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.
There are millions of charities to choose from when donating. And the choice matters — because lives are on the line. Depending on the charity you pick, you could do a little good, or a lot of good (or in some cases, even do harm). How can people know that their donations will have the impact they want?
Giving What We Can was one of the first in a growing network of like-minded organisations focused on effective altruism — the project of using evidence and reason to figure out how to best contribute to helping others, and taking action on that basis.
Giving What We Can (GWWC) inspires donations to the world’s most effective organisations by creating a culture in which people are encouraged to give more, and give more effectively. We do this through:
We’re a nonprofit funded by philanthropic donations, and all of our programmes are free.
As of 2022, our community members have donated more than $300 million USD to effective organisations, and more than 8,000 people in more than 90 countries have pledged to give a significant portion of their income to effective charities
In our latest internal impact evaluation, we estimated that from 2020 to 2022:
Our largest funder is Open Philanthropy; however, to encourage the cultivation of a diverse donor base and to help support a wider variety of organisations, Open Philanthropy aims to fund no more than 50% of our budget. This makes the importance of individual donor contributions very important to the success of our operations. We currently expect to begin 2024 with a funding gap of between US$300k and US$900k for our baseline budget, and fall further short of our expansion budget (which includes plans that we think would significantly increase the reach of effective giving, but that we won't be able to fund with our baseline budget).
Indeed, Open Philanthropy suggests that individual donors support Giving What We Can, due to both its evidence of impact and funding gap.1
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