Effort Aims to Steer Gifts to Nonprofits That Get Results

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's program participants were 46-percent less likely to use drugs. For minority boys, the figure was 70 percent.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's program participants were 46-percent less likely to use drugs. For minority boys, the figure was 70 percent.

When the Osborne Association, a New York charity that aids prisoners and their families, starts a new program, the nonprofit searches for approaches that have already been proven to work. When it creates a new service, the group carefully collects data to monitor results.

“We don’t have enough time and money to do things that don’t work,” says Elizabeth Gaynes, the organization’s executive director.

With the year-end giving season under way, a new