How to Choose a Charity

  • Criterias used by the GiveWell charity evaluator.

  • What does this charity do?
    • What does this charity do?
    • How many different types of programs does it run?
    • For each of these programs, what exactly is it that this charity does? If it runs more than one program, why is that?
  • How cost-effective is each program area?
    • Is the charity focused on one of the most important causes?
    • How cost-effective does the evidence suggest the program to be?
  • How robust is evidence behind each program?
    • What is the evidence behind the programs that the charity runs?
    • Are there trials showing that the program is effective?
    • Does the charity rigorously monitor and evaluate the success of its programs?
  • How well is each program implemented?
    • Do the leaders of the charity have demonstrated success in other areas?
    • Is the charity highly transparent?
    • Does it acknowledge mistakes that it’s made in the past?
    • What are the alternative charities you could give to?
    • Are there good reasons for supposing that this charity is better than others?
  • Does the charity need additional funds?
    • What would additional funding be used to do?
    • Why haven’t other donors already funded the charity to the point it can’t use extra money?