This page lists the current areas of focus for GiveWell (including GiveWell Labs). These areas are not rigid or exclusive - we will consider opportunities outside of these areas if they seem to be clearly outstanding or unusual in some way.
In general, for all opportunities, we prefer to work with organizations or people who place high value on transparency - including public disclosure of shortcomings and challenges, public sharing of full (or slightly edited) technical reports, public sharing of detailed financials and financial projections, and public sharing of room for more funding analysis.
We are interested in giving opportunities (charities and projects) that focus on health and nutrition in the developing world. Within this area, we prefer:
We are preliminarily interested in funding scientific research that cannot get funding from traditional sources. Within this area, we prefer:
We are preliminarily interested in funding attempts to systematically improve the value-added of academic research, as discussed in our May update on GiveWell Labs. Within this area, we prefer:
We are preliminarily interested in attempts to prevent and/or prepare for major global catastrophes (including climate change), as discussed in our May update on GiveWell Labs.
We are interested in other opportunities when a strong case can be made that they are