With people dying every day of preventable diseases, billions of animals in factory farms, and huge risks to our planet from things like new technologies and nuclear weapons, it is critical that we donate to the most effective charities possible.
Our current recommendation for most donors is to donate through Effective Altruism Funds. Effective Altruism Funds helps donors pool their money into large charitable funds managed by experts to fund the best interventions. However, we do not think Effective Altruism Funds is the best option for everyone. To read some of the relevant considerations, please visit our "why donate to Effective Altruism Funds" page.
For those who wish to donate to specific, individual charities we've also listed the charities we believe to have the strongest evidence for their individual impact based on GiveWell's research.
For donors wishing to support individual charities instead of EA Funds we recommend following GiveWell’s recommendations. In our view GiveWell have conducted the most thorough research on the impact of different charities. We’ve listed their top charities below.
Against Malaria Foundation
The Against Malaria Foundation fights malaria by distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets
- Malaria killed around 438,000 people in 2015, including an estimated 306,000 children. There are about 200 million cases of the disease every year.
- Insecticide treated bednets are one of the most effective ways to prevent transmission of malaria and have averted about 450 million cases from 2000 to 2015
- The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) fights malaria by funding and tracking/monitoring insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Sub-Saharan Africa
Deworm The World Initiative
Deworm the World Initiative provides technical assistance and funds for programs that treat people for parasitic worms
- Intestinal worms like hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm are Neglected Tropical Diseases, which don't currently get the attention they deserve
- 875 million children require annual treatment
- The treatment is cheap and easy. By providing technical assistance to governments, Deworm The World can help deworm children for around 50 cents / person / year
The END Fund
The END Fund provides technical assistance and funds for programs to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases
- The END Fund is recommended specifically for its deworming programs
- Deworming is cheap and easy to administer, but the WHO estimates that at least 258 million people required preventive treatment for schistosomiasis in 2014, but only 61.6 million were treated
- Its work is primarily focused on treating children, and based in Africa where the burden of disease caused by worm infections is the highest
GiveDirectly sends money to very poor people in rural Kenya using mobile phones
- GiveDirectly makes unconditional cash transfers to extremely poor people using mobile phone payment systems
- The money is collected from local agents, and can be spent on anything the recipient wishes
- GiveDirectly says that their average recipient earns about 65 cents (nominal) per day.
Helen Keller International
Helen Keller International works to reduce malnutrition, blindness, and poor vision
- Vitamin A deficiency leads to blindness and impairs physical and mental growth, as well as immune system function.
- Vitamin A supplementation has a strong evidence base and strong cost-effectiveness.
- Helen Keller International provides mass vitamin A supplementation campaigns, providing treatment for an estimated $.75 per supplement (needed every 6 months by babies and young children).
Malaria Consortium fights malaria by distributing preventive drugs via seasonal malaria chemoprevention programs
- Malaria Consortium works in Africa and Asia to prevent, control and treat malaria and other communicable diseases
- It’s recommended for its seasonal malaria chemoprevention programs (SMC’s), through which it distributes preventive anti-malarial drugs to children under 5
- SMC is cost effective and supported by a strong base of evidence through randomized controlled trials
No Lean Season
No Lean Season reduces the effects of seasonal poverty in rural agricultural areas by helping people travel for work
- In rural areas, the season between planting and harvesting is known as the "lean season" due to low income and hunger
- The program gives a travel subsidy of $20 to very poor rural laborers so they can send a family member to a nearby city to find a job during this time
- Migrant households register the equivalent of an extra meal per person / per day during the lean season
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative provides technical assistance and funds for programs that treat people for parasitic worms
- Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by parasitic worms
- The WHO estimates that at least 261 million people required preventive treatment for schistosomiasis in 2013, but only 40 million were treated
- The disease is widespread, but extremely cheap and easy to treat. SCI can distribute deworming tablets for around $2 / person / year
- SCI also treat other neglected tropical diseases like hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm
Sightsavers works on a range of programs to prevent blindness and support blind people, and is recommended specifically for its work on deworming
- Sightsavers advocates for, funds, supports and monitors deworming programs as part of its work on fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases
- The treatment for worms is cheap and easy. Similar programs distribute treatments for between $0.79 and $1.19