Charity Science has been running for 2.5 years and conducted six experiments (with three failures, two successes and one pending). It has raised an estimated $300,000 CAD spending about $80,000 CAD in operating costs for GiveWell recommended charities. Our best guess for a ratio is 1:4, although we include many different ways of estimating impact in our report. We feel as though our biggest mistakes include running too cheaply, not hiring soon enough and relying too heavily on skilled EAs. Our plans moving forward are for half of our team to continue conducting experiments and scale up successes in Charity Science and for half of our team to move onto the new project of Charity Entrepreneurship.
What this blog post includes
After 2.5 years of working on Charity Science, we felt like it was time to write an internal review. This post aims to be a broad overview of the work Charity Science has done historically, what we’ve accomplished, to give insight as to what hasn’t worked, and to provide some of the rationale and context for our future plans.