Caroline Fiennes - How do we know the claims charities make are true?

You're a generous soul: so you sometimes give money and time to charities. But what do they do with it? Charities make a whole pile of claims about what they achieve, but how would we know whether those claims are really true?

Inspired by the evidence-revolution in medicine, Caroline Fiennes is leading the charge for evidence-based charities and philanthropy. She unashamedly brings a scientific approach to understanding what charities are doing, what they should be doing, and whether they're any good at it.

Join us for this free talk, and a chance to ask questions, all in the surroundings of Wycombe's best pub, The Bootlegger.

Ben Goldacre on Caroline's recent book: "You’ve been waiting for this: evidence-based charitable giving." Simon Singh: "Caroline Fiennes explains how to balance heart and mind for people serious about philanthropy. She emphasises with clarity the importance of evidence."

Copies of Caroline's book It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It - "the Freakonomics of the charity world" - will be available for sale.



Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife or many other areas of life.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. This means we often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory.

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in!

see our Facebook page and Twitter account to get a fuller idea of what we are about!

Most of us have a fondness for good quality beer, so our current home is Wycombe’s only specialty ale house & bottle bar, It is also a Bring Your Own Food Pub, and they have free WiFi.

The Bootlegger pub

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,



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  • Sonja

    An informative presentation and discussion
    - enjoyed it!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Very interesting and though provoking talk.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Paul H.

    great speaker, passionate and professional.

    October 24, 2013

  • Dougald T.

    Could have listened to this all night. Fascinating talk ... looking forward to reading the book

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll try to make it but had to go to Wales for work and not sure when I'll arrive in HW

    October 23, 2013

    • Neil D.

      Ok! Hope to see you, if not then next time!

      October 23, 2013

  • Neil D.

    Looking forward to seeing you all tonight, should be a great one! Caroline will be bringing some copies of her book about giving and charity, so bring a bit extra with you in case you want to buy one!

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll try to make it but had to go to Wales for work and not sure when I'll arrive in HW

    October 23, 2013

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