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Giving Library Launch Aims to Improve Philanthropy
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) will release the Giving Library on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The site is an innovative online library dedicated to providing information about hundreds of non-profit organizations through easily digestible video formats. Philanthropists may also communicate directly with participating non-profit organizations through the Giving Library's Connection Center.
"There is not currently a way for philanthropists to quickly but substantively look into a large number of giving opportunities, and the Giving Library addresses that need. Individuals that use the Giving Library will be able to easily locate, study, and engage with organizations that fit their giving criteria," said LJAF Director of Communications, Meredith Johnson. "What would have taken months or even years of meetings and travel can now be done in a matter of days, from anywhere. It's the new way to give."
Laura and John Arnold made public their dedication to philanthropy with the establishment of LJAF in 2008 and the signing of Bill Gates' and Warren Buffet's Giving Pledge in 2010. The creation of the Giving Library is another step forward in their commitment to charitable giving. As reflected in their Philosophy of Philanthropy, the Arnolds seek to help other donors become as engaged, collaborative, and strategic about charitable giving as the Arnolds personally strive to be. The Giving Library is a tool, but it also serves as a call to action for strategic, thoughtful philanthropy.
"We have been blessed by the many opportunities afforded to us and feel it is our responsibility to invest in philanthropic efforts that create significant change within our lifetimes," said Laura and John Arnold. "We created the Giving Library to help philanthropists explore a large number of giving opportunities in one place and to help them make informed and impactful decisions."
The Giving Library provides two ways to explore participating non-profits: short-format videos that provide a broad understanding of an organization's work; and long-format video interviews to model an in-depth, face-to-face meeting between a donor and a non-profit. The long-format video interviews address each organization's origins, objectives, success metrics, leverage points, effectiveness, possible misconceptions, accomplishments, challenges, future plans, and gaps.
In addition to learning about non-profit organizations by viewing online video interviews, donors have the option to utilize the Connection Center feature, which allows donors to plan their giving on their own terms. Donors may directly connect with organizations of interest - anonymously or by voluntarily identifying themselves – to ask questions or request additional information.
Non-profit organizations included in the Giving Library were evaluated to ensure that they are 501(c)(3) public charities. However, a non-profit organization's participation in the Giving Library is not an endorsement by LJAF.