We regularly evaluate latest scientific research on the cost-effectiveness of charities. We selected a list of charities from different cause areas according to our most up to date judgment, which is based on research by credible charity evaluators such as GiveWell or Animal Charity Evaluators. We forward funds raised through affiliate link signups and donations to these charities.
By giving to highly effective organisations that combat poverty, we can prevent huge amounts of suffering, as well as positively impacting other factors, such as education.
Malaria kills more than a million people each year. AMF facilitates the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families at night, when mosquitos are most active. The large-scale distributions are monitored closely to guarantee that the nets reach their destination and are used the right way. The evidence is strong that insecticide-treated bed nets reduce child mortality and malaria cases, making AMF GiveWell’s top pick for saving lives.
GiveDirectly transfers money directly to the world’s extreme poor in Kenya and Uganda, who then use it on what is most important to them. Evidence suggests that these transfers generate large income gains for these households. The money is invested in e.g. housing, important equipment or education for children. GiveDirectly is currently one of GiveWell’s top-rated charities.
Animal welfare and climate change
By donating to charities that aim to combat factory farming it’s possible to impact a range of global problems: climate change, global hunger, animal suffering, water shortage and risk of pandemics.
Mercy for Animals advocates for farm animals by conducting undercover investigations, engaging in corporate and legal outreach, running online ads, and organising grassroots outreach events. Animal Charity Evaluators rank Mercy For Animals as one of their top charities and believe that their programs are constitute an extremely effective way to prevent the suffering of farmed animals.
By advocating for farm animals through public education and corporate campaigns, THL aims to save the lives of as many animals as possible and to reduce as much animal cruelty as they can. Through their online and community-based outreach programs, they reach millions of young people each year. Due to their data-driven and research-oriented approach, THL is currently one of Animal Charity Evaluators’ top-rated charities.
Meta charities do research into the best strategies to improve the world as effectively as possible, and aim to grow the movement of people interested in achieving this goal.
CFAR is an organisation in the San Francisco Bay Area that is working to increase the rationality of effective altruists and also of society overall. CFAR staff members teach workshops on rationality and self-improvement, create online material and offer programs for gifted high school students. They perform research and evaluate their teaching methods in order to find proven ways to overcome cognitive biases. By encouraging people to think more about what is important to them, CFAR raises awareness of global problems and priorities and paves the way for finding lasting solutions.
The Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) is a meta charity focusing on outreach and movement building. The people behind the organisation have founded university chapters at four Swiss universities and are in close contact with groups in Austria and Germany. With the core tenets of science, rationality and ethics, EAF seeks to influence future leaders and decision-makers to become more altruistic and aware of global priorities. EAF has launched the spin-off projects Effective Altruism Switzerland (EACH), Sentience Politics and REG Charity.
Far Future and Research
Organisations in our last category, "far future and research", focus on identifying the risks and challenges from emerging technologies, as well as on making sure that these are used positively for the benefit of all sentient beings.
The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) does foundational mathematical research to ensure smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact. As more and more human cognitive feats come to be reproduced by artificially intelligent systems, we can expect to encounter a number of unprecedented risks and benefits. These and other under-explored questions will only become more pressing as progress in computer science allows AI systems to act with increasing autonomy and efficiency.