Our mission at Giving What We Can is to create a culture of giving significantly and effectively. As part of this, we provide information and infrastructure for donors to find and fund the most impactful charities.
Giving What We Can has three categories of supported charities, nonprofit organisations, and charitable funds:
To fit in any of the above categories, the donation option must be capable of receiving funds from private individuals, and fit within Giving What We Can’s charitable purpose. Below is more detail about each of these categories, the purpose they serve, and their inclusion criteria.
You can find our current list of top-rated funds, charities and nonprofits on our giving recommendations page.
We generally recommend that donors give to funds, because they are managed by experts who work closely with charities to ensure they receive funding in proportion to their need and expected cost-effectiveness. For a fund to be considered top-rated by Giving What We Can, its grantmaking must be managed by one of several trusted evaluators — read more about the charitable giving experts we trust and why we trust them.
To be a top-rated charity, that charity must meet the requirement that we or one of our trusted evaluators has conducted an investigation into the charity and found it met a very high standard of expected cost-effectiveness.
Our goal in making these recommendations is to provide donors with an overview of some of the highest-impact donation opportunities we know of across a range of worldviews. These are organisations that are highly cost-effective in expectation and generally have publicly available research supporting their cost-effectiveness.
Notably, this excludes charities that may well be extremely cost-effective but simply haven’t been investigated by one of our trusted charity evaluators.
We do not process requests from organisations looking to receive top-rated status.
As well as providing recommendations, our donation platform lists other very promising funds, charities and nonprofits that we think are worth listing publicly so that donors can more easily consider them. These fall into two categories:
There are several indicators the Giving What We Can research team uses to decide — on a case-by-case basis — whether a fund, charity, or nonprofit should be listed. Reasons we may list organisations include:
In addition to the above, when choosing whether to add or retain a listed organisation, we consider the amount of funds we expect the organisation to receive by being on our platform. This is because maintaining our donation platform is expensive, so we want to make sure that listed organisations are receiving enough benefit to justify our operational costs.
We do not process requests from organisations looking to receive listed status.
In addition to providing advice on how to give effectively, Giving What We Can also supports the effective giving community more broadly. Our donation platform supports donors by providing many impactful donation options in one place, and it helps organisations receive donations from many donors across the world.
In some cases, there are organisations that don’t yet meet the criteria to be listed prominently on our website, but meet our criteria to be supported by our donation platform. These organisations can be found using a direct link (i.e. from the organisations’ own websites), but do not appear on either our giving recommendations or donations page.
Generally speaking, the following would be sufficient for an organisation to be added as an unlisted option:
We actively monitor whether charities should retain their unlisted status.
Apply here if your organisation believes it should receive unlisted status.
If you think you meet the criteria to be unlisted on our platform, please fill in this Google Form outlining why.
We do not process requests from organisations looking to receive listed or top-rated status.
Giving What We Can does not take any fees from donors using our platform or from charities listed on our platform. We are independently funded to promote our mission of making giving effectively and significantly a cultural norm.