Donate to GiveWell's top charities
Our top charities are listed below. If you'd prefer to make a single donation and have us allocate it for the support of our top charities, you can donate to GiveWell for regranting.
These are evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, underfunded organizations. We discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of these organizations in this post. We discuss our process for reaching these recommendations on our top charities page.
Against Malaria Foundation
|Preventing deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa|
|Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 1 million people -- mostly children -- die each year. Insecticide-treated bed nets prevent deaths and many other non-fatal cases of malaria and are relatively inexpensive -- about $5 per net. (For more details, see our full report on bed nets.) We believe that AMF effectively expands access to bed nets. More.|
|Distributing cash to very poor individuals in Kenya and Uganda|
|Directly transferring money to poor individuals allows them to purchase that which they believe will help them most. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs (such as food) and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns, with no evidence of large increases in spending on items like alcohol or tobacco. (For more, see our full report on cash transfers.) We believe that GiveDirectly effectively distributes cash to extremely low-income individuals. More.|
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
|Treating people for parasite infections in sub-Saharan Africa|
|SCI supports programs that treat people for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are extremely inexpensive to treat. (For more, see our full report on deworming.) We believe that SCI cost-effectively expands access to deworming treatment. More.|
Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action)
|Treating children for parasite infections in developing countries|
|The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action, supports programs that treat children for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are extremely inexpensive to treat. (For more, see our full report on deworming.) DtWI focuses on advocacy and technical assistance to governments providing deworming, and we believe that it cost-effectively increases the number of children receiving deworming treatment. More.|
Other standout charities
|Development Media International (DMI)|
|Producing mass media to promote improved health behaviors in developing countries|
|DMI produces radio and television broadcasts in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices. Preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial indicate large increases in promoted behaviors.|
|The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) - Universal Salt Iodization (USI) program|
|Aiding salt iodization programs in developing countries|
|Iodine deficiency, which remains common in the developing world, harms cognitive development. Fortifying salt with iodine successfully alleviates this problem. (For more, see our full report on salt iodization.) GAIN’s USI activities vary considerably across countries and include advocacy, technical assistance, supplying equipment, training government officials and salt producers, and monitoring, among others.|
|International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network (ICCIDD)|
|Aiding salt iodization programs in developing countries|
|Iodine deficiency, which remains common in the developing world, harms cognitive development. Fortifying salt with iodine successfully alleviates this problem. (For more, see our full report on salt iodization.) ICCIDD aims to reduce iodine deficiency globally by advocating for national salt iodization programs, tracking progress on iodization, and providing global and country-specific guidance on related programmatic and scientific issues.|
|Supporting a network of community health promoters in Uganda|
|Living Goods sells health products door-to-door and provides basic health counseling in sub-Saharan Africa. A randomized controlled trial measured a 25% reduction in childhood mortality as a result of its program.|
Tax-deductibility of donations to our top charities
Donations to GiveWell are tax-deductible in the US., and we are able to take donations for the support of any of our top charities. In addition:
- Charity-specific considerations. Gifts to the Against Malaria Foundation are tax-deductible in several countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. Gifts to SCI are tax-deductible in the UK. Gifts to ICCIDD are tax-deductible in Canada.
- UK donors can make a tax-deductible donation to the Giving What We Can Trust for the support of one or more or GiveWell's recommended charities. Only charities listed on the form are currently eligible – more may be added later. Donations by UK tax-payers via the trust are eligible for Gift Aid.
- Canadian donors giving CAD 5,000 or more can make a tax-deductible gift to Tides Canada Foundation for the support of one or more of GiveWell's recommended charities. Please email us for more information.
- German and Swiss donors can make a deductible donation to Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung or GBS Schweiz for the support of GiveWell or one or more of our recommended charities. Only charities listed on the form are currently eligible – more may be added later.
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