Most of the CSR expenditure by companies is merely feel-good expenditure by randomly chosen employees to meet a legal obligation. Those who are advising how to spend it are also asking to be paid as consultants, but have rarely themselves solved problems impactfully.
We routinely assess indices of development to determine the deficits that need to be closed, and to find the projects with the most potential to close such gaps. We specifically look for projects that are well aligned to the How Institute's principles for public problem solving.
This is followed by our independent advocacy, in which we do not touch any of the money ourselves, but merely connect donors to recipients.