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Published: August 10, 2012


Think Humanity works with refugees in Africa to fight malaria, provide clean water, and offer other aid.1 We considered Think Humanity for an in-depth evaluation because it reports conducting monitoring surveys and finding promising results,2 and because it distributes insecticide-treated nets, a priority program. After corresponding with Think Humanity representatives and reviewing their financial statements, we decided not to prioritize further research on them because of their small size (total revenue of $99,346 in 2011).3


  • Heckel, Jim. President of Think Humanity. Email to GiveWell (DOC), August 7, 2012.
  • Think Humanity. About Us. (accessed August 10, 2012). Archived by WebCite® at
  • Think Humanity. IRS form 990 (2011) (PDF).
  • Think Humanity. Program meds and nets. (accessed March 30, 2011). Archived by WebCite® at
  • 1. "Think Humanity grew from a small organization supplying mosquito nets to one that also provides healthcare, water wells, education and socio-economic development projects." Think Humanity, "About Us."
  • 2. "A survey and project retrospective follows each distribution. A survey was conducted in September 2009 in Kyangwali Refugee Camp and the results of the survey showed a 88 percent reduction in incidences of malaria. Mosquito nets were distributed in the Acholi Quarter Camp July 2010. A survey was conducted in January 2011 and the results of the survey showed a 93 percent reduction in incidences of malaria.” Think Humanity, “Program Meds and Nets.”
  • 3.
    • Think Humanity, "IRS Form 990 (2011)."
    • Jim Heckel, email to GiveWell, August 7, 2012.