While GiveWell’s top charities typically have a strong independent evidence base, there are other organizations and interventions that have very high potential cost-effectiveness but need seed-stage support to develop a track record of impact so that we (or others) can help scale them up. GiveWell’s Incubation Grants program identifies giving opportunities along these lines as well as other opportunities to improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. Grants in this category include academic research to build the evidence base for a potential priority program, early-stage funding for a promising organization, or support for monitoring and evaluation of an existing organization.

Our Work

Press 2/2019
from Vox

GiveWell recently announced that it’s more than doubling the size of its research team to try to find more cost-effective programs. Its revised approach involves increased attention to something relatively new for GiveWell: policy-oriented philanthropy.

Grant 3/2019
$800,000

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Evidence Action for the monitoring and evaluation of the Phase 2 pilot stage of its technical assistance to the Government of India’s national school-based iron and folic acid supplementation program.

Grant 3/2019
$7,751,915

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this grant to Evidence Action for organizational strengthening.

Grant 11/2018
$3,408,259

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this GiveWell Incubation Grant to Evidence Action Beta to pilot a project to provide technical assistance for the Indian government’s work on large-scale school-based iron and folic acid supplementation.

Grant 7/2018
$5,069,866

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this GiveWell Incubation Grant to Evidence Action Beta to create a dedicated portfolio within its overall incubator portfolio focused on GiveWell-aligned, evidence-backed, cost-effective interventions and to provide cross-cutting support to the incubator.

Grant 6/2018
$320,000

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this GiveWell Incubation Grant to Evidence Action for their Evidence Action Beta program to scope a project to provide technical assistance for the Indian government’s work on large-scale school-based iron and folic acid supplementation.

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Grant 6/2018
$295,217

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this GiveWell Incubation Grant to Fortify Health via Charity Science to start a new program aimed at mass fortification of wheat flour with iron in India.

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Grant 5/2018
$10,000

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended this GiveWell Incubation Grant to Nick Otis to support forecasting work relevant to GiveWell’s top charities.

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