List of EA-related organisations

by JamieGittins8 min read16th Oct 202010 comments

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I’ve constantly been discovering new, exciting organisations in the years since I got involved in EA. Recently, I came across WANBAM (Women and Non-Binary Altruism Mentors) and wished that I’d known about it sooner, so I could’ve started recommending it to people who I thought would be interested. It then occurred to me that people probably have similar experiences all the time in EA. I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of EA-related organisations that already existed, so I decided to make one. By collecting as many EA-related organisations as I can into one place, I hope I can help some people to discover some exciting orgs that they wouldn’t have otherwise!

What this is: A list of organisations that are aligned with some of EA’s key principles. The organisations I have included tend to meet a least one of these criteria:

· Have explicitly aligned themselves with EA

· Are currently recommended by GiveWell or Animal Charity Evaluators

· Were incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship

· Have engaged with the EA community (e.g. by posting on the EA Forum or attending EA Global)

What this is not: A comprehensive list of every organisation which should be considered ‘EA-aligned’. I don’t think this is a useful or even possible distinction to make, since many organisations lie on a continuum of commitment to EA values. As is obvious from scrolling the 80,000 Hours job board, there are many thousands of organisations out there which do effective work in EA cause areas.

I have not included EA projects which don’t hire staff, or which are national/local EA groups (some of which hire paid staff) to keep the list more straightforward. Despite my best efforts, I imagine I’ve accidentally left off some organisations which should be on here (or potentially added some which shouldn’t be), so I welcome any comments with suggestions of changes!

Infrastructure

80,000 Hours – Does research into how people can have greater impact with their careers. Also maintains a high impact jobs board and produces a podcast.

Animal Advocacy Careers – Seeks to address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement, especially the farmed animal movement, by providing career services and advice. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) – Evaluates and recommends the most effective animal charities.

Ayuda Efectiva - Promotes effective giving in Spain. Their Global Health Fund routes donations to a selection of GiveWell's recommended charities, providing tax deductibility for Spanish donors. They plan to launch similar funds for other cause areas in the near future.

Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) – Helps to grow and support the EA community.

Charity Entrepreneurship – Does research into the most effective interventions and incubates charities to implement these interventions.

Doebem - A Brazilian-based donation platform which recommends effective charities according to EA principles.

Donational - A donation platform which recommends effective charities to users, and helps them to pledge and allocate a proportion of their income to those charities.

Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) – Implements projects aimed at doing the most good in terms of reducing suffering. Once initiated, projects are carried forward by EAF with differing degrees of independence and in some cases become autonomous organisations. Projects have included Raising for Effective Giving (REG) and the Centre on Long-Term Risk (CLR).

Effective Giving UK/Netherlands – Helps major donors to find and fund the most promising solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Effektiv-Spenden.org - The name roughly translates to 'effective giving' in German. The organisation is a dedicated donation regranting platform for Germany that was founded in coordination with the Effective Altruism Foundation. Its main goal is to expand the appeal of donations to effective charities beyond the EA community to the general public by offering a curated set of effective charities for a selected subset of broadly appealing cause areas.

Founders Pledge – A community of entrepreneurs who have pledged to give a percentage of the proceeds they make when they exit their company to charity. Researchers at Founders Pledge provide advice on the most high impact giving opportunities to the pledgers.

Generation Pledge - Works with a community of inheritors in ultra high net wealth families who are committed to doing good with the resources they have available. Offers opportunities to these individuals to learn, connect, collaborate and take action to create large-scale positive impact.

GiEffektivt.No - A donation portal based in Norway that fundraises for GiveWell’s top charities ('gi effektivt' means 'give effectively'). Promotes the idea of donating effectively and makes donations easier by lowering transaction costs and offering tax refunds to Norweigian donors.

GiveWell – Evaluates and recommends the most effective charities in global health.

Giving What We Can (GWWC) – A community which encourages people to pledge to donate a percentage of their income to effective charities.

Global Priorities Institute (GPI) – An interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford which conducts foundational research (particularly in philosophy and economics) to inform the decision-making of individuals and institutions seeking to do as much good as possible.

Let's Fund - Helps people to discover and fund breakthrough research, policy and advocacy projects. Their researchers use the principles of Effective Altruism to find the projects that they believe will do a lot of good, through in-depth, public research.

One for the World – Educates students and young professionals about effective giving and encourages them to donate at least 1% of their income to effective charities. Organises ‘chapters’ which are groups run by volunteers to spread the message at their universities/churches/businesses.

Open Philanthropy Project – Aims to help philanthropy improve lives effectively through research and grantmaking. Makes grants in areas including U.S. policy, farm animal welfare and global catastrophic risks.

Raising for Effective Giving (REG) - Promotes the idea of effective giving, provides donation advice to individuals and organizations, and supports fundraising campaigns and events. Recommends charities within the areas of poverty alleviation, animal welfare, and risks from emerging technologies.

Rethink Charity – Produces novel research and community building projects to elevate the effective altruism community toward greater positive impact. Past projects include Rethink Priorities (now an independent organisation) and Students for High Impact Charity (SHIC). Current projects are RC Forward and the EA Hub.

Rethink Priorities – A think tank dedicated to figuring out the best ways to make the world a better place, initially founded as a project of Rethink Charity. Their research is focused on improving the welfare of nonhuman animals, but they also work on existential risks such as nuclear war.

SoGive - An online tool that lets you see the impact you’ve made in the world through your charitable giving. The tool will have in-built formulae and analytics to let you see the change you've made in the world in terms like "I funded the distribution of 30 malaria nets in Africa" instead of "I gave £100 to charity".

The Life You Can Save (TLYCS) – Organisation founded by Peter Singer which recommends effective non-profits and promotes effective giving.

Animal Advocacy

Albert Schweitzer Foundation – An ACE recommended charity which conducts corporate and vegetarian outreach campaigns.

Anima International – An ACE recommended charity which runs corporate campaigns, undercover investigations, online and offline ad campaigns and outreach.

Animal Ask - Aims to assist animal advocacy organizations in their efforts to reduce farmed animal suffering by providing research to help optimise and prioritise future asks (the specific request for industry, food companies, or government to improve the welfare of animals in their care). Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

Animal Ethics – Does outreach and research to help animals. This includes work on sentience, speciesism, and wild animal suffering.

Aquatic Life Institute – Advises and funds research to help aquatic animals. Uses these findings to guide welfare interventions.

Farmed Animal Funders - A decentralised funding collaborative, aimed at expediting the end of factory farming through collaboration and shared learning. Open to all individuals and foundations giving more than $250,000 per year to end factory farming.

Faunalytics – Does research and produces resources to help charities and individuals be more effective animal advocates.

Fish Welfare Initiative – Works to improve the welfare of farmed fish through welfare interventions. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

The Good Food Institute – An ACE recommended charity which promotes and develops competitive alternatives to animal-based meat, dairy, and eggs.

The Humane League – An ACE recommended charity which runs a variety of programs that advocate for farmed animals including corporate outreach, online veg advertising, and individual outreach.

Wild Animal Initiative ­– Does research to understand and improve the lives of wild animals.

Global Health and Poverty

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) – Aims to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. They do this through research, policy outreach, and training.

Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) – A GiveWell recommended charity working to prevent malaria.

Canopie – Addresses mental health for pre- and postpartum women through guided cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Currently developing and testing a program to treat pregnancy-related mental health issues in the United States, with plans to scale to a low- or middle-income country in 2022.

END Fund (deworming programme) – GiveWell recommends their deworming programme.

Evidence Action (Deworm the World Initiative programme) – GiveWell recommends their Deworm the World Initiative programme.

Family Empowerment Media (FEM) - Aims to enable informed family planning and birth spacing decisions through radio-based communication. Will produce and distribute public service announcements and interactive programs to increase awareness and knowledge of modern forms of contraception. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

Fortify Health – Aims to tackle anaemia and neural tube defects in India through flour fortification. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

GiveDirectly – A GiveWell recommended charity working on cash transfers.

Happier Lives Institute (HLI) – Researches the best ways to increase global wellbeing. This includes theoretical research on wellbeing measurement as well as practical research into effective interventions. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

Helen Keller International (Vitamin A supplementation programme) – GiveWell recommends their Vitamin A supplementation programme.

IDInsight - A global advisory, data analytics, and research organisation that helps development leaders maximize their social impact. Tailors a range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) – A research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. Brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

Lead Exposure Elimination Project (LEEP) – Advocates for lead paint regulation to reduce lead poisoning. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

Malaria Consortium – A GiveWell recommended charity working to prevent malaria.

Policy Entrepreneurship Network – Supports local grassroots initiatives across the world working on important yet neglected issues in public health policy. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

SCI Foundation – A GiveWell recommended charity working on deworming.

Sightsavers (deworming programme) – GiveWell recommends their deworming programme.

Suvita – An organisation incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship. Recently merged with Charity Science Health, which had been working to send SMS reminders about immunisations to caregivers. The combined organisations now run two complementary programmes – SMS reminders and immunisation ambassadors – which they aim to scale up across India to increase vaccination uptake.

Far Future

Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) – Does research into threats to global food security and ways in which we could feed the world if global food production were significantly threatened.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations – An informal cross-party group of members of Parliament in the UK. Raises awareness of long-term issues, explores ways to internalise longer-term considerations into decision-making processes, and creates space for dialogue on combating short-termism in policymaking.

Alpenglow - Connects policymakers to leading academics who work on some of the most important long-term challenges facing the world, with the goal of help to convert cutting edge research into actionable policy recommendations. It is a UK-based organisation with current focuses including AI, biosecurity and climate change.

Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) – Provides support to the ‘x-risk ecosystem’ (organisations such as FHI and CHAI) by providing funding, staff time and administrative support.

Centre for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) – Aims to reorient the general thrust of AI research away from the capability to achieve arbitrary objectives and towards the ability to generate provably beneficial behaviour.

Centre on Long-term Risk (CLR) – A project of EAF. Does research, awards grants and scholarships, and hosts workshops, with a focus on advancing the safety and governance of artificial intelligence as well as understanding other long-term risks.

Centre for the Study of Existential Risks (CSER) - An interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge working on the study and mitigation of existential risks.

Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) – a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford led by Nick Bostrom. Academics at FHI use the tools of mathematics, philosophy, and social sciences to tackle big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects.

Future of Life Institute (FLI) – A non-profit seeking to improve the long-term future of humanity on a global scale. Focused on making sure that artificial intelligence is beneficial and reducing risks from nuclear weapons and biotechnology.

Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) – A think tank that analyses risks to the survival of human civilisation.

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) – Aims to build a new interdisciplinary community of researchers who work together to ensure that humans make the best of the opportunities of artificial intelligence over the coming decades.

Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) – Does foundational mathematical research to ensure smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact.

Projekt Framtid - A project of EA Sweden. The goal of the project is to promote long-term policies that take sufficient account of the interests of future generations when political decisions are made in Sweden.

Sentience Institute – A social science think tank building on and promoting the body of evidence for how to encourage humanity’s moral circle expansion most effectively.

The Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research - Promotes academic work that addresses the question of how to use our resources to improve the world by as much as possible, especially in the domain of the long-term future. Is planning to offer scholarships and fellowships to students in global priorities research and research grants for established scholars. It is a project of CEA.

Other

Centre for Applied Rationality (CFAR) – Does research into methods to improve human rationality and delivers workshops to teach these skills to high-promise individuals.

Centre for Enabling EA Learning and Research (CEEALAR) – The ‘EA Hotel’ in Blackpool. Makes grants to individuals and charities in the form of free or subsidised accommodation at the hotel. Whilst at the hotel, guests can work on research, projects or pursue further study without worrying about funding themselves.

Giving Green – A new initiative at IDinsight that aims to direct dollars towards evidence-backed projects that combat the climate crisis. Incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship.

High Impact Careers in Government (HIPE) – Helps civil servants in the UK to do the most good they can by running workshops and events, doing research and providing one-on-one career coaching.

Our World in Data – Researches, analyses, and presents data on their website about the world’s most pressing problems. Aims to make knowledge about these problems accessible and understandable.

Qualia Research Institute (QRI) - A non-profit research group attempting to study consciousness in a consistent, meaningful, and rigorous way. Much of their work is guided by the goal of understanding the nature of what is good, and how we can do the most good.

Sentience Politics - An anti-speciesist political think tank with the goal of reducing the suffering of all sentient beings. Originally established as a project of EAF.

SparkWave - A startup foundry that applies social science, strategic thinking, and iterative experimentation to create socially beneficial software companies. Has founded companies including Clearer Thinking (a website for improving decision making and accessing science-based tools), UpLift (an app for treating depression) and Positly (a platform for fast recruitment of study participants).

The Legal Priorities Project - Conducts legal research that tackles the world’s most pressing problems. Currently focusing on artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, climate change and institutional design.

WANBAM – Aims to inspire and support women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people who are pursuing high-impact career paths by matching them with mentors.

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