Charity Entrepreneurship

Charity Entrepreneurship

Charity Entrepreneurship is a research and training programme that incubates multiple effective charities annually.

What problem is Charity Entrepreneurship working on?

Only a small number of nonprofits are founded based on rigorous evidence and research. As a result, many problems go unidentified and unaddressed, and many talented individuals lack high-impact career opportunities.

What does Charity Entrepreneurship do?

Charity Entrepreneurship aims to strengthen the NGO sector by launching multiple new charities annually based on effective altruist principles.

It achieves this through an extensive research process that identifies high-impact, evidence-based ways to reduce suffering and a cost-covered Incubation Program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch these interventions. Its focus areas include health and development policy, mental health, family planning, and animal advocacy, and EA meta.

How it works:

  • Each year, Charity Entrepreneurship puts thousands of research hours into identifying the most promising charity ideas. Its key criteria: highly cost-effective and ready to launch.
  • It recruits aspiring entrepreneurs and, through its two-month Incubation Program, provides them with the training and funding to turn these ideas into high-impact organisations.
  • It offers seed grants of up to $200,000, legal support, and ongoing mentorship to launch the most promising charities.
  • Its ecosystem of researchers, volunteers, donors, and mentors enables these new charities to move quickly and achieve impact.

As of 2022, Charity Entrepreneurship has helped to launch 23 charities. These charities have already fundraised over $20 million USD and been recognised by top grantmakers like GiveWell, EA Funds, and Open Philanthropy. For example:

What evidence is there of Charity Entrepreneurship’s effectiveness?

Charity Entrepreneurship meets our criteria to be listed on our platform because:

  • Our research team believes it is doing impactful work across multiple high-impact causes.
  • Some of its incubated charities have since been supported by our trusted evaluators (for example, Suvita is now one of our top-rated charities based on analysis conducted by Founders Pledge).
  • To our knowledge, Charity Entrepreneurship has not yet been directly evaluated by any of our trusted evaluators. (Our trusted evaluators are charitable giving experts who focus on impact — their research into the best charities means your donations can do even more good. Learn more about charity evaluators we trust and why.)

All the above mean that we believe Charity Entrepreneurship meets our criteria as an organisation doing "highly promising work in a high-impact cause area, but hasn’t been evaluated yet." See our inclusion criteria.

At Giving What We Can, we focus on the effectiveness of an organisation’s work, which considers much more than just the administration costs of the organisation. Learn more about this common “overhead myth” and our approach to charity evaluation.

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