Much has been written in recent years about a trend in philanthropy to seek greater impact and more measurable results. Most experts believe this trend is not only here to stay; it is transforming how donors (both individuals and foundations) approach their charitable giving. So what exactly is “high impact philanthropy” and what is the buzz all about? The Center for High Impact Philanthropy defines it as “the practice of making charitable contributions with the intention of maximizing social good. The aim is to make the biggest difference possible given the amount of capital invested.” No one exemplifies this new approach to philanthropy better than Jim and Karen Ansara. The Ansara Family Fund is a Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation, which is Greater Boston’s community foundation. The focus of the fund is on eradicating global poverty in Latin America and Central Asia.

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