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Your Donation Can Change Someone's Life

You might think about charity as something you do with the extra change you find lying around, or by supporting a friend running in a local race. That's how we used to feel – until we learned how much even a modest amount of charity can accomplish when given to the right organizations.

It's common for charities to make big promises, and in most cases they can't deliver. But after researching hundreds of charities and the programs they carry out, we've found a few that can truly demonstrate impact. With these charities, your donation can make a real difference. For example:

  • The Against Malaria Foundation. Malaria is one of the leading killers of children in Africa. 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. For our detailed analysis, see our full review of AMF.
  • The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (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. For our detailed analysis, see our full review of SCI.
  • The Deworm the World Initiative, led by Evidence Action, also (like SCI) supports programs that treat children for parasitic worm infections. Deworm the World 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. For our detailed analysis, see our full review of Deworm the World.
  • GiveDirectly. 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. For our detailed analysis, see our full review of GiveDirectly.


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