Our Grants to GiveWell’s 2015 Recommended Charities

We are excited to announce our grants to GiveWell’s “top charities” for the 2015 giving season: the Against Malaria Foundation, the Deworm the World Initiative, GiveDirectly, and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

These charities deliver cost-effective, evidence-backed and scalable interventions, and we think they represent some of the best giving opportunities in the world.

We’re actively looking for longer-term, higher-risk/reward giving opportunities through our work on the Open Philanthropy Project. In time, we hope to find even better bets than GiveWell’s top charities for improving others’ lives.

But we don’t take it for granted that better bets exist.[1] And while we look for them, we want to do as much good as we can with the information we have. We believe the good we do by giving today will compound over time, by helping to put extremely low-income people in a better position to help themselves, their families, and their communities in the future.

We’re also proud to support outstanding organizations that serve as a model for how to serve others effectively and transparently.

This year, we asked GiveWell make a recommendation to us regarding how much to grant to each of its top charities. We’ve decided to follow GiveWell’s recommendation and make the following grants:

  • $22.8 million to the Against Malaria Foundation, which funds the distribution of bed nets for the prevention of malaria;
  • $10.8 million to Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, which supports government programs that provide deworming treatments to school-aged children and other people at risk;
  • $9.8 million to GiveDirectly, which makes direct cash transfers to extremely low-income households;
  • $1 million to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, which also supports government programs that provide deworming treatments to school-aged children and other people at risk;
  • $250,000 to each of GiveWell’s “standout charities”: Development Media International, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Universal Salt Iodization program, the Iodine Global Network, and Living Goods.

We’re deeply grateful for the work of these outstanding organizations and to everyone on the GiveWell team for the many, many hours they put into researching and refining their recommendations to us and other donors. For more detail on how they arrived at these recommendations, read GiveWell’s top charities announcement.

  1. [1] That’s why we use the interventions these charities deliver — like bed nets and cash transfers — as the standard of comparison for other work we fund. More on this idea here.