Some charities use research-proven methods that cost very little to implement. What that means is that if you choose a cost-effective charity you can do so much good with even a small donation.
For example, giving only $0.50 to Schistosomiasis Control Initiative will cure someone of parasitic worms for an entire year! If it’s a child, she will go to school more days out of the year; if it’s an adult, he will be able to earn income for his family instead of writhing in pain at home.
Choosing an effective charity has become simpler. GiveWell has spent over 5 years searching for charities that use research-backed methods, are transparent, and have room for more funding. When GiveWell recommends a charity, you know that it will do a lot of good for every dollar you give.
The ultimate goal of charity should be to help, and it makes sense to help more than fewer. When I know how much good I can do with even a small donation, I am inspired to give what I can.
About Our Guest Blogger
Boris Yakubchik is a member of Giving What We Can and gives 50% of his income to the most cost-effective charity he can find.
He was inspired to give after reading Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer and directs his donations based on research done by GiveWell.
He currently works as a high school math teacher. He is a vegetarian and an avid reader of philosophy and psychology.