November 2021

2021 Allocation to GiveWell Top Charities: Why We’re Giving More Going Forward

As we wrote last week, we’re substantially growing our overall giving in Global Health and Wellbeing, with the bar in that broad portfolio continuing to be set by the cost-effective, evidence-backed charities recommended by GiveWell. (As most of our readers know, Open Philanthropy started off as a project of GiveWell.) [node:read-more:link]

Technical Updates to Our Global Health and Wellbeing Cause Prioritization Framework

In 2019, we wrote a blog post about how we think about the “bar” for our giving and how we compare different kinds of interventions to each other using back-of-the-envelope calculations, all within the realm of what we now call Global Health and Wellbeing (GHW). This post updates that one and:

    Our Criminal Justice Reform Program Is Now an Independent Organization: Just Impact

    Today, we’re making three announcements:

    1. After hundreds of grants totaling more than $130 million over six years, one of our first programs – criminal justice reform (CJR) – is becoming an independent organization.
    2. The team that had been leading our CJR program, Chloe Cockburn and Jesse Rothman, is transitioning to Just Impact, which describes itself as “a criminal justice reform advisory group and fund that is focused on building the power and influence of highly strategic, directly-impacted leaders and their allies to create transformative change from the ground up”.
    3. We are helping to launch Just Impact with approximately $50 million in seed funding spread over 3.5 years.