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We search for the charities that save or improve lives the most per dollar.

Our goal is to produce the world's top research on where to give. Free, for everyone. We recommend a small number of charities that do an incredible amount of good.
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Photo credit to: Malaria Consortium/Sophie Garcia

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How we maximize your gift's impact:

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GiveWell shares the top charities we've found for saving and improving lives.
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You choose the top charity (or charities) you prefer, or have GiveWell direct your donation where it will help the most.
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GiveWell takes no fees and sends your donation to the organization(s) you choose.
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Your donation makes a meaningful difference for some of the poorest people in the world.
We spend over 50,000 hours annually researching charity.
We conduct in-depth evaluations of a few highly effective charities. Our four top charities do an incredible amount of good.
GiveWell is independently supported by donors who give directly to our operations.

Our Research Process

We extensively research each charity before recommending it. We continue evaluations each year after.

Independent evidence

We look at independent studies of charity programs, such as randomized controlled trials, to understand their effectiveness.

Modeling cost-effectiveness

We build in-depth models to analyze charities' cost-effectiveness. We refine this throughout our charity evaluation process, based on their budget and monitoring, to estimate impact per dollar spent.

Interviews and site visits

We conduct extensive interviews with charity staff. We visit charities in the field to see their work on the ground.

Budget reviews

We review charities' past spending and forecast their future spending, to better understand their track record and expected impact.

Charities' data

We ask charities to share their data showing how well their programs reach the intended beneficiaries so we can better understand how successful charities' programs have been.

Ongoing reviews

We continually assess the work, progress, and future plans of our recommended charities. We will remove a charity recommendation if we no longer believe the organization meets our criteria.

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More than 110,000 donorsiBased on our records of donors who've contributed either to GiveWell or to our recommended charities.
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have trusted GiveWell to direct their donations. Together, they have given over $1 billioniBased on our records of the money we've directed to our recommended charities since 2011.
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to the organizations we recommend.

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These donations will