About

From the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), Giving Done Right is the podcast with everything you need to know to make an impact with your charitable giving.

Whether you’re donating a few hundred dollars a year, a few thousand, or a few million, you might find yourself wondering: Where should I give? How do I know which nonprofits are effective? How do I know if I’m really making a difference with my donation?

Join hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette as they welcome leaders and experts from throughout the nonprofit sector to answer philanthropy’s burning questions and bust some myths that have long plagued donors and nonprofits alike. In a time when effective giving is especially crucial, Giving Done Right cuts through the noise and focuses on what you need to know to put your money to work.

The Team


Phil Buchanan
Co-Host
President, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Phil is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He is also deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led CEP into becoming the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness.

Grace Chiang Nicolette
Co-Host
Vice President of Programming and External Relations
Center for Effective Philanthropy

Grace has worked for nonprofits and in philanthropy for over 15 years in the U.S. and China. At CEP, she works closely with Phil on the organization’s individual donor relationships. Grace also leads the team responsible for CEP’s partnerships, outreach efforts, communications, and innovative programming, including CEP’s biennial national conference for philanthropy leaders. She has seen the difference that giving done right can make, both in her own learning journey and when advising foundations on how to be more effective. Grace is a working mom of two young kids, and a frequent speaker on philanthropic effectiveness and philanthropy in China at conferences as well as to foundation and nonprofit boards and staff.

Sarah Martin
Producer
Senior Coordinator, Development & External Relations
Center for Effective Philanthropy

Sarah works closely with the vice president of Programming and External Relations and the President to support the execution of CEP’s fundraising, marketing, communications, and programming efforts. Prior to joining CEP in March 2019, Sarah worked in various operations, communications, and development roles at arts nonprofits, mission-driven architecture firms, and a well-known podcast company. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Italian Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and previously lived and worked in Italy.

About the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

The Center for Effective Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization offering a range of resources for philanthropic donors. Learn more at cep.org.

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