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

We produce the world's top research on charities. Free, for everyone.

We recommend a small number of charities that do an incredible amount of good.

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The gold standard for giving.

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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 20,000 hours annually researching charity.
We conduct in-depth evaluations of a few highly effective charities. Our eight 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.

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Independent evidence

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

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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.

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Interviews and site visits

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

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Budget reviews

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

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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.

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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 50,000 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 $500 millioniBased 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 save over 75,000 livesiBased on our cost-effectiveness analysis and our records of money we've directed to our recommended charities since 2011.
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and provide cash grants of over $90 millioniBased on our records of money we've directed to GiveDirectly since 2011, and our understanding of how GiveDirectly transfers funds to its very poor recipients.
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to the global poor.

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Check our work.

It's right to ask questions of any charity that promises incredible impact. It's hard to do incredible things.

We publish the full details of our analysis so you can fully vet our reasoning. We also share mistakes we've made which are relevant to evaluating our work.

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Why our top charities work in lower-income countries.

Helping people in high-income countries is expensive, and the gains can be more marginal. People living in low-income countries face many problems that have ready solutions, such as children dying from malaria or suffering from parasitic worms.

Donating internationally is the most cost-effective way to provide lifesaving help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is GiveWell?

GiveWell is an independent nonprofit focused on helping people do as much good as possible with their donations. We recommend a short list of top charities that we update annually. All of our research is free and available to the public.

Who works at GiveWell?

GiveWell was founded by two individuals working in the finance industry in 2007. Our team has grown quite a bit since then! For more, see our story and meet our team.

How does GiveWell make money?

GiveWell is a nonprofit that is funded by donors who choose to support our mission. We don’t take any fees from donations directed to charities we recommend, nor do we receive any fees from charities for being featured on our site.

Will my donation be tax-deductible?

GiveWell (a.k.a. The Clear Fund) is a federally-recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. GiveWell is also a registered charity in the Netherlands with tax-deductible status (a Public Benefit Organization). GiveWell can accept donations on behalf of our recommended charities. U.S.- and Netherlands-based donors can donate to GiveWell for our operations or the support of our recommended charities and take tax deductions to the extent permitted by the law. More information is available here on the tax-deductibility of donations to GiveWell and our recommended charities, including for donors based outside of the U.S. and the Netherlands.

Does GiveWell recommend charities for every cause?

We do not. GiveWell's mission is to recommend charities that we believe can save or improve the greatest number of lives per dollar donated. We focus on the areas that we believe are most promising to achieve this aim. This has led us to research and recommend charities working in global health and poverty alleviation because your dollar can go further overseas.