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Giving Compass

A new website wants to be the Amazon, the Yelp, the go-to destination for the world of philanthropy.

The Giving Compass is hoping to empower donors to make sure their gifts are making a meaningful difference. It provides users with information about charities and charitable giving, and helps build community around philanthropy.

The site posts news stories and studies on nonprofits, research on effective giving, helps connect like-minded donors and charities, shares calendar information on philanthropy-related events, and is a source for finding volunteer opportunities.

Giving Compass is Seattle-based, but covers information and events from around the country.

The project launched about a year ago and is funded primarily with a catalyst grant from the Raikes Foundation, established by the former top Microsoft Office exec and past Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes, and his wife, Tricia Raikes, also a Microsoft alum.