Timeline of GiveWell

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This is a timeline of GiveWell, an American 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]

Sample questions

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

  • Which charities were highlighted by GiveWell per year?

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Period Event
2010 GiveWell manages to track over US$1.5 million in donations to top charities, compared to just over $1 million in 2009. GiveWell's website traffic nearly doubles compared to the previous year, and donations through the website nearly triples.[2]
2011 GiveWell tracks over US$5 million to top charities, compared to about US$1.5 million in 2010.[2]
2012 GiveWell 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.[2]
2013 GiveWell develops a cause selection framework, getting basic context for assessing causes within policy-oriented philanthropy and scientific research funding.[2]
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.[2]
2015 GiveWell tracks approximately 100 million dollars in donations going to its recommended charities as a result of its research.[3]
2015–2016 GeveWell 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.[4]

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2006 Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld, working at a hedge fund in Connecticut, form an informal group with colleagues to evaluate charities based on data and performance metrics similar to those they use at the fund, and become surprised to find the data often do not exist.
2007 Midyear GiveWell is founded by Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld.[5]
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.[2]
2007 GiveWell's founders promote the organization on several internet blogs and forums using sockpuppets to ask questions about where to find good information about how to donate and then answering them, recommending GiveWell.[6]
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.[4][7]
2008 June 19 Publication GiveWell's first-year review is published.[2]
2008 August 9 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.[2]
2008 November 17 Publication GiveWell publishes its Change of Direction, based on reforms of the plan resulting from the board meeting on August 9 2008.[2]
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.[4]
2009  ? Grant GiveWell conducts a grant application process for organizations running economic empowerment programs in the developing world.[4] The $250,000 grant is offered to organizations providing economic empowerment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.[8]
2010 February 19 Publication GiveWell's 2009 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2010 August–November 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.[9]
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. High-quality monitoring and evaluation reports published on website by the charity, focus on priority programs as identified in the 2009 report, possibility of the charity's programs' creating outsized impact, extreme cost-effectiveness, and promising causes, among other flags, compose the set for identifying promising charities.[4][10]
2011 February Publication GiveWell's 2010 Review and Plan is published.[2]
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.”[11]
2011 October GiveWell staff visits five organizations in Malawi and four in India as part of its research process to identify top-rated charities.[12]
2011 November 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)[13]
2012  ? GiveWell starts searching for organizations working on immunization, nutrition and other global health programs.[4]
2012 February Publication GiveWell's 2011 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2012 November GiveWell announces its updated top charities:
2013 February, March Publication GiveWell's 2012 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2013 GiveWell moves its offices to San Francisco.[5]
2013 December GiveWell announces its top charities for giving season 2014:
2014  ? GiveWell solicits applications from several organizations running priority programs and evaluates two organizations that have conducted randomized controlled trials of their own programs.
2014 January 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.[17]
2014 February, March Publication GiveWell's 2013 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2014 March Grant 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.[18]
2014 August Organization GiveWell Labs becomes known as the Open Philanthropy Project.[2]
2014 September Incubation grant Good Ventures makes a US$34,382 grant to IDinsight, as part of GiveWell's project to support the development of top charities.[19]
2014 November 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.[20]

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).[21][22]
2015 March Incubation grant Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awards US$100,000 grant to New Incentives, for general operating support.[23]
2015 March, April Publication GiveWell's 2014 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2015 April Open Philanthropy Project announces a partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram).
2015 September 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.[24]
2015 November 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.[25][26]

2016 March Incubation grant 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.[27] In the same month, Good Ventures grants US$300,000 to New Incentives to support its conditional cash transfers program.[28]
2016 April, May Publication GiveWell's 2015 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2016 May Incubation grant 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.[29] In the same month Good Ventures grants US$350,000 to Innovations for Poverty Action to support a randomized controlled trial.[30]
2016 June–October Incubation grant 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.[31]
2016 August 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.[32]
2016 November Incubation grant Good Ventures grants $368587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell's work to support the creation of new top charities.[33] 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.[34]
2016 November 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.[35]

2017 January Incubation grant 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.[36]
2017 January, February 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.[37]
2017 March, April Publication GiveWell's 2016 Review and Plan is published.[2]
2017 April Incubation Grant 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.[38] 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.[39][40]
2017 May Incubation Grant 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.[41]
2017 June Incubation grant 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.[42]
2017 July Incubation grant Charity Science Health receives a GiveWell Incubation Grant of US$357,543 to support its SMS immunization reminder program in India.[43] 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.[44]
2017 August Incubation grant 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.[45]
2017 November Givewell announces its top charities for giving season 2017:

Standout charities:

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