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You can now apply to Charity Entrepreneurship’s 2024 Incubation Programs! 

This is the 5th year of running our Incubation Program. With 27 charities started, $2.47M in seed grants disbursed, and a number of our charities being recognized as potentially 20 to even 60 times more cost-effective than top GiveWell charities, we invite you to join our community of high-impact nonprofits by applying to our two upcoming programs: 

February-March 2024, with a focus on farmed animals and global health and development mass media interventions.

August-September 2024 with a focus on the top most cost-effective Sustainable Development Goals as well as organophosphate pesticides and other neurotoxicants . 


Please submit your applications by September 30, 2023!
Details about the program can be found on our website: https://www.charityentrepreneurship.com/incubation-program

We invite people from all backgrounds, ages, and nationalities to apply. We are not looking for any specific type of work experience or formal education; we’re looking for potential. What our incubatees have in common is…

  • A deep dedication to doing good
  • Ambition to make rapid progress and achieve results
  • The drive to always keep learning
  • The grit and creativity to keep going even in the face of difficulties
  • Diverse and complementary skill sets

We recommend that you watch our video with the participants of our February-March 2023 Incubation Program if you want to learn more about why past incubatees joined the program and what their experience was like.

Announcing our top intervention ideas in mass media

For our upcoming February-March 2024 Incubation Program, we looked into mass media interventions in the area of global health and development. Our research focused on social and behaviour change communication campaigns delivered through radio advertising, TV shows, text messages and similar with the goal of improving human well-being. After going through our iterative research process, we have found two highly promising intervention ideas for new charities to start: 

1. Childhood vaccination reminders 

A simple SMS or call reminder can be all a caregiver needs to attend a child’s vaccination appointment. CE-incubated Suvita is delivering this impactful service at scale in India, and a new non-profit organization will launch it in the next top-priority country. This org will likely coordinate closely with Suvita to expand to numerous priority countries in the future or could even operate under the same umbrella. 

2. Entertainment-led mass media to prevent violence against women

Intimate partner violence affects millions of women, with wide-ranging health and financial consequences. A new non-profit organization can prevent this violence from ever happening by changing behaviors through edutainment mass media content. 

During the program, we will supply 80+ hour research and implementation reports on all top ideas to help participants find the their best fit and make it easy for our graduates to hit the ground running.

We will announce our top intervention ideas in the space of preventive animal welfare in our next post and provide you with longer write-ups of the mass media interventions. Keep an eye out on the forum, or subscribe to our newsletter.

Should you apply?

We hope that nonprofit entrepreneurship is already on your radar as a potential career. It’s an unconventional career step, but we genuinely believe that for those for whom it is a good fit, starting a charity could be one of the most impactful, fulfilling paths they might ever take.

1) Do it for impact

Our internal calculations of the counterfactual impact of our charities suggest that pursuing a career in nonprofit entrepreneurship could have an impact equivalent to counterfactually donating $338,000-$414,000 USD annually to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). 

Some caveats: It's important to note that this calculation represents our current best estimate, and while we are reasonably confident that it is in the correct range, the exact number relies on several highly uncertain inputs. These inputs include assessing the impact of 23 charities that we have assisted in launching until early 2023, as well as our estimates of the counterfactuals of co-founder time, that is, of how much impact they would probably have achieved if they had pursued a more conventional, impactful nonprofit job instead of starting a charity through our program. This estimate is based on our last assessment of charity progress from early 2023. Furthermore, the impact that our co-founders have had is heavy-tailed, meaning that some co-founders are having an impact in the range of equivalent to $1,000,000 USD in counterfactual donations to AMF while a bigger number of others have less than the $338,000-$414,000 average in counterfactual impact.

2) Do it for the skills

Pursuing this career path can have an immense counterfactual impact while also providing opportunities to learn and develop a diverse set of transferable skills. Here are some things that you will learn from our program alone: 

  • Evaluation Skills
    • Building a Theory of Change
    • Basics of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
    • Cost-effectiveness analysis
    • Scientific evidence reviews
  • Leadership Skills
    • Strategic planning and prioritization
    • Task management and productivity
    • Pitching
    • Fundraising
  • Operations Skills
    • Basic operations management
    • Human Resources (HR)
    • Financial planning
    • Legal setup

And these are just a few examples. After the program, you will gain hands-on experience in running a nonprofit, collaborating with stakeholders, designing and implementing pilot programs, and learning from our network of 27 charities and other CE-adjacent projects. All this with ongoing support from the CE team and our community of over 100+ previous incubatees, researchers, and funders.

Plus, how cool does the title “Co-founder of a GiveWell-incubated charity” or “Co-founder of the world's first organization solely dedicated to shrimp welfare, potentially improving the lives of 2.5 billion individuals annually” sound? ;) 

Our application process as a career fit assessment

We value potential over experience. We encourage everyone to use our application process as an assessment of your fit for high-impact nonprofit entrepreneurship as a career step. Over the past five years, our application process has been improved and validated to be highly predictive of an individual's potential to successfully launch a high-impact charity. Completing the initial application form will only require approximately 30 minutes of your time.


  • Applications are open: July 10 - September 30, 2023
  • The application process will run: October 1 - November 30
  • Offer letters: by December 1st

Some more points

  • We will contact you about the outcome of your application regardless of whether you progressed to the second stage by October 31st.
  • To protect your valuable time, we will only invite you to the next stage if we think you have a good chance of success.
  • The entire application process will take no more than 10 hours of your time from start to finish.
  • We have designed the process to help you learn more about what is important for founding a high-impact charity and how to weigh it against other career options and pathways to impact.

Learn more: 

To learn more about the application process and access resources that will help you prepare, go to our new APPLY PAGE.

To learn more about what we provide in the two-month, cost-covered program, check our new HOW IT WORKS PAGE.





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