We believe in partnerships. We partner with organisations aligning with our core impact values to fund sustainable projects that empower communities and create real lasting change. Our impact model means we do not form exclusive partnerships with any partners. Instead, we fund individual projects, proposed by our impact partners, which meet our impact values and criteria.
We fund partners who have provable approaches with direct and correlated impact on the targeted communities. We think of ‘Impact’ as measurable and observable changes to outcomes (rather than just outputs or activities), which is directly correlated with the impact partner’s approach.
Our partners aim to identify the counterfactual; some identifying it more rigorously than others (eg. quasi-experimental research or randomised controlled trials). These are tied to outcomes associated with extreme poverty (eg. using the multidimensional poverty index).
For example, our partner in Nepal who is focused on Maternal and Child Health access to rural, marginalised families is focused on reducing neo-natal and maternal mortality. They then measure % of mothers accessing skilled birth attendants during birth, accessing health facilities etc. (which are all globally recognised outcomes which impact on mortality rates).
We also then look at the capacity & capabilities of the team, and a helpful framework of the 5 key elements we are focused on is found here in a blog post we wrote a couple of years back. https://thankyou.co/blog/2017/04/we-stand-tall-on-the-shoulders-of-giants
Once all the criteria have been met, we give funding to the chosen partner, who are responsible for implementing solutions on the ground.