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| 2019 || January || Team || 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>
 
| 2019 || January || Team || 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 || Team || {{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 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 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 || 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 || Team || 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 GiveWell's governance after GiveWell's decision to reduce the size of the board from eight members to five.<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"/><ref name="Tom rut"/>  
 
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| 2019 || April || Team || 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>
 
| 2019 || April || Team || 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 || Team || Tom Rutledge departs 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 || Team || 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>
 
| 2019 || May || Team || 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 || Team || Brigid Slipka departs 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>

Revision as of 12:29, 29 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?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Strategy".
    • 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?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Funding".
    • You will see a number of grants awarded by donors.
  • What are some significant grantmaking allocations recommended by GiveWell?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Grantmaking".
    • 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?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Staff".
  • Which countries have been visited by members of the GiveWell staff and what was the purpose of the visit?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Site visit".
    • You will see a number of countries where evaluated charities conduct work, mostly in Africa.
  • What are some illustrative versions of GiveWell's Cost-Effectiveness Analyses that have been published across the years?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "Cost-effectiveness analysis".
    • 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?
    • Sort the full timeline by "Event type" and look for the group of rows with value "External citation".
    • You will see mostly articles citing the charity evaluator.
    • 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
  • 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".
    • 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 August Team Jon Behar joins GiveWell as Board Member.[46]
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.[47]
2009  ? Team GiveWell co-founder and Board Chairman Bob Elliott departs from the organization.[31]
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.[48]
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.[49]
2010 January 20 Interview Elie Hassenfeld is interviewed by CNN about using overhead to evaluate charities.[50][43]
2010 January 25 Interview Holden Karnofsky is interviewed by CNN in a segment on effective giving.[43][51]
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.[52]
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.[53]
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.[54]
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.[55][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.[56]
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.[57]
2011 c. January 28 Online community givewell.com starts redirecting to givewell.org.[58]
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.[59][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.[60][61]
2011 April Team GiveWell Board Member Jon Behar departs from the organization.[46]
2011 July Team Alexander Berger joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[62]
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.”[63]
2012 September 28 External citation Paul Sullivan at The New York Times publishes an article on measuring the impact of giving, featuring GiveWell.[64]
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.[65][66]
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)[67]
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.[68][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.[69][70] 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.[71]
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.[72]
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.[73][66]
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.[76][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).[77]
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.[78]
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.[79][27][80]
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 March Team Brigid Slipka joins GiveWell as Board Member.[81]
2013 May 31 External citation Dylan Matthews at The Washington Post publishes an article featuring GiveWell as a resource for donors.[43][82]
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][83]
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.[84]
2013 July Team Josh Rosenberg joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[85]
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."[86][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.[87][66]
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.[88]
2013 December 12 Publication GiveWell publishes its first staff member donations post, starting an annual tradition of such publications.[89]
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:
2013  ? Team American political scientist Rob Reich joins the board of GiveWell.[91]
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.[92]
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.[93]
2014 April 25 External citation Ron Lieber at The New York Times features GiveWell in an article on the challenges of giving effectively.[43][94]
2014 May Team Taylor Smith joins GiveWell as Content Editor.[95]
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.[96][8]
2014 August Team Devin Jacob joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.[97]
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][98]
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.[99]
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.[100]
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.[101][66]
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.[102]

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).[103][104]
2014 Year round Money tracking GiveWell tracks US$27.8 million in “money moved” to its recommended charities.[105]
2015 March Grantmaking Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awards US$100,000 grant to New Incentives, for general operating support.[106]
2015 March Team Alexander Berger departs from GiveWell to join the Open Philanthropy Project as a Program Officer.[62]
2015 March Team Jake Gibson joins GiveWell as Board Member.[107]
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.[108]
2015 April Partnership Open Philanthropy Project announces a partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram).
2015 April Team GiveWell's Research Analyst Nicole Zok joins the organization, first as a Conversation Notes Writer.[109]
2015 June Team Julia Wise joins GiveWell as a Board Member.[110]
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.[111]
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.[112][66]
2015 August Team Andrew Martin joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[113]
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.[114]
2015 September Team Tracy Williams joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[115]
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.[116]
2015 November 18 Online community GiveWell Community launches as a Facebook group.[117]
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.[118][119][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]
2015 December Team Chelsea Tabart joins GiveWell as a Research Analyst.[120]
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.[121] In the same month, Good Ventures grants US$300,000 to New Incentives to support its conditional cash transfers program.[122]
2016 March Team Ahmed Alkhatib joins GiveWell as Donations Specialist.[123]
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.[124] In the same month Good Ventures grants US$350,000 to Innovations for Poverty Action to support a randomized controlled trial.[125]
2016 May Team Robin Dey joins GiveWell as Summer Research Analyst.[126]
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.[127]
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.[128]
2016 August Team Aaron Kavanaugh joins Givewell as Office Manager.[129]
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.[130][66]
2016 September 14 Online community GiveWell launches new website.[131]
2016 September Team Isabel Arjmand joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.[132]
2016 November Grantmaking Good Ventures grants $368587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell's work to support the creation of new top charities.[133] 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.[134]
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.[135]

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.[136] In the same year, Good Ventures made GiveWell Incubation Grants totaling US$13.3 million.[137]
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.[138]
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.[139][66]
2017 February Site visit As part of a broader partnership with GiveWell, IDinsight staff travels to Nigeria to visit New Incentives.[140][66]
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.[141]
2017 March Team James Snowden joins GiveWell as Research Consultant.[142]
2017 March Team GiveWell's Donor Relations Associate Erin Wolff joins the Organization.[143]
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.[144] 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.[145][146]
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.[147]
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.[148]
2017 May Team Jake Gibson departs from GiveWell as Board Member.[107]
2017 May Team Stephan Guyenet joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.[149]
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.[150]
2017 June 1 Reorganization The Open Philanthropy Project becomes an independent organization.[151]
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.[152]
2017 June Team Holden Karnofsky departs from GiveWell and assumes rol of CEO of the Open Philanthropy Project.[153]
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.[154] In July, IDinsight would observe a 12-month post-distribution check-up of AMF, in Ghana.[155][66]
2017 July Grantmaking Charity Science Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$357,543 to support its SMS immunization reminder program in India.[156] 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.[157]
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).[158]
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.[159]
2017 August Grantmaking GiveWell announces plan to grant roughly $2.25 million in discretionary funding to the Deworm the World Initiative.[160]
2017 September Team Caitlin McGugan joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.[161]
2017 September Team Charlene Abellana joins GiveWell as Financial Controller.[162]
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.[163]
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.[164]
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.[165]
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.[166]
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][167]
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][168]
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][169]
2017 Fourth quarter Funding GiveWell receives US$5.6 million in funding for making grants at its discretion.[170]
2017 Year round Funding GiveWell receives over US$290,000 in Bitcoin donations.[171]
2018 January Team GiveWell Board of Directors' member Tom Rutledge joins the organization.[172]
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.[173]
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.[164][174]
2018 April Team Whitney Shinkle joins GiveWell as new Director of Operations.[175]
2018 April Team GiveWell Research Analyst Grace Hultquist joins the organization, first as Content Editor.[176]
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.[164]
2018 May Team GiveWell Senior Fellow Dan Brown joins the organization.[177]
2018 June 2 External citation GiveWell is featured by The Economist in an article about effective altruism.[43]
2018 June Team Ben Bateman joins GiveWell as its first-ever Head of Growth.[175]
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.[178]
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.[164]
2018 September Team Chelsea Tabart departs from GiveWell.[120]
2018 September Team Olivia Larsen joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.[179]
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.[180][164]
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.[171]
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.[181]
2018 Fourth quarter Funding Donors give a combined US$7.6 million in funding to GiveWell for making grants at its discretion.[182]
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.[183]
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 January Team Michael Eddy joins GiveWell as Senior Advisor.[184]
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".[185][186]
2019 February 13 Grantmaking GiveWell announces a grantmaking process to look for organizations operating in Southeast Asia and Bangladesh.[187]
2019 February Team Marinella Capriati joins GiveWell as Research Consultant.[188]
2019 March 5 Team Brigid Slipka announces her intention to resign from GiveWell's Board of Directors.[189]
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.[182]
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.[164][190]
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 GiveWell's governance after GiveWell's decision to reduce the size of the board from eight members to five.[191] After the resignations, GiveWell's Board of Directors retains five members: Timothy Ogden (Interim Chair), Cari Tuna, Holden Karnofsky, Julia Wise, and Elie Hassenfeld.[185][172]
2019 April Team Stephanie Stojanovic joins GiveWell as Major Gifts Officer.[192]
2019 May 10 Administration Catherine Hollander announces GiveWell plan to move offices from San Francisco to Oakland.[193]
2019 May Team Tom Adamczewski joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.[194]
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.[164][195]
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.[164][196]
2019 August Team Kameron Smith joins GiveWell as Content Editor.[197]
2019 September Team Willa Gruver joins GiveWell as Operations Assistant.[198]
2019 September Team Gabriela Quintana joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.[199]
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.[200]
2019 September Team Alex Cohen joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.[201]
2019 September Team Alicia Weng joins GiveWell as Research Analyst.[202]
2019 October Team Teryn Mattox joins GiveWell as Senior Fellow.[203]
2019 November 9 External citation Allan Saldanha at The Guardian publishes article featuring GiveWell as a leading independent charity evaluator.[204]
2019 November Team GiveWell Vice President (VP) of Marketing Jim Bobowski joins the organization.[177]
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.[205]
2019 November Team Parker Blackiston joins GiveWell as Operations Associate.[206]
2019 November Team Miranda Kaplan joins GiveWell as Content Editor.[207]
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[208]
2020 January Team Jason Anderson joins GiveWell as Donor Engagement and Retention Specialist.[177]
2020 February 6 Team Dr. Neil Buddy Shah joins GiveWell as Managing Director.[209]
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 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic impacts the organization.[210]

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