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Effektiv Spenden

Effektiv Spenden

Effektiv Spenden (German for "donate effectively") is a nonprofit, EA-aligned donation platform that promotes effective giving in Germany and Switzerland.

What does Effektiv Spenden do?

Effektiv Spenden aims to raise as much funding as possible for the world's most effective and evidence-based charities and projects, and thereby help solve the most pressing problems.

Through its German-language website, it informs potential donors about effective giving in general, presents an up-to-date selection of high-impact giving opportunities, and offers personalised donation advice in collaboration with Munich-based HNWI philanthropy consultancy Legacies Now. As a donation platform, they accept donations on behalf of their recommended charities to facilitate the donation experience and provide tax-deductibility to their donors, even if the charity of their choice is based outside of Germany/Switzerland. In addition, they run the Berlin EA Coworking Space TEAMWORK, which serves as a hub for the EA community.

In 2021, Effektiv Spenden was able to raise a total of €18.86 million from more than 9,000 donors for some of the most effective charities in the world. This represents a growth of over 560% compared to the previous year (€2.84 million) and was done with an average of only 2 FTEs.

Effektiv Spenden was founded in early 2019 by Sebastian Schwiecker in coordination with the Effective Altruism Foundation. It is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Since 2021, donations from Swiss donors are processed through their Swiss entity in Basel.

Why is Effektiv Spenden one of our top-rated charities?

Effektiv Spenden meets our criteria to be top-rated because one of our trusted evaluators, Founders Pledge, has conducted an extensive evaluation highlighting its cost-effectiveness. This was done as part of Founders Pledge’s report on Giving Multipliers (see their more extensive report to learn how they analysed the cost-effectiveness of Effektiv Spenden).

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