About Us

Read our vision here.

Read our values here.

Giving What We Can is an international society dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty. Our members and supporters are united in the belief that extreme poverty is one of the biggest problems in the world today, and we are determined to do something about it.

"Throughout my career, I have given to causes that address the pressing issue of global poverty. Giving has enriched my life."

Dr Frederick Mulder CBE, founder of The Funding Network.

For those of us living in the developed world, our comparative wealth gives us an amazing opportunity to make a real difference. That is why our members take a pledge committing them to donate at least 10% of their incomes to relieving suffering caused by extreme poverty.

It is critical that we donate to the most effective charities, so that it will have the greatest impact possible. To that end, Giving What We Can recommends charities based on some of the best research into the effectiveness of interventions in the developing world. It turns out that the difference between charities is astounding: Some do 1,000 times as much good with a donation as others!


See how our story had unfolded since we were launched in Oxford in 2009.


We now have 614 members, who have together pledged $309,035,266.31.

How we assess charities

For further information on how we reach our charity recommendations