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Relationship Disclosures


Last Updated: January 2018; Published: December 2013

This page discloses personal relationships involving GiveWell's staff that GiveWell's audience may wish to consider in evaluating GiveWell's recommendations or GiveWell as an organization. In general, we will disclose relationships we judge to be highly important in many places (e.g., on our top charities page); relationships that appear only on this page are judged by us to be relatively unimportant, but still worth publishing for consideration. Note that no relationships to date have fit in the former category.

On this page, we disclose the following sorts of relationships:

  1. Social, romantic, family or financial relationships between (a) GiveWell staff and (b) people at our top charities, standout charities, or GiveWell Incubation Grant recipients.
  2. Romantic, family or financial relationships between (a) GiveWell Board members and (b) GiveWell staff.
  3. Social relationships between (a) GiveWell Board members and (b) GiveWell's Executive Director that pre-dated GiveWell-based relationships between same. (For example, people who were friends with GiveWell's Executive Director prior to joining GiveWell's Board.)
  4. Other relationships we feel are worth disclosing.

As of the most recent update of this page (August 2017), these relationships consisted of the following:

  • GiveDirectly. GiveDirectly is a GiveWell-recommended charity; Paul Niehaus is its Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director.

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton (who was a GiveWell staff member between April 2013 and January 2017) has been friends with Paul Niehaus for many years. When Timothy met Holden Karnofsky (GiveWell's Co-Founder, Board member, and former Co-Executive Director as of June 2017) in April 2011, he suggested that GiveWell look into GiveDirectly and introduced Holden and Paul by email. GiveWell later recommended GiveDirectly as a top charity in November 2012, before Timothy was on GiveWell staff.

    Starting in January 2013, Holden started living in a shared house with Timothy, around the same time Timothy started a trial to work at GiveWell. Paul has visited and stayed at the shared house several times.

    Holden had not met Paul, or interacted significantly with Paul or Tim, prior to moving to San Francisco in January 2013. Tim was not responsible for evaluative work on GiveDirectly.

  • END Fund. The END Fund is a GiveWell-recommended charity that supports deworming programs. When GiveWell added the END Fund to our list of top-recommended charities, Sarah Marchal Murray served as its Chief Operating Officer. Sarah was previously the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Center for Global Development. Michael Kremer, the co-author of a key paper on deworming, is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development.

    David Roodman is a Senior Advisor at the Open Philanthropy Project. He conducted an in-depth review of the evidence for deworming for GiveWell in the fall of 2016 and has performed subsequent work for GiveWell related to deworming. He was employed at the Center for Global Development from 2002 to 2013.

    Sarah left the END Fund in 2017 and is performing work for GiveWell as a consultant in 2018.

  • Rob Reich. Professor Rob Reich joined the GiveWell Board of Directors in December 2013. Professor Reich had a pre-existing friendship with GiveWell employee Alexander Berger, who was one of his students when in college. (As of June 2017, Alexander is an employee of the Open Philanthropy Project.) Professor Reich is also co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, for which Cari Tuna (another GiveWell Board member, and President of Good Ventures) was previously a member of the Advisory Board.