Where can I donate most EFFECTIVELY?
Below are our Top 10 recommended charities. All will use your donations effectively to either save lives or reduce suffering among the world’s 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty.

1. SCHISTOSOMIASIS CONTROL INITIATIVE / DEWORM THE WORLD

School-based programs to protect children from parasitic worms are widely recognized as safe, simple, and cost-effective. The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) and the Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI) help spread these programs, which can treat children for less than $0.50 per year.

US donors can make tax-deductible donations to SCI through GiveWell (who collects no fees from these donations)
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2. GIVEDIRECTLY

Give Directly focuses exclusively on getting money into the hands of the poorest possible households at the lowest possible cost. At least 90% of donations go directly to recipients.

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3. AGAINST MALARIA FOUNDATION

The Against Malaria Foundation provides long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (for protection against malaria) in bulk to other organizations, which then distribute them in developing countries.

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4. OXFAM

Oxfam is one of the leading organizations combating poverty in developing countries. They carry out a wide range of activities including campaigning, disaster relief, education, health, sanitation and women's rights, and they have a good track record for evaluating their work.

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5. PROVEN IMPACT FUND / DISPENSERS FOR SAFE WATER

The Proven Impact Fund and Dispensers for Safe Water run programs with rigorously proven cost-effectiveness. Their interventions are based on studies by Innovations for Poverty Action, a groundbreaking research team dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor.

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6. THE FISTULA FOUNDATION

Obstetric fistulas cause uncontrollable leaking of bodily wastes and subsequent ostracism, ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest young women. The Fistula Foundation funds the best organizations they can find that repair fistulas and give the women their lives back. Each surgical repair costs approximately $450.

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7. SEVA / FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION

Cataract surgeries and other eye treatments can restore sight to those suffering from blindness and visual impairment. Seva and The Fred Hollows Foundation are two highly regarded charities specializing in performing these inexpensive procedures.

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8. PROJECT HEALTHY CHILDREN

Project Healthy Children works closely with governments, private industries, and partner agencies to support the design and implementation of food fortification programs to improve the health of children, women, and men around the world… every time they eat a meal.

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9. POSSIBLE

Possible is working with the Nepalese government to provide rural health care and rebuild the public health system in Nepal. They rigorously evaluate their impact and, in their own words, "believe in being transparent until it hurts".

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10. POPULATION SERVICES INTERNATIONAL

Population Services International work with local governments and other local organizations to assist family planning and improve the health of mothers and young children. They focus on interventions with proven impact and have good monitoring and evaluation systems in place.

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It’s easier together!

"This list reflects a significant amount of work by many people. I want to thank Dean Karlan and his colleagues at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), who have done many of the randomized controlled trials that are the science behind these recommendations. GiveWell and Giving What We Can have contributed significantly to my thought process. Jon Behar, a member of our core staff at The Life You Can Save, has helped me develop the list. Additionally, I have personally thought a lot about what charities to include and how to order them."
-- Peter Singer 2013

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The Life You Can Save has a focus on eradicating poverty, but we're also aware of significant interest in Peter Singer's opinions on charities working in other areas. If your priority is fighting climate change, we suggest you consider donating to Cool Earth , based on Giving What We Can's analysis on the topic . For donors seeking to improve animal welfare, we suggest reviewing research from Animal Charity Evaluators , whose top charity recommendations are The Humane League and Vegan Outreach (each of which run programs designed to yield significant environmental benefits in addition to reducing animal suffering).

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