Donors can choose the charity they want to support from this list, or donate to REG unrestrictedly, in which case the REG board allocates the funds to the recommended charities according to its most up-to-date judgment, taking into account various considerations such as room for more funding (RFMF) and the latest research updates.
By giving to highly effective organisations that combat poverty, we can prevent huge amounts of immediate suffering while at the same time positively impacting other factors, such as education.
Malaria kills more than a million people each year. AMF facilitates the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families at night, when mosquitoes are most active. The large-scale distributions are monitored closely to guarantee that the nets reach their destination and are used the right way. The evidence is strong that insecticide-treated bed nets reduce child mortality and malaria cases, making AMF GiveWell’s top pick for saving lives.
Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or “snail fever”, is a parasitic disease carried by fresh water snails infected with one of the five varieties of the parasite Schistosoma. It infects 258 million people and is considered one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases. SCI works with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to create or scale up programs that treat schistosomiasis. This is commonly referred to as “deworming”.
Additional standout poverty alleviation charities
In addition to the top recommendations, REG believes the following poverty alleviation charities to be highly cost-effective as well. They’re not featured on the donation page, but if you want to donate to them please get in touch with us.
GiveDirectly: Providing unconditional cash transfer to people living in extreme poverty.
Every year at least 70 billion land animals and around 37 to 120 billion fish endure a life of extreme suffering on factory farms. By donating to charities that combat factory farming, we can prevent massive amounts of unnecessary suffering and death.
AE’s approach is not aimed at particular interventions, but rather works to spread anti-speciesist messages in public, academic and professional spheres. They do this by curating and publishing research into overlooked matters of moral importance such as sentience, animal cognition, and wild animal suffering, and further distribute this information resources to animal advocates. AE’s focus on basic, high-impact research earns them a spot in Animal Charity Evaluators’ standout charities.
The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has been responsible for many major animal welfare improvements over the last 100 years, and has consistently maintained a practical, rational approach to animal welfare. One of the HSA’s major victories was the passage of the Slaughter of Animals Act, which required all cattle and calves be stunned by a captive-bolt stunner before slaughter, and that pigs be stunned either with a captive-bolt or an ‘electrolethaler’ (electric stunner).
Animal Charity Evaluators finds and promotes the most effective ways to help animals. Animal Charities Evaluators analyses research on methods of helping animals in order to provide research of interventions and top-charity recommendations, as well as offers suggestions on being a more effective animal advocate by providing career, charity, and volunteering advice.
Additional standout animal welfare charities
In addition to the top recommendations, REG believes the following animal welfare and climate change charities to be highly cost-effective as well. They’re not featured on the donation page, but if you want to donate to them please get in touch with us.
The Humane League: Working to reduce animal suffering through education and corporate campaigns to improve animal welfare standards
Mercy for Animals): Conducting undercover investigations, legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and education campaigns to reduce the suffering of farmed animals.
The Nonhuman Rights Project: Seeking to change the legal status of nonhuman animals from ‘things’ to ‘persons’ who possess fundamental rights such as bodily integrity and bodily liberty.
Risks from emerging technologies
Emergin technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Nanotechnology have a great potential for good, but also a great potential for harm if developed improperly. Our recommended charities in this field seek to ensure that emerging technologies benefit all sentient beings.
The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) does foundational mathematical research to ensure smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact. As more and more human cognitive feats come to be reproduced by artificially intelligent systems, we can expect to encounter a number of unprecedented risks and benefits. These and other under-explored questions will only become more pressing as progress in computer science allows AI systems to act with increasing autonomy and efficiency.
The Foundational Research Institute (FRI) explores how to reduce and avoid suffering by all sentient beings in the near and far future, leveraging their impact through essays and academic articles, and by advising individuals and policymakers. Their scope ranges from foundational questions about consciousness and ethics, to policy implications about AI safety, global cooperation, animal advocacy, and how to think about charity cost-effectiveness.
Disclosure: The Foundational Research Institute (FRI) is a project incubated by the Effective Altruism Foundation, REG’s parent organization. Staff members at FRI are on the board of the Effective Altruism Foundation.
Additional standout charities that are reducing risks from emerging technologies
In addition to the top recommendations, REG believes the following research organizations to be highly cost-effective as well. They’re not featured on the donation page, but if you want to donate to them please get in touch with us.
Future of Humanity Institute (FHI): a multidisciplinary research institute enabling a select set of leading intellects to bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and science to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.