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Number of donors

According to our records, as of July 2019, over 55,000 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.

From 2011-2018, we directed more than $519,000,000 to our top and standout charities. View that breakdown here. 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 since 2011 will avert over 77,000 deaths. This calculation is based on our estimates of the cost per death averted by each of our top charities 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've directed to these charities since 2011. 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). See more detail here.

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 $92 million in cash grants to be delivered to recipients. See more detail here.