Effective Altruism Foundation — European Policy Research and Advocacy (2020)


Grant investigator: Zachary Robinson

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $375,000 to the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) to support research and advocacy on potential policy interventions in Europe. EAF plans to use these funds to research interventions in the field of development aid.

This follows our April 2020 support and falls within our work on global health and development.

Center for Global Development — Aid Effectiveness Advocacy Research

Grant investigators: Alexander Berger

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $50,000 to the Center for Global Development to support research led by Amanda Glassman on the impact of aid effectiveness advocacy.

This follows our April 2020 support and falls under our focus area of global health and development.

GiveWell — General Support (October 2020)


GiveWell staff reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,389,753 to GiveWell for general support. GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities. We expect this grant to increase the availability of high-quality information and analysis about charities and giving opportunities, thereby increasing the impact of donors who use GiveWell’s research. Read more about Open Philanthropy’s relationship to GiveWell here.

Direct Relief — COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa

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Grant Investigator: Jacob Trefethen

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $275,000 to Direct Relief to support the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa’s work distributing personal protective equipment to community health workers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This falls within our work on global health and development.

Effective Altruism Foundation — European Policy Research

The Effective Altruism Foundation team at a town hall meeting. (Photo courtesy of EAF.)

Grant investigators: Zachary Robinson and Alexander Berger

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $15,358 to the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) to support research on potential policy interventions in Europe. EAF plans to use these funds to research interventions in the field of development aid.

This falls within our work on global health and development.

Center for Global Development — COVID-19 Net Health Impact Calculations

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Grant investigators: Jacob Trefethen

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $550,000 to the Center for Global Development (CGD) to support work to calculate the net health impacts of COVID-19 in various countries. CGD intends for the calculations to estimate the indirect effects of COVID-19 on mortality and health due to suspended health services, malnutrition, and reduced economic activity. This research could help inform measures to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate its downstream harmful effects.

This follows our March 2020 support and falls within our focus area of global health and development.

The grant amount was updated in January 2021.

GiveWell — General Support (January 2020)

GiveWell and Malaria Consortium staff members after meeting to discuss their Burkina Faso seasonal malaria chemoprevention program. (Photo courtesy of GiveWell.)

GiveWell staff reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,245,570 to GiveWell for general operating support. GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities. We expect this grant to increase the availability of high-quality information and analysis about charities and giving opportunities, thereby increasing the impact of donors who use GiveWell’s research. Read more about Open Philanthropy’s relationship to GiveWell here.

This grant provides 18 months of general operating support, including retroactive funding for a portion of GiveWell’s 2019 operating costs.

Center for Global Development — General Support (2019)

Christine Lagarde, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Andrew Steer, and Masood Ahmed discuss fiscal policy options to achieve the Paris climate commitments (May 2019). (Photo courtesy of CGD.)

Grant investigators: Alexander Berger and Jacob Trefethen

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $3,000,000 over three years to the Center for Global Development (CGD) for general support. CGD is a think tank that conducts research on and promotes improvements to rich-world policies that affect the global poor. This follows our February 2016 general support grant, which CGD says it used to conduct research on aid effectiveness, U.S. development policy, universal basic income in India, and taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar.

Our renewal decision at this stage was based largely on our previous decision and the view that three years was too short a window on which to update for a mature but hits-based organization like CGD. We expect to undertake a more thorough evaluation of CGD’s performance approximately two years into this grant, which would be five years into our overall support.

This falls within our work on global health and development.