T-Shirt Update and Charity Poll (updated)

The first ever Daily Nous t-shirt sale is over. An elite group of 38 people with apparently really good taste were lucky enough to secure their shirts during the limited sale period, raising $190 for charity. While the shirts are being made, we have a decision to make: which charity? I’ve selected a few of the suggestions from the previous thread for us to choose among: the Southern Center for Human Rights (which has 4 star rating from Charity Navigator), Project Healthy Children (recommended by The Life You Can Save), Against Malaria Foundation (a top recommendation from GiveWell), and Give Directly (another GiveWell recommendation). I encourage everyone to check out these worthy organizations, consider donating on your own, and of course, voting in the poll below (you needn’t have purchased a shirt to vote).

I will keep the poll open for a few days.

UPDATE (12/31/14): Against Malaria Foundation won by a small margin in the poll, and a donation of $200 was made using the proceeds from the sales of the shirts, enough to purchase and place 67 mosquito nets:

Against Malaria 2.

Those who ordered shirts may have noticed that they have not yet arrived. Sorry about that. There were some hiccups in the production process (mainly owing to my inexperience); they are being made now and should ship at the end of next week, I am told.

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9 years ago

Fyi, I think GiveWell has four top charities right now, none of which is “the” top recommendation.

Peter Unger
9 years ago

Let me paste in the most relevant part of an email that I sent my class a couple of weeks ago:

Here is the website of givewell.org -as best I can tell – the most searching folks in the U S: http://www.givewell.org/

As you can see by diving into that, their top-rated groups for this current year are: http://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action) and GiveDirectly

And here is the website of Giving What We Can – -as best I can tell – the most searching folks in the U K: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/

As you can see by diving into THAT, THEIR top-rated groups for this current year are: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Deworm the World Initiative and Project Healthy Children

As these two groups look at each other, their recommendations are NOT ENTIRELY independent of each other. Still, neither of them is a mere sheeplike group.

Given that, I am inclined to think that the three groups singled out by BOTH http://www.givewell.org/ and ALSO by https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ are are least Pretty good choices for getting a whole lot of relevant bang for each buck, or each pound, donated. you will notice, easily, that those three are, for short, AMF, SCI and DWI.

I am NOT confident about this, and I would welcome a helpful discussion of the matter from, or by, you guys – who might want to vet the websites of these groups sometime this evening.

ANYHOW, while I am NOT all that confident – still the three charities selected by BOTH these sensible groups are probably as good as one can do now. I would split it three ways.

Just last week, through givewell.org, I gave quite a few thousand dollars, telling them to split it about evenly among: Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action) .

I think that’s close to optimal, given what little we know, at least as best as I can tell.

Keep up the good charitable work! PKU