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GiveWell searches for the charities that save or improve lives the most per dollar. We recommend a small number of charities that can do an incredible amount of good.

Your donation can make a meaningful difference for some of the poorest people in the world.

Which donations are eligible for the match?

All first-time donations from new donors are eligible to be matched up to $100. GiveWell will allocate each matching donation in proportion to the original donation. For example, if you choose to split your donation equally between three of GiveWell’s recommended charities, we will also split your matching donation equally between those three charities.

How do I make sure my donation is matched?

You can either click the “Make a matched donation” button on this page or select "That Sounds Fun" on the donation page. Donations made through any payment method will be matched. If you’re unsure if your donation was matched, you can email us to confirm at

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.

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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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Your donation makes a meaningful difference for some of the poorest people in the world.

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.

As seen in

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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.