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Effektiv Spenden

Effektiv Spenden

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

What problem is Effektiv Spenden working on?

Effektiv Spenden aims to raise as much funding as possible for the world's most effective and evidence-based charities and projects, thereby helping solve the most pressing problems. It focuses on supporting charities working on reducing global poverty, climate change, reducing animal suffering, and safeguarding the long-term future.

What does Effektiv Spenden do?

Through its German-language website, Effektiv Spenden:

  • Informs potential donors about effective giving in general
  • Presents an up-to-date selection of high-impact giving opportunities
  • Offers personalised donation advice in collaboration with Munich-based HNWI philanthropy consultancy Legacies Now

As a donation platform, Effektiv Spenden accepts donations on behalf of its recommended charities to facilitate the donation experience and provide tax-deductibility to its donors, even if the charity is based outside of Germany or Switzerland.

In addition, it runs the Berlin EA Coworking Space TEAMWORK, which serves as a hub for the effective altruism community in Germany.

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 a top-rated charity because one of our trusted evaluators, Founders Pledge, has conducted an extensive evaluation highlighting its cost-effectiveness as part of its report on Giving Multipliers. (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.)

According to Effektiv Spenden, in 2021 it raised €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.

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.

Why donate through the Giving What We Can donation platform?

Your donations through our portal are tax deductible in the UK, US, and the Netherlands. Giving What We Can does not take any fees from donors using our platform or from charities listed on our platform. We are independently funded to promote our mission of making giving effectively and significantly a cultural norm. Read more on our transparency page.

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