GiveWell is dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of its analysis to help donors decide where to give.
The organisation conducts tens of thousands of hours of research each year to identify the programs that accomplish the most good—in terms of lives saved or lives improved—per dollar spent. GiveWell doesn't try to review as many charities or causes as possible. Instead, it focuses on finding and recommending programs that are evidence-backed, cost-effective, transparent, and underfunded. Based on its research, it recommends a short list of top charities, as well as direct discretionary grants from its giving funds to support a wide range of high-impact programs.
More than 110,000 donors have trusted GiveWell to direct their donations. Together, they have given over $1 billion to its top charities; GiveWell estimates that these donations will save over 150,000 lives.