Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Founding Director, The Charity Rater, LLC

Over the last five years Saundra has provided clear and thoughtful advice to donors. Before becoming a blogger, Saundra was a leading expert in the post-2004 tsunami recovery efforts in Thailand. Working on the ground in Thailand for four years, she saw the impact of aid from all perspectives: villagers, government officials, religious leaders, aid agency staff and directors, the United Nations, and various donors. As founding director of the Disaster Tracking Recovery Assistance Center (D-TRAC), Saundra was regularly was sought out by individual donors, philanthropists, foundations, and corporations for advice on donating to the recovery efforts. Following her work with D-TRAC, she coordinated all of the post-tsunami recovery projects in Thailand for the American Red Cross. This position gave Saundra an insider understanding of the pressures, priorities, and factors affecting aid agency decision making.

In addition to blogging at Good Intentions are Not Enough, Saundra is also the director of The Charity Rater, LLC, and co-host of the podcast Think Before You Give.