The GiveWell Blog

Some history behind our shifting approach to research

The approach that GiveWell took from 2007-2011 had two crucial qualities: We have been passive. That is, we have focused on finding the best existing organizations and supporting them with no-strings-attached donations, rather than a more “active” approach of designing our own strategy, treating charities as partners in carrying out this strategy, and restricting donations… Read More

GiveWell’s plan for 2012: Specifics of research

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] We previously laid out our high-level priorities for 2012. The top two priorities are “make significant progress on GiveWell Labs” and “find more outstanding giving opportunities under the same basic framework as our existing recommendations.” This post elaborates on our plans… Read More

GiveWell’s plan for 2012: Top-level priorities

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] In previous posts, we discussed the progress we’ve made, where we stand, and how we can improve in core areas. This post focuses on the latter, and lays out our top-level strategic choices for the next year. The big pictureBroadly, we… Read More

Self-evaluation: GiveWell as a project

This is the fourth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post answers a set of critical questions for GiveWell stakeholders. The questions are the same as last year’s. Is GiveWell’s research process “robust,” i.e., can it be continued and maintained without relying on the co-Founders? Where… Read More

Self-evaluation: GiveWell as a donor resource

This is the third post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post answers a set of critical questions about the state of GiveWell as a donor resource. The questions are the same as last year’s. Does GiveWell provide quality research that highlights truly outstanding charities in the… Read More