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.
GiveWell’s top charities work to improve health and wellbeing in low-income countries. Donations to the Top Charities Fund are granted on a rolling basis to its top charities with the highest-priority funding needs.
GiveWell’s top charities are the best opportunities its researchers have identified for donors looking to confidently make a significant impact with their gifts. Thoroughly vetted by GiveWell’s research team, these programs are evidence-backed, transparent, and able to use additional funding cost-effectively.
Supporting the Top Charities Fund allows GiveWell to direct funds where they will have the most impact according to its latest cost-effectiveness estimates and research on funding needs.
Recent grant recipients include:
See the Fund webpage for more information about how donations are allocated, past recipients, and plans for the future.
(GiveWell has changed the name of the fund previously known as the "Maximum Impact Fund" to the "Top Charities Fund" as of September 8, 2022.)
We investigated the impact-focused charity evaluator GiveWell as part of our 2023 evaluator investigations and concluded that GiveWell’s recommendations and grantmaking approach are well-suited to helping donors maximise the impact of their “dollar” in the global health and wellbeing space. You can read our report on GiveWell here.