Good Ventures & GiveWell

Who we are

Good Ventures is a philanthropic foundation whose mission is to help humanity thrive. Good Ventures was created by Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook and Asana) and Cari Tuna, who have pledged to give the majority of their wealth to charity. Good Ventures is a family foundation, unlike the Open Philanthropy Project, which is a joint venture. GiveWell is a nonprofit that finds outstanding giving opportunities and publishes the full details of its analysis to help donors decide where to give. In 2015, GiveWell tracked more than $110 million in donations to its “top charities” based on its research. The Open Philanthropy Project, previously known as GiveWell Labs, is distinct from GiveWell’s research on “top charities” and uses different criteria. We also partner with other donors.

How we work together

The Open Philanthropy Project is a collaboration between Good Ventures and GiveWell in which we identify outstanding giving opportunities, make grants, follow the results, and publish our findings. The Project is not, itself, an organization.

The people working to identify giving opportunities for the Open Philanthropy Project are primarily GiveWell staff and Cari Tuna, President of Good Ventures (with input from expert advisors). Meet our leadership team here.

The Open Philanthropy Project typically recommends grants to the Open Philanthropy Project fund, a donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Support for the Open Philanthropy Project fund comes primarily from Good Ventures, though other donors have contributed as well. In some cases, the Open Philanthropy Project makes grant recommendations directly to Good Ventures.

Good Ventures and GiveWell share office space. Information is shared relatively freely between the two organizations, so it’s rarely necessary to communicate with us separately about a giving opportunity. Despite our close coordination on research and grantmaking, Good Ventures and GiveWell are separate entities with separate financial and human resources and separate governing bodies. We are in the process of creating an independent organization to house the Open Philanthropy Project’s operations. More detail on how we work together is available here.