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** Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "External review".
 
** Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "External review".
 
** You will see publications focusing on GiveWell
 
** You will see publications focusing on GiveWell
* What are some important interviews conducted to people at GiveWell?
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* What are some important interviews conducted to people from GiveWell?
 
** Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "interview".
 
** Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "interview".
 
** You will see a number of interviews, especially to Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld.
 
** You will see a number of interviews, especially to Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld.
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! Period !! Development summary !! More details
 
! Period !! Development summary !! More details
 
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| 2006–2008 || Initial years || GiveWell starts conducting its grant application process. Initial struggles in founding are experienced, with very few money moved through the website. Some controversies emerge in the leadership.
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| 2006–2008 || Initial years || GiveWell starts conducting its grant application process. Initial struggles in founding are experienced, with very little money moved through the website. Some controversies emerge in the leadership.
 
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| 2009–2010 || Stabilization || GiveWell achieves growth in money moved. Site visits begin.
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| 2009–2010 || Stabilization || GiveWell achieves growth in money moved. GiveWell staff begin making site visits to the areas served by current and potential top charities.
 
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| 2011–2012 || Partnership || {{w|Good Ventures}} is formed and starts injecting money. Annual cycles are standardized.
 
| 2011–2012 || Partnership || {{w|Good Ventures}} is formed and starts injecting money. Annual cycles are standardized.
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| 2017 || The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent entity.
 
| 2017 || The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent entity.
 
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| 2018 || GiveWell tracks US$141 million​ ​in money moved in donations to its recommended charities or through its Incubation Grants program.<ref name="GiveWell Metrics Report – 2018 Annual Review">{{cite web |title=GiveWell Metrics Report – 2018 Annual Review |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/metrics/GiveWell_Metrics_Report_2018.pdf |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref> In the same year, the GiveWell moves US$65 million to its top charities.<ref name="Review GiveWell Analyses">{{cite web |title=Review GiveWell Analyses |url=https://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Effective-Altruism/events/svcxzqyznblb/ |website=meetup.com |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2018 || GiveWell tracks US$141 million in money moved in donations to its recommended charities or through its Incubation Grants program.<ref name="GiveWell Metrics Report – 2018 Annual Review">{{cite web |title=GiveWell Metrics Report – 2018 Annual Review |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/metrics/GiveWell_Metrics_Report_2018.pdf |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref> In the same year, the GiveWell moves US$65 million to its top charities.<ref name="Review GiveWell Analyses">{{cite web |title=Review GiveWell Analyses |url=https://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Effective-Altruism/events/svcxzqyznblb/ |website=meetup.com |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || GiveWell processes US$54.1 million in donations.<ref>{{cite web |title=How did we do in 2019? A preliminary look at our growth. |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2020/02/20/how-did-we-do-in-2019-a-preliminary-look-at-our-growth/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || GiveWell processes US$54.1 million in donations.<ref>{{cite web |title=How did we do in 2019? A preliminary look at our growth. |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2020/02/20/how-did-we-do-in-2019-a-preliminary-look-at-our-growth/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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=== Wikipedia views ===
 
=== Wikipedia views ===
  
The image below shows Wikipedia views from July 2015, for desktop, mobile web, mobile app, desktop spider, and mobile web spider.<ref>{{cite web |title=GiveWell |url=https://wikipediaviews.org/displayviewsformultiplemonths.php?page=GiveWell&allmonths=allmonths-api&language=en&drilldown=all |website=wikipediaviews.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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The image below shows Wikipedia views from December 2007 for desktop, and from July 2015 (see red vertical line) for mobile web, mobile app, desktop spider, and mobile web spider; to March 2020.<ref>{{cite web |title=GiveWell Wikipedia views |url=https://wikipediaviews.org/displayviewsformultiplemonths.php?page=GiveWell&allmonths=allmonths&language=en&drilldown=all |website=wikipediaviews.org |accessdate=24 April 2020}}</ref>
 
 
[[File:GiveWell Wikipedia Views.png|500px|thumb|center]]
 
  
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[[File:GiveWell Wikipedia Views from December 2007.png|500px|thumb|center]]
  
 
=== Google Trends ===
 
=== Google Trends ===
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! Year !! Month and date !! Event type !! Details
 
! Year !! Month and date !! Event type !! Details
 
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| 2003 || November 30 || Prelude (website registration) || <code>givewell.org</code> is registered.<ref>{{cite web |title=givewell.org |url=https://who.is/whois/givewell.org |website=who.is |accessdate=25 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 1999 || November 30 || Prelude (website registration) || <code>givewell.org</code> is registered (by a different organization).<ref>{{cite web |title=givewell.org |url=https://who.is/whois/givewell.org |website=who.is |accessdate=25 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2003 || July 4 || Prelude (website registration) || <code>givewell.com</code> is registered.<ref>{{cite web |title=givewell.com |url=https://who.is/whois/givewell.com |website=wh|o.is |accessdate=25 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || July 4 || Prelude (website registration) || <code>givewell.com</code> is registered (by a different organization).<ref>{{cite web |title=givewell.com |url=https://who.is/whois/givewell.com |website=who.is |accessdate=25 February 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=Give Well |url=http://www.givewell.com.au/about/ |website=givewell.com.au |accessdate=24 April 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2003 || || Prelude || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} graduates from {{w|Harvard}} with a degree in {{w|Social Studies}}. Karnofsky would spend the next several years in the {{w|hedge fund}} industry.<ref name="GiveWell, or Give 'em Hell?">{{cite web|title=GiveWell, or Give 'em Hell?|url=https://metatalk.metafilter.com/15547/GiveWell-or-Give-em-Hell|website=metatalk.metafilter.com|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2003 || || Prelude || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} graduates from {{w|Harvard}} with a degree in {{w|Social Studies}}. Karnofsky would spend the next several years in the {{w|hedge fund}} industry.<ref name="GiveWell, or Give 'em Hell?">{{cite web|title=GiveWell, or Give 'em Hell?|url=https://metatalk.metafilter.com/15547/GiveWell-or-Give-em-Hell|website=metatalk.metafilter.com|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2008 || June 19 || Publication || GiveWell's first-year review is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>  
 
| 2008 || June 19 || Publication || GiveWell's first-year review is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>  
 
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| 2008 || August 9 || Strategy || At a board meeting, GiveWell members agree that their top priority for the coming year is money moved, with research as a secondary priority. After several months, the team would comclude that they were prioritizing their time and resources badly, and that they weren't on the best possible path to their eventual goal.<ref name="Our Progress to Date">{{cite web|title=Our Progress to Date|url=https://www.givewell.org/about/progress#Originalbusinessplanpublished472007|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>  
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| 2008 || August 9 || Strategy || At a board meeting, GiveWell members agree that their top priority for the coming year is money moved, with research as a secondary priority. After several months, the team would conclude that they were prioritizing their time and resources badly, and that they weren't on the best possible path to their eventual goal.<ref name="Our Progress to Date">{{cite web|title=Our Progress to Date|url=https://www.givewell.org/about/progress#Originalbusinessplanpublished472007|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>  
 
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| 2008 || September 14 || {{w|Online community}} || GiveWell mailing list on {{w|Yahoo! Groups}} launches.<ref name="yahoo">{{cite web |title=Group Description |url=https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/givewell/conversations/topics/287?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADolV4EWQ9fkCXmFj1Hqj8aSgjS_ePOWaaZYxseJ0yhckRKcE2k-ItU1WklVttV5G-rm4L1YE5dYQaVPB8KAs8ePDmjWNXlxzfGZpIWqKvA7-u1TE2tH394DstCybO6Ha8tjtAPG_aGZKaWew-LEzS6yxiVFSMh5JOT3du6309eL |website=groups.yahoo.com |accessdate=28 January 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2008 || September 14 || {{w|Online community}} || GiveWell mailing list on {{w|Yahoo! Groups}} launches.<ref name="yahoo">{{cite web |title=Group Description |url=https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/givewell/conversations/topics/287?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADolV4EWQ9fkCXmFj1Hqj8aSgjS_ePOWaaZYxseJ0yhckRKcE2k-ItU1WklVttV5G-rm4L1YE5dYQaVPB8KAs8ePDmjWNXlxzfGZpIWqKvA7-u1TE2tH394DstCybO6Ha8tjtAPG_aGZKaWew-LEzS6yxiVFSMh5JOT3du6309eL |website=groups.yahoo.com |accessdate=28 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2008 || December 10 || Interview || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} is interviewed by {{w|NPR}} on the importance of researching for donations.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2008 || December 10 || Interview || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} is interviewed by {{w|NPR}} on the importance of researching for donations.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
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| 2009 || January || Staff || GiveWell Board of Directors' member Ari Herman joins the organization.<ref>{{cite web |title=Ari Herman |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/ari-herman-a04b011/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=19 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2009 || January || Team || GiveWell Board of Directors' member Ari Herman joins the organization.<ref>{{cite web |title=Ari Herman |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/ari-herman-a04b011/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=19 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2009|| March || External citation || Australian philosopher {{w|Peter Singer}} publishes ''{{w|The Life You Can Save}}''. Singer writes: {{Quote|When I speak about why we ought to be doing more to help the world's poorest people — something I do often — the most frequent question I get is: how can we know that our donation will really help the poor? Until GiveWell came along, it was difficult to give a convincing answer to that question. Previous charity-rating organizations just looked at how much of a charity's income went to program expenses, rather than administration - and it doesn't take much thought to realize that that figure tells you nothing about how effective the charity's programs are. GiveWell has filled a huge gap, and at the same time has started a major trend towards greater transparency and demonstrated cost-effectiveness in the charitable world.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>   
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| 2009|| March || External citation || Australian philosopher {{w|Peter Singer}} publishes ''{{w|The Life You Can Save}}''. Singer writes: {{Quote|When I speak about why we ought to be doing more to help the world's poorest people — something I do often — the most frequent question I get is: how can we know that our donation will really help the poor? Until GiveWell came along, it was difficult to give a convincing answer to that question. Previous charity-rating organizations just looked at how much of a charity's income went to program expenses, rather than administration - and it doesn't take much thought to realize that that figure tells you nothing about how effective the charity's programs are. GiveWell has filled a huge gap, and at the same time has started a major trend towards greater transparency and demonstrated cost-effectiveness in the charitable world.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>}}  
 
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| 2009 || July || Staff || Natalie Crispin joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Natalie Crispin |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-crispin-31b87717/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2009 || July || Team || Natalie Crispin joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Natalie Crispin |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-crispin-31b87717/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2009 || August || Staff || Jon Behar joins GiveWell as Board Member.<ref name="Jon Behar">{{cite web |title=Jon Behar |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonbehar/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2009 || ? || Team || GiveWell co-founder and Board Chairman Bob Elliott departs from the organization.<ref name="bob elliott"/>  
 
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| 2009 || ? || Review || GiveWell conducts reviews of websites from over 300 charitable organizations, aiming to find ones that either implemented priority programs or published, on their websites, meaningful evaluations of their programs.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities"/>
 
| 2009 || ? || Review || GiveWell conducts reviews of websites from over 300 charitable organizations, aiming to find ones that either implemented priority programs or published, on their websites, meaningful evaluations of their programs.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities"/>
 
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| 2009 || ? || Grantmaking || GiveWell conducts a grant application process for organizations running economic empowerment programs in the developing world.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities"/> The $250,000 grant is offered to organizations providing economic empowerment programs in {{w|Sub-Saharan Africa}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=2009 Economic Empowerment Grant|url=https://www.givewell.org/international/technical/criteria/2009-economic-empowerment-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2009 || ? || Grantmaking || GiveWell conducts a grant application process for organizations running economic empowerment programs in the developing world.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities"/> The $250,000 grant is offered to organizations providing economic empowerment programs in {{w|Sub-Saharan Africa}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=2009 Economic Empowerment Grant|url=https://www.givewell.org/international/technical/criteria/2009-economic-empowerment-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
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| 2009 || ? || Staff || GiveWell co-founder and Board Chairman Bob Elliott departures from the organization.<ref name="bob elliott"/>
 
 
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| 2009 || September 8 || External citation || New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof publishes ''Half the Sky'', which points to GiveWell as a donor resource.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2009 || September 8 || External citation || New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof publishes ''Half the Sky'', which points to GiveWell as a donor resource.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2010 || August–November || Site visit || GiveWell's staff visits Mumbai, India from mid-August to the end of November, and visits a number of organizations in Mumbai and other cities in the country.<ref>{{cite web|title=India Site Visits: August-November 2010|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/india-fall-2010|website=www.givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2010 || August–November || Site visit || GiveWell's staff visits Mumbai, India from mid-August to the end of November, and visits a number of organizations in Mumbai and other cities in the country.<ref>{{cite web|title=India Site Visits: August-November 2010|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/india-fall-2010|website=www.givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2010 || November 20 || External citation || Nicholas Kristof at {{w|The New York Times}} writes: {{Quote|Philanthropy has made huge strides in the last couple of decades, with far more emphasis on cost-effective interventions that are scalable to bring about change. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has helped lead the way, and Web sites like Givewell.org guide small-time donors.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2010 || November 20 || External citation || Nicholas Kristof at {{w|The New York Times}} writes: {{Quote|Philanthropy has made huge strides in the last couple of decades, with far more emphasis on cost-effective interventions that are scalable to bring about change. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has helped lead the way, and Web sites like Givewell.org guide small-time donors.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>}}
 
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| 2010 || November 30 || External citation || {{w|GiveWell}} is featured by {{w|USA Today}} as a donor resource.<ref>{{cite web |title=How to research a charity before donating your money |url=https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/2010-11-30-yourmoney30_ST_N.htm |website=usatoday.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2010 || November 30 || External citation || {{w|GiveWell}} is featured by {{w|USA Today}} as a donor resource.<ref>{{cite web |title=How to research a charity before donating your money |url=https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/2010-11-30-yourmoney30_ST_N.htm |website=usatoday.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2010 || Year round || Money tracking || GiveWell tracks over US$1.5 million in donations to top charities, compared to just over US$1 million in 2009.<ref>{{cite web |title=Stats on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2011/02/08/stats-on-givewells-money-moved-and-web-traffic/ |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2010 || Year round || Money tracking || GiveWell tracks over US$1.5 million in donations to top charities, compared to just over US$1 million in 2009.<ref>{{cite web |title=Stats on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2011/02/08/stats-on-givewells-money-moved-and-web-traffic/ |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2011 || c. January 28 || Online community || <code>givewell.com</code> starts redirecting to <code>givewell.org</code>.<ref>{{cite web |title=givewell.com |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100301000000*/givewell.com |website=web.archive.org |accessdate=15 May 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || February || Publication || GiveWell's 2010 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
| 2011 || February || Publication || GiveWell's 2010 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
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| 2011 || March 16 || External citation || GiveWell is cited by {{w|The New York Times}} in an article about donating in the aftermath of the {{w|2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami}} in {{w|Japan}}.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Strom |first1=Stephanie |title=A Charitable Rush, With Little Direction |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16charity.html?_r=1 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2011 || March 16 || External citation || GiveWell is cited by {{w|The New York Times}} in an article about donating in the aftermath of the {{w|2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami}} in {{w|Japan}}.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Strom |first1=Stephanie |title=A Charitable Rush, With Little Direction |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16charity.html?_r=1 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
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| 2011 || April || Staff || {{w|Good Ventures}} co–founder Cari Tuna (who is in a relationship with, and would later marry, {{w|Facebook}} co–founder {{w|Dustin Moskovitz}}) joins the board of GiveWell.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Preston|first1=Caroline|title=Another Facebook Co-Founder Gets Philanthropic|url=https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Another-Facebook-Co-Founder/227601|accessdate=17 December 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Guest post from Cari Tuna|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2011/12/23/guest-post-from-cari-tuna/|website=givewell.org|accessdate=17 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2011 || April || Team || {{w|Good Ventures}} co–founder Cari Tuna (who is in a relationship with, and would later marry, {{w|Facebook}} co–founder {{w|Dustin Moskovitz}}) joins the board of GiveWell.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Preston|first1=Caroline|title=Another Facebook Co-Founder Gets Philanthropic|url=https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Another-Facebook-Co-Founder/227601|accessdate=17 December 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Guest post from Cari Tuna|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2011/12/23/guest-post-from-cari-tuna/|website=givewell.org|accessdate=17 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2011 || April || Staff || GiveWell Board Member Jon Behar departues from the organization.<ref name="Jon Behar"/>
 
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| 2011 || July || Staff || Alexander Berger joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref name="alex">{{cite web |title=Alexander Berger |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-berger-58906098 |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2011 || September 8 || Partnership || GiveWell Labs is announced as a new initiative within GiveWell. A collaboration between private foundation {{w|Good Ventures}} and GiveWell, the purpose of it is to “systematically examine a wide variety of causes and opportunities with the intention of identifying the ones which could use additional money ... to produce the best long-run outcomes.”<ref>{{cite web|last1=Tuna|first1=Cari|title=Update on Open Philanthropy Project|url=https://disqus.com/by/Cari_Tuna/|website=disqus.com|accessdate=28 November 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2011 || September 8 || Partnership || GiveWell Labs is announced as a new initiative within GiveWell. A collaboration between private foundation {{w|Good Ventures}} and GiveWell, the purpose of it is to “systematically examine a wide variety of causes and opportunities with the intention of identifying the ones which could use additional money ... to produce the best long-run outcomes.”<ref>{{cite web|last1=Tuna|first1=Cari|title=Update on Open Philanthropy Project|url=https://disqus.com/by/Cari_Tuna/|website=disqus.com|accessdate=28 November 2017}}</ref>
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* Small Enterprise Foundation (Microloans for women in {{w|South Africa}})<ref>{{cite web|title=Top Charities - November 2011 Archived Version|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/November-2011|website=givewell.org|accessdate=3 December 2017}}</ref>
 
* Small Enterprise Foundation (Microloans for women in {{w|South Africa}})<ref>{{cite web|title=Top Charities - November 2011 Archived Version|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/November-2011|website=givewell.org|accessdate=3 December 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2011 || November 20 || External citation || Gareth Cook at {{w|The Boston Globe}} writes: {{Quote|As we enter into the prime giving season, GiveWell provides a valuable service for the donor who has few preconceptions and just wants to make the world better.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying">{{cite web |title=What Others Are Saying |url=https://www.givewell.org/about/what-others-are-saying |website=givewell.org |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2011 || November 20 || External citation || Gareth Cook at {{w|The Boston Globe}} writes: {{Quote|As we enter into the prime giving season, GiveWell provides a valuable service for the donor who has few preconceptions and just wants to make the world better.<ref name="What Others Are Saying">{{cite web |title=What Others Are Saying |url=https://www.givewell.org/about/what-others-are-saying |website=givewell.org |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>}}
 
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| 2011 || November 23 || External citation || Alexandra Wolfe at {{w|Bloomberg Bussinesweek}} writes: {{Quote|When bonus season came around, instead of deciding whether to buy a new suit, car, or a Caribbean vacation, hedge fund analysts Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, both then 25, agonized over which charities to donate to. They put so much time and effort into figuring it out that they eventually left their jobs… to start GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates charities with hedge-fund–level rigor.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2011 || November 23 || External citation || Alexandra Wolfe at {{w|Bloomberg Bussinesweek}} writes: {{Quote|When bonus season came around, instead of deciding whether to buy a new suit, car, or a Caribbean vacation, hedge fund analysts Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, both then 25, agonized over which charities to donate to. They put so much time and effort into figuring it out that they eventually left their jobs… to start GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates charities with hedge-fund–level rigor.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>}}
 
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| 2011 || December 3 || External citation || Nicholas Kristof at {{w|The New York Times}} features GiveWell recommending its top charity and citing GiveWell's research.<ref>{{cite web |title=Gifts That Say You Care |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/opinion/sunday/kristof-gifts-that-say-you-care.html?_r=2 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2011 || December 3 || External citation || Nicholas Kristof at {{w|The New York Times}} features GiveWell recommending its top charity and citing GiveWell's research.<ref>{{cite web |title=Gifts That Say You Care |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/opinion/sunday/kristof-gifts-that-say-you-care.html?_r=2 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2012 || December 24 || External review || William MacAskill from {{w|Giving What We Can}} publishes post enitled "Some General Concerns About Givewell" which summarizes a list of concerns and recommendations on a variety of points, including long run effects, external evaluation, and meaning of GiveWell's labels and rating.<ref>{{cite web |title=SOME GENERAL CONCERNS ABOUT GIVEWELL |url=https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/post/2012/12/some-general-concerns-about-givewell/ |website=givingwhatwecan.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2012 || December 24 || External review || William MacAskill from {{w|Giving What We Can}} publishes post enitled "Some General Concerns About Givewell" which summarizes a list of concerns and recommendations on a variety of points, including long run effects, external evaluation, and meaning of GiveWell's labels and rating.<ref>{{cite web |title=SOME GENERAL CONCERNS ABOUT GIVEWELL |url=https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/post/2012/12/some-general-concerns-about-givewell/ |website=givingwhatwecan.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2012 || December 27 || External citation || Ken Stern at {{w|The Washington Post}} writes: {{Quote|On average, Americans spend more time watching television in one day than they do researching charities in an entire year. Finding good charities takes time. It means using the few organizations, such as GiveWell, that do in-depth studies of charities' effectiveness. And it means remembering that the best organizations, charitable or otherwise, are built on more than a good story or a charismatic leader.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2012 || December 27 || External citation || Ken Stern at {{w|The Washington Post}} writes: {{Quote|On average, Americans spend more time watching television in one day than they do researching charities in an entire year. Finding good charities takes time. It means using the few organizations, such as GiveWell, that do in-depth studies of charities' effectiveness. And it means remembering that the best organizations, charitable or otherwise, are built on more than a good story or a charismatic leader.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>}}
 
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| 2013 || January || Administration || GiveWell moves its offices to {{w|San Francisco}}.<ref name="That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity"/><ref>{{cite web|title=Relationship Disclosures|url=https://www.givewell.org/about/official-records/relationship-disclosures|website=givewell.org|accessdate=8 January 2018}}</ref>
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| 2013 || January || Administration || GiveWell completes moving its offices from {{w|New York City}} to {{w|San Francisco}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=San Francisco Bay Area as a rationalist and effective altruist hub |url=https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/San_Francisco_Bay_Area_as_a_rationalist_and_effective_altruist_hub |website=wiki.lesswrong.com |accessdate=24 April 2020}}</ref><ref name="That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity"/><ref>{{cite web|title=Relationship Disclosures|url=https://www.givewell.org/about/official-records/relationship-disclosures|website=givewell.org|accessdate=8 January 2018}}</ref>
 
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| 2013 || February || {{w|Online community}} || The GiveWell mailing list on {{w|Yahoo! Groups}} is discontinued. Around this time, the organization begins posting more frequent research updates to its website and blog.<ref name="yahoo"/>
 
| 2013 || February || {{w|Online community}} || The GiveWell mailing list on {{w|Yahoo! Groups}} is discontinued. Around this time, the organization begins posting more frequent research updates to its website and blog.<ref name="yahoo"/>
 
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| 2013 || February, March || Publication || GiveWell's 2012 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
| 2013 || February, March || Publication || GiveWell's 2012 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
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| 2013 || March || Staff || Brigid Slipka joins GiveWell as Board Member.<ref name="Brigid Slipka">{{cite web |title=Brigid Slipka |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/brigidslipka/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=19 February 2020}}</ref> 
 
 
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| 2013 || May 31 || External citation || Dylan Matthews at {{w|The Washington Post}} publishes an article featuring GiveWell as a resource for donors.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Join Wall Street. Save the world. |url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/05/31/join-wall-street-save-the-world/?arc404=true |website=washingtonpost.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2013 || May 31 || External citation || Dylan Matthews at {{w|The Washington Post}} publishes an article featuring GiveWell as a resource for donors.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Join Wall Street. Save the world. |url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/05/31/join-wall-street-save-the-world/?arc404=true |website=washingtonpost.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2013 || June || Funding || Good Ventures awards a grant of $20,000 to GiveWell to support its capacity to research the history of philanthropy and funding opportunities in policy advocacy.<ref>{{cite web|title=Research into the History of Philanthropy and Policy Advocacy|url=http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-research-june-2013|website=goodventures.org|accessdate=1 March 2018}}</ref>  
 
| 2013 || June || Funding || Good Ventures awards a grant of $20,000 to GiveWell to support its capacity to research the history of philanthropy and funding opportunities in policy advocacy.<ref>{{cite web|title=Research into the History of Philanthropy and Policy Advocacy|url=http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-research-june-2013|website=goodventures.org|accessdate=1 March 2018}}</ref>  
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| 2013 || July || Staff || Josh Rosenberg joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Josh Rosenberg |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-rosenberg-07590626/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2013 || August 11 || External citation || {{w|Peter Singer}} cites GiveWell in a {{w|New York Times}} {{w|op-ed}} for its "serious evaluation of charities helping people in extreme poverty."<ref>{{cite web |title=Good Charity, Bad Charity |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/opinion/sunday/good-charity-bad-charity.html?_r=0 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>  
 
| 2013 || August 11 || External citation || {{w|Peter Singer}} cites GiveWell in a {{w|New York Times}} {{w|op-ed}} for its "serious evaluation of charities helping people in extreme poverty."<ref>{{cite web |title=Good Charity, Bad Charity |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/opinion/sunday/good-charity-bad-charity.html?_r=0 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref><ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>  
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| 2013 || October || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to {{w|India}} as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities, with the primary purpose of visiting the {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}}, led by Evidence Action.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site Visits: October 2013|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/october-2013|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
| 2013 || October || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to {{w|India}} as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities, with the primary purpose of visiting the {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}}, led by Evidence Action.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site Visits: October 2013|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/october-2013|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
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| 2013 || November 4 || External review || Nick Beckstead at {{w|80,000 Hours}} publishes blog post entitled "Thoughts on my experience working at GiveWell". Beckstead writes: {{Quote|Who would be a good fit to work at GiveWell? Someone who likes research, pays a lot of attention to detail, is obsessed with effective altruism, enjoys (or at least can handle) highly critical feedback, is extremely intelligent and hardworking, is willing to work for very low pay relative to their earning potential, is OK with limited job security, enjoys intellectually challenging work, and likes doing a variety of different things.}}<ref>{{cite web |last1=Beckstead |first1=Nick |title=Thoughts on my experience working at GiveWell |url=https://80000hours.org/2013/11/thoughts-on-my-experience-working-at-givewell/ |website=80000hours.org |accessdate=29 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2013 || November 4 || External review || Nick Beckstead at {{w|80,000 Hours}} publishes blog post entitled "Thoughts on my experience working at GiveWell". Beckstead writes: {{Quote|Who would be a good fit to work at GiveWell? Someone who likes research, pays a lot of attention to detail, is obsessed with effective altruism, enjoys (or at least can handle) highly critical feedback, is extremely intelligent and hardworking, is willing to work for very low pay relative to their earning potential, is OK with limited job security, enjoys intellectually challenging work, and likes doing a variety of different things.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Beckstead |first1=Nick |title=Thoughts on my experience working at GiveWell |url=https://80000hours.org/2013/11/thoughts-on-my-experience-working-at-givewell/ |website=80000hours.org |accessdate=29 March 2020}}</ref>}}
 
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| 2013 || December 15 || External citation || Farhad Manjoo at {{w|The Wall Street Journal}} writes: {{Quote|GiveWell [...] has completely changed the way I think about donating money.}}<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2013 || December 12 || Publication || GiveWell publishes its first staff member donations post, starting an annual tradition of such publications.<ref>{{cite web |title=Staff members’ personal donations |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2013/12/12/staff-members-personal-donations/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=5 May 2020}}</ref>
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| 2013 || December 15 || External citation || Farhad Manjoo at {{w|The Wall Street Journal}} writes: {{Quote|GiveWell [...] has completely changed the way I think about donating money.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>}}
 
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| 2013 || December || Charity ranking || GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2014:  
 
| 2013 || December || Charity ranking || GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2014:  
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* {{w|Schistosomiasis Control Initiative}}
 
* {{w|Schistosomiasis Control Initiative}}
 
* {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}} (new addition)<ref>{{cite web|title=GiveWell’s top charities for giving season 2013|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2013/12/01/givewells-top-charities-for-giving-season-2013/|website=givewell.org|accessdate=3 December 2017}}</ref>  
 
* {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}} (new addition)<ref>{{cite web|title=GiveWell’s top charities for giving season 2013|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2013/12/01/givewells-top-charities-for-giving-season-2013/|website=givewell.org|accessdate=3 December 2017}}</ref>  
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| 2013 || ? || Staff || American political scientist {{w|Rob Reich}} joins the board of GiveWell.<ref>{{cite web |title=Rob Reich resignation letter |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/Rob_Reich_Board_Resignation_Letter_02-04-19.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2014 || ? || Strategy || GiveWell solicits applications from several organizations running priority programs and evaluates two organizations that have conducted randomized controlled trials of their own programs.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities">{{cite web |title=Process for Identifying Top Charities |url=https://www.givewell.org/print/how-we-work/process |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2014 || ? || Strategy || GiveWell solicits applications from several organizations running priority programs and evaluates two organizations that have conducted randomized controlled trials of their own programs.<ref name="Process for Identifying Top Charities">{{cite web |title=Process for Identifying Top Charities |url=https://www.givewell.org/print/how-we-work/process |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2014 || April 25 || External citation || Ron Lieber at The New York Times features GiveWell in an article on the challenges of giving effectively.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |last1=Lieber |first1=Ron |title=Donating, and Making Sure the Money Is Put to Work |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/your-money/giving-away-money-and-making-sure-its-put-to-work.html?_r=0 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2014 || April 25 || External citation || Ron Lieber at The New York Times features GiveWell in an article on the challenges of giving effectively.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |last1=Lieber |first1=Ron |title=Donating, and Making Sure the Money Is Put to Work |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/your-money/giving-away-money-and-making-sure-its-put-to-work.html?_r=0 |website=nytimes.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2014 || May || Staff || Taylor Smith joins GiveWell as Content Editor.<ref>{{cite web |title=Taylor Smith |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-smith-93337b14a/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2014 || August || Reorganization || GiveWell Labs, an internal project of GiveWell, morphs into the {{w|Open Philanthropy Project}}, a joint venture of GiveWell and Good Ventures, and gets a separate website.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://blog.givewell.org/2014/08/20/open-philanthropy-project-formerly-givewell-labs/|title = Open Philanthropy Project (formerly GiveWell Labs)|date = August 20, 2014|accessdate = 31 March 2020|publisher = {{w|GiveWell}}|last = Karnofsky|first = Holden}}</ref><ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
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| 2014 || August || Reorganization || GiveWell Labs becomes known as the Open Philanthropy Project.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
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| 2014 || August || Staff || Devin Jacob joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.<ref>{{cite web |title=Devin Jacob |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/devin-jacob-53021950/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2014 || September 7 || External citation || Tim Harford on {{w|BBC Radio 4}} program [[w:More or Less (radio programme)|More or less]] features GiveWell's research as an alternative to a social media fundraising campaign.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |title=To ice or not to ice? |url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g1drf |website=bbc.co.uk |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2014 || September 7 || External citation || Tim Harford on {{w|BBC Radio 4}} program [[w:More or Less (radio programme)|More or less]] features GiveWell's research as an alternative to a social media fundraising campaign.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/><ref>{{cite web |title=To ice or not to ice? |url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g1drf |website=bbc.co.uk |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2015 || March || Grantmaking || Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awards US$100,000 grant to New Incentives, for general operating support.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — General Support|url=http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/new-incentives-general-support|website=goodventures.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2015 || March || Grantmaking || Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awards US$100,000 grant to New Incentives, for general operating support.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — General Support|url=http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/new-incentives-general-support|website=goodventures.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2015 || March || Staff || Alexander Berger departures from GiveWell to join the {{w|Open Philanthropy Project}} as a Program Officer.<ref name="alex"/>
 
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| 2015 || March || Staff || Jake Gibson joins GiveWell as Board Member.<ref name="Jake Gibson">{{cite web |title=Jake Gibson |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobgibson/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=19 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2015 || March, April || Publication || GiveWell's 2014 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
| 2015 || March, April || Publication || GiveWell's 2014 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
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| 2015 || April || Partnership || Open Philanthropy Project announces a partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and {{w|Mike Krieger}} (co-founder of {{w|Instagram}}).
 
| 2015 || April || Partnership || Open Philanthropy Project announces a partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and {{w|Mike Krieger}} (co-founder of {{w|Instagram}}).
 
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| 2015 || April || Staff || GiveWell's Research Analyst Nicole Zok joins the organization, first as a Conversation Notes Writer.<ref>{{cite web |title=Nicole Zok |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-zok-239219115/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2015 || June 15 || External citation || Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes: {{Quote|Philosophically, the most difficult task facing GiveWell is putting the vast spectrum of human suffering into numbers. It is, in a way, a math problem, but one laden with value judgments, about which reasonable people can disagree.<ref>{{cite web |title=The Greatest Good |url=https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/what-is-the-greatest-good/395768/ |website=theatlantic.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>}}
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| 2015 || June || Staff || Julia Wise joins GiveWell as a Board Member.<ref>{{cite web |title=Julia Wise |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliawise/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || June 15 || External citation || Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes: {{Quote|Philosophically, the most difficult task facing GiveWell is putting the vast spectrum of human suffering into numbers. It is, in a way, a math problem, but one laden with value judgments, about which reasonable people can disagree.}}<ref>{{cite web |title=The Greatest Good |url=https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/what-is-the-greatest-good/395768/ |website=theatlantic.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2015 || July || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to {{w|Ethiopia}} to visit the work on universal [[w:Iodised salt|salt iodization]] being carried out by the {{w|Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site visit: July 2015|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/july-2015|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
| 2015 || July || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to {{w|Ethiopia}} to visit the work on universal [[w:Iodised salt|salt iodization]] being carried out by the {{w|Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site visit: July 2015|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/july-2015|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
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| 2015 || August || Staff || Andrew Martin joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Andrew Martin |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-martin-587186133/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2015 || September || Grantmaking || With GiveWell reccommendation, Good Ventures grants US$200,000 to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the {{w|Massachusetts Institute of Technology}} to support two {{w|randomized controlled trial}}s in {{w|India}} and {{w|Pakistan}} that would test whether providing non-cash incentives increases child immunization rates.<ref>{{cite web|title=J-PAL and IRD — Incentives for Immunization Studies|url=https://www.givewell.org/JPAL-IRD-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2015 || September || Grantmaking || With GiveWell reccommendation, Good Ventures grants US$200,000 to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the {{w|Massachusetts Institute of Technology}} to support two {{w|randomized controlled trial}}s in {{w|India}} and {{w|Pakistan}} that would test whether providing non-cash incentives increases child immunization rates.<ref>{{cite web|title=J-PAL and IRD — Incentives for Immunization Studies|url=https://www.givewell.org/JPAL-IRD-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2015 || September || Staff || Tracy Williams joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tracy Williams |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracy-williams-99641a99/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2015 || October 23 || External citation || Alexandra Zaslow at ''[[w:Today (American TV program)|Today]]'' publishes article about Julia Wise and Jeff Kaufman, a couple notable for donating half of income every year to charity. Wise and Kaufman cite GiveWell as their source for picking out charities.<ref>{{cite web |title=Couple donates half of income every year to treat world health |url=https://www.today.com/news/couple-donates-half-income-every-year-treat-world-health-t51916 |website=today.com |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2015 || October 23 || External citation || Alexandra Zaslow at ''[[w:Today (American TV program)|Today]]'' publishes article about Julia Wise and Jeff Kaufman, a couple notable for donating half of income every year to charity. Wise and Kaufman cite GiveWell as their source for picking out charities.<ref>{{cite web |title=Couple donates half of income every year to treat world health |url=https://www.today.com/news/couple-donates-half-income-every-year-treat-world-health-t51916 |website=today.com |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2015 || November || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes its 2015 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses. Final analyses are conducted on long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, deworming, cash transfers, and iodine fortification; and {{w|Development Media International}}.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/>
 
| 2015 || November || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes its 2015 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses. Final analyses are conducted on long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, deworming, cash transfers, and iodine fortification; and {{w|Development Media International}}.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/>
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| 2015 || December || Staff || Chelsea Tabart joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.<ref name="Chelsea Tabart">{{cite web |title=Chelsea Tabart |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-tabart-28337318/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2016 || March || Grantmaking || Following GiveWell’s general effort to support the creation of future top charities, Good Ventures grants US$812,351 to Evidence Action to support the development of additional programs. These funds are expected to develop and implement a program in {{w|Bangladesh}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Evidence Action — No Lean Season|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/march-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month, Good Ventures grants US$300,000 to New Incentives to support its conditional cash transfers program.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — General Support (2016)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/march-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>  
 
| 2016 || March || Grantmaking || Following GiveWell’s general effort to support the creation of future top charities, Good Ventures grants US$812,351 to Evidence Action to support the development of additional programs. These funds are expected to develop and implement a program in {{w|Bangladesh}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Evidence Action — No Lean Season|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/march-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month, Good Ventures grants US$300,000 to New Incentives to support its conditional cash transfers program.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — General Support (2016)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/march-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>  
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| 2016 || March || Staff || Ahmed Alkhatib joins GiveWell as Donations Specialist.<ref>{{cite web |title=Ahmed Fouad Alkhatib |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/aalkhatib/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2016 || April, May || Publication || GiveWell's 2015 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
| 2016 || April, May || Publication || GiveWell's 2015 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
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| 2016 || May || Grantmaking || As part of GiveWell’s effort, Good Ventures grants US$6,400,000 to {{w|non-profit}} {{w|Results for Development}} to support its Market Dynamics practice area’s pneumonia treatment program in {{w|Tanzania}}. The fund is expected to increase use of {{w|amoxicillin}}, the WHO-recommended first-line treatment for childhood {{w|pneumonia}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Results for Development — Childhood Pneumonia Treatment Scale-Up|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/results-for-development/may-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month Good Ventures grants US$350,000 to {{w|Innovations for Poverty Action}} to support a {{w|randomized controlled trial}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Innovations for Poverty Action — Mindset Engagement in Cash Transfers|url=https://www.givewell.org/international/charities/ipa/may-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || May || Grantmaking || As part of GiveWell’s effort, Good Ventures grants US$6,400,000 to {{w|non-profit}} {{w|Results for Development}} to support its Market Dynamics practice area’s pneumonia treatment program in {{w|Tanzania}}. The fund is expected to increase use of {{w|amoxicillin}}, the WHO-recommended first-line treatment for childhood {{w|pneumonia}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Results for Development — Childhood Pneumonia Treatment Scale-Up|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/results-for-development/may-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month Good Ventures grants US$350,000 to {{w|Innovations for Poverty Action}} to support a {{w|randomized controlled trial}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Innovations for Poverty Action — Mindset Engagement in Cash Transfers|url=https://www.givewell.org/international/charities/ipa/may-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || May || Staff || Robin Dey joins GiveWell as Summer Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Robin Dey |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-dey-ba2b2470/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2016 || June–October || Grantmaking || Following GiveWell’s guidelines, Good Ventures grants $1,985,000 in unrestricted funding over three years to IDinsight,  a development-consulting organization that serves mission-driven organizations to facilitate evidence-based decision-making. The fund is expected to allow IDinsight to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions, ideally (in the long term) providing us with research that GiveWell would be able to use in its work to recommend top charities. In October, Good Ventures grants an additional US$314,752 to IDinsight.<ref>{{cite web|title=IDinsight — General Support (2016)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/june-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || June–October || Grantmaking || Following GiveWell’s guidelines, Good Ventures grants $1,985,000 in unrestricted funding over three years to IDinsight,  a development-consulting organization that serves mission-driven organizations to facilitate evidence-based decision-making. The fund is expected to allow IDinsight to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions, ideally (in the long term) providing us with research that GiveWell would be able to use in its work to recommend top charities. In October, Good Ventures grants an additional US$314,752 to IDinsight.<ref>{{cite web|title=IDinsight — General Support (2016)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/june-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=12 December 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2016 || August || Grantmaking || Good Ventures makes a grant of US$25 million to GiveDirectly on GiveWell’s recommendation, with GiveDirectly’s goals for the grant consisting in expanding its ability to raise funds from donors not influenced by GiveWell’s recommendation and collaborating with large aid institutions or governments to address their questions about cash transfers.<ref name="The GiveWell Blog"/>  
 
| 2016 || August || Grantmaking || Good Ventures makes a grant of US$25 million to GiveDirectly on GiveWell’s recommendation, with GiveDirectly’s goals for the grant consisting in expanding its ability to raise funds from donors not influenced by GiveWell’s recommendation and collaborating with large aid institutions or governments to address their questions about cash transfers.<ref name="The GiveWell Blog"/>  
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| 2016 || August || Staff || Aaron Kavanaugh joins Givewell as Office Manager.<ref>{{cite web |title=Aaron Kavanaugh |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-kavanaugh-13aab754/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2016 || August || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to the {{w|Greater Accra Region}}, {{w|Ghana}}, with the primary purpose of visiting the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}} and {{w|Sightsavers}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site visit: August 2016|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/august-2016|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
| 2016 || August || Site visit || GiveWell staff travels to the {{w|Greater Accra Region}}, {{w|Ghana}}, with the primary purpose of visiting the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}} and {{w|Sightsavers}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Site visit: August 2016|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/site-visits/august-2016|website=givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
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| 2016 || September 14 || Online community || GiveWell launches new website.<ref>{{cite web|title=vipulnaik working-drafts|url=https://github.com/vipulnaik/working-drafts/blob/master/givewell/website-redesign-costs.md|website=github.com|accessdate=22 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || September 14 || Online community || GiveWell launches new website.<ref>{{cite web|title=vipulnaik working-drafts|url=https://github.com/vipulnaik/working-drafts/blob/master/givewell/website-redesign-costs.md|website=github.com|accessdate=22 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2016 || September || Staff || Isabel Arjmand joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Isabel Arjmand |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabelarjmand/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2016 || November || Grantmaking || Good Ventures grants $368587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell's work to support the creation of new top charities.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — Exit Grant and Immunizations Pilot|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/november-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=10 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month Good Ventures grants $200,000 to Charity Science: Health to support the first year of its work setting up a charity to send SMS immunization reminders in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Charity Science: Health — General Support|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/charity-science/charity-science-health/november-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=13 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2016 || November || Grantmaking || Good Ventures grants $368587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell's work to support the creation of new top charities.<ref>{{cite web|title=New Incentives — Exit Grant and Immunizations Pilot|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/november-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=10 December 2017}}</ref> In the same month Good Ventures grants $200,000 to Charity Science: Health to support the first year of its work setting up a charity to send SMS immunization reminders in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Charity Science: Health — General Support|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/charity-science/charity-science-health/november-2016-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=13 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2017 || February–March || Strategy || GiveWell runs a small experiment with a few ads on FiveThirtyEight’s Politics podcast and Vox’s The Weeds. Having spent approximately $20,000 on ads for the initial experiment, Givewell asks donors who give via GiveWell's website to tell the evaluator where they learned about GiveWell when they donate. One of the findings is that donors generally find out about GiveWell during the course of the year, but donate in December. The experiment is later expanded, spending approximately $100,000 on podcast ads.<ref>{{cite web|title=Update on our work on outreach|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/19/update-on-our-work-on-outreach/|website=blog.givewell.org|accessdate=1 March 2018}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || February–March || Strategy || GiveWell runs a small experiment with a few ads on FiveThirtyEight’s Politics podcast and Vox’s The Weeds. Having spent approximately $20,000 on ads for the initial experiment, Givewell asks donors who give via GiveWell's website to tell the evaluator where they learned about GiveWell when they donate. One of the findings is that donors generally find out about GiveWell during the course of the year, but donate in December. The experiment is later expanded, spending approximately $100,000 on podcast ads.<ref>{{cite web|title=Update on our work on outreach|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/19/update-on-our-work-on-outreach/|website=blog.givewell.org|accessdate=1 March 2018}}</ref>
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| 2017 || March || Staff || James Snowden joins GiveWell as Research Consultant.<ref>{{cite web |title=James Snowden |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-snowden-1434a352/?originalSubdomain=uk |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || March || Staff || GiveWell's Donor Relations Associate Erin Wolff joins the Organization.<ref>{{cite web |title=Erin Wolff |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-wolff-7b491a40/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2017 || March, April || Publication || GiveWell's 2016 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
 
| 2017 || March, April || Publication || GiveWell's 2016 Review and Plan is published.<ref name="Our Progress to Date"/>
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| 2017 || May || Grantmaking  || IDinsight receives an Incubation Grant of US$2,321,617 to support its GiveWell-embedded team for the next twelve months. This grant is in addition to June 2016 and October 2016 GiveWell Incubation Grants to IDinsight, a company that supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials (RCTs), with an explicit focus on partnering with funders and policy makers to use data to inform key strategy decisions. IDinsight's "decision-focused evaluation" is considered aligned with GiveWell's goals.<ref>{{cite web|title=IDinsight — Embedded GiveWell Team (2017)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || May || Grantmaking  || IDinsight receives an Incubation Grant of US$2,321,617 to support its GiveWell-embedded team for the next twelve months. This grant is in addition to June 2016 and October 2016 GiveWell Incubation Grants to IDinsight, a company that supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials (RCTs), with an explicit focus on partnering with funders and policy makers to use data to inform key strategy decisions. IDinsight's "decision-focused evaluation" is considered aligned with GiveWell's goals.<ref>{{cite web|title=IDinsight — Embedded GiveWell Team (2017)|url=https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || May || Staff || Jake Gibson departures from GiveWell as Board Member.<ref name="Jake Gibson"/>
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| 2017 || May 20 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/> The {{w|universal basic income}} (UBI) program is dropped from the GiveDirectly CEA.<ref>{{cite web |title=2017 GiveWell cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) — Version 1 |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/Interventions/2017_GiveWell_cost-effectiveness_analysis_Version_1_Release_notes.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2017 || May || Staff || Stephan Guyenet joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.<ref>{{cite web |title=Stephan Guyenet |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/guyenet/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || May 20 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.<ref name="givewell.orge"/> The {{w|universal basic income}} (UBI) program is dropped from the GiveDirectly CEA.<ref>{{cite web |title=2017 GiveWell cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) — Version 1 |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/Interventions/2017_GiveWell_cost-effectiveness_analysis_Version_1_Release_notes.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2017 || June 1 || Reorganization || The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent organization.<ref name="Who We Are openphilanthropy.org">{{cite web|title=Who We Are|url=https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are|website=openphilanthropy.org|accessdate=18 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || June 1 || Reorganization || The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent organization.<ref name="Who We Are openphilanthropy.org">{{cite web|title=Who We Are|url=https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are|website=openphilanthropy.org|accessdate=18 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2017 || June || Grantmaking || The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the {{w|University of California, Berkeley}} receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$18,000 to investigate the feasibility of conducting a high-quality follow-up study on Stoltzfus et al. 1997, a deworming evaluation conducted in {{w|Tanzania}} in the mid-1990s.<ref>{{cite web|title=Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley — Deworming Study Planning Gift|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/cega-uc-berkeley/june-2017-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || June || Grantmaking || The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the {{w|University of California, Berkeley}} receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$18,000 to investigate the feasibility of conducting a high-quality follow-up study on Stoltzfus et al. 1997, a deworming evaluation conducted in {{w|Tanzania}} in the mid-1990s.<ref>{{cite web|title=Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley — Deworming Study Planning Gift|url=https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/cega-uc-berkeley/june-2017-grant|website=givewell.org|accessdate=29 November 2017}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || June || Staff || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} departures from GiveWell and assumes rol of CEO of the {{w|Open Philanthropy Project}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Holden Karnofsky |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/holden-karnofsky-75970b7/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>  
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| 2017 || June || Team || {{w|Holden Karnofsky}} departs from GiveWell and assumes rol of CEO of the {{w|Open Philanthropy Project}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Holden Karnofsky |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/holden-karnofsky-75970b7/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>  
 
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| 2017 || June–July || Site visit || As part of a broader partnership with GiveWell, IDinsight visits to United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal), an implementing partner of {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}, in {{w|Malawi}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Trip Report: PDCU Site Visit, Malawi|url=http://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/AMF/IDinsight_Malawi_PDCU_Trip_Report_07-24-17.pdf|website=files.givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref> In July, IDinsight would observe a 12-month post-distribution check-up of AMF, in {{w|Ghana}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Trip Report: PDCU Site Visit, Ghana|url=http://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/AMF/IDinsight_Trip_Report_PDCU_Site_Visit_Ghana.pdf|website=files.givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
 
| 2017 || June–July || Site visit || As part of a broader partnership with GiveWell, IDinsight visits to United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal), an implementing partner of {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}, in {{w|Malawi}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Trip Report: PDCU Site Visit, Malawi|url=http://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/AMF/IDinsight_Malawi_PDCU_Trip_Report_07-24-17.pdf|website=files.givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref> In July, IDinsight would observe a 12-month post-distribution check-up of AMF, in {{w|Ghana}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=Trip Report: PDCU Site Visit, Ghana|url=http://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/AMF/IDinsight_Trip_Report_PDCU_Site_Visit_Ghana.pdf|website=files.givewell.org|accessdate=21 December 2017}}</ref><ref name="Charity Site Visits"/>
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| 2017 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell announces plan to grant roughly $2.25 million in discretionary funding to the {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=The GiveWell Blog Month, August 2017|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2017/08/|website=blog.givewell.org|accessdate=24 December 2017}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell announces plan to grant roughly $2.25 million in discretionary funding to the {{w|Deworm the World Initiative}}.<ref>{{cite web|title=The GiveWell Blog Month, August 2017|url=https://blog.givewell.org/2017/08/|website=blog.givewell.org|accessdate=24 December 2017}}</ref>
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| 2017 || September || Staff || Caitlin McGugan joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.<ref>{{cite web |title=Caitlin McGugan |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-mcgugan-127b8a165/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || September || Staff || Charlene Abellana joins GiveWell as Financial Controller.<ref>{{cite web |title=Charlene Abellana |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlene-abellana-9690b938/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2017 || October 27 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the third version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/> This workbook revises the structure of GiveWell's worm intensity data to facilitate engagement.<ref>{{cite web |title=2017 GiveWell cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) — Version 3 |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/Interventions/2017_GiveWell_cost-effectiveness_analysis_Version_3_Release_notes.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>  
 
| 2017 || October 27 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the third version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/> This workbook revises the structure of GiveWell's worm intensity data to facilitate engagement.<ref>{{cite web |title=2017 GiveWell cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) — Version 3 |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/DWDA%202009/Interventions/2017_GiveWell_cost-effectiveness_analysis_Version_3_Release_notes.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=27 March 2020}}</ref>  
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| 2017 || Year round || Funding || GiveWell receives over US$290,000 in {{w|Bitcoin}} donations.<ref name="We’ve added more options">{{cite web |title=We’ve added more options for cryptocurrency donors |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/12/07/donate-cryptocurrency/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2017 || Year round || Funding || GiveWell receives over US$290,000 in {{w|Bitcoin}} donations.<ref name="We’ve added more options">{{cite web |title=We’ve added more options for cryptocurrency donors |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/12/07/donate-cryptocurrency/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
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| 2018 || January || Staff || GiveWell Board of Directors' member Tom Rutledge joins the organization.<ref name="Tom rut">{{cite web |title=Tom Rutledge |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/trutledge/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=19 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2018 || January 24 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.<ref name="2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Changelog">{{cite web |title=2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Changelog |url=https://www.givewell.org/how-we-work/our-criteria/cost-effectiveness/cost-effectiveness-models/changelog |website=givewell.org |accessdate=28 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2018 || January 24 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.<ref name="2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Changelog">{{cite web |title=2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Changelog |url=https://www.givewell.org/how-we-work/our-criteria/cost-effectiveness/cost-effectiveness-models/changelog |website=givewell.org |accessdate=28 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2018 || March || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$5.6 million in discretionary grant to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were made between October and December 2017.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q4 2017 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/04/06/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2017/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2018 || March || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$5.6 million in discretionary grant to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were made between October and December 2017.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q4 2017 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/04/06/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2017/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
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| 2018 || April || Staff || Whitney Shinkle joins GiveWell as new Director of Operations.<ref name="Review of GiveWell’s work in 2018">{{cite web |title=Review of GiveWell’s work in 2018 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/05/15/review-of-givewells-work-in-2018/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || April || Staff || GiveWell Research Analyst Grace Hultquist joins the organization, first as Content Editor.<ref>{{cite web |title=Grace Hultquist |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/gracehultquist/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2018 || May || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$3.0 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between January and March 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>
 
| 2018 || May || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$3.0 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between January and March 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>
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| 2018 || May || Staff || GiveWell Senior Fellow Dan Brown joins the organization.<ref name="staff">{{cite web |title=Staff |url=https://www.givewell.org/about/people |website=givewell.org |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2018 || June 2 || External citation || GiveWell is featured by ''{{w|The Economist}}'' in an article about {{w|effective altruism}}.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
 
| 2018 || June 2 || External citation || GiveWell is featured by ''{{w|The Economist}}'' in an article about {{w|effective altruism}}.<ref name="What Others Are Saying"/>
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| 2018 || June || Staff || Ben Bateman joins GiveWell as its first-ever Head of Growth.<ref name="Review of GiveWell’s work in 2018"/>
 
 
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| 2018 || June || Grantmaking || Fortify Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$295,217 to start a new program aimed at mass fortification of wheat flour with iron in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Fortify Health — General Support |url=https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/fortify-health/june-2018-grant |website=givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2018 || June || Grantmaking || Fortify Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$295,217 to start a new program aimed at mass fortification of wheat flour with iron in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Fortify Health — General Support |url=https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/fortify-health/june-2018-grant |website=givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
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| 2018 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$4.1 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between April and June 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>
 
| 2018 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$4.1 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between April and June 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>
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| 2018 || September || Staff || Chelsea Tabart departures from GiveWell.<ref name="Chelsea Tabart"/>
 
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| 2018 || September || Staff || Olivia Larsen joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Olivia Rose Larsen |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviaroselarsen/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2018 || November || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$1.1 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between July and September 2018.<ref>{{cite web |title=Our updated top charities for giving season 2018 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-updated-top-charities-for-giving-season-2018/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref><ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>  
 
| 2018 || November || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$1.1 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between July and September 2018.<ref>{{cite web |title=Our updated top charities for giving season 2018 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-updated-top-charities-for-giving-season-2018/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref><ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/>  
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| 2018 || December || Administration || GiveWell updates its donations processing and announces it is accepting donations in {{w|Bitcoin}}, {{w|Bitcoin Cash}},{{W|Ethereum}}, {{W|Ethereum Classic}}, {{w|Litecoin}}, and 0x.<ref name="We’ve added more options"/>  
 
| 2018 || December || Administration || GiveWell updates its donations processing and announces it is accepting donations in {{w|Bitcoin}}, {{w|Bitcoin Cash}},{{W|Ethereum}}, {{W|Ethereum Classic}}, {{w|Litecoin}}, and 0x.<ref name="We’ve added more options"/>  
 
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| 2018 || December 25 || External citation || Dylan Matthews at ''[[w:Vox (website)|Vox]]'' writes: {{Quote|It's of course possible to research charity options yourself, but it's probably better to outsource that labor to a careful, methodologically rigorous charity recommender like GiveWell.}}<ref>{{cite web |title=These are the charities where your money will do the most good |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20190318204822/https://www.vox.com/2015/12/1/9826838/best-charities-donate-2018-giving-tuesday |website=web.archive.org |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2018 || December 1 || External citation || Dylan Matthews at ''[[w:Vox (website)|Vox]]'' writes: {{Quote|It's of course possible to research charity options yourself, but it's probably better to outsource that labor to a careful, methodologically rigorous charity recommender like GiveWell.<ref>{{cite web |title=These are the charities where your money will do the most good |url=http://web.archive.org/web/20190318204822/https://www.vox.com/2015/12/1/9826838/best-charities-donate-2018-giving-tuesday |website=web.archive.org |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>}}
 
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| 2018 || Fourth quarter || Funding || Donors give a combined US$7.6 million in funding to GiveWell for making grants at its discretion.<ref name="March 2019"/>  
 
| 2018 || Fourth quarter || Funding || Donors give a combined US$7.6 million in funding to GiveWell for making grants at its discretion.<ref name="March 2019"/>  
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| 2019 || January 3 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || The first version of GiveWell's 2019 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis is published.<ref name="sdsf"/>
 
| 2019 || January 3 || Cost-effectiveness analysis || The first version of GiveWell's 2019 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis is published.<ref name="sdsf"/>
 
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| 2019 || January || Staff || Michael Eddy joins GiveWell as Senior Advisor.<ref>{{cite web |title=Michael Eddy |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-eddy/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2019 || February 4 || Team || {{w|Rob Reich}} announces his intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors. In his resignation letter, Reich lists his reasons for departure, one of them being his concerns that the "board’s important governance role is not taken seriously enough by GiveWell leadership".<ref name="givewell.orge">{{cite web |title=Changes in Board Membership (April 2019) |url=https://www.givewell.org/changes-in-board-membership |website=givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref><ref name="Resignation letter by Rob Reich">{{cite web |title=Resignation letter by Rob Reich |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/Rob_Reich_Board_Resignation_Letter_02-04-19.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=29 May 2020}}</ref> 
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| 2019 || February || Staff || {{w|Rob Reich}} announces his intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors.<ref name="givewell.orge">{{cite web |title=Changes in Board Membership (April 2019) |url=https://www.givewell.org/changes-in-board-membership |website=givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>  
 
 
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| 2019 || February 13 || Grantmaking || GiveWell announces a grantmaking process to look for organizations operating in {{w|Southeast Asia}} and {{w|Bangladesh}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/02/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || February 13 || Grantmaking || GiveWell announces a grantmaking process to look for organizations operating in {{w|Southeast Asia}} and {{w|Bangladesh}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/02/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || February || Staff || Marinella Capriati joins GiveWell as Research Consultant.<ref>{{cite web |title=Marinella Capriati |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/marinella-capriati-474814a5/?originalSubdomain=uk |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2019 || March 5 || Team || Brigid Slipka announces her intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors. In her resignation letter, Slipka gives a pair of recommendations, to create a nominating committee, chaired by a non-board member, and to increase the board to include experts and representatives of beneficiaries.<ref>{{cite web |title=Brigid Slipka resignation letter |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/Brigid_Slipka_Board_Resignation_Letter_03-05-19.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2019 || March 5 || Staff || Brigid Slipka announces her intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors.<ref>{{cite web |title=Brigid Slipka resignation letter |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/Brigid_Slipka_Board_Resignation_Letter_03-05-19.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2019 || March || Strategy || GiveWell announces plan to expand the scope of its research and to roughly double the size of its full-time research staff (from approximately 10 to 20) over the next three years.<ref name="March 2019">{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog Month: March 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || March || Strategy || GiveWell announces plan to expand the scope of its research and to roughly double the size of its full-time research staff (from approximately 10 to 20) over the next three years.<ref name="March 2019">{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog Month: March 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
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| 2019 || March || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$7.6 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between October and December 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q4 2018 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/29/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2018/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || March || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$7.6 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between October and December 2018.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q4 2018 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/29/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2018/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || April 1 || Staff || As of date, GiveWell's Board of Directors has five members: Timothy Ogden (Interim Chair), {{w|Cari Tuna}}, {{w|Holden Karnofsky}}, Julia Wise, and Elie Hassenfeld.<ref name="givewell.orge"/>
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| 2019 || April 1 || Team || Rob Reich, Brigid Slipka, and Tom Rutledge resignations become effective. The most common concern reflected in the resignation letters is the argument that the new board would not be well positioned to play a serious role in the organization governance after GiveWell's decision to reduce the size of the board from eight members to five. Hassenfeld replies that the direction GiveWell has chosen is the right one, expressing his belief that it will mean a "more focused, intensely engaged board, and ultimately a more robust, more impactful GiveWell."<ref>{{cite web |last1=Hassenfeld |first1=Elie |title=Elie Hassenfeld letter |url=https://files.givewell.org/files/Elie_Hassenfeld_Board_Letter.pdf |website=files.givewell.org |accessdate=29 May 2020}}</ref> After the resignations, GiveWell's Board of Directors retains five members: Timothy Ogden (Interim Chair), {{w|Cari Tuna}}, {{w|Holden Karnofsky}}, Julia Wise, and Elie Hassenfeld.<ref name="givewell.orge"/>  
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| 2019 || April || Staff || Stephanie Stojanovic joins GiveWell as Major Gifts Officer.<ref>{{cite web |title=Stephanie Stojanovic |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-stojanovic-4998353b/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || April || Staff || Tom Rutledge departures from GiveWell.<ref name="Tom rut"/>
 
 
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| 2019 || May 10 || Administration || Catherine Hollander announces GiveWell plan to move offices from {{w|San Francisco}} to {{w|Oakland}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/11/march-2019-open-thread/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || May 10 || Administration || Catherine Hollander announces GiveWell plan to move offices from {{w|San Francisco}} to {{w|Oakland}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=The GiveWell Blog |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/11/march-2019-open-thread/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=23 February 2020}}</ref>
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| 2019 || May || Staff || Tom Adamczewski joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tom Adamczewski |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasadamczewski/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || May || Staff || Brigid Slipka departures from GiveWell as Board Member.<ref name="Brigid Slipka"/>
 
 
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| 2019 || June || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates U$4.7 million in discretionary grant to the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}. The donations were received between January and March 2019.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q1 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/06/12/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q1-2019/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || June || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates U$4.7 million in discretionary grant to the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}. The donations were received between January and March 2019.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q1 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/06/12/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q1-2019/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$2.3 million in discretionary grant to the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}. The donations were received between April and June 2019.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv">{{cite web |title=Discretionary Grantmaking |url=https://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking |website=givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q2 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/08/21/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q2-2019/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>  
 
| 2019 || August || Grantmaking || GiveWell allocates US$2.3 million in discretionary grant to the {{w|Against Malaria Foundation}}. The donations were received between April and June 2019.<ref name="Discretionary Grantmakingv">{{cite web |title=Discretionary Grantmaking |url=https://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking |website=givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=Allocation of discretionary funds from Q2 2019 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/08/21/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q2-2019/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>  
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| 2019 || August || Staff || Kameron Smith joins GiveWell as Content Editor.<ref>{{cite web |title=Kameron Smith |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/ksmithwrites/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || September || Staff || Willa Gruver joins GiveWell as Operations Assistant.<ref>{{cite web |title=Willa Gruver |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/willa-gruver-65815a163/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || September || Staff || Gabriela Quintana joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.<ref>{{cite web |title=Gabriela Quintana |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabyquintana/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2019 || September || Site visit || GiveWell staff visits Burkina Faso to meet with staff of Malaria Consortium’s seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program, and observe its work.<ref>{{cite web |title=Our recent visit to Burkina Faso |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/09/18/our-recent-visit-to-burkina-faso/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>  
 
| 2019 || September || Site visit || GiveWell staff visits Burkina Faso to meet with staff of Malaria Consortium’s seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program, and observe its work.<ref>{{cite web |title=Our recent visit to Burkina Faso |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/09/18/our-recent-visit-to-burkina-faso/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>  
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| 2019 || September || Staff || Alex Cohen joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.<ref>{{cite web |title=Alex Cohen |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexwcohen/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || September || Staff || Alicia Weng joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.<ref>{{cite web |title=Alicia Weng |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-weng-50aa4117a/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || October || Staff || Teryn Mattox joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.<ref>{{cite web |title=Teryn Mattox |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/teryn-mattox-189b2153/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2019 || November 9 || External citation || Allan Saldanha at {{w|The Guardian}} publishes article featuring GiveWell as a leading independent charity evaluator.<ref>{{cite web |title=‘I give away half to three-quarters of my income every year’ |url=https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/nov/09/i-give-away-half-to-three-quarters-of-my-income-every-year |website=theguardian.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
 
| 2019 || November 9 || External citation || Allan Saldanha at {{w|The Guardian}} publishes article featuring GiveWell as a leading independent charity evaluator.<ref>{{cite web |title=‘I give away half to three-quarters of my income every year’ |url=https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/nov/09/i-give-away-half-to-three-quarters-of-my-income-every-year |website=theguardian.com |accessdate=30 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2019 || November || Staff || GiveWell Vice President (VP) of Marketing Jim Bobowski joins the organization.<ref name="staff"/>
 
 
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| 2019 || November || Strategy || GiveWell offers matching funds to new donors who hear about its work on podcast advertisements. Offering donation matching is expected enable GiveWell to better track the impact of the ads it funds.<ref>{{cite web |title=We’re offering matching funds to new donors via podcasts. Here’s why. |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/11/14/were-offering-matching-funds-to-new-donors-via-podcasts/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>   
 
| 2019 || November || Strategy || GiveWell offers matching funds to new donors who hear about its work on podcast advertisements. Offering donation matching is expected enable GiveWell to better track the impact of the ads it funds.<ref>{{cite web |title=We’re offering matching funds to new donors via podcasts. Here’s why. |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/11/14/were-offering-matching-funds-to-new-donors-via-podcasts/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=4 December 2019}}</ref>   
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| 2019 || November || Staff || Parker Blackiston joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.<ref>{{cite web |title=Parker Blackiston |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/parker-blackiston-10180b5/?originalSubdomain=nl |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2019 || November || Staff || Miranda Kaplan joins GiveWell as Content Editor.<ref>{{cite web |title=Miranda Kaplan |url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/miranda-kaplan-04614811/ |website=linkedin.com |accessdate=18 February 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2019 || November || Grantmaking || GiveWell recommends grants of US$57.3 million to its top charities and standout charities, composed of a recommendation to [[w:Open Philanthropy Project|Open Philanthropy]] to grant US$54.6 million to GiveWell's top charities and standout charities, and US$2.6 million in grants to top charities at GiveWell's discretion.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/>  
 
| 2019 || November || Grantmaking || GiveWell recommends grants of US$57.3 million to its top charities and standout charities, composed of a recommendation to [[w:Open Philanthropy Project|Open Philanthropy]] to grant US$54.6 million to GiveWell's top charities and standout charities, and US$2.6 million in grants to top charities at GiveWell's discretion.<ref name="givewell.orgen"/>  
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* GiveDirectly<ref name="Announcing our 2019 top">{{cite web |title=Announcing our 2019 top charities |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/11/26/announcing-our-2019-top-charities/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
* GiveDirectly<ref name="Announcing our 2019 top">{{cite web |title=Announcing our 2019 top charities |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2019/11/26/announcing-our-2019-top-charities/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=3 December 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2020 || January || Staff || Jason Anderson joins GiveWell as Donor Engagement and Retention Specialist.<ref name="staff"/>
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| 2020 || March 26 || Publication || Catherine Hollander publishes blog post entitled "The impact of COVID-19 on GiveWell’s plans", in order to inform on how the {{w|COVID-19 pandemic}} impacts the organization.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Hollander |first1=Catherine |title=The impact of COVID-19 on GiveWell’s plans |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2020/03/26/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-givewells-plans/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2020 || February 6 || Staff || Dr. Neil Buddy Shah joins GiveWell as Managing Director.<ref>{{cite web |title=Introducing our new Managing Director: Dr. Neil Buddy Shah |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2020/02/06/introducing-our-new-managing-director-dr-neil-buddy-shah/ |website=givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
 
 
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| 2020 || March 26 || Publication || Catherine Hollander publishes blog post entitled "The impact of COVID-19 on GiveWell’s plans", in order to inform on how the {{w|2019–20 coronavirus pandemic}} impacts the organization.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Hollander |first1=Catherine |title=The impact of COVID-19 on GiveWell’s plans |url=https://blog.givewell.org/2020/03/26/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-givewells-plans/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=31 March 2020}}</ref>
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| 2020 || May 28 || Publication || GiveWell publishes their Plan for 2020, highlighting their focus on three projects:
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* searching for new, cost-effective funding opportunities in GiveWell's traditional research areas; and
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* building a donor community.<ref>{{cite web |title=GiveWell’s plans for 2020 |url=https://blog.givewell.org/ |website=blog.givewell.org |accessdate=30 May 2020}}</ref>
 
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Latest revision as of 11:23, 30 May 2020

This is a timeline of GiveWell, a United States non-profit charity assessment and effective altruism-focused organization based in San Francisco. Among the many charity evaluators, GiveWell stands out as a rating service that complements classic quantitative measures.[1] The organization has reviewed over 500 charities.[2] According to nonprofit 80,000 hours, GiveWell is the world’s leading charity evaluator.[3]


Sample questions

The following are some interesting questions that can be answered by reading this timeline:

  • What are some strategies conducted by GiveWell in order to optimize results?
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    • You will see a miscellaneous list of events including priority relocations, change of direction, plans, and experiments.
  • What are some significant fundings received by GiveWell?
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    • You will see a number of discretionary grants allocated by GiveWell and many grants awarded by Good Ventures to charities through GiveWell recommendations.
  • What are the several charities being top ranked by GiveWell across the years?
  • What is the composition of the staff and what are the different roles?
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  • Which countries have been visited by members of the GiveWell staff and what was the purpose of the visit?
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  • What are some illustrative versions of GiveWell's Cost-Effectiveness Analyses that have been published across the years?
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    • For the number of versions per year, see the Tables section.
  • What are events reflecting the impact of GiveWell in the media and among notable people?
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    • You will see mostly articles citing the charity evaluator.
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  • What are some important interviews conducted to people from GiveWell?
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    • You will see a number of interviews, especially to Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld.
  • How much money has been moved through GiveWell recommendations across the years?
    • See the tables section for details.

Big picture

Period Development summary More details
2006–2008 Initial years GiveWell starts conducting its grant application process. Initial struggles in founding are experienced, with very little money moved through the website. Some controversies emerge in the leadership.
2009–2010 Stabilization GiveWell achieves growth in money moved. GiveWell staff begin making site visits to the areas served by current and potential top charities.
2011–2012 Partnership Good Ventures is formed and starts injecting money. Annual cycles are standardized.
2013–2014 Relocation GiveWell moves to the San Francisco Bay Area, where people have become strong supporters of effective altruism. GiveWell Labs grows in this period.
2015 onward Reorganization A spectacular growth in money moved through recommendations is experienced in this period. GiveWell Labs separates from GiveWell, renaming as Open Philanthropy Project.

Highlights by year

Year Event
2007 GiveWell launches. In the first year, fifty-nine organizations apply for GiveWell grants, with fifteen being considered to produce adequate information about their activities.[4] Population Services International (PSI) is announced as first recommended charity, and becomes the recipient of GiveWell's first substantial donation.[5]
2008 GiveWell moves US$35,021 through its website, and receives 130 donations.[6]
2009 GiveWell decides to rate only charities that meet a minimal standard of transparency.[7] The evaluator moves US$143,013 through its website (A 308% increase from the previous year). The number of donations reaches 665 (a 412% increase from 2008).[6]
2010 GiveWell manages to track over US$1.5 million in donations to top charities, compared to just over $1 million in 2009. Its website traffic nearly doubles compared to the previous year, and donations through the website nearly triples.[8] The evaluator moves US$399,456 through its website (a 179% increase from 2009), whereas the number of donations reaches 976 (a 47% growth from the previous year).[6]
2011 A strong growth is experienced during the year. GiveWell tracks over US$5 million to top charities, compared to about US$1.5 million in 2010.[8] Its website reaches US$1,305,089 in movement (a 227% increase from 2010), whereas its number of donations more than triples to 3,099 (a 218% growth from the previous year).[6] In 2011 GiveWell broadens its search on charitable organizations to include flag promising charities, based on additional characteristics. The set of heuristics for flagging charities worth investigating further is partially developed by incorporating research and previous heuristics from the 2009 report.[9]
2012 GiveWell starts searching for organizations working on immunization, nutrition and other global health programs.[9] The evaluator identifies three top priorities for the year: to make significant progress on GiveWell Labs; find more top charities under the same basic framework as our existing recommendations; and expand its team.[8]
2013 GiveWell develops a cause selection framework, getting basic context for assessing causes within policy-oriented philanthropy and scientific research funding.[8]
2014 GiveWell tracks 27.8 million dollars moved to its recommended charities, about 60% more than in 2013. The total number of donors giving to GiveWell's recommended charities or to GiveWell unrestricted would not grow significantly (up 9% to about 9,300). Many new donors who gave less than $1,000 in 2013 would not give again in 2014, but among those who gave $10,000 or more in 2013, a higher proportion would give again in 2014.[8]
2015 GiveWell tracks approximately 100 million dollars in donations going to its recommended charities as a result of its research.[10]
2015–2016 GiveWell seeks to expand top charity room for more funding and consider alternatives to its top charities by inviting other groups that work on deworming, net distributions, and micronutrient fortification to apply. This would lead to adding Sightsavers' deworming program, the END Fund's deworming program, Project Healthy Children, and Food Fortification Initiative to GiveWell's lists.[9]
2017 The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent entity.
2018 GiveWell tracks US$141 million in money moved in donations to its recommended charities or through its Incubation Grants program.[11] In the same year, the GiveWell moves US$65 million to its top charities.[12]
2019 GiveWell processes US$54.1 million in donations.[13]

Visual data

Growth of GiveWell full-time staff, June 2010 – August 2016.

Wikipedia views

The image below shows Wikipedia views from December 2007 for desktop, and from July 2015 (see red vertical line) for mobile web, mobile app, desktop spider, and mobile web spider; to March 2020.[14]

GiveWell Wikipedia Views from December 2007.png

Google Trends

The image below shows Google Trends data from 2004 (the start of availability of the data) to January 2020, when the screenshot was taken.[15]

GiveWell Google Trends.png

Tables

The table below shows money moved by category, in US$ millions.[11]

Year Incubation grants Good ventures to recommended charities All other money moved Total
2011 3 1.1 0 4.1
2012 6.4 3 0 9.4
2013 8.7 9.3 0.1 18.1
2014 16.7 15.1 0.3 32.1
2015 43.4 70.4 0.5 114.3
2016 41.5 50.4 13.3 105.2
2017 45.7 75.1 15.8 136.6
2018 61 64 15.9 140.9


The table below shows growth of GiveWell staff, June 2010 – August 2016. ‘Num’ is the number of full-time staff, ‘Diff’ is the difference in ‘Num’ relative to the previous month and is given in the form (−x,y), where x is the number full-time staff that left and y is the number of full-time staff that joined.[16]

Date Num Diff
2010-06-09 4
2011-06-04 4 (−1,+1)
2011-09-25 5 (−0,+1)
2012-01-02 4 (−1,+0)
2012-02-08 5 (−0,+1)
2012-07-19 8 (−0,+3)
2013-01-13 6 (−2,+0)
2013-04-30 7 (−0,+1)
2013-08-15 8 (−1,+2)
2013-09-28 10 (−0,+2)
2013-12-14 11 (−0,+1)
2014-07-13 12 (−0,+1)
2014-11-03 18 (−0,+6)
2015-02-01 18 (−1,+1)
2015-05-01 18 (−1,+1)
2015-06-16 23 (−0,+5)
2015-08-16 24 (−0,+1)
2015-10-01 30 (−0,+6)
2015-10-31 32 (−0,+2)
2015-11-22 31 (−1,+0)
2015-12-15 32 (−1,+2)
2016-03-10 31 (−2,+1)
2016-06-25 35 (−2,+6)
2016-07-23 37 (−1,+3)
2016-08-13 36 (−2,+1)


Growth of GiveWell and Open Phil since September 2016

Date GW ∩ OP GW ∖ OP OP ∖ GW
2016-09-10 2 18 20
2016-10-01 2(−0,+0) 19(−0,+1) 20(−0,+0)
2016-11-04 2(-0,+0) 18(−1,+0) 20(−0,+0)
2016-12-05 2(−0,+0) 18(−0,+0) 20(−0,+0)
2017-01-05 2(−0,+0) 17(−1,+0) 20(−0,+0)
2017-02-05 2(−0,+0) 15(−2,+0) 21(−0,+1)
2017-03-08 2(−0,+0) 14(−1,+0) 21(−1,+1)
2017-04-20 2(−0,+0) 16(−0,+2) 21(−0,+0)
2017-05-05 2(−0,+0) 16(−0,+0) 21(−0,+0)
2017-06-05 2(−0,+0) 16(−0,+0) 20(−1,+0)
2017-07-05 1(−1,+0) 16(−0,+0) 23(−0,+3)
2017-08-05 1(−0,+0) 16(−0,+0) 24(−0,+1)
2017-09-06 1(−0,+0) 16(−0,+0) 22(−2,+0)
2017-10-07 1(−0,+0) 16(−0,+0) 22(−0,+0)
2017-11-06 1(−0,+0) 18(−0,+2) 22(−0,+0)
2017-12-05 1(−0,+0) 19(−0,+1) 22(−0,+0)
2018-01-05 1(−0,+0) 19(−0,+0) 22(−0,+0)
2018-02-06 1(−0,+0) 18(−1,+0) 21(−1,+0)
2018-03-06 0(−1,+0) 19(−0,+1) 21(−0,+0)


The table below shows the number of versions per year of GiveWell's Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.

Year Num
2012 1[17]
2013 1[17]
2014 1[17]
2015 1[17]
2016 2[17]
2017 5[17]
2018 16[18]
2019 6[19]

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
1999 November 30 Prelude (website registration) givewell.org is registered (by a different organization).[20]
2003 July 4 Prelude (website registration) givewell.com is registered (by a different organization).[21][22]
2003 Prelude Holden Karnofsky graduates from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies. Karnofsky would spend the next several years in the hedge fund industry.[23]
2004 Prelude Elie Hassenfeld graduates from Columbia University with a degree in Religion. As well as Karnofsky, Hassenfeld would spend the next several years in the hedge fund industry.[23]
2006 Prelude Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, working at a hedge fund in Connecticut, set up an informal “charity club” with colleagues, to help them make informed decisions about their giving. Each person would pick a cause and then research the best charities working on that cause, evaluating them based on data and performance metrics. Hassenfeld and Karnofsky find this work so satisfying that it would ultimately lead them to create GiveWell.[24]
2006 November 19 Online community givewell.net is registered.[25]
2006 November 25 Content creation Probably the earliest GiveWell wiki edit is made on this date. The wiki would later be shut down.[26]
2007 April 7 Publication GiveWell publishes The Case for the Clear Fund, its so called original business plan, written mostly to solicit the support and feedback of its existing contacts.[8]
2007 Midyear Official launch GiveWell is founded by Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld,[27][28] with the purpose of evaluating, ranking, and recommending charities, focussing on evidence of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, transparency, self-monitoring and need for funding.[29][30] Other co-founders include Bob Elliott.[31]
2007  ? Recommendation After conducting an open grant application process and reviewing 59 applications in global health and development, GiveWell announces the first recommendations: Population Services International (PSI), which markets and distributes life-saving materials (mostly condoms and insecticide treated bednets); Partners in Health (PIH), which creates comprehensive health programs (hospital, health center, and community health workers) in disadvantaged, generally rural, areas in the developing world; and Interplast, which devotes to correcting deformities requiring surgery (such as cleft lip and palate deformities), both through direct treatment and through support of local doctors.[9][32]
2007 December Controversy Holden Karnofsky is discovered posting a question about GiveWell to community weblog MetaFilter using another individual's name, and then posting an answer about the organization with his own name but without disclosing his affiliation with GiveWell. Negative publicity would rise, leading Karnofsky to resign from the role of executive director, though he would be later reinstated.[33][34][35][36]
2007 December 20 External citation Stephanie Storm at The New York Times publishes article entitled "2 Young Hedge-Fund Veterans Stir Up the World of Philanthropy", features GiveWell and its founders.[37]
2007 December 20 External citation Rachel Emma Silverman and Sally Beatty at The Wall Street Journal publish article highlighting GiveWell among WSJ resources for donors.[38]
2007 December 20 Interview Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld are interviewed by CNBC.[39]
2007 December 24 Interview Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld are interviewed by NPR.[40]
2008 January 3 Content creation The article GiveWell is created at Wikipedia.[41]
2008 June 19 Publication GiveWell's first-year review is published.[8]
2008 August 9 Strategy At a board meeting, GiveWell members agree that their top priority for the coming year is money moved, with research as a secondary priority. After several months, the team would conclude that they were prioritizing their time and resources badly, and that they weren't on the best possible path to their eventual goal.[8]
2008 September 14 Online community GiveWell mailing list on Yahoo! Groups launches.[42]
2008 November 17 Strategy GiveWell publishes its Change of Direction, based on reforms of the plan resulting from the board meeting on August 9 2008.[8]
2008 December 10 Interview Holden Karnofsky is interviewed by NPR on the importance of researching for donations.[43]
2009 January Team GiveWell Board of Directors' member Ari Herman joins the organization.[44]
2009 March External citation Australian philosopher Peter Singer publishes The Life You Can Save. Singer writes:
When I speak about why we ought to be doing more to help the world's poorest people — something I do often — the most frequent question I get is: how can we know that our donation will really help the poor? Until GiveWell came along, it was difficult to give a convincing answer to that question. Previous charity-rating organizations just looked at how much of a charity's income went to program expenses, rather than administration - and it doesn't take much thought to realize that that figure tells you nothing about how effective the charity's programs are. GiveWell has filled a huge gap, and at the same time has started a major trend towards greater transparency and demonstrated cost-effectiveness in the charitable world.[43]
2009 July Team Natalie Crispin joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[45]
2009  ? Team GiveWell co-founder and Board Chairman Bob Elliott departs from the organization.[31]
2009  ? Review GiveWell conducts reviews of websites from over 300 charitable organizations, aiming to find ones that either implemented priority programs or published, on their websites, meaningful evaluations of their programs.[9]
2009  ? Grantmaking GiveWell conducts a grant application process for organizations running economic empowerment programs in the developing world.[9] The $250,000 grant is offered to organizations providing economic empowerment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.[46]
2009 September 8 External citation New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof publishes Half the Sky, which points to GiveWell as a donor resource.[43]
2009 November 8 External citation GiveWell is recommended by a Wall Street Journal article on resources for evaluating charities.[47]
2009 Late months Strategy GiveWell begins to use "scenario analysis" asking how a charity's activities would change at different levels of total unrestricted funding. This approach is expected to allow GiveWell to check back later and see the extent to which actual activities were in line with actual funding.[48]
2010 January 20 Interview Elie Hassenfeld is interviewed by CNN about using overhead to evaluate charities.[49][43]
2010 January 25 Interview Holden Karnofsky is interviewed by CNN in a segment on effective giving.[43][50]
2010 February Site visit Holden Karnofsky visits two of GiveWell's recommended charities in site, the Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa and VillageReach in Mozambique.[51]
2010 February 19 Publication GiveWell's 2009 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2010 June 3 Guest post The first guest post on GiveWell by a donor is published.[52]
2010 August–November Site visit GiveWell's staff visits Mumbai, India from mid-August to the end of November, and visits a number of organizations in Mumbai and other cities in the country.[53]
2010 November 20 External citation Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times writes:
Philanthropy has made huge strides in the last couple of decades, with far more emphasis on cost-effective interventions that are scalable to bring about change. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has helped lead the way, and Web sites like Givewell.org guide small-time donors.[43]
2010 November 30 External citation GiveWell is featured by USA Today as a donor resource.[54][43]
2010 Charity ranking GiveWell publishes its top charities. VillageReach (immunizations), Stop TB Partnership (tuberculosis), and Against Malaria Foundation (malaria) are ranked at the top among international charities. Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Nurse-Family Partnership, and Invest in Kids are ranked as top United States charities.[55]
2010 Year round Money tracking GiveWell tracks over US$1.5 million in donations to top charities, compared to just over US$1 million in 2009.[56]
2011 c. January 28 Online community givewell.com starts redirecting to givewell.org.[57]
2011 February Publication GiveWell's 2010 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2011 March 16 External citation GiveWell is cited by The New York Times in an article about donating in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.[58][43]
2011 April Team Good Ventures co–founder Cari Tuna (who is in a relationship with, and would later marry, Facebook co–founder Dustin Moskovitz) joins the board of GiveWell.[59][60]
2011 September 8 Partnership GiveWell Labs is announced as a new initiative within GiveWell. A collaboration between private foundation Good Ventures and GiveWell, the purpose of it is to “systematically examine a wide variety of causes and opportunities with the intention of identifying the ones which could use additional money ... to produce the best long-run outcomes.”[61]
2012 September 28 External citation Paul Sullivan at The New York Times publishes an article on measuring the impact of giving, featuring GiveWell.[62]
2011 October Site visit GiveWell staff visits five organizations in Malawi and four in India as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities.[63][64]
2011 November Charity ranking GiveWell announces its 2011 top charities:

Other GiveWell's standout organizations include:

  • GiveDirectly (Cash grants to poor households in Kenya)
  • Innovations for Poverty Action (Research on how to fight poverty and promote development)
  • KIPP Houston ((United States) Charter schools facing budget cuts)
  • Nyaya Health [now know as Possible] (Health care in rural Nepal)
  • Pratham (Primary education in India)
  • Small Enterprise Foundation (Microloans for women in South Africa)[65]
2011 November 20 External citation Gareth Cook at The Boston Globe writes:
As we enter into the prime giving season, GiveWell provides a valuable service for the donor who has few preconceptions and just wants to make the world better.[43]
2011 November 23 External citation Alexandra Wolfe at Bloomberg Bussinesweek writes:
When bonus season came around, instead of deciding whether to buy a new suit, car, or a Caribbean vacation, hedge fund analysts Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, both then 25, agonized over which charities to donate to. They put so much time and effort into figuring it out that they eventually left their jobs… to start GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates charities with hedge-fund–level rigor.[43]
2011 December 3 External citation Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times features GiveWell recommending its top charity and citing GiveWell's research.[66][43]
2012 February Publication GiveWell's 2011 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2012 June Partnership Private foundation Good Ventures (founded by Cari Tuna and her husband, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz) announces a close partnership with GiveWell.[67][68] The joint collaboration would later lead to the formation of the Open Philanthropy Project, whose mission is to figure out how, exactly to figure out the best possible way to use large sums of money to do as much good as possible.[69]
2012 November 13 External citation William MacAskill from Giving What We Can publishes post enitled "Researching What We Should", which highlights GiveWell as top evaluator in some areas of research.[70]
2012 November Site visit GiveWell staff travels to Kenya as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities, with the primary purpose of visiting GiveDirectly. The staff also visits two projects run by Evidence Action.[71][64]
2012 November Charity ranking GiveWell announces its updated top charities:
2012 December 5 External citation Tina Rosemberg at The New York Times features GiveWell in an article on giving effectively.[74][43]
2012 December 19 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes post discussing how they see the relative “bang-for-the-buck” – good accomplished per dollar spent – of three interventions: distribution of insecticide-treated nets to fight malaria, unconditional direct cash transfers, and treating children for parasites (soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis).[75]
2012 December 24 External review William MacAskill from Giving What We Can publishes post enitled "Some General Concerns About Givewell" which summarizes a list of concerns and recommendations on a variety of points, including long run effects, external evaluation, and meaning of GiveWell's labels and rating.[76]
2012 December 27 External citation Ken Stern at The Washington Post writes:
On average, Americans spend more time watching television in one day than they do researching charities in an entire year. Finding good charities takes time. It means using the few organizations, such as GiveWell, that do in-depth studies of charities' effectiveness. And it means remembering that the best organizations, charitable or otherwise, are built on more than a good story or a charismatic leader.[43]
2013 January Administration GiveWell completes moving its offices from New York City to San Francisco.[77][27][78]
2013 February Online community The GiveWell mailing list on Yahoo! Groups is discontinued. Around this time, the organization begins posting more frequent research updates to its website and blog.[42]
2013 February, March Publication GiveWell's 2012 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2013 May 31 External citation Dylan Matthews at The Washington Post publishes an article featuring GiveWell as a resource for donors.[43][79]
2013 June 19 Interview KQED-FM radio station features GiveWell research analyst Alexander Berger on a segment about how to decide where to donate to charity.[43][80]
2013 June Funding Good Ventures awards a grant of $20,000 to GiveWell to support its capacity to research the history of philanthropy and funding opportunities in policy advocacy.[81]
2013 August 11 External citation Peter Singer cites GiveWell in a New York Times op-ed for its "serious evaluation of charities helping people in extreme poverty."[82][43]
2013 October Site visit GiveWell staff travels to India as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities, with the primary purpose of visiting the Deworm the World Initiative, led by Evidence Action.[83][64]
2013 November 4 External review Nick Beckstead at 80,000 Hours publishes blog post entitled "Thoughts on my experience working at GiveWell". Beckstead writes:
Who would be a good fit to work at GiveWell? Someone who likes research, pays a lot of attention to detail, is obsessed with effective altruism, enjoys (or at least can handle) highly critical feedback, is extremely intelligent and hardworking, is willing to work for very low pay relative to their earning potential, is OK with limited job security, enjoys intellectually challenging work, and likes doing a variety of different things.[84]
2013 December 12 Publication GiveWell publishes its first staff member donations post, starting an annual tradition of such publications.[85]
2013 December 15 External citation Farhad Manjoo at The Wall Street Journal writes:
GiveWell [...] has completely changed the way I think about donating money.[43]
2013 December Charity ranking GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2014:
2014  ? Strategy GiveWell solicits applications from several organizations running priority programs and evaluates two organizations that have conducted randomized controlled trials of their own programs.[9]
2014 January Grantmaking Non-profit New Incentives receives a US$100,000 grant from San Francisco-based philantropic organization Good Ventures –with input from GiveWell. The grant is the first of a set of grants that aims to increase the number of contenders for GiveWell's top charity status. New Incentives is selected for the grant because it runs a priority program, is committed to transparency, and is at an early stage of development, according to GiveWell.[87]
2014 February, March Publication GiveWell's 2013 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2014 March Funding Good Ventures awards a grant of US$240,000 to GiveWell for general operating support, with the purpose to increase the availability of high-quality information and analysis about charities and giving opportunities.[88]
2014 April 25 External citation Ron Lieber at The New York Times features GiveWell in an article on the challenges of giving effectively.[43][89]
2014 August Reorganization GiveWell Labs, an internal project of GiveWell, morphs into the Open Philanthropy Project, a joint venture of GiveWell and Good Ventures, and gets a separate website.[90][8]
2014 September 7 External citation Tim Harford on BBC Radio 4 program More or less features GiveWell's research as an alternative to a social media fundraising campaign.[43][91]
2014 September Grantmaking Good Ventures makes a US$34,382 grant to IDinsight, as part of GiveWell's project to support the development of top charities.[92]
2014 September Study GiveWell completes a medium-depth writeup on geoengineering research – large-scale interventions in the climate to attempt to reduce climate change or its impacts – focusing on research around efforts to artificially cool the planet. The evaluator finds no funders – governmental or philanthropic – spending large amounts in this area at the moment, and the field appears relatively small with relatively little in funding.[93]
2014 October Site visit GiveWell staff travels to Burkina Faso and Uganda as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities, with the primary purpose of visiting Development Media International and Living Goods.[94][64]
2014 November Charity ranking GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2014:

Other GiveWell's standout charities include Development Media International (DMI), Iodine Global Network (IGN), The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) - Universal Salt Iodization (USI) program, and Living Goods.[95]

2014 December Research GiveWell completes an investigation of one new intervention (salt iodization), and makes substantial progress on several others (maternal and neonatal tetanus immunization campaigns, mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis, and vitamin A supplementation).[96][97]
2014 Year round Money tracking GiveWell tracks US$27.8 million in “money moved” to its recommended charities.[98]
2015 March Grantmaking Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awards US$100,000 grant to New Incentives, for general operating support.[99]
2015 March, April Publication GiveWell's 2014 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2015 May 23 External citation Neil Webb at The Economist publishes article on impact-driven philanthropy entitled "Doing good by doing well", featuring GiveWell.[100]
2015 April Partnership Open Philanthropy Project announces a partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram).
2015 June 15 External citation Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes:
Philosophically, the most difficult task facing GiveWell is putting the vast spectrum of human suffering into numbers. It is, in a way, a math problem, but one laden with value judgments, about which reasonable people can disagree.[101]
2015 July Site visit GiveWell staff travels to Ethiopia to visit the work on universal salt iodization being carried out by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.[102][64]
2015 September Grantmaking With GiveWell reccommendation, Good Ventures grants US$200,000 to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support two randomized controlled trials in India and Pakistan that would test whether providing non-cash incentives increases child immunization rates.[103]
2015 October 23 External citation Alexandra Zaslow at Today publishes article about Julia Wise and Jeff Kaufman, a couple notable for donating half of income every year to charity. Wise and Kaufman cite GiveWell as their source for picking out charities.[104]
2015 November 18 Online community GiveWell Community launches as a Facebook group.[105]
2015 November Charity ranking GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2015:

Development Media International (DMI), The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Universal Salt Iodization program (GAIN – USI), Iodine Global Network (IGN), and Living Goods are recognized as standout charities.[106][107][28]

2015 November Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes its 2015 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses. Final analyses are conducted on long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, deworming, cash transfers, and iodine fortification; and Development Media International.[17]
2016 March Grantmaking Following GiveWell’s general effort to support the creation of future top charities, Good Ventures grants US$812,351 to Evidence Action to support the development of additional programs. These funds are expected to develop and implement a program in Bangladesh.[108] In the same month, Good Ventures grants US$300,000 to New Incentives to support its conditional cash transfers program.[109]
2016 April, May Publication GiveWell's 2015 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2016 May Grantmaking As part of GiveWell’s effort, Good Ventures grants US$6,400,000 to non-profit Results for Development to support its Market Dynamics practice area’s pneumonia treatment program in Tanzania. The fund is expected to increase use of amoxicillin, the WHO-recommended first-line treatment for childhood pneumonia.[110] In the same month Good Ventures grants US$350,000 to Innovations for Poverty Action to support a randomized controlled trial.[111]
2016 June–October Grantmaking Following GiveWell’s guidelines, Good Ventures grants $1,985,000 in unrestricted funding over three years to IDinsight, a development-consulting organization that serves mission-driven organizations to facilitate evidence-based decision-making. The fund is expected to allow IDinsight to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions, ideally (in the long term) providing us with research that GiveWell would be able to use in its work to recommend top charities. In October, Good Ventures grants an additional US$314,752 to IDinsight.[112]
2016 August Grantmaking Good Ventures makes a grant of US$25 million to GiveDirectly on GiveWell’s recommendation, with GiveDirectly’s goals for the grant consisting in expanding its ability to raise funds from donors not influenced by GiveWell’s recommendation and collaborating with large aid institutions or governments to address their questions about cash transfers.[113]
2016 August Site visit GiveWell staff travels to the Greater Accra Region, Ghana, with the primary purpose of visiting the Against Malaria Foundation and Sightsavers.[114][64]
2016 September 14 Online community GiveWell launches new website.[115]
2016 November Grantmaking Good Ventures grants $368587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell's work to support the creation of new top charities.[116] In the same month Good Ventures grants $200,000 to Charity Science: Health to support the first year of its work setting up a charity to send SMS immunization reminders in India.[117]
2016 November Charity ranking Givewell announces its top charities for giving season 2016:

Other charities worthy of special recognition by GiveWell include Development Media International (DMI), Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Universal Salt Iodization program (GAIN – USI), Iodine Global Network (IGN), Living Goods, and Project Healthy Children.[118]

2016 November 28 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the Final Analysis of its 2016 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses document, which is conducted on long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, deworming, cash transfers, and seasonal malaria chemoprevention.[17]
2016 Year round Money tracking According to a delayed report posted in September 2017, GiveWell manages to track a total of US$91.6 million during 2016 given to its top charities as a direct result of research.[119] In the same year, Good Ventures made GiveWell Incubation Grants totaling US$13.3 million.[120]
2017 January Grantmaking As part of GiveWell's Incubation Grants to support the development of potential future top charities and improve the quality of our recommendations, Good Ventures grants $900,000 to the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation for its Road Safety Campaign.[121]
2017 January, February Site visit GiveWell staff travels to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Kenya with the purpose of visiting top charity the END Fund and 2017 top charity contender Zusha!, a project of the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation.[122][64]
2017 February Site visit As part of a broader partnership with GiveWell, IDinsight staff travels to Nigeria to visit New Incentives.[123][64]
2017 February–March Strategy GiveWell runs a small experiment with a few ads on FiveThirtyEight’s Politics podcast and Vox’s The Weeds. Having spent approximately $20,000 on ads for the initial experiment, Givewell asks donors who give via GiveWell's website to tell the evaluator where they learned about GiveWell when they donate. One of the findings is that donors generally find out about GiveWell during the course of the year, but donate in December. The experiment is later expanded, spending approximately $100,000 on podcast ads.[124]
2017 March, April Publication GiveWell's 2016 Review and Plan is published.[8]
2017 April Grantmaking Regents of the University of California, Berkeley receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$1,104,259 to support the Kenya Life Panel Survey Round 4 (KLPS-4), a follow-up study to assess the long-term impact of deworming on consumption.[125] In the same month, under the incubation grant program, Good Ventures makes a grant of US$2,642,300 to Evidence Action –which expects to strengthen its financial systems, human resources, and information technology, and another grant of US$820,000 to New Incentives, which plans to use these funds to support its work on conditional cash transfers to incentivize child immunization.[126][127]
2017 April 3 Grantmaking GiveWell announces plan to allocate US$4.4 million to the Against Malaria Foundation and US$0.5 million of the funding it received for granting to the Deworm the World Initiative. Such allocations have their source in US$4.9 million GiveWell received in funding for making grants at its discretion.[128]
2017 May Grantmaking IDinsight receives an Incubation Grant of US$2,321,617 to support its GiveWell-embedded team for the next twelve months. This grant is in addition to June 2016 and October 2016 GiveWell Incubation Grants to IDinsight, a company that supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials (RCTs), with an explicit focus on partnering with funders and policy makers to use data to inform key strategy decisions. IDinsight's "decision-focused evaluation" is considered aligned with GiveWell's goals.[129]
2017 May 20 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.[17] The universal basic income (UBI) program is dropped from the GiveDirectly CEA.[130]
2017 June 1 Reorganization The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent organization.[131]
2017 June Grantmaking The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$18,000 to investigate the feasibility of conducting a high-quality follow-up study on Stoltzfus et al. 1997, a deworming evaluation conducted in Tanzania in the mid-1990s.[132]
2017 June Team Holden Karnofsky departs from GiveWell and assumes rol of CEO of the Open Philanthropy Project.[133]
2017 June–July Site visit As part of a broader partnership with GiveWell, IDinsight visits to United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal), an implementing partner of Against Malaria Foundation, in Malawi.[134] In July, IDinsight would observe a 12-month post-distribution check-up of AMF, in Ghana.[135][64]
2017 July Grantmaking Charity Science Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$357,543 to support its SMS immunization reminder program in India.[136] In the same month, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$492,188, with CEGA planning to use these funds to create a list of previously completed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that could potentially be candidates for follow-up studies analyzing longer-term effects of programs.[137]
2017 August 16 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the second version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.[17] It includes a series of structural changes to the cost-effectiveness models for Malaria Consortium and the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF).[138]
2017 August Grantmaking The Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $1,336,409 to start work aimed at reducing deaths from deliberate ingestion of pesticides. The funds are planned to start collecting data on pesticide suicides in Nepal and India with the aim of assisting governments in enacting bans on the most lethal pesticides currently used in suicide attempts.[139]
2017 August Grantmaking GiveWell announces plan to grant roughly $2.25 million in discretionary funding to the Deworm the World Initiative.[140]
2017 October 27 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the third version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.[17] This workbook revises the structure of GiveWell's worm intensity data to facilitate engagement.[141]
2017 November Charity ranking Givewell announces its top charities for giving season 2017:

Standout charities:

2017 November Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$0.7 million in discretionary grant to Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative. The donations were made between July and September 2017.[142]
2017 November 8 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the fourth version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses,[17] which makes several miscellaneous updates to the cost-effectiveness model.[143]
2017 November 27 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the fifth version of its 2017 Cost-Effectiveness Analyses.[17] Among the changes, it presents updated cost figures for most of GiveWell's recommended charities and the implementation of a new process for adjusting cost-effectiveness estimates based on the expected behavior of other funders.[144]
2017 November 27 External citation Nurith Aizenman at NPR publishes article entitled "On #GivingTuesday, How To Get The Most Bang For Your Charity Buck", featuring GiveWell.[43][145]
2017 November 28 External citation Carl Richards at The New York Times publishes guide entitled "How to Make a Personal Plan for Giving" which describes GiveWell as a resource for “The Spreadsheet Method of Giving” (calculating altruistic return on investment).[43][146]
2017 November 28 Advocacy Elie Hassenfeld shares his advice for giving effectively in a video from NowThis Politics.[43]
2017 December 4 External citation Financial blogger Mr. Money Mustache includes GiveWell in his article on tips for giving to charities.[43][147]
2017 Fourth quarter Funding GiveWell receives US$5.6 million in funding for making grants at its discretion.[148]
2017 Year round Funding GiveWell receives over US$290,000 in Bitcoin donations.[149]
2018 January 24 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes the first version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.[18]
2018 March Grantmaking Evidence Action Beta receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$320,000 to support the Indian government's work on iron and folic acid supplementation.[150]
2018 March Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$5.6 million in discretionary grant to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were made between October and December 2017.[142][151]
2018 May Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$3.0 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between January and March 2018.[142]
2018 June 2 External citation GiveWell is featured by The Economist in an article about effective altruism.[43]
2018 June Grantmaking Fortify Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$295,217 to start a new program aimed at mass fortification of wheat flour with iron in India.[152]
2018 July 16 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes new version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, updating the cost per insecticide-treated bed nets (ITN) parameter.[18]
2018 August 10 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes new version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, updating the cost per child covered in Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program.[18]
2018 August Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$4.1 million in discretionary grant, distributing 70% to Against Malaria Foundation and 30% to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. The donations were received between April and June 2018.[142]
2018 November Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$1.1 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between July and September 2018.[153][142]
2018 November 25 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes updated version of its 2018 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Updates include accounting for potential long-term benefits of vitamin A supplementation.[18]
2018 December Administration GiveWell updates its donations processing and announces it is accepting donations in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash,Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and 0x.[149]
2018 December 1 External citation Dylan Matthews at Vox writes:
It's of course possible to research charity options yourself, but it's probably better to outsource that labor to a careful, methodologically rigorous charity recommender like GiveWell.[154]
2018 Fourth quarter Funding Donors give a combined US$7.6 million in funding to GiveWell for making grants at its discretion.[155]
2018 Year round Money tracking GiveWell tracks US$141 million in money moved to its recommended charities and via its Incubation Grants program. The amount is stated to be influenced by GiveWell recommendations.[156]
2018 Year round Grantmaking GiveWell moves US$65 million to its top charities.[12]
2019 January 3 Cost-effectiveness analysis The first version of GiveWell's 2019 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis is published.[19]
2019 February 4 Team Rob Reich announces his intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors. In his resignation letter, Reich lists his reasons for departure, one of them being his concerns that the "board’s important governance role is not taken seriously enough by GiveWell leadership".[157][158]
2019 February 13 Grantmaking GiveWell announces a grantmaking process to look for organizations operating in Southeast Asia and Bangladesh.[159]
2019 March 5 Team Brigid Slipka announces her intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors. In her resignation letter, Slipka gives a pair of recommendations, to create a nominating committee, chaired by a non-board member, and to increase the board to include experts and representatives of beneficiaries.[160]
2019 March Strategy GiveWell announces plan to expand the scope of its research and to roughly double the size of its full-time research staff (from approximately 10 to 20) over the next three years.[155]
2019 March Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$7.6 million in discretionary grant to Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. The donations were received between October and December 2018.[142][161]
2019 April 1 Team Rob Reich, Brigid Slipka, and Tom Rutledge resignations become effective. The most common concern reflected in the resignation letters is the argument that the new board would not be well positioned to play a serious role in the organization governance after GiveWell's decision to reduce the size of the board from eight members to five. Hassenfeld replies that the direction GiveWell has chosen is the right one, expressing his belief that it will mean a "more focused, intensely engaged board, and ultimately a more robust, more impactful GiveWell."[162] After the resignations, GiveWell's Board of Directors retains five members: Timothy Ogden (Interim Chair), Cari Tuna, Holden Karnofsky, Julia Wise, and Elie Hassenfeld.[157]
2019 May 10 Administration Catherine Hollander announces GiveWell plan to move offices from San Francisco to Oakland.[163]
2019 June Grantmaking GiveWell allocates U$4.7 million in discretionary grant to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donations were received between January and March 2019.[142][164]
2019 August Grantmaking GiveWell allocates US$2.3 million in discretionary grant to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donations were received between April and June 2019.[142][165]
2019 September Site visit GiveWell staff visits Burkina Faso to meet with staff of Malaria Consortium’s seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program, and observe its work.[166]
2019 November 9 External citation Allan Saldanha at The Guardian publishes article featuring GiveWell as a leading independent charity evaluator.[167]
2019 November Strategy GiveWell offers matching funds to new donors who hear about its work on podcast advertisements. Offering donation matching is expected enable GiveWell to better track the impact of the ads it funds.[168]
2019 November Grantmaking GiveWell recommends grants of US$57.3 million to its top charities and standout charities, composed of a recommendation to Open Philanthropy to grant US$54.6 million to GiveWell's top charities and standout charities, and US$2.6 million in grants to top charities at GiveWell's discretion.[17]
2019 November 25 Cost-effectiveness analysis GiveWell publishes updated workbook containing its cost-effectiveness analysis. This version estimates the cost-effectiveness of funding gaps GiveWell expects its top charities to fill after taking grants it expects Open Philanthropy to make the year into account.[17]
2019 November 26 Charity ranking GiveWell publishes its 2019 top charities:
  • Malaria Consortium’s seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program
  • Against Malaria Foundation (AMF)
  • Helen Keller International (HKI)’s vitamin A supplementation program
  • Charities that treat parasitic worm infections, in particular deworming programs (Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, Sightsavers’ deworming program, END Fund’s deworming program)
  • GiveDirectly[169]
2020 March 26 Publication Catherine Hollander publishes blog post entitled "The impact of COVID-19 on GiveWell’s plans", in order to inform on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the organization.[170]
2020 May 28 Publication GiveWell publishes their Plan for 2020, highlighting their focus on three projects:
  • expanding into new areas of research;
  • searching for new, cost-effective funding opportunities in GiveWell's traditional research areas; and
  • building a donor community.[171]

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