowered and excited about the good you can do in the world.

But many generous people don’t get as much joy from their giving as they can, simply because they lack quality information on how to choose the organizations best aligned with their interests.

If you’ve reached the stage where you want to go beyond one-off donations and really understand the issue you’re passionate about and how your donations can support it, I’d love to work with you.

Together, we can dig into the issues that move you. We’ll identify the issue or issues you want to put your time and treasure behind. In a few weeks, I’ll come back to you with a personalized, well-researched report on the nonprofits working on your chosen issue and their approaches. Where and how much you give is up to you. My job is just to make you feel really good about where you do choose to give.

Take a look at these sample reports I created for donors interested in Coral Reef Preservation and Preventing HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa.

If you’re ready to become a more informed, engaged giver, please get in touch by emailing

“Because of Lauren’s comprehensive research, we discovered new ways to give to the issue closest to us. I’d recommend Lauren and Thoughtful Philanthropy to anyone who truly wants to understand how their giving can support their values. Very satisfied customers!”

Janet and Ken, San Francisco, CA