All international charities we considered (2008-2009 report)

A note on this page's publication date

The content we created in 2009 to report on the process used in our 2008-2009 report on international aid appears below. It does not reflect our current research process.

Scope of this report

This report seeks to identify top charities that focus on developing-world direct aid, through:

  • Health programs. (We believe this area is most promising, as discussed here.)
  • Education programs. (We believe this area is less promising, as discussed here.)
  • Economic empowerment programs: agriculture assistance, microfinance, business support, and other programs aimed directly at raising incomes. (We believe this area is less promising, as discussed here.)

What we look for

We seek charities that we can confidently recommend to individual, casual (i.e., non-professional, non-expert) donors. We feel that such charities should be:

  • Proven. Casual donors should not fund experiments; they should fund charities that can and do demonstrate their impact in terms of lives changed. More on this criterion here.
  • Cost-effective. We seek charities that provide high "bang for the buck," in terms of changing many lives (significantly) for relatively little money. Available cost-effectiveness estimates involve a great deal of uncertainty and approximation; we consider all programs within a certain range to be "highly cost-effective" and distinguish between them based on other factors. More on this criterion here.
  • Scalable, i.e., able to use more funds productively. It isn't enough to identify a strong program; we seek to identify strong programs that can productively use more donor funding. As such, we do not recommend projects and programs within charities (all our recommendations apply to organizations, not sub-programs), and we do not recommend charities that show signs of being overfunded. More on this criterion here.
  • Transparent. All of the information necessary to assess the three criteria above should be shared, upon request, if not publicly on the charity's website. Donors should prefer charities that they - or others like them - can personally vet and hold accountable if they so choose.

Our evaluation process

Narrowing the field

We considered over 300 charities for our 2008-2009 report on international aid. We could not conduct in-depth investigations (which generally involved speaking at length with their representatives) for all of these charities. We used the following two heuristics to narrow the field (note that these heuristics are further discussed and defended at this blog post).

Heuristic 1: Charity stands out for publishing M&E (monitoring and evaluation) reports. This is our primary way of identifying promising charities. A charity meets this criterion and receives a "Yes" under this column (see table below) 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 project, using measures that fit the guidelines laid out here.

A "Yes" under this column indicates a serious commitment both to transparency and to impact evaluation (which we discuss the importance of here). Any charity within the scope of this report can qualify for further investigation by conducting an impact evaluation (as we have defined it) and posting it publicly on its website.

Heuristic 2: Charity stands out for program selection. As discussed here, many program types have particularly strong evidence bases, enough to lower the burden of proof on a charity running them. A charity receives a "Yes" under this column (see table below) if it is devoted entirely to what we consider "priority programs" (details of "priority programs" available here), or if it publishes enough financial information to make it clear that 75% or more of its recent funding is devoted to what we consider "priority programs."

We believe this heuristic is less important and less indicative of a charity's likely quality than Heuristic 1. We used it with the reasoning that charities without strong commitments to transparency and evaluation - but whose programs require an unusually low degree of evaluation - might still have enough information available to give us confidence, if contacted. In practice, this did not often occur (i.e., most of our high-scoring charities pass Heuristic 1 whether or not they pass Heuristic 2). We see Heuristic 1 as a meaningful indicator of a charity's suitability; we see Heuristic 2 as a "bonus" heuristic that allowed us to do more investigation while still narrowing the field.

In-depth investigations

Charities that passed either of the heuristics detailed above were investigated further, sometimes to the point of in-depth conversations with their representatives and review of more materials. The "More information" column links to the details of how we settled on the final rating for any charity that we investigated.

All charities considered

We considered 510 organizations for this report (for more information, see our process for finding charities page):

List of charities we examined

This table presents the charities we considered for our initial international aid report, which was published July 1, 2009. The table below also provides each charity's performance on our heuristics. For an up-to-date listing, see our charities page.

Charity Website Program area Stands out for program selection Stands out for publishing M&E reports Qualifies for further investigation More information
Village Reach Main site
Programs
M&E
Health system strengthening; focus on expanding immunization coverage Yes Yes Yes Charity review
Donate now
Stop TB Partnership (Stop TB) Main site
Programs
M&E
Tuberculosis case finding and treatment Yes Yes Yes Charity review
Donate now
Against Malaria Foundation Main site
Programs
M&E
Distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) Yes Yes Yes Charity review
Donate now
PSI Main site
Programs
M&E
Condom promotion and distribution No Yes Yes Charity review
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Main site
Programs
M&E
Diverse health programs No Yes Yes Charity review
Partners in Health Main site
Programs
Primary care Yes No Yes Charity review
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Main site
Programs
M&E
Expanding immunization coverage Yes Yes Yes Charity review
Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Main site
Programs
M&E
Disease eradication (polio) No Yes Yes Eradication programs
BRAC Main site
Programs
M&E
Economic empowerment No Yes Yes Charity review
Pratham Main site
Programs
M&E
Education No Yes Yes Charity review
The Carter Center Main site
Programs
M&E
Diverse programs No Yes Yes Charity review
AMREF Main site
Programs
M&E
Highly diverse programs No Yes Yes Charity review
CARE Main site
Programs
M&E
Highly diverse programs No Yes Yes Charity review
Aravind Eye Care Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Charity review
ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Charity review
Living Goods Main site Primary care Yes No Yes Charity review
Doctors without Borders, USA Main site
Programs
Diverse health programs No No No Charity review
The Hunger Project Main site Economic empowerment No No No Charity review
African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) Main site
M&E
Mass drug administraiton to control river blindness (onchocerciasis) Yes Yes Yes Charity review
Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET 2020) Main site
Programs
M&E
SAFE Strategy to control trachoma No Yes Yes Review not completed
International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) Main site
Programs
M&E
SAFE Strategy to control trachoma No Yes Yes Review not completed
Village Enterprise Fund Main site
Programs
M&E
Economic empowerment No Yes Yes Charity review
Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control Main site Disease control (multiple diseases) Yes No Yes Charity review
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Main site Disease control (multiple diseases) Yes No Yes Charity review
Measles Initiative Main site Expanding immunization coverage Yes No Yes Charity review
Bugando Medical Centre Main site
Programs
Primary care Yes No Yes Review not completed
Roberto Clemente -Santa Ana Clinic Inc Main site
Programs
Primary care Yes No Yes Charity review
Mothers2Mothers Main site
M&E
HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment No Yes Yes Charity review
Deworm the World Main site Combination deworming program (mass drug administration) Yes No Yes Charity review
Healthstore Foundation Main site Primary care Yes No Yes Charity review
CURE International Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) No No No Surgery charities
Fistula Foundation Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Charity review
Fred Hollows Foundation Main site Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Charity review
ORBIS International Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Surgery charities
The Smile Train Main site
Programs
Surgeries (missions and support of local surgeons) Yes No Yes Charity review
ICCIDD Main site
Programs
Vitamin fortification Yes No Yes Charity review
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Main site Vitamin supplementation/fortification Yes No Yes Charity review
Water For People Main site Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Waterpartners International Inc Main site
Programs
Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Blood:Water Mission Main site
Programs
Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Lifewater International Main site
Programs
Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Living Water International Main site Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Malawi Freshwater Project Main site Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
PlayPumps International Main site
Programs
Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Ryan's Well Foundation Main site Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Water Missions International Main site Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
WaterAid Main site
Programs
Water infrastructure programs No No No Water charities
Global Giving Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No Our take on this model
Kiva Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No Our take on this model
Aquaya Main site Water programs research and technology development No No No
Straws for Life Main site
Programs
Water filtration No No No
DKT International Main site
Programs
Condom promotion and distribution No No No
African Comprehensive HIV/Aids Partnership (ACHAP) Main site Diverse HIV/AIDS programs No No No
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Main site
Programs
Diverse HIV/AIDS programs No No No
Keep A Child Alive Main site Diverse HIV/AIDS programs No No No
MTCT Plus Initiative Main site Diverse HIV/AIDS programs No No No
Until There's A Cure Foundation Main site
Programs
Diverse HIV/AIDS programs No No No
International Planned Parenthood Federation Main site
Programs
Family planning services No No No
Pathfinder International Main site Family planning services No No No
Population Media Center Main site Family planning services No No No
World Bicycle Relief Main site Bicycles for health workers No No No
Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer Main site Cervical cancer screening No No No
EMAS Canada Main site Diverse health programs No No No
Helen Keller International Main site Diverse health programs No No No
Hope Through Health Main site
Programs
Diverse health programs No No No
International Eye Foundation Main site
Programs
Diverse health programs No No No
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Main site
Programs
Diverse health programs No No No
Merlin Main site Diverse health programs No No No
The Global School Health Initiative Main site Diverse health programs No No No
Vision 2020 Main site
Programs
Diverse health programs No No No
International Kids Fund Main site
Programs
Flying children to U.S. hospitals No No No
Feed My Starving Children Main site
Programs
Food aid No No No
Meds & Food for Kids Main site Food aid No No No
Gift of Life International Main site
Programs
Heart surgery for children No No No
Jamaican Children's Heart Fund Inc. Main site
Programs
Heart surgery for children No No No
International Leprosy Association Main site Leprosy treatment/control No No No
The Leprosy Mission International Main site Leprosy treatment/control No No No
Physicians for Peace Main site Medical missions (sending doctors overseas) No No No
Project Medishare Main site Medical missions (sending doctors overseas) No No No
Remote Area Medical Main site
Programs
Medical missions (sending doctors overseas) No No No
UNFPA (End Fistula Campaign) Main site Multiple programs related to obstetric fistula No No No
West Africa Fistula Center Foundation Main site Multiple programs related to obstetric fistula No No No
ACCION International Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Arariwa Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Arzu, Inc. Main site Economic empowerment No No No
ATINCHIK Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Bandhan Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Business Council for Peace Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Caja Municipal de Ahorro y Credito de Ica S.A Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Caja Nacional del Sureste Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Ciudad Saludable Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Compartamos Banco Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Consorcio de Organizaciones Privadas de Promoción al Desarrollo de la Micro y Pequeña Empresa (COPEME) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Credito con Educacion Rural (CRECER) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Digital Divide Data Main site Economic empowerment No No No
DrumNet Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Ecofuturo Main site Economic empowerment No No No
FairBank Main site Economic empowerment No No No
FINCA International Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
FINCA Peru Main site Economic empowerment No No No
First Isabela Cooperative (FICO) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
First Macro Bank (FMB) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
First Valley Bank Economic empowerment No No No
Friends Of Wwb Usa Inc Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Fundación Paraguaya Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Grameen Foundation Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Grameen Trust Chiapas Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Green Bank, Inc. Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Helping Afghan Women Project Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Instituto Poblano para la Productividad Competitiva (IPPC) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
International Development Enterprises Main site Economic empowerment No No No
International Development Enterprises (India) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Kashf Foundation Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Kickstart Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
K-Rep Development Agency Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Manuela Ramos Main site Economic empowerment No No No
MicroDreams Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Microenterprise Access to Banking (MABS) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Mumuadu Rural Bank Main site Economic empowerment No No No
ODEF Main site Economic empowerment No No No
One Acre Fund Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Opportunity International Main site Economic empowerment No No No
PADME Main site Economic empowerment No No No
PeopleAid Main site Economic empowerment No No No
PRISMA Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Pro Mujer Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
PRODIFAM Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Project Muso Ladamunen Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Rural Bank of Mabitac Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Serrv International Inc Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Small Enterprise Education And Promotion Network Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Soroptimist International Main site Economic empowerment No No No
TechnoServe Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
TreeAid Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Trickle Up Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Unitus Inc Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Vipani Main site Economic empowerment No No No
VisionSpring (AKA Scojo Foundation) Main site Economic empowerment No No No
Women for Women International Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment No No No
Sleeping Children Around the World Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment (provision of bedkits) No No No
Build Change Main site Economic empowerment (provision of shelter) No No No
Domes for the World Main site Economic empowerment (provision of shelter) No No No
niall mellon township trust Main site
Programs
Economic empowerment (provision of shelter) No No No
SOLAR ELECTRIC LIGHT FUND Main site
Programs
Energy No No No
Light Up The World Foundation Main site
Programs
Provision of lighting No No No
Afghan Institute of Learning Main site Education No No No
American Assistance for Cambodia/Japan Relief for Cambodia (2) Main site Education No No No
AWaPo Main site
Programs
Education No No No
CAMFED Main site Education No No No
CIDA City Campus Main site Education No No No
CO-ID Main site Education No No No
Escuela Nueva Foundation Main site Education No No No
Friends of African VIllage Libraries Main site Education No No No
Injaz al-Arab Main site Education No No No
Namlo International Main site Education No No No
OneKid OneWorld Main site
Programs
Education No No No
Orphans of Rwanda Main site
Programs
Education No No No
Room to Read Main site
Programs
Education No No No
Root Foundation Main site
Programs
Education No No No
Serve The Children Main site Education No No No
The School of St. Jude Main site Education No No No
MVP Main site Comprehensive aid package, village-by-village No No No
Americares Main site
Programs
Supply shipping No No No
Gleaning for the World Main site
Programs
Supply shipping No No No
Global Aid Network Main site
Programs
Supply shipping No No No
Global Operations And Development- Giving Children Hope Main site
Programs
Supply shipping No No No
K.I.D.S Main site
Programs
Supply shipping No No No
Medical Missionaries Inc Main site Supply shipping No No No
Medshare International Main site Supply shipping No No No
SAFER Main site Supply shipping No No No
100 Friends Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Action Against Hunger USA Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
ADRA Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Africare Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Aga Khan Foundation, USA Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Aga Khan Planning and Building Services Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Alola Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
American Jewish World Service Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
American Near East Refugee Aid Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
American Red Cross International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
American Refugee Committee International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Anchor International Ministries Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Badin Rural Development Society Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Barakat, Inc. Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Barefoot College (Social Work and Research Centre) Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
BETHANY CHILDREN SUPPORT NETWORK - KENYA Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Bruce Peru Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Canadian Crossroads International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Caritas Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Catholic Relief Services Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Central Asia Institute (4) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Chad Relief Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
CHF International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Child Family Health International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Child Health Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Childcare Worldwide Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Children International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Christian Children's Fund Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Christian Fellowship and Care Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Christian Foundation for Children and Aging Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Christian Relief Fund Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Church World Services Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Compassion International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Concern America Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Convoy Of Hope Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
CUSO-VSO Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Development and Peace Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Diakonia Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Direct Relief International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Doctors Of The World-u S A Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
EcoLogic Development Fund Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
EngenderHealth Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Episcopal Relief and Development Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Family Care International Inc Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Feed The Children Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Food for Life Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Food For The Hungry Inc Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
food for the poor, inc. Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Foundation for Development of Needy Communities (FDNC) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Franciscan Family Apostolate Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Free Africa Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Free The Children Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Freedom From Hunger Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Genesis Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Global Action Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Global Fund For Women Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Global Resource Alliance Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
GOAL Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Gram Vikas Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Healing Hands International Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Heifer Project International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Hidaya Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Hope for the Nations Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
HOPE Worldwide Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
ICCDR,B Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
INMED Partnerships for Children Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Aid Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Disaster Emergency Service Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Medical Corps Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Orthodox Christian Charities Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Relief And Development Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
International Youth Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
invisible children, inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Islamic Relief, USA Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Joint Compassion Keepers (JCK) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Kenya Society for the Blind Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Lions Club International Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Love A Child, Inc. Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Lutheran World Relief Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
MA Center Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
MADRE Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Mahboba's Promise Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Map International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Marie Stopes International Main site Reproductive health No No No
Mennonite Central Committee (3) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Mercy Corps Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Mercy Ships Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Near East Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Nepalese Youth Opportunity Fund Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Net for Life (program of World Bible Society) Main site Net for Life focuses on the distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). World Bible Society has highly diverse programs No No No
Niramaya Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Norwegian Church Aid Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Norwegian People's Aid Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Norwegian Refugee Council Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Nuru International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
OICI Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Operation Blessing Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Operation Mercy-usa Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Oprah's Angel Network Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Outreach Africa Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Oxfam America Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
PACSA Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
PATH Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
PCDA Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Plan USA Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Population and Community Development Association Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Practical Action Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
PRASAD Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Project Concern International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Project Hope Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Quaker Bolivia Link Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Relief International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Resplendent Hope Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Samaritan's Purse Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Sauti Moja (3) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Save the Children Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Seva Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Seva Mandir Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Sight Savers International Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Sindh Agricultural and Forestry Workers' Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Slums Information Development and resource Centres (SIDAREC) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
SNV Netherlands Development Organization Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Stephen Lewis Foundation (2) Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
SurfAid International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Tear Australia Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Tearfund Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Terre des Hommes International Federation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
The $10 Club (2) Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
The Fabretto Children's Foundation Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
The Guatemalan Project Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
Think on These Things Ministries International Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
TreesWaterPeople.ORG Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
UNICEF Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
United Methodist Committee for Relief Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
United Nations Development Fund for Women Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Voices of Hope Main site Highly diverse programs No No No
WaterCan/EauVive Main site Water and sanitation No No No
Wells of Hope Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
World Education Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
World Neighbors Inc Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
World Relief Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
World Vision Main site
Programs
Highly diverse programs No No No
Zahana Main site Highly diverse programs No No No

List of charities we excluded for alternative reasons

These are charities we looked at, but did not consider further for one of the following reasons:

  • Scope - the charity's program was outside the scope we could cover in this report (e.g., slavery, refugees, orphans and other abandoned children) or focused on research or advocacy as opposed to direct provision of services.
  • Cannot donate - if an organization does not accept individual donations, we did not consider them further. This applied also to organizations that had existed, but no longer do or intiatives run by for-profit companies.
  • No website - if no website existed for an organization, we did not continue reviewing it. This includes organizations whose only website was non-English.
  • Too small - if a charity's previous year's expenses were less than $200,000 we did not continue further with it.
Organization Reason excluded
Accelerating Access Initiative to HIV Care (AAI) No website
Action TB Programme No website
Aeras, Global TB Vaccine Foundation Scope
AfDevInfo Scope
Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AMFm) Taskforce (previously Global ACT Subsidy) Cannot donate
Aflatoun (formerly Child Savings International) Scope
Al Amana No website
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) Scope
Alliance for Microbicide Development (AMD) Scope
Amazon Conservation Team Scope
Amendis No website
American Council on Renewable Energy Scope
AMMOR No website
Amnesty International Scope
Anti-Slavery International Scope
Apopo Scope
Artesunate Suppository for Emergency Treatment of Severe Malaria No website
Børnefonden No website
Be A HERO Scope
Benetech Scope
Best Buddies International Scope
BioRegional Development Group Scope
BODHI No website
caravane d' evangelisation et de conseil social No website
Center for Gender Health and Gender Equity Scope
Centre for Environment and Human Development No website
Ceres, Inc. Scope
CHARITY CAMP CHILDRENS HOME No website
Children's Vaccine Initiative (CVI) (Historical) Cannot donate
Children's Vaccine Programme at PATH (CVP at PATH) Cannot donate
Citizen Schools Scope
Clean Water Action Scope
College Summit Scope
Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI) Scope
community wake organization No website
Concept Foundation No website
CONRAD Scope
Conservation Stewards Program at Conservation International Scope
Consortium for Industrial Collaboration in Contraceptive Research (CICCR) Scope
Contraceptive Research and Development Scope
Co-operation In Development No website
Danish Refugee Council No website
Dengue Vaccine Project (DVP) Scope
Developing Indigenous Resources No website
Development of Norplant (Historical) Cannot donate
Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment No website
Diflucan Donation Programme Cannot donate
Easter Seals Scope
EcoPeace (Friends of the Earth Middle East Scope
Eli Lilly Mental Health Donation Cannot donate
European Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EMVI) Scope
Farm Sanctuary Scope
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics Scope
Free the Slaves Scope
Friends of the World Food Program Scope
Friends-International Scope
Gaia Amazonas Scope
Gates Foundation/University of North Carolina Partnership for the Development of New Drugs (GFUNC) Scope
Global alliance for TB Drug Development (GATB) Scope
Global Alliance to Eliminate Leprosy (GAEL) Cannot donate
Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) Scope
Global Business Council on HIV & AIDS (GBC) Scope
Global Campaign for Microbicides Scope
Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP) Scope
Global Footprint Network Scope
Global Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) No website
Global Heritage Fund Scope
Global Microbicide Project (GMP) Scope
Global Partnership to Stop Tuberculosis (STB) No website
Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand Washing with Soap Cannot donate
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Scope
Global Retirees Welfare Organisation Local Non-Profit N.G.O. No website
Global Task Force on Cholera Control Scope
Go Green Initiative Scope
GSK African Malaria Partnership Cannot donate
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Scope
Half the Sky Foundation Scope
Health Care Without Harm Scope
Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) Scope
HIMILO Foundation No website
HIV/AIDS INFO AFRICA Scope
Hookworm Vaccine Initiative (HVI) No website
House of IDEA orphanage centre No website
HRC Scope
ICS Africa No website
Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) Scope
Institute for Development Studies and Practices Scope
Institute for OneWorld Health Scope
Intercompany Collaboration for AIDS Drug Development (ICCADD) Scope
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) Scope
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Scope
International Bridges to Justice Scope
International Center for Transitional Justice Scope
International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Reqs for Registration of Pharmaceutical Human Use (ICH) Scope
International Justice Mission Scope
International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa No website
International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) Scope
International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS INCHEM Database) Scope
International Rescue Committee Scope
International Women's Development Agency No website
Island Conservation Scope
Japanese Pharmaceutical, Ministry of Health, WHO Malaria Drug Partnership (JPMW) No website
Kids Alive Scope
Kupu Kupu Foundation Scope
LAPDAP Antimalarial Product Development (LAPDAP) Scope
LAPDAP Antimalarial Product Development (LAPDAP) Scope
Lassa Fever Initiative (LFI) No website
LewaUSA Scope
Malarone Donation Program (Historical) Cannot donate
Manchester Bidwell Corporation Scope
Marine Stewardship Council Scope
Mazon Scope
Mectizan Donation Program Cannot donate
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Scope
Medicins Sans Frontieres Drugs for Neglected Diseases (MSF DND) Scope
Meningitis C Vaccine Development and Supply in the UK (Historical) Scope
Meningitis Vaccine Project at WHO/PATH (MVP) Scope
Micronutrient Initiative (MI) Cannot donate
Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Scope
Network on Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders(IDD) Cannot donate
New Hope Africa Children Ministries Scope
New Hope Africa Children Ministries - Uganda Scope
Nyaya Health Too small
Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa (OCP) Cannot donate
One by One Too small
ONE Spirit Scope
Operation OF Too small
Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Commercialisation in Bolivia (Historical) Cannot donate
Panel of Experts on Environmental Management for Vector Control (PEEM) No website
Partners in Global Health Through Hand Washing (PHW) No website
PeaceWorks Foundation Scope
Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI) Scope
Pharmaceutical Security Institute Scope
Pneumococcal Vaccines Accelerated Development Plan Scope
Praziquantel Manufacturing Project (Historical) Cannot donate
Prohijar No website
Refugees International Scope
Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership (RBM) Cannot donate
Save Dafur Scope
Secure the Future Cannot donate
Sequella Global Tuberculosis Foundation (SGTBF) No website
Shanti Bhavan Scope
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Consortium Ltd. (SNP) No website
Sleeping Sickness Initiative (SSI) No website
Smiles Change Lives Scope
Socially Sensitives - Bentota - Sri Lanka. No website
Sok Sabay Clinic Initiative Scope
SOOTHEZAMBIA No website
SOS Children's villages Scope
Spandana No website
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Scope
St. Judes Children Research Hospital Scope
St.Labre Indian School Scope
Stepping Forward.. for the World's Children No website
Strathmore University Scope
Syringes – Autodestruct Development (Historical) Cannot donate
Tam Tam Africa Too small
Team Continuum Scope
TENDER HANDS INITIATIVE Scope
The Banyan No website
The Big Issue Namibia No website
The Corporate Council on Africa Cannot donate
Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) / Tobacco Free Sports Initiative Scope
TROPIVAL No website
Tuberculosis Diagnostics Initiative (TBDI) Cannot donate
UNAIDS Anti-Retroviral Drug Access Programme (UNAIDS-Industry) (Historical) Cannot donate
UNFPA Contraceptives Access Project (UNFPA/Industry) No website
UNHCR Scope
Vaccine Fund Cannot donate
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Vaccine Vial Monitors, Development of No website
Viramune Donation Programme Cannot donate
Viramune Donation Programme Cannot donate
Vitamin A Global Alliance No website
VODA Uganda No website
War Child Scope
Water and Sanitation Program at the World Bank Cannot donate
Water for the Weary No website
Watoto Scope
WatSan Action Too small
WHO Programme to Eliminate Sleeping Sickness No website
WHO/Novartis Coartem No website
WHO_Pharmaceutical Industry Association Anti-Counterfeit Drugs No website
Whole Child Scope
WHO-Pharmaceutical Industry Associations – NGO Anti-Counterfeit Drug Initiatives No website
Women's Dignity Project Scope
WORLD GRACE 2001 No website
World Missions Scope
World Villages for Children Scope
Worldwide Fistula Fund Too small
Yashua Sanctuary Scope
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