Good Ventures awarded a grant of $5 million to GiveDirectly for general operating support in December 2014, in recognition of the organization's earning a "top charity" ranking from GiveWell in 2014. Read more about the rationale behind our 2014 giving season grants.
GiveWell recommends charities that (1) focus on programs with a strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness, (2) can use additional funding to expand their core programs and (3) are exceptionally transparent. Our grants to GiveWell-recommended charities are intended to help these outstanding organizations scale their programs and to signal the importance of qualities like cost-effectiveness and transparency to other charities and donors. These grants are unrestricted so that the organizations can decide for themselves how best to use the funds. Read GiveWell’s review of GiveDirectly to learn more about the charity's activities and follow its progress.