Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research

Forethought Foundation

Global Priorities Research

The Forethought Foundation for global priorities research aims to promote and communicate academic and non-academic work that addresses the question of how to use our scarce resources to improve the world by as much as possible.


What problem is the Forethought Foundation working on?

Global priorities research is an academic discipline at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and the social sciences. It aims to determine how individuals and institutions should spend their limited resources in order to improve the world by as much as possible.

What does the Forethought Foundation do?

Forethought supports and promotes individuals and institutions working on global priorities research, furthers and develops effective altruism and longtermism as ideas, and promotes and presents the ideas of effective altruism and longtermism in social and traditional media, in person, and within academia.

Specifically, Forethought has recently worked on writing and promoting What We Owe The Future, a book by William MacAskill (Director of the Forethought Foundation) on the importance of our actions in the long run.

The Forethought Foundation is a project of Effective Ventures (as is Giving What We Can — see our transparency page)

What information does Giving What We Can have about the cost-effectiveness of the Forethought Foundation?1.

We don't currently have further information about the cost-effectiveness of the Forethought Foundation beyond it doing work in a high-impact cause area and taking a reasonably promising approach.

Please note that GWWC does not evaluate individual charities. Our recommendations are based on the research of third-party, impact-focused charity evaluators our research team has found to be particularly well-suited to help donors do the most good per dollar, according to their recent evaluator investigations. Our other supported programs are those that align with our charitable purpose — they are working on a high-impact problem and take a reasonably promising approach (based on publicly-available information).

At Giving What We Can, we focus on the effectiveness of an organisation's work -- what the organisation is actually doing and whether their programs are making a big difference. Some others in the charity recommendation space focus instead on the ratio of admin costs to program spending, part of what we’ve termed the “overhead myth.” See why overhead isn’t the full story and learn more about our approach to charity evaluation.