- Top charities
GiveWell aims to find the best giving opportunities we can and recommend them to donors. We tend to put a lot of investigation into the organizations we find most promising, and de-prioritize others based on limited information. When we decide not to prioritize an organization, we try to create a brief writeup of our thoughts on that charity because we want to be as transparent as possible about our reasoning.
The following write-up should be viewed in this context: it explains why we determined that (for the time being), we won't be prioritizing the organization in question as a potential top charity. This write-up should not be taken as a "negative rating" of the charity. Rather, it is our attempt to be as clear as possible about the process by which we came to our top recommendations.
Published: August 10, 2012
Think Humanity works with refugees in Africa to fight malaria, provide clean water, and offer other aid.1 We considered Think Humanity for an in-depth evaluation because it reports conducting monitoring surveys and finding promising results,2 and because it distributes insecticide-treated nets, a priority program.
After corresponding with Think Humanity representatives and reviewing their financial statements, we decided not to prioritize further research on them because of their small size (total revenue of $99,346 in 2011).3
"Think Humanity grew from a small organization supplying mosquito nets to one that also provides healthcare, water wells, education and socio-economic development projects."
Think Humanity, "About Us."
"A survey and project retrospective follows each distribution. A survey was conducted in September 2009 in Kyangwali Refugee Camp and the results of the survey showed a 88 percent reduction in incidences of malaria. Mosquito nets were distributed in the Acholi Quarter Camp July 2010. A survey was conducted in January 2011 and the results of the survey showed a 93 percent reduction in incidences of malaria.” Think Humanity, “Program Meds and Nets.”