GiveWell Values

Published: March 2021

Four core values guide our work:

Maximizing Global Well-being. We search for ways to save and improve lives the most with every dollar.

Truth-Seeking. We use reason and evidence to make decisions. We keep an open mind, ask difficult questions, change course based on new information, and learn from our mistakes.

Transparency. We share extensively about our work, approach, and views, including what we do and do not know, the sources that inform us, and what would change our minds. We want to enable others to evaluate our conclusions.

Emphasizing Considerateness. We make an intentional effort to do our work in a way that is respectful of people inside and outside of GiveWell. We consider the needs, interests, and perspectives of others.