Founders Pledge: Global Health and Development Fund

Founders Pledge

Global Health & Development Fund

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


What problem is the Global Health and Development Fund working on?

While many of us have a higher life expectancy than our parents and grandparents, and we expect to have greater wealth than generations before us, millions of people live in poverty, and billions more struggle to get by. They cannot access basic healthcare and vaccinations, making them far more vulnerable to deadly diseases. They cannot access quality education to strengthen their economic future.

What projects does the Global Health and Development Fund support?

The Global Health and Development Fund aims to:

  • Significantly improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people.
  • Eliminate deaths from easily preventable disease.
  • Support sustainable, systemic change.

Recent past recipients of grants from the Global Health and Development Fund include:

See the Fund webpage for more information about how donations are allocated, past recipients, and plans for the future.

Unsure how a fund is different from a charity? See our page about why we recommend donors give to funds.

What information does Giving What We Can have about the cost-effectiveness of the Global Health and Development Fund?1.

We previously included the Global Health and Development Fund on our list of recommendations because it is managed by the impact-focused evaluator Founders Pledge. We’ve since updated our recommendations to reflect only funds managed by grantmakers we’ve looked into as part of our 2023 evaluator investigations; while we expect to soon look into Founders Pledge as part of this more in-depth evaluator research, we haven’t yet. As such, we don't currently include this fund as one of our recommended programs but you can still donate to it via our donation platform.

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.