Are you a charity skeptic?
- Worried that their donation might not make the difference it's said to make.
- Been concerned that their money is being wasted by charity employees or corrupt governments.
- Wondered whether charity programs actually make a difference in the first place.
Are all charities good?
Are all charities bad?
However, it can be hard to tell which charities are good and bad because most charities lack evidence (particularly evidence that is publicly available) and mostly rely on having a flashy website and a good story to convince people that they are doing good. Few donors require rigorous evidence of impact before giving.
How do you tell the best from the bad?
Intuition is likely even worse. We live in a pretty complex world. Even experts in the charity sector have trouble telling what is going to work and what won’t. Often our intuitions are based on only a page of writing, or even just a single paragraph. This is not to mention that humans have many biases (systematic errors in their thinking). Even the smartest and most informed people would find it near impossible to tell what charity does the most good with so little information.
Unlike other charity review websites, they do not spend only minutes looking at each charity. They spend thousands of hours investigating each of their top charities and publish their research methodology, findings, and anything they learn about them, be it positive or negative.
They have been called the “gold standard for charity review” and this title is well earned. Not only do they have pages and pages of write-ups on top causes, charities and research findings, they have also been independently reviewed and spot checked by other experts and enthusiasts in the field.
We have double checked much of their work ourselves and have consistently been impressed by the quality and accuracy of it. If you are a charity skeptic and want to see all the details about the best charities, check out GiveWell’s analyses of their top charities. Or, if you want easy reads which succinctly summarize the charities and the evidence behind them, check out our Proven Charities page.