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Why donate with Giving What We Can?


Benefit from expertise

Since 2009 Giving What We Can has been focused on finding high-impact causes and the best charities working to solve problems are big, tractable, and neglected. We work closely with experts such as charity evaluators, grantmakers, and academics.

Get lower fees

We use automation to keep our running costs low, and we don’t charge any fees for donating using our platform. The only fees are those applied by payment processors, and we’ve negotiated for lower processing fees so that more of your donation goes directly to charity or fund.

Play to your comparative advantage

Together our team and evaluation partners spend tens of thousands of hours a year thinking and learning about how to use money to do the most good. Donating to our recommended charities and funds allows you to take advantage of this expertise instead of trying to replicate it yourself.

Be part of a community

We are building a community of people focused on effectiveness and eager to solve the world’s most pressing problems. By joining the community and pooling our donations, we can coordinate more effectively.

High-leverage opportunities

By pooling our resources, we can also fund certain high-leverage opportunities that are only possible with larger sums of money. For example, we can fund early-stage charities that might need substantial support to get off the ground, or even encourage the creation of new charities by showing that money will be available to fund them. Together, we can have a greater impact than we could as individuals.

Help to measure movement growth

When more people donate to our charities and funds it helps us keep track of the movement's growth and priorities. Understanding the spread of effective altruism by requesting information from dozens of charities would be very difficult; a centralised donation platform makes this much easier.

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