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Discretionary Grantmaking

Updated: November 2018

Donors may choose to support "Grants to recommended charities at GiveWell's discretion" when they make a donation to GiveWell.

GiveWell will apply its judgment to allocate these donations among our recommended charities. We take into account charities' funding needs and donations they have received from other sources when deciding where to grant discretionary funds. We then make these grants to the highest-value funding opportunities we see among our recommended charities.

We list discretionary grants made starting in 2014 below. We began publishing blog posts announcing our discretionary grants in 2017, and will include these going forward.

Grant date Using donations received in Amount (rounded to nearest $0.1 M) Recipient(s) Blog write-up
November 2018 July to September 2018 $1.1 million Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program November 26, 2018: Our updated top charities for giving season 2018
August 2018 April to June 2018 $4.1 million 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative August 28, 2018: Allocation of discretionary funds from Q2 2018
May 2018 January to March 2018 $3.0 million 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative June 4, 2018: Allocation of discretionary funds from Q1 2018
March 2018 October to December 2017 $5.6 million Schistosomiasis Control Initiative April 6, 2018: Allocation of discretionary funds from Q4 2017
November 2017 July to September 2017 $0.7 million Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative November 27, 2017: Our top charities for giving season 2017
August and September 2017 March to June 2017 $2.3 million Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative August 30, 2017: Why we’re allocating discretionary funds to the Deworm the World Initiative
August 2017 January to February 2017 $2.5 million Against Malaria Foundation April 3, 2017: Allocation of discretionary funds and new recommendation for donors
April 2017 October to December 2016 $2.1 million

$0.5 million

Against Malaria Foundation

Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative

April 3, 2017: Allocation of discretionary funds and new recommendation for donors
December 2016 July to September 2016 $0.5 million Against Malaria Foundation
September 2016 May to June 2016 $0.3 million Against Malaria Foundation
June 2016 March to April 2016 $0.2 million Against Malaria Foundation
April 2016 January to February 2016 $1.0 million Against Malaria Foundation
February 2016 December 2015 $1.6 million Against Malaria Foundation
January 2016 October to November 2015 $0.8 million Against Malaria Foundation
December 2015 June to September 2015 $0.6 million Against Malaria Foundation
July 2015 January to May 2015 $1.0 million 66.7% to the Against Malaria Foundation, 13.3% to each GiveDirectly and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and 6.7% to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative
March 2015 November to December 2014 $2.2 million 66.7% to the Against Malaria Foundation, 13.3% to each GiveDirectly and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and 6.7% to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative
December 2014 July to October 2014 $0.1 million 66.7% to the Against Malaria Foundation, 13.3% to each GiveDirectly and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and 6.7% to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative
August 2014 April to June 2014 $0.1 million 60% to GiveDirectly, 20% to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and 20% to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative
May 2014 January to March 2014 $0.2 million 55% to GiveDirectly, 40% to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and 5% to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative

We also made discretionary grants prior to 2014 and would be happy to provide information about those grants upon request.

January 22, 2018 Update: An original version of this page contained several errors, which have been corrected.