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December 2018 open thread

Our goal with hosting quarterly open threads is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section below). As always, you’re also welcome to email us at or to request a call with GiveWell staff if you have feedback or questions you’d prefer to discuss privately. We’ll try to respond promptly to questions or comments.

You can view our September 2018 open thread here.


  • Do you have any recommendations on organizations that combat climate change? I know carbon offsets have a mixed reputation, but not addressing climate change with my charitable giving makes me feel like I have my head in the sand.

  • Alex: GiveWell only analyzes organization that work on global health and development, but you might be interested in the Founders Pledge, which recommends the Clean Air Task Force and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations. See more here:

  • Nils: Thank you!

  • Wabwire Swaleh on December 15, 2018 at 12:28 am said:

    We Need Your Support In Byandi Orphanage School(BOS)+256)0753473270.Uganda Africa.

  • Do you know of any organisations which are able to get aid successfully into impoverished areas of Yemen? As I understand it can be extremely difficult for charities to start work in conflict zones. I want to help but I’m not really sure where to start.

  • Catherine (GiveWell) on December 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm said:

    Hi Lizzie,

    Unfortunately, we haven’t prioritized work on this type of organization. In general, GiveWell does not aim to rate every charity, but to find the ones which we feel will have the greatest impact with additional donations. To read more about our top charity criteria, see here.

    We have written some general tips for giving in response to a crisis in the past, which are available here.

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