Researchers at FasterCures, a nonprofit organization that works to speed progress from medical research to medical solutions, created the Philanthropy Advisory Service, an online "information marketplace" that supports informed investment in nonprofit biomedical research. It was launched in April 2009.
According to project staff, philanthropists—especially individual donors—are providing growing support for medical research. The number of nonprofit organizations doing research on specific diseases is also burgeoning. However, little independent information is available to ensure that philanthropists’ investments in nonprofit biomedical research are efficient and effective.
FasterCures, based in Washington, developed the Philanthropy Advisory Service to help close that gap. The online service hosts reports on existing research on key diseases, and reports and databases on individual nonprofit organizations that do research on those diseases.
Key Results: Project staff at FasterCures reported the following results to RWJF in May 2009. They:
In September/October 2007, PricewaterhouseCoopers provided pro bono services to conduct a landscape analysis of the target market of the Philanthropy Advisory Service.