First published Nov 2016. Last updated Dec 2019.
If you want to make a difference, and are not already wedded to a particular issue, what's the best charity to donate to? This is a brief summary of the most useful information we've been able to find.
First, we'll sketch a process to use to compare options, then we'll give our recommendations.
Our top recommendation, if you don't have much time for research, is to 'top up' recent grants made by the Open Philanthropy Project within the problem areas you focus on, a strategy we describe below.
(Note that the Open Philanthropy Project shares 80,000 Hours' vision and values to the degree that they've made substantial grants to 80,000 Hours. We have other suggestions for where to donate and how to decide below.)