The GiveWell Blog

GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic in 2014

This is the final post (of six) we have made focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post lays out highlights from our metrics report for 2014. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). Note, we report on “metrics years” that run from February – January; for example, our 2014 data cover… Read More

Translational science and the “valley of death”

As we’ve looked for potential gaps in the world of scientific research funding – focusing for now on life sciences – we’ve come across many suggestions to look at the “valley of death” that sits between traditional academic research and industry research. Speaking very broadly, the basic idea is that: The world of life sciences… Read More

The Most Good You Can Do

The Most Good You Can Do is a new book by Peter Singer. It is an introduction to effective altruism, which we’ve previously defined as “trying to do as much good as possible with each dollar and each hour that we have.” It emphasizes the importance of giving both generously and effectively – highlighting the… Read More

Top charities’ room for more funding

In December, we published targets for how much money we hoped to move to each of our top four charities, with the expectation of revisiting these targets mid-year: In past years, we’ve worked on an annual cycle, refreshing our recommendations each December. This year, because we anticipate closing (or nearly closing) the funding gaps of… Read More