The GiveWell Blog

My donation for 2009 (guest post from Dario Amodei)

This is a guest post from Dario Amodei about how he decided what charity to support for his most recent donation. Dario and GiveWell staff had several in-depth conversations as he worked through his decision, so we invited him to share his thought process here. Note that GiveWell has made minor editing suggestions for this…

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Are great charities made or born?

Among the groups in our “meta-philanthropy” space, one of the big questions is how to create more “high-impact” (also called “blue-chip”) charities: the rare groups that can reliably, demonstrably translate donations into improved lives. The rough consensus seems to be that we need to fund and support “high-performance organizations”: groups that have “some, but not…

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