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UPDATED 11/2023

Recommendations (10)

These charities and funds are our top picks. They are recommended by impact-focused evaluators our research team has vetted, and present exceptional opportunities for impact.

GiveWell: All Grants Fund
All Grants Fund

by GiveWell

GiveWell's All Grants Fund supports the full range of GiveWell’s grantmaking to high-impact opportunities, including at organisations outside of its top charities.

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Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund
Animal Welfare Fund

by Effective Altruism Funds

The Animal Welfare Fund aims to effectively improve the wellbeing of nonhuman animals by making grants that focus on one or more best-in-class opportunities.

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Longview Philanthropy: Emerging Challenges Fund
Emerging Challenges Fund

by Longview Philanthropy

The Emerging Challenges Fund — managed by Longview Philanthropy — directs funding to highly effective organisations working to safeguard the long-term future of humanity.

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GiveWell: Top Charities Fund
Top Charities Fund

by GiveWell

The Top Charities Fund supports the highest-priority funding needs among GiveWell’s top charities, which are evidence-backed, high-impact, and highly cost-effective opportunities to save and improve the lives of people living in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

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Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund
Long-Term Future Fund

by Effective Altruism Funds

The Long-Term Future Fund aims to positively influence the long-term trajectory of civilisation by making grants that address global catastrophic risks, especially potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence and pandemics.

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Malaria Consortium — Seasonal malaria chemoprevention programme
Malaria Consortium

Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention

Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) programme distributes preventative antimalarial drugs to young children during times of peak malaria transmission.

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The Humane League (Corporate campaign programs)
The Humane League

Corporate Animal Welfare Campaigns

The Humane League exists to end the abuse of animals raised for food. It does this by influencing the policies of the world’s biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action and leave animals off their plates. We specifically recommend The Humane League’s work on corporate campaigns for chicken welfare.

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Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation

Bednets To Prevent Malaria

Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) works to prevent malaria-caused deaths and illness by distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in at-risk, low-income communities. The organisation also consistently monitors its impact through surveys and case rate data.

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Helen Keller Intl— Vitamin A supplementation programme
Helen Keller International

Vitamin A Supplementation

Helen Keller Intl partners with governments across Africa and Asia to provide millions of children every year with lifesaving vitamin A supplements and other nutrients.

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New Incentives
New Incentives

Childhood Immunisation Incentives

New Incentives’ mission is to save lives in a way that does the most good per dollar. Guided by evidence, they provide cash incentives to increase childhood vaccination rates.

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Can’t decide?
Donate to Giving What We Can funds

Giving What We Can funds are a convenient option for donors who want to set up a single donation to support work in a cause area and don’t want to choose between our top-rated funds. All donations to this fund will be pooled and then allocated to particularly impactful giving opportunities within the fund’s cause area, based on our latest research. (Or choose the All Causes Bundle if you want to support all the high-impact causes we currently recommend.)

Global Health and Wellbeing Fund
Global Health and Wellbeing Fund

by Giving What We Can

The Global Health and Wellbeing Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to improve human wellbeing. Currently, the research team consults with GiveWell when determining where to allocate funds.

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Effective Animal Advocacy Fund
Effective Animal Advocacy Fund

by Giving What We Can

The Effective Animal Advocacy Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to improve animal welfare. Currently, the research team plans to allocate half of this fund to the Animal Welfare Fund (EA Funds) and half to The Humane League’s corporate campaign work.

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Risks and Resilience Fund
Risks and Resilience Fund

by Giving What We Can

The Risks and Resilience Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to reduce global catastrophic risks. Currently, the research team plans to allocate half of the fund's budget to the Long-Term Future Fund (EA Funds) and half to the Emerging Challenges Fund (Longview Philanthropy).

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All Causes Bundle

Can’t decide? This bundle allows you to split your donation across all three of our GWWC-managed cause area funds.

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Other supported programs

Our donation platform also supports a number of other programmes that broadly align with our principles — in other words, all of these programmes are working on a pressing problem and taking a reasonably promising approach (based on their stated missions and programme descriptions). We’ve roughly ordered these based on our research team’s preliminary impression of which might be most interesting to impact-focused donors, taking into account factors like if we’ve previously recommended them or if they are currently recommended by an impact-focused evaluator. We encourage donors to read more about these giving options before deciding to support them.

Global health and wellbeing (15)

These programmes reduce hunger, poverty, and disease, and promote economic empowerment, education, and mental and physical wellbeing across the globe.


Founders Pledge: Global Health and Development Fund
Global Health & Development Fund

by Founders Pledge

The Founders Pledge Global Health and Development Fund aims to stand up to the vast global inequalities in health, wealth, and opportunity.

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Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund
Global Health & Development Fund

by Effective Altruism Funds

The Global Health and Development Fund aims to support funding opportunities that improve the health or economic empowerment of people around the world as effectively as possible.

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Lead Exposure Elimination Project
Lead Exposure Elimination Project

Lead Policy Advocacy

Lead Exposure Elimination Project (LEEP) drives effective policies to eliminate lead poisoning across the globe. Its current focus is on ending the sale and manufacture of lead paint worldwide.

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Family Empowerment Media
Family Empowerment Media

Family Planning Campaigns

Family Empowerment Media (FEM) is an evidence-driven nonprofit committed to eliminating maternal deaths and other health burdens from unintended pregnancies. FEM produces and airs radio-based social and behavioural change campaigns on family planning to empower women and men who want to delay or prevent pregnancy to consistently use contraception.

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Suvita
Suvita

Childhood Immunisation Campaigns

Suvita sends text message reminders to caregivers in India to remind them to get their children vaccinated. It also builds a network of ambassadors who share information with new parents in their community about local vaccine clinics.

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Teaching at the Right Level Africa
Teaching at the Right Level Africa

African Education Program

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa is a nonprofit organisation that supports governments and organisations across sub-Saharan Africa to effectively apply the evidence-backed TaRL approach to improve foundational skills.

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GiveDirectly
GiveDirectly

Direct Cash Transfers

GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors send money directly to the world’s poorest households. GiveDirectly believes people living in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives — cash enables that choice.

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StrongMinds
StrongMinds

Mental Health Programs

StrongMinds is scaling effective depression treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, leveraging existing government and NGO infrastructure to bring proven therapy to its patients’ communities.

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Sightsavers — Deworming programme
Sightsavers

Deworming Program

Sightsavers works on a range of programmes to prevent blindness, advocate for disability rights, and fight neglected tropical diseases. It improves children’s lives and future prospects by treating two neglected tropical diseases — schistosomiasis and intestinal worms — with an intervention sometimes known as “deworming.”

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Evidence Action: Deworm the World
Evidence Action

Deworm the World Initiative

Deworm the World, a programme of Evidence Action, collaborates with governments to run mass deworming programmes in schools located in at-risk communities.

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Unlimit Health (formerly SCI Foundation)
Unlimit Health

Deworming Program

Unlimit Health (formerly known as SCI Foundation) works to end parasitic disease globally. To achieve this, Unlimit Health partners with both government ministries of health and affected communities to share evidence and expertise to end preventable parasitic infections and build resilient systems for good health.

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Evidence Action: Safe Water Now
Evidence Action

Safe Water Now

Dispensers for Safe Water distributes chlorine dispensers in low-income communities to treat water so that it’s safe to drink.

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Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness

Wellbeing Programs

Action for Happiness promotes mental health and wellbeing by providing information, evidence-based resources, public events, educational services, training, and community activities.

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GiveWell: Unrestricted Fund
Effective Giving Research & Advocacy

by GiveWell

GiveWell's Unrestricted Fund is the maximally flexible way to support GiveWell and its grantmaking. The Fund may support any GiveWell priority — including grants to high-impact programs and GiveWell’s operations.

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Happier Lives Institute
Happier Lives Institute

Human Wellbeing Research and Advocacy

The Happier Lives Institute is a nonprofit research organisation searching for the most effective ways to measure and increase global wellbeing.

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Animal welfare (8)

These programmes improve animal lives, reduce extreme suffering, and promote a sustainable and just food system through policy, research, and advocacy.

Animal Charity Evaluators: Recommended Charity Fund
Recommended Charities Fund

by Animal Charity Evaluators

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) Recommended Charity Fund supports the highest-value funding opportunities among its recommended charities, which are those that have the greatest impact helping animals per dollar.

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Animal Charity Evaluators: Movement Grants fund
Movement Grants Fund

by Animal Charity Evaluators

The Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) Movement Grants fund promising advocacy projects around the globe working to reduce animal suffering. Applications are accepted annually and grants are determined by a review committee.

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Good Food Institute
Good Food Institute

Alternative Protein Field Building

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is an international nonprofit working to improve the food system by developing and promoting plant- and cell-based alternatives to animal products.

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Faunalytics
Faunalytics

Animal Welfare Research

Faunalytics maintains the largest database of animal advocacy research, works with animal advocacy organisations on projects to improve their impact, and produces original animal advocacy research.

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Wild Animal Initiative
Wild Animal initiative

Wild Animal Welfare Research and Field Building

Wild Animal Initiative (WAI) works to improve wild animal welfare by expanding the field of wild animal research. By conducting its own research and helping support the needs of other wild animal researchers, the organisation aims to garner public and academic interest in wild animal welfare and identify evidence-based solutions to the struggles wild animals face.

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Fish Welfare Initiative
Fish Welfare Initiative

Fish Welfare Advocacy

Fish Welfare Initiative is among the first organisations working to reduce the suffering of farmed fish. It does this by collaborating with industry and policymakers to make changes on fish farms, such as improving water quality and reducing stocking density.

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Animal Advocacy Africa
Animal Advocacy Africa

Animal Advocacy Africa works to empower animal advocates who are (interested in) doing work to reduce farmed animal suffering in African countries. AAA shares knowledge, provides connections, and helps advocates build the skills to run an impactful animal advocacy organisation.

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Animal Charity Evaluators
Animal Charity Evaluators

Animal Charity Evaluations

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is dedicated to finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals. With evidence-based research, ACE helps donors, volunteers, and advocates effect positive change.

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Reducing global catastrophic risks (13)

These programmes leverage research and policy to help safeguard the future from large-scale risks related to AI, nuclear security, and natural or engineered pandemics.


Founders Pledge: Global Catastrophic Risks Fund
Global Catastrophic Risks Fund

by Founders Pledge

The Founders Pledge Global Catastrophic Risks Fund supports highly impactful solutions to help prevent the most severe global catastrophes.

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Founders Pledge: Patient Philanthropy Fund
Patient Philanthropy Fund

by Founders Pledge

The Patient Philanthropy Fund invests contributions and will deploy funds when they are needed most to safeguard and improve the long-term future.

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Longview Philanthropy: Nuclear Weapons Policy Fund
Nuclear Weapons Policy Fund

by Longview Philanthropy

The Nuclear Weapons Policy Fund directs funding to projects aimed at reducing the probability of large-scale nuclear warfare.

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Nuclear Threat Initiative — Biosecurity programme
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Global Biological Policy and Programs

Transform global security by driving systemic solutions to biological threats imperiling humanity.

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Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI)
Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI)

AI Safety Research and Field Building

CHAI (a multi-institution research group based at UC Berkeley) aims to shift the development of AI away from potentially dangerous systems we could lose control over, and towards provably safe systems that act in accordance with human interests even as they become increasingly powerful.

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Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins

Pandemic Prevention Program

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS) conducts independent research and analysis aimed at preventing and responding to public health crises.

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Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations
Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations

Future Generations Policy

The Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Future Generations raises awareness and facilitates cross-party dialogue on long-term policy issues. The APPG for Future Generations engages policymakers on topics such as combating political short-termism and mitigating global catastrophic risks.

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Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI)
Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI)

AI Governance Field Building

GovAI’s mission is to build a global research community dedicated to helping humanity navigate the transition to a world with advanced AI.

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Center on Long-Term Risk Fund
Center on Long-Term Risk Fund

by Center on Long-Term Risk

The Center on Long-Term Risk Fund supports promising projects and individuals that are working to build a global community of researchers and professionals dedicated to reducing involuntary suffering due to emerging technologies.

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80,000 Hours
80,000 Hours

High-Impact Careers Support

80,000 Hours provides research and support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

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ALLFED
ALLFED

Resilient Food Solutions

ALLFED works to make the world’s food supplies resilient to global catastrophes through research and alliance building.

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Longview Philanthropy
Longview Philanthropy

Effective Giving Research and Advocacy

Longview Philanthropy connects the world’s leading philanthropists with outstanding opportunities to protect future generations.

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Center on Long-Term Risk
Center on Long-Term Risk

AI Safety Research and Field Building

The Center on Long-Term Risk (CLR) works to address worst-case risks from the development and deployment of advanced artificial intelligence systems, with a current focus on conflict scenarios and the technical and philosophical aspects of cooperation.

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Addressing climate change (6)

These programmes focus on mitigating the worst effects of climate change by promoting clean, scalable, and equitable solutions.

Founders Pledge: Climate Change Fund
Climate Change Fund

by Founders Pledge

The Founders Pledge Climate Change Fund supports highly impactful, evidence-based solutions to the “triple challenge” of carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy poverty.

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Giving Green Fund
Giving Green Grantmaking Fund

by Giving Green

Giving Green is a team of climate scientists, economists, and impact evaluation experts with decades of experience working at the intersection of evidence-based policy and the environment. The Giving Green Fund strategically supports its recommended high-impact giving opportunities.

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Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force

Climate Research & Advocacy

The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is an international nonprofit that promotes technical and policy change for the climate. CATF values pragmatism and believes all promising options should be explored to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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Industrious Labs
Industrious Labs

Decarbonisation Advocacy and Field Building

Industrious Labs develops advocacy campaigns to clean up industry. It builds networks of advocates, community leaders, and organisations to put industrial emissions on a path to decarbonise by 2045.

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Good Energy Collective
Good Energy Collective

Nuclear Energy Policy Research & Development

Good Energy Collective is a women-led, worker self-directed policy nonprofit that is advancing community-centred, equitable policies for nuclear energy.

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Giving Green
Giving Green

Effective Giving Research & Advocacy

Giving Green is a research and advocacy initiative promoting cost-effective giving to fight climate change through public guides for donors, businesses, and investors.

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Effective giving and effective altruism (12)

These programmes focus on outreach, capacity building, fundraising, charity incubation, and evaluation related to effective giving, effective altruism, and promoting high-impact philanthropy.

Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund
Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund

by Effective Altruism Funds

The Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund aims to increase the impact of projects that use the principles of effective altruism, by increasing their access to talent, capital, and knowledge.

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Charity Entrepreneurship: Incubated Charities Fund
Incubated Charities Fund

by Charity Entrepreneurship

Charity Entrepreneurship is a research and training programme that incubates multiple effective charities annually. Its Incubated Charities Fund allows you to support its Incubated Charities that do not have their own GWWC page. Donations to this fund are used to advance incubated charities' seed grants when these charities finish the program.

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The Life You Can Save
The Life You Can Save

Effective Giving Research & Advocacy

The Life You Can Save works to end extreme global poverty through the power of effective giving.

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Effective Altruism Australia
Effective Altruism Australia

Effective Giving Advocacy

Effective Altruism Australia supports Australians to find and fix the world's most pressing problems.

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Charity Entrepreneurship
Charity Entrepreneurship

Charity Research & Incubation

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

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Centre for Effective Altruism
Centre for Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism Field Building

The Centre for Effective Altruism's mission is to nurture a community of people who are thinking carefully about the world’s most pressing problems and taking impactful action to solve them.

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Rethink Priorities
Rethink Priorities

Global Priorities Research

Rethink Priorities’ mission is to generate the most significant possible impact for others in the present and the long-term future. Using evidence and reason, it identifies where resources would be most effective and helps direct them there. It does this by conducting critical research to inform policymakers and philanthropists, and by guiding the development of new organisations to address key problems.

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Social Change Lab
Social Change Lab

Social Movement Research

Social Change Lab is a nonprofit research organisation conducting social movement research to understand how we can most effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

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Founders Pledge
Founders Pledge

Effective Giving Research & Advocacy

Founders Pledge empowers entrepreneurs to do immense good by conducting rigorous charity research and advising its members on how to maximise their impact through strategic philanthropy.

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High Impact Athletes
High Impact Athletes

Effective Giving Advocacy

High Impact Athletes guides high-profile athletes towards the most impactful charities and uses their platforms to grow the effective altruism movement. See their giving recommendations here.

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Giving What We Can Charity Elections
Giving What We Can

Charity Elections

A charity election is a school-wide event in which high school students vote among three charities to decide which will receive up to $2,000 in sponsored funds.

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Giving What We Can
Giving What We Can

Effective Giving Research & Advocacy

Giving What We Can — the nonprofit organisation behind this website and donation platform — is a community of effective givers. We provide the support, community, and information donors need to do the most good with their charitable donations. Donating to this program supports our core operations.

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Co-founded in 2009 by moral philosophers Toby Ord and William MacAskill, Giving What We Can is a global community of effective givers and a resource hub for people who want to help. We curate a carefully vetted list of charity recommendations, offer resources and guides so you can make a bigger difference on the problems you care about, and work to change the norms around charitable giving to inspire people to give more, and more effectively.


We believe the scale of global income inequality is so vast that most people living in high-income countries have significant power to affect the lives of others. (See where you stack up here.) To that end, we also help people support high-impact charitable programmes and projects via our donation platform and invite you to join the 9 661 people who have taken a giving pledge.

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