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Number of donors

According to our records, as of January 2021, over 85,000 people have donated to GiveWell or our recommended charities, either by donating through GiveWell or by reporting that a direct-to-charity donation was influenced by GiveWell. This represents individual donors who have given to GiveWell or our top charities as a direct result of our research. It does not include anonymous donors.

As of November 2021, we have directed more than $1 billion to our top and standout charities, according to the historical metrics reports listed on our impact page, our 2020 metrics report, and internal records from 2021. Note: as of October 2021, we no longer offer a "standout charity" designation.

Lives saved

We estimate that GiveWell-directed donations to our recommended charities between 2011 and 2018 will avert over 77,000 deaths. This calculation is based on our 2019 estimates of the cost per death averted by each of our top charities (as of 2019) that implement interventions whose primary impact is averting deaths — the Against Malaria Foundation, Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program, and Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program — and our records of the money we directed to these charities between 2011 and 2018. It doesn't include deaths averted through organizations we listed as standout charities before we stopped offering that designation (such as Development Media International and Living Goods), through Incubation Grants (such as New Incentives and Results for Development), or through charities we've recommended in the past but no longer recommend (such as VillageReach).

This estimate has not been updated to account for GiveWell-directed donations since 2018. In November 2021, we published a page describing how we estimate impact and providing average cost per life saved estimates for funds directed to our top charities in 2020 only. As of December 2021, we're in the process of revising our estimates of cost per life saved prior to 2020.

Cash grants given

We estimate that GiveWell-directed donations to GiveDirectly, a charity we recommend which gives unconditional cash transfers to very poor households, will cause about $150 million in cash grants to be delivered to recipients.