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GiveWell’s 2022 metrics report

In 2022, the most recent year for which data is available and analyzed, GiveWell raised the largest amount of money in our history, over $600 million. We thank our donors for continuing to trust us to find and recommend highly cost-effective giving opportunities. The following table summarizes our funds raised and our funds directed to programs in metrics year 2021 and 2022.1GiveWell’s metrics year runs from February 1 through January 31 of the following year; the 2022 metrics year ran from February 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.

2021 2022 Y/Y Growth
Funds Raised $595,489,935 $602,889,435 1%
Funds Directed2In 2022, as in 2021, we raised more funds than we directed. For more on this, see the funds directed section below. $529,426,944 $439,391,294 -17%

For more information on our 2022 funds raised, funds directed, operational expenses, and donor metrics, see our impact page and our full metrics report.

A note on timing

This post covers funds raised and directed in our metrics year 2022 (spanning February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023). Our metrics report is typically published at least six months after the close of the metrics year because we need to collect data on donations we influence from third parties and then cross-check that data to ensure we aren’t double-counting any funds. This year we were additionally delayed by competing internal priorities.

Funds raised

In 2022, we raised slightly more funding than during 2021, and substantially more than prior years.3Note that the chart refers to our historical funds raised. The figures for 2020 and earlier refer to our “money moved,” which tracked the funding that was both raised and directed in a given year. We are now reporting on funds raised and funds directed separately, which we believe is simpler and clearer.

We are excited by a continuing trend of donors trusting GiveWell to allocate their donation (e.g., by giving to one of our Giving Funds) instead of choosing to restrict their donation to a particular charity. In 2022, GiveWell decided how to allocate 91% of the funds we raised, compared to 86% the prior year.

Funds directed

2022 Funds directed by category 2021 2022 Y/Y Growth
Funds directed to charities $518,111,475 $425,224,570 -18%
Funding directed to current and former top charities $328,221,262 $342,811,054 5%
Funding directed to other organizations and programs $189,890,213 $82,416,516 -57%
GiveWell’s operations $11,315,469 $14,166,724 25%
Total $529,426,944 $439,391,294 -17%

Note that our funds directed is lower than our funds raised. The funds we raised that were not directed (as of the end of the 2022 metrics year) include:

  • Funds from Open Philanthropy that will be used for grantmaking in future years.
  • “Contingency funds” committed to charities under particular grant agreements but only paid out under certain conditions of the grant.
  • Top Charities Fund and All Grants Fund donations raised in a given metrics year but allocated in the following year (these appear as funds directed in the year they are allocated).4These funds from 2022 were allocated as of July 2023.
  • Unrestricted funds raised in a given metrics year but not spent on operations or granted out to charities in that year.

Organizations and programs supported in 2022

The table below shows the organizations and programs that received at least 1% of the total funding we directed in 2022, including both funding we allocated and funding designated by donors for specific organizations. You can see the full list of programs we supported in 2022 on pages 15 and 16 of our metrics report.

Funds disbursed by recipient organization
Organization + Program Total %
Malaria Consortium – seasonal malaria chemoprevention $123,492,587 29%
Helen Keller International – vitamin A supplementation $83,031,678 20%
New Incentives – conditional cash transfers for immunization $69,887,506 16%
Against Malaria Foundation – long-lasting insecticide-treated nets $26,517,637 6%
GiveDirectly – unconditional cash transfers $16,531,693 4%
Evidence Action – maternal syphilis screening and treatment $15,000,000 4%
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) – malnutrition treatment $13,455,542 3%
Sightsavers – deworming $12,395,769 3%
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Incubator $10,443,685 3%
Evidence Action – Deworm the World Initiative $10,135,235 2%
Evidence Action – iron and folic acid supplementation $9,185,495 2%
PATH – pilot of perennial malaria chemoprevention $6,226,000 2%
Evidence Action – in-line chlorination $5,605,712 1%
MiracleFeet – clubfoot treatment $5,210,581 1%
31 other organizations and programs $18,105,450 4%

We’re very grateful for the donations that supported these programs in 2022 and look forward to reporting back next year about our 2023 funds raised and directed.

Notes

Notes
1 GiveWell’s metrics year runs from February 1 through January 31 of the following year; the 2022 metrics year ran from February 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.
2 In 2022, as in 2021, we raised more funds than we directed. For more on this, see the funds directed section below.
3 Note that the chart refers to our historical funds raised. The figures for 2020 and earlier refer to our “money moved,” which tracked the funding that was both raised and directed in a given year. We are now reporting on funds raised and funds directed separately, which we believe is simpler and clearer.
4 These funds from 2022 were allocated as of July 2023.

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