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Process for Identifying Top Charities - 2011 Version

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This page describes the process we used to identify our top charities (why we focus on international charities).

Introduction

GiveWell's mission is to find outstanding charities and to publish the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give.

Our focus is on finding outstanding charities rather than completing an in-depth investigation for each organization we consider. For that reason, we rely on heuristics, or meaningful shortcuts, to distinguish between organizations and identify ones that we think will ultimately qualify for our recommendations.

In general, we believe that charities should bear the burden of proof (why should charities bear the burden of proof?) when soliciting donations from "casual" donors - donors that do not have the time or resources to conduct significant in-depth investigations of charities on their own. We therefore only recommend charities that can make a strong case that they are significantly improving lives in a cost-effective way and can use additional donations to expand their proven program(s) (see our criteria). Charities that we do not recommend may be effective, but we have not identified a strong case for a casual donor to be confident in such charities.

We are always open to changing our conclusions about specific organizations. If you represent (or are otherwise informed about) a charity we have considered and have information that you believe would affect our conclusion about the charity, please share it with us.

Goal of the report

We seek to identify outstanding giving opportunities in the area of developing-world aid whose work offers donors a particularly good opportunity to accomplish good with their donations. Our goal is not to rate as many charities as possible, but to find the very best giving opportunities we can. This requires subjectivity and judgment calls; our goal is not to be objective but to be fully transparent about the basis for our recommendations.

We primarily look for charities with strong documented track records, highly cost-effective activities, and concrete needs for more funds. Recommended charities must be highly transparent and accountable, i.e., willing to share enough in-depth information about their work that we can assess them on these criteria. Consistent with our mission of trying to identify outstanding giving opportunities, we are open to any organization that can make a compelling case for impact and we would not exclude any organization just because it did not meet one of these criteria.

We do not claim that charities we recommend are the only ones that should be funded, but rather that they are a good fit for individual donors, or people who are:

  • Looking to give $250,000 or less in a year, and therefore unlikely to be able to fund personalized projects or hire their own staff (or philanthropic advice).
  • Without personal/firsthand knowledge of particular charities' effectiveness - essentially starting with no or very limited knowledge of their options.
  • Without the time or capacity to visit charities' operations on the ground, develop relationships with charities, etc. - looking to give effectively but also quickly.

Our process

In general, our approach is to:

  • Understand as much as we can about a cause by reading as much of the background literature as we can and talking to individuals with subject-matter expertise;
  • Cast a wide net to identify as many charities that could potentially receive a top rating from us;
  • Formulate heuristics to prioritize some of the many charities we have identified as more or less promising;
  • Looking briefly at all of the charities and considering them with regard to our heuristics and categorizing some as "promising and worthy of further investigation" and others as "not promising and unlikely to receive a recommendation;"
  • Investigating the most promising ones in more depth through phone calls with charity representatives; reviewing internal documents including monitoring and evaluation reports, budgets, and plans for using additional funding; reviewing independent literature and evidence of effectiveness of the charities' programs.
  • Identifying the top contenders for our recommendations and doing very in-depth investigations, including visits to their programs in the field.

We conducted a major open-ended search for charities in 2011 (since then we have done in-depth updates on all top charities while exploring new areas and continuing to stay open to new contenders for our top charities list). This search consisted of the following:

Developing heuristics to flag promising charities

We first developed a set of heuristics for flagging charities worth investigating further. In developing these heuristics, we incorporated research and previous heuristics from our 2009 report and understanding we gained in the years since. Our full set of flags for identifying promising charities was:

  • High-quality monitoring and evaluation reports published on website A charity meets this criterion if it freely publishes - on its website - substantial evidence regarding impact that (a) discusses how the impacts of projects or programs were evaluated, including what information was collected and how it was collected; (b) discusses the actual impact of the evaluated projects. (Why is monitoring and evaluation so important?) We seek enough evidence to be confident that a charity changed lives for the better - not simply that it carried out its activities as intended. Different programs aim for different sorts of life change, and must be assessed on different terms. We do not hold to a single universal rule for determining what "impact" we're looking for; rather, what we look for varies by program type. (For more, see, What constitutes impact?)
  • Focus on priority programs as identified in our 2009 report A charity meets this criterion if it focuses primarily on (or publishes enough financial information to make it clear that 75% of its recent funding is devoted to) what we consider "priority programs." These programs have particularly strong evidence bases, enough to lower the burden of proof on a charity running them. (Why do we look for charities implementing proven programs?) Such programs include administering vaccinations, distributing insecticide-treated nets, and treating tuberculosis, among many others. For more, see our full list of priority programs.
  • High upside. Is there a possibility of the charity's programs' creating outsized impact? We considered the following types of programs as possibly having high upside: (a) organizations aiming to invent a new product that would solve a significant problem in the developing world; (b) organizations that commit to rigorous, public evaluation (including but not limited to a randomized controlled trial) such that others can learn whether the project went well (and ought to be scaled up) or failed (and should not be); (c) organizations that produce high-quality research (including but not limited to randomized controlled trials) about aid programs; and (d) organizations that are aiming to create self-sustaining programs that will eventually not require donations to continue to exist.
  • Extreme cost-effectiveness. Organizations working on programs that, if successful, would be significantly more cost-effective than our estimate of what we consider highly cost-effective programs.
  • Promising causes. We flagged organizations working in causes that we wanted to learn more about (details).
  • Others. We sometimes flagged a charity because of a particularly strong recommendation from a source whose opinion we give substantial weight to, or simply because we found the organization interesting.

Identifying charities to consider

We cast a wide net to identify as many charities that could potentially receive a top rating from us. We used the following sources to identify charities to consider. We considered all of the organizations from each source, except where otherwise noted.

  • Recommendations from contacts, donors, and charities: Donors and charity representatives may ask us to consider a charity via our charity submission form or via email. We have also received referrals from contacts we've made in the course of our research, such as academics and staff at foundations.
  • Cause-specific sources: Including Mix Market's database of microfinance institutions (only the institutions we contacted are listed in the table below; these have not been revisited since 2010) and the World Health Organization's list of "Global Health Partnerships". We also considered some of the charities profiled by Faster Cures' philanthropy advisory service (a service for donors interested in supporting medical research).
  • Grantees of "impact-focused" foundations: These foundations include Children's Investment Fund Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,1 Jasmine Social Investments, Mulago Foundation, Peery Foundation, and Skoll Foundation. We also considered winners of the FastCompany Social Capitalist Award and the World Bank's Development Marketplace Award in 2007 (when the award was given to health charities).
  • Other groups' lists of highlighted charities: Including Peter Singer's website for the book The Life You Can Save, Innovations for Poverty Action's Proven Impact Fund, the Copenhagen Consensus' Guide to Giving, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's website for the book Poor Economics, Charity Navigator's largest listed international charities (not revisited since 2009), Philanthroper's daily highlighted charities (only organizations working on international causes), and some of the organizations listed on the philanthropic social networking site Jumo's highlighted organizations by cause.
  • Past GiveWell grant applicants: GiveWell awarded cause-based grants in 2007-2008 and 2009, and organizations that applied for grants are included in our list of considered organizations.
  • Partners of charities: Including partner charities of Partners in Health, working on the cause of health care access, and partners of charity: water, working to improve access to clean water.
  • Partners of research groups: In particular, we have included charities partnering with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) or the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) to run randomized controlled trials (not revisited since 2009).

This is not an exhaustive list. Any charity working on international causes that comes to our attention was added to our list of charities to consider, regardless of whether it falls into one of the above categories. If there is a charity you think we should consider that is not in the list below, please tell us about it.

Examining hundreds of charities

We visited the websites of hundreds of organizations and marked which flags each qualified for. These are listed in the table below.

We flagged 223 organizations and contacted 98. Cases where we did not contact a flagged charity were generally due to de-prioritizing a flag after learning more about it; details at our page on flagged-but-not-contacted charities.

Examining promising charities in more depth

We contacted the charities we found most promising according to the flags above. The degree of examination varied significantly by organization. For each organization, we at least had a single phone call in which we asked basic questions about an organization's activities, evidence of effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation process and room for more funding; asked for permission to publish notes from the conversation; requested documents that would support and answer the questions we asked on the call; and reviewed submitted documents. At this stage, we again assessed and agreed upon how likely the organization was to receive a top recommendation, based on our criteria. In most cases, we stopped at this point and sent the organization a draft of our review to consider. Organizations were given the option to withdraw from the process at any time; we published reviews only for organizations that gave us permission to do so, and otherwise published pages simply stating that they declined to participate. For every contacted but not recommended organization that participated in our process, we have prepared a review and published it if given permission.

In the cases of organizations we deemed most promising, we continued to engage by asking questions in phone conversations, email correspondence, or in-person meetings with charities' staff. We continually discussed which charities seemed most likely to become top-rated by our criteria, both internally and with outsiders (for an example of the latter, see the documentation from our August 2011 research event.

Ranking top contenders

At the beginning of October 2011, we determined that three charities were top contenders to become our top charities. We arranged field visits to these charities: two of us visited Operation Asha in India and three of us visited the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and a field partner of the Against Malaria Foundation in Malawi. We have published notes and pictures from these visits.

After highly intensive investigation, including many hours of conversations with charity representatives, conversations with partners and funders (and potential funders) of our contender charities, and in-depth research into the causes and contexts within which these charities were working, we came to an agreement among all staff regarding our top charities. Readers can view the individual charity reviews linked from our top charities page. We have also published a blog post regarding the relative merits of our #1 and #2 charity.

We also awarded the "standout" distinction to organizations that met the following criteria:

  • We had found the charities interesting and promising enough to continue in-depth investigation of.
  • The charities had participated fully in our process and helped us gain all the information we needed to assess them fully by our criteria.
  • The charities had cleared us to publish in-depth reviews discussing their performance by these criteria.
  • After considering all available information, we felt that these charities represented outstanding opportunities for donors to accomplish good.

All charities considered in most recent broad search

The table below presents all charities we considered for a recommendation in our most recent broad search (conducted in 2011; since then we have done in-depth updates on all top charities while exploring new areas and continuing to stay open to new contenders for our top charities list). To filter or sort these charities, you can also download a full, Excel version of the table below.

  • Each charity's name links to more information about our view on and process for reviewing that charity (in some cases a full, in-depth review of the organization)
  • Each row specifies which flags, if any, the charity qualified for, and the charity's current status.
  • Charities are sorted by status: reviewed organizations are listed first, followed by "Pending" organizations (investigation still in progress), followed by charities we have not done a full investigation of for various reasons which are specified in the table (clicking a charity's name will often provide more information).

Each of these charities falls into one of the following categories:

  • Reviewed. In these cases, the charity's name links to more information. "Top-rated" and "Standout" organizations are designated as such.
  • Pending. The charity is still being investigated or is still deciding whether to participate in our process.
  • Contacted (no response). We contacted the charity but have not received a response. Note that we generally follow up multiple times after contacting charities.
  • Contacted (declined). The charity chose not to participate in our process.
  • Not flagged. We did not investigate the charity; it does not qualify for any of our flags.
  • Flagged but not contacted. We flagged the charity but did not contact it due to time constraints. (Details)
  • Not revisited. We examined this charity as part of our 2009 report and did not revisit it for this report.
  • No website. We searched for this charity's website but did not find one.

The following table shows each charity's status at the time we published our report in November 2011. For up-to-date information, please see our list of all charities considered.

Organization Flags (if any) Status
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Top-rated
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Top-rated
GiveDirectly Program selection Standout
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Cause: research Standout
Nyaya Health Unusual transparency; Local health care Standout
Pratham Monitoring and evaluation Standout
Small Enterprise Foundation Cause: microfinance Standout
VillageReach Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Past top-rated charity with limited room for more funding
Al Majmoua Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Aravind Eye Care Program selection Reviewed
BRAC Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
CARE Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
Chamroeun Cause: microfinance Reviewed
COMACO Program selection Reviewed
Concern Universal Microfinance Operations (CUMO) Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Development Action for Mobilization and Emancipation (DAMEN) Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Deworm the World Program selection Reviewed
Engineers Without Borders Unusual transparency Reviewed
FINCA Peru Cause: microfinance Reviewed
First MicroFinanceBank (FMFB) Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Fistula Foundation Program selection Reviewed
Fred Hollows Foundation Program selection Reviewed
Freedom from Hunger Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
Fundación Paraguaya Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Fundación Progresar Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Program selection Reviewed
Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Program selection Reviewed
Initiative Development - Ghana Cause: microfinance Reviewed
International Development Enterprises (IDE) Monitoring and evaluation; Potential high upside (sustainability) Reviewed
MicroDreams Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Microloan Foundation Cause: microfinance Reviewed
mothers2mothers Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
Partners in Health Cause: local health care Reviewed
Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Clinic Cause: local health care Reviewed
Stop TB Partnership Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
The Carter Center Program selection Reviewed
The Smile Train Program selection Reviewed
Trickle Up Program selection Reviewed
Village Enterprise Program selection; Monitoring and evaluation Reviewed
Vipani Unusual transparency Reviewed
VisionFund Cambodia Cause: microfinance Reviewed
Vitamin Angels Program selection Reviewed
Women for Women International Program selection Reviewed
Worldwide Fistula Fund Program selection Reviewed
A Child's Right Cause: water Pending
Action Against Hunger (ACF International) Cause: nutrition Pending
Aeras, Global TB Vaccine Foundation Cause: research Pending
Aprovecho Research Center Cause: inventions Pending
Blood:Water Mission Cause: water Pending
Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition (DREAM) Monitoring and evaluation Pending
Edesia Cause: nutrition Pending
Embrace Cause: inventions Pending
Envirofit Cause: inventions Pending
Family Health International Monitoring and evaluation Pending
Fonkoze Cause: microfinance Pending
Gram Vikas Cause: water Pending
HarvestPlus Cause: nutrition Pending
Infectious Disease Research Institute Cause: research Pending
International Development Entreprises (India) Monitoring and evaluation; Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
Jhpiego Corporation Monitoring and evaluation Pending
Kickstart Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
Living Goods Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
Mana Cause: nutrition Pending
Micronutrient Initiative Cause: nutrition Pending
Naya Jeevan Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
NetsforLife Program selection Pending
Nothing But Nets Program selection Pending
Operation Asha Program selection Pending
Operation Smile Possible monitoring and evaluation Pending
PATH Cause: research Pending
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative Cause: research Pending
PCI Media Impact Potential high upside (very high cost-effectiveness) Pending
Population Media Center Potential high upside (very high cost-effectiveness) Pending
Project Muso Ladamunen Monitoring and evaluation Pending
Riders for Health Other Pending
Root Capital Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
Sankara Eye Foundation Program selection Pending
Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) Monitoring and evaluation Pending
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Cause: research Pending
Solar Cookers International Cause: inventions Pending
Valid Nutrition Cause: nutrition Pending
VisionSpring Possible monitoring and evaluation Pending
Waste Ventures Potential high upside (sustainability) Pending
WaterAid Cause: water Pending
APOPO Cause: inventions Contacted (declined)
Approtech Asia Cause: inventions Contacted (no response)
Aquaya Cause: water Contacted (declined)
Centro de Promoción del Desarrollo Local (CEPRODEL) Cause: microfinance Contacted (declined)
Diagnostics for All Cause: research Contacted (no response)
Effective Intervention Cause: research Contacted (no response)
Enda Inter-Arabe Cause: microfinance Contacted (declined)
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Cause: nutrition Contacted (no response)
Helen Keller International Program selection Contacted (declined)
Institute for OneWorld Health Cause: research Contacted (declined)
Measles Initiative Program selection Contacted (declined)
Medicine Mondiale Cause: inventions Contacted (declined)
One Acre Fund Possible monitoring and evaluation Contacted (declined)
Project Healthy Children Cause: nutrition Contacted (declined)
Samasource Other Contacted (declined)
Think Humanity Monitoring and evaluation Contacted (no response)
Tostan Monitoring and evaluation Contacted (declined)
Water For People Cause: water Contacted (declined)
A Glimmer of Hope Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Accordia Global Health Foundation Cause: research Flagged not contacted
African Mission Healthcare Foundation Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Agastya International Foundation Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
Agenda Africa Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
AHEAD Energy Other Flagged not contacted
Akshara Foundation Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
Akshaya Patra Cause: nutrition Flagged not contacted
Amici dei Bambini Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
ANA Rwanda Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Arebaokeng Hospice & Child Care Center Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Artists for Charity Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
ASHA Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Asha for Education Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
Association for the Development of Pakistan Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Azmat Welfare Foundation Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Bahay Tuluyan Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESUS) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Bridge International Academies Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Brittany's Hope Foundation Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Bugando Medical Center Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Busoga Trust America Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Butenga Orphanage Care and Development Organisation Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
CAMFED Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Center for Community Development Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Charity: Water Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Children Walking Tall Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
China Care Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Concern Worldwide Cause: water Flagged not contacted
COPE Nigeria Program selection Flagged not contacted
Deep Springs International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Digital Divide Data Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Dollars for Change Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
E+Co Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Escuela Nueva Foundation Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
Filter Pure Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Food Water Shelter Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Friends of Colombian Orphans Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Friends of Shelter Associates Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Gardens for the Gambia Cause: water Flagged not contacted
GHESKIO Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) Program selection Flagged not contacted
Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET 2020) Program selection Flagged not contacted
Global Greengrants Fund Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program selection Flagged not contacted
Global Partners for Development Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Good Return Cause: microfinance Flagged not contacted
Grace Peter Charitable Trust Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Grassroots Business Fund Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Healing Hands International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Healing Waters International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Health through Water and Sanitation (HEWASA) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Help the Helpless Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Husk Power Other Flagged not contacted
Hygiene Village Project Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Institute of Empirical Research in Political Economy Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Integrated Community Development International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Program selection Flagged not contacted
International Justice Mission Other Flagged not contacted
International Lifeline Fund Cause: water Flagged not contacted
International Rescue Committee Cause: water Flagged not contacted
International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) Program selection Flagged not contacted
Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Iris Ministries Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Kashf Foundation Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
Khan Academy Other Flagged not contacted
Lampstand Charity Family of God Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Latter Glory Church Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Leprosy Mission International Program selection Flagged not contacted
Lifewater International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Living Water International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Love Without Boundaries Foundation Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Macha Mission Hospital Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Malaria Consortium Program selection Flagged not contacted
Malawi Children's Village Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Malawi Freshwater Project Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Malnutrition Matters Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Mama Maria Clinics Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Manikjore Seva Sangha Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF) Other Flagged not contacted
Mission India Foundation Program selection Flagged not contacted
Naandi Foundation on Clean Water Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Nepal Water for Health Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Nishtha Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Peace Dividend Trust Unusual transparency Flagged not contacted
Population and Community Development Association Potential high upside (sustainability); local health care Flagged not contacted
Population Council Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Possible Dreams International Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Pump Aid Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Pure Water for the World Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Restore International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Rural Aid Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Rwanda Environment Care (REC) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Ryan’s Well Foundation Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Sabin Vaccine Institute Cause: research Flagged not contacted
Sabuj Sangha Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Safe Passage Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Samaritan's Purse Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Sarboday Sangha Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Saúde Criança Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Seva Mandir Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Shanti Bhavan Children's Project Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Shining Hope for Communities Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Soft Power Health Program selection Flagged not contacted
Staff of Hope Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Sunderban Social Development Centre (SSDC) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International Program selection Flagged not contacted
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
TAMTAM Program selection Flagged not contacted
Teach a Man to Fish Potential high upside (sustainability) Flagged not contacted
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Cause: research Flagged not contacted
The Bridge Water Project Cause: water Flagged not contacted
The Water Project Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Tiyatien Health Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Touching Tiny Lives Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Trailblazer Foundation Cause: low insulation Flagged not contacted
Uber Shelter Cause: inventions Flagged not contacted
Uganda Environmental Education Foundation (UEEF) Cause: water Flagged not contacted
UNITAID Program selection Flagged not contacted
United Front Against River Blindness Program selection Flagged not contacted
Vatsalaya Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Village Health Works Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Village Water Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Voluntary Health Services Cause: local health care Flagged not contacted
Water 1st Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water Charity Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water for Kenya Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water Harvest International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water is Life Kenya Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water Missions International Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Water.org Cause: water Flagged not contacted
WaterCan/EauVive Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Wayanad Girijanaseva Trust Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Wells for Life Cause: water Flagged not contacted
Witness Possible monitoring and evaluation but not prioritized due to cause Flagged not contacted
World Food Program Cause: nutrition Flagged not contacted
Zoe Children's Homes Cause: orphans and vulnerable children Flagged not contacted
Academy for Educational Development - Not flagged
ActionAid - Not flagged
African Children's Choir - Not flagged
Aga Khan Development Network - Not flagged
Al Amana - Not flagged
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - Not flagged
Arise Foundation Uganda - Not flagged
Back2Back Ministries - Not flagged
Bandhan Development - Not flagged
Batey Relief Alliance - Not flagged
Because I Am A Girl - Not flagged
Binti Africa Foundation (BAF) - Not flagged
Book Wish Foundation - Not flagged
Bread for the World - Not flagged
Brother's Brother Foundation - Not flagged
Canadian Network for International Surgery - Not flagged
Central Asia Institute - Not flagged
Centre for Vision in the Developing World - Not flagged
Child Rehabilitation Centre - Not flagged
Children's Surgery International - Not flagged
Christian Aid - Not flagged
Common Hope - Not flagged
Concern India Foundation - Not flagged
Dignitas International - Not flagged
Dream Corps International - Not flagged
Educate! - Not flagged
Education Generation - Not flagged
Envaya - Not flagged
Equality Now - Not flagged
Farmer’s Life Improvement and Future Light Youth Organization - Not flagged
Firelight Foundation - Not flagged
Food 4 Everyone - Not flagged
Forgotten Diamonds - Not flagged
Foundation For Peace - Not flagged
Free The Children - Not flagged
Gardens for Health - Not flagged
Gawad Kalinga - Not flagged
Generation of Leaders Discovered (GOLD) - Not flagged
GeoHazards International - Not flagged
Givology - Not flagged
Goodweave - Not flagged
GOONJ - Not flagged
Grameen Alo - Not flagged
Habitat for Humanity International - Not flagged
HaitiCorps International - Not flagged
Hand of Hope - Not flagged
Handicap International - Not flagged
HealthRight International - Not flagged
Helping Hands - Not flagged
Hope Beyond Worldwide - Not flagged
Hope for Suffering Humanity - Not flagged
Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Not flagged
ICICI Foundation - Not flagged
INJAZ Al-Arab - Not flagged
International Organization for Migration - Not flagged
International Resources Group - Not flagged
J/P HRO - Not flagged
Jewish Heart for Africa - Not flagged
Kabissa - Not flagged
Komaza - Not flagged
Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) - Not flagged
Machik - Not flagged
Magna Children at Risk - Not flagged
Marie Stopes International - Not flagged
MicroEmpowering - Not flagged
Nabuur - Not flagged
Nari Gunjan - Not flagged
Nepal Youth Foundation - Not flagged
Next of Kin Registry (NOKR) - Not flagged
Nuru International - Not flagged
Pardada Pardadi Educational Society - Not flagged
Partners in Progress - Not flagged
Partnership for Child Development - Not flagged
Plan Canada - Not flagged
Plan International - Not flagged
Plenty International - Not flagged
PointCare Technologies - Not flagged
Pradan - Not flagged
Restavek Freedom Foundation - Not flagged
Right to Play - Not flagged
Rutgers WPF - Not flagged
SAWA - Australia - Not flagged
School for Life - Not flagged
SHARE Foundation - Not flagged
Smallholders Foundation - Not flagged
Straight Talk Foundation - Not flagged
SurfAid International - Not flagged
Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation - Not flagged
TCI Foundation - Not flagged
Terre des Hommes International Federation - Not flagged
The Asia Foundation - Not flagged
The GENESIS Network - Not flagged
The New Sudan Education Initiative - Not flagged
The Prem Rawat Foundation - Not flagged
The Task Force for Global Health - Not flagged
Valid International - Not flagged
Vittana - Not flagged
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood - Not flagged
World Bicycle Relief - Not flagged
World Education - Not flagged
World Educational Relief - Not flagged
100 Friends - Not revisited
Accelerating Access Initiative to HIV Care (AAI) - Not revisited
ACCION International - Not revisited
Action TB Programme - Not revisited
Acumen Fund - Not revisited
ADRA - Not revisited
AfDevInfo - Not revisited
Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AMFm) Taskforce (previously Global ACT Subsidy) - Not revisited
Afghan Institute of Learning - Not revisited
Aflatoun (formerly Child Savings International) - Not revisited
African Comprehensive HIV/Aids Partnership (ACHAP) - Not revisited
African Enterprise - Not revisited
African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) - Not revisited
Africare - Not revisited
Aga Khan Foundation, USA - Not revisited
Aga Khan Planning and Building Services - Not revisited
Aid to Artisans - Not revisited
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) - Not revisited
Alliance for Microbicide Development (AMD) - Not revisited
Alola Foundation - Not revisited
Amazon Conservation Team - Not revisited
Amendis - Not revisited
American Assistance for Cambodia/Japan Relief for Cambodia - Not revisited
American Council on Renewable Energy - Not revisited
American Jewish World Service - Not revisited
American Near East Refugee Aid - Not revisited
American Red Cross - Not revisited
American Refugee Committee International - Not revisited
Americares - Not revisited
AMMOR - Not revisited
Amnesty International - Not revisited
AMREF - Not revisited
AMURT - Not revisited
Anchor International Ministries - Not revisited
Anti-Slavery International - Not revisited
Arariwa - Not revisited
Artesunate Suppository for Emergency Treatment of Severe Malaria - Not revisited
Ashoka - Not revisited
Asociación Cooperación para el Desarrollo Rural de Occidente (CDRO) - Not revisited
Association for Progressive Communications - Not revisited
ATINCHIK - Not revisited
AWaPo - Not revisited
Børnefonden - Not revisited
Badin Rural Development Society - Not revisited
Bandhan - Not revisited
Barakat - Not revisited
Barefoot College (Social Work and Research Centre) - Not revisited
Be A Hero - Not revisited
Benetech - Not revisited
Best Buddies International - Not revisited
Bethany Children Support Network - Kenya - Not revisited
BioRegional Development Group - Not revisited
BODHI - Not revisited
Bruce Peru - Not revisited
Build Change - Not revisited
Business Council for Peace - Not revisited
Caja Municipal de Ahorro y Credito de Ica S.A. - Not revisited
Caja Nacional del Sureste - Not revisited
Canadian Crossroads International - Not revisited
Caravane d'Evangelisation et de Conseil Social - Not revisited
Caritas - Not revisited
Catholic Relief Services - Not revisited
Center for Gender Health and Gender Equity - Not revisited
Centre for Environment and Human Development - Not revisited
Ceres - Not revisited
Chad Relief Foundation - Not revisited
Charity Camp Children's Home - Not revisited
CHF International - Not revisited
Child Family Health International - Not revisited
Child Health Foundation - Not revisited
Childcare Worldwide - Not revisited
ChildFund International - Not revisited
Children International - Not revisited
Children's Vaccine Initiative (CVI) - Not revisited
Children's Vaccine Programme at PATH (CVP at PATH) - Not revisited
Christian Fellowship and Care Foundation - Not revisited
Christian Foundation for Children and Aging - Not revisited
Christian Relief Fund - Not revisited
Church World Services - Not revisited
CIDA City Campus - Not revisited
Ciudad Saludable - Not revisited
Clean Water Action - Not revisited
Co-operation In Development (CO-ID) - Not revisited
College Summit - Not revisited
Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI) - Not revisited
Community Wake Organization - Not revisited
Compartamos Banco - Not revisited
Compassion International - Not revisited
Concept Foundation - Not revisited
Concern America - Not revisited
CONRAD - Not revisited
Conservation Stewards Program at Conservation International - Not revisited
Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de la Micro y Pequeña Empresa (COPEME) - Not revisited
Consortium for Industrial Collaboration in Contraceptive Research (CICCR) - Not revisited
Contraceptive Research and Development - Not revisited
Convoy of Hope - Not revisited
Credito con Educacion Rural (CRECER) - Not revisited
CURE International - Not revisited
CUSO-VSO - Not revisited
Danish Refugee Council - Not revisited
Dengue Vaccine Project (DVP) - Not revisited
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe - Not revisited
Developing Indigenous Resources - Not revisited
Development and Peace - Not revisited
Diakonia - Not revisited
Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment - Not revisited
Diflucan Donation Programme - Not revisited
Direct Relief International - Not revisited
DKT International - Not revisited
Doctors of the World USA - Not revisited
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Not revisited
Domes for the World - Not revisited
DrumNet - Not revisited
Easter Seals - Not revisited
Ecofuturo - Not revisited
EcoLogic Development Fund - Not revisited
EcoPeace - Not revisited
Eli Lilly Mental Health Donation - Not revisited
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - Not revisited
EMAS Canada - Not revisited
Endeavor - Not revisited
EndPoverty - Not revisited
EngenderHealth - Not revisited
Episcopal Relief and Development - Not revisited
European Vaccine Initiative - Not revisited
FairBank - Not revisited
Family Care International - Not revisited
Farm Sanctuary - Not revisited
Feed My Starving Children - Not revisited
Feed The Children - Not revisited
FINCA International - Not revisited
First Isabela Cooperative (FICO) - Not revisited
First Macro Bank (FMB) - Not revisited
First Valley Bank - Not revisited
Food for Life - Not revisited
Food For The Hungry - Not revisited
Food for the Poor - Not revisited
Foundation for Development of Needy Communities (FDNC) - Not revisited
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics - Not revisited
Franciscan Family Apostolate - Not revisited
Free Africa Foundation - Not revisited
Free the Slaves - Not revisited
Friends of African VIllage Libraries - Not revisited
Friends of the World Food Program - Not revisited
Friends-International - Not revisited
Gaia Amazonas - Not revisited
Gates Foundation/University of North Carolina Partnership for the Development of New Drugs (GFUNC) - Not revisited
Gift of Life International - Not revisited
Gleaning for the World - Not revisited
Global Action - Not revisited
Global Aid Network - Not revisited
Global Alliance for TB Drug Development - Not revisited
Global Alliance to Eliminate Leprosy (GAEL) - Not revisited
Global Business Council on HIV & AIDS (GBC) - Not revisited
Global Campaign for Microbicides - Not revisited
Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP) - Not revisited
Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) - Not revisited
Global Fairness Initiative - Not revisited
Global Footprint Network - Not revisited
Global Fund For Women - Not revisited
Global Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) - Not revisited
Global Heritage Fund - Not revisited
Global Microbicide Project (GMP) - Not revisited
Global Operations and Development/Giving Children Hope - Not revisited
Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) - Not revisited
Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand Washing with Soap - Not revisited
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Not revisited
Global Resource Alliance - Not revisited
Global Retirees Welfare Organisation Local Non-Profit N.G.O. - Not revisited
Global Task Force on Cholera Control - Not revisited
GlobalGiving - Not revisited
Go Green Initiative - Not revisited
GOAL - Not revisited
Grameen Foundation - Not revisited
Grameen Trust Chiapas - Not revisited
Green Bank - Not revisited
GSK African Malaria Partnership - Not revisited
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County - Not revisited
Half the Sky Foundation - Not revisited
Health Care Without Harm - Not revisited
Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) - Not revisited
Healthstore Foundation - Not revisited
Heifer Project International - Not revisited
Helping Afghan Women Project - Not revisited
Hidaya Foundation - Not revisited
HIMILO Foundation - Not revisited
HIV/AIDS Info Africa - Not revisited
Hookworm Vaccine Initiative (HVI) - Not revisited
Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI) - Not revisited
Hope for the Nations - Not revisited
Hope Through Health - Not revisited
HOPE Worldwide - Not revisited
House of IDEA Orphanage Centre - Not revisited
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - Not revisited
ICS Africa - Not revisited
INMED Partnerships for Children - Not revisited
Institute for Development Studies and Practices - Not revisited
Instituto Poblano para la Productividad Competitiva (IPPC) - Not revisited
Intercompany Collaboration for AIDS Drug Development (ICCADD) - Not revisited
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) - Not revisited
International Aid - Not revisited
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) - Not revisited
International Bridges to Justice - Not revisited
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) - Not revisited
International Center for Transitional Justice - Not revisited
International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceutical Human Use (ICH) - Not revisited
International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) - Not revisited
International Disaster Emergency Service - Not revisited
International Eye Foundation - Not revisited
International Kids Fund - Not revisited
International Leprosy Association - Not revisited
International Medical Corps - Not revisited
International Orthodox Christian Charities - Not revisited
International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa - Not revisited
International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) - Not revisited
International Planned Parenthood Federation - Not revisited
International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS INCHEM Database) - Not revisited
International Relief and Development - Not revisited
International Women's Development Agency - Not revisited
International Youth Foundation - Not revisited
Invisible Children - Not revisited
Islamic Relief, USA - Not revisited
Island Conservation - Not revisited
Jamaican Children's Heart Fund - Not revisited
Japanese Pharmaceutical, Ministry of Health, WHO Malaria Drug Partnership (JPMW) - Not revisited
Joint Compassion Keepers (JCK) - Not revisited
K-Rep Development Agency - Not revisited
K.I.D.S. - Not revisited
Keep A Child Alive - Not revisited
Kenya Society for the Blind - Not revisited
Kids Alive - Not revisited
Kiva - Not revisited
Kupu Kupu Foundation - Not revisited
LAPDAP Antimalarial Product Development (LAPDAP) - Not revisited
Lassa Fever Initiative (LFI) - Not revisited
LewaUSA - Not revisited
Light Up The World Foundation - Not revisited
Lions Club International Foundation - Not revisited
Love A Child - Not revisited
Lutheran World Relief - Not revisited
MA Center - Not revisited
MADRE - Not revisited
Mahboba's Promise - Not revisited
Making Pregnancy Safer Initiative (MPR) - Not revisited
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) - Not revisited
Manchester Bidwell Corporation - Not revisited
Manuela Ramos - Not revisited
Map International - Not revisited
Marine Stewardship Council - Not revisited
Mazon - Not revisited
Mectizan Donation Program - Not revisited
Med-Net - Not revisited
Medical Missionaries - Not revisited
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) - Not revisited
Medicins Sans Frontieres Drugs for Neglected Diseases (MSF DND) - Not revisited
Meds & Food for Kids - Not revisited
Medshare International - Not revisited
Meningitis Vaccine Project at WHO/PATH (MVP) - Not revisited
Mennonite Central Committee - Not revisited
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) - Not revisited
Mercy Corps - Not revisited
Mercy Ships - Not revisited
Merlin - Not revisited
Microenterprise Access to Banking (MABS) - Not revisited
Millennium Promise - Not revisited
Missions of Hope - Not revisited
MTCT Plus Initiative - Not revisited
Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) - Not revisited
Mumuadu Rural Bank - Not revisited
Namlo International - Not revisited
Near East Foundation - Not revisited
Nepalese Youth Opportunity Fund - Not revisited
Net for Life (program of World Bible Society) - Not revisited
NetMark, a Regional Partnership for Sustainable Malaria Prevention - Not revisited
Network on Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) - Not revisited
New Hope Africa Children Ministries - Not revisited
New Hope Africa Children Ministries - Uganda - Not revisited
Niall Mellon Township Trust - Not revisited
Niramaya Foundation - Not revisited
Norwegian Church Aid - Not revisited
Norwegian People's Aid - Not revisited
Norwegian Refugee Council - Not revisited
ODEF - Not revisited
OICI - Not revisited
Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa (OCP) - Not revisited
One by One - Not revisited
ONE Spirit - Not revisited
OneKid OneWorld - Not revisited
Operation Blessing - Not revisited
Operation Mercy USA - Not revisited
Operation Obstetric Fistula - Not revisited
Opportunity International - Not revisited
Oprah's Angel Network - Not revisited
ORBIS International - Not revisited
Orphans of Rwanda - Not revisited
Outreach Africa - Not revisited
Outreach International - Not revisited
Oxfam - Not revisited
PACSA - Not revisited
PADME - Not revisited
Panel of Experts on Environmental Management for Vector Control (PEEM) - Not revisited
Partners in Global Health Through Hand Washing (PHW) - Not revisited
Pathfinder International - Not revisited
PCDA - Not revisited
PeaceWorks Foundation - Not revisited
Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI) - Not revisited
Peer Servants - Not revisited
PeopleAid - Not revisited
Pharmaceutical Security Institute - Not revisited
Physicians for Peace - Not revisited
Plan USA - Not revisited
Pneumococcal Vaccines Accelerated Development Plan - Not revisited
Practical Action - Not revisited
PRASAD - Not revisited
Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer - Not revisited
Prince Youth Business International - Not revisited
PRISMA - Not revisited
Pro Mujer - Not revisited
PRODIFAM - Not revisited
Prohijar - Not revisited
Project Concern International - Not revisited
Project HOPE - Not revisited
Project Medishare - Not revisited
PSI - Not revisited
Quaker Bolivia Link - Not revisited
Refugees International - Not revisited
Relief International - Not revisited
Remote Area Medical - Not revisited
Resplendent Hope - Not revisited
ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) - Not revisited
Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership (RBM) - Not revisited
Room to Read - Not revisited
Root Foundation - Not revisited
Rural Bank of Mabitac - Not revisited
Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) - Not revisited
SAFER - Not revisited
Sauti Moja - Not revisited
Save Dafur - Not revisited
Save the Children - Not revisited
Secure the Future - Not revisited
Sequella Global Tuberculosis Foundation (SGTBF) - Not revisited
Serrv International - Not revisited
Serve The Children - Not revisited
Seva Foundation - Not revisited
Shared Interest - Not revisited
Sight Savers International - Not revisited
Sindh Agricultural and Forestry Workers' Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) - Not revisited
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Consortium Ltd. (SNP) - Not revisited
Sleeping Children Around the World - Not revisited
Sleeping Sickness Initiative (SSI) - Not revisited
Slums Information Development and resource Centres (SIDAREC) - Not revisited
Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network - Not revisited
Smiles Change Lives - Not revisited
SNV Netherlands Development Organization - Not revisited
Socially Sensitives - Bentota - Sri Lanka. - Not revisited
Sok Sabay Clinic Initiative - Not revisited
Solar Electric Light Fund - Not revisited
Soothe Zambia - Not revisited
Soroptimist International - Not revisited
Spandana - Not revisited
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) - Not revisited
St. Judes Children Research Hospital - Not revisited
St. Labre Indian School - Not revisited
Staying Alive Foundation - Not revisited
Stephen Lewis Foundation - Not revisited
Stepping Forward for the World's Children - Not revisited
Strathmore University - Not revisited
Straws for Life - Not revisited
Team Continuum - Not revisited
Tear Australia - Not revisited
Tearfund - Not revisited
TechnoServe - Not revisited
Tender Hands Initiative - Not revisited
The $10 Club - Not revisited
The Banyan - Not revisited
The Big Issue Namibia - Not revisited
The Corporate Council on Africa - Not revisited
The Fabretto Children's Foundation - Not revisited
The Global School Health Initiative - Not revisited
The Guatemalan Project - Not revisited
The Hunger Project - Not revisited
Think on These Things Ministries International - Not revisited
Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) / Tobacco Free Sports Initiative - Not revisited
TreeAid - Not revisited
TreesWaterPeople - Not revisited
Tropival - Not revisited
Tuberculosis Diagnostics Initiative (TBDI) - Not revisited
UNFPA (End Fistula Campaign) - Not revisited
UNFPA Contraceptives Access Project - Not revisited
UNHCR - Not revisited
UNICEF - Not revisited
United Methodist Committee for Relief - Not revisited
United Nations Development Fund for Women - Not revisited
Unitus - Not revisited
Until There's A Cure Foundation - Not revisited
Vaccine Fund - Not revisited
Vegfam - Not revisited
Viramune Donation Programme - Not revisited
Vision 2020 - Not revisited
Vitamin A Global Alliance - Not revisited
VODA Uganda - Not revisited
Voices of Hope - Not revisited
War Child - Not revisited
Water and Sanitation Program at the World Bank - Not revisited
Water for the Weary - Not revisited
Waterpartners International - Not revisited
WatSan Action - Not revisited
Wells of Hope - Not revisited
West Africa Fistula Center Foundation - Not revisited
WHO Programme to Eliminate Sleeping Sickness - Not revisited
WHO-Pharmaceutical Industry Association Anti-Counterfeit Drugs - Not revisited
WHO/Novartis Coartem - Not revisited
Whole Child - Not revisited
Winrock International - Not revisited
Women's Dignity Project - Not revisited
Women's World Banking (WWB) - Not revisited
World Grace 2001 - Not revisited
World Hope International/LEAP Africa - Not revisited
World Missions - Not revisited
World Neighbors - Not revisited
World Relief - Not revisited
World Villages for Children - Not revisited
World Vision - Not revisited
Yashua Sanctuary - Not revisited
Zahana - Not revisited
Mission Maçonnique des Freres de St Jean Baptiste - No website
Windhorse International - No website
  • 1.

    We looked at all of the Gates' Foundation's Global Health and Global Development grantees and excluded grantees that seemed to be for-profit, university, or purely research (i.e. no program implementation) organizations.