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, and we discuss our process for reaching these recommendations on our top charities page.
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GiveDirectly
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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.

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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.
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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.

Past top-rated charities with limited room for more funding

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), which distributes insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, was a top-rated charity from 2009 to November 2013, when we concluded that it had limited short-term room for more funding. We've written about this decision more extensively on our blog here, and have also published detailed reviews of AMF and the evidence in favor of distributing bed nets. Donations to AMF are tax-deductible in the US, UK, Canada, and a number of other countries.

If you would like to support AMF, donate here.


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:

  • 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. 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.

More information on tax-deductibility of donations to our top charities.


Donate to GiveWell

Donate online

Using the button below, you can make a donation that we will use to make grants to our recommended charities, or an unrestricted donation, that we may use to support our operating costs or to make grants, at our discretion:

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Donate by mail

You can donate to GiveWell (a.k.a. The Clear Fund) by sending a check made out to GiveWell to

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If you choose to send a check, please also complete our check donation form and send it in with your check donation.

You may give an unrestricted donation to GiveWell, which we may chose to either use for operating expenses or to re-grant to top charities, or you may choose to give funds that we will only re-grant to top charities. If you would like us to re-grant your donation, please specify this on the check donation form.


Donating to support GiveWell's recommended charities as a gift for a friend or family member? Download, fill in and print our gift acknowledgement letter (DOC).