Effective altruists ask a few key questions when it comes to supporting a charity. 


  • Effectiveness: Is there evidence of the charity's impact? 
  • Cost-effectiveness: How cost effective are their programmes, particularly in relation to alleviating ill-health and saving lives? 
  • Room for more funding: If I give to this charity, would my donation be making a big difference? 
  • Transparency: How open are they to being reviewed and do they share their progress and mistakes in a transparent manner? 

Looking to make your donation count with demonstrable impact? 


It is not easy for a general donor to figure out whether a charity is effective or not, based on a general internet search. 

That is why we refer to the research done by GiveWell and The Life You Can Save (TLYCS) for recommended charities. These organisations do not aim to rate every charity (in this world), but to find the ones that they think will maximize the impact of our donations in terms of lives saved or improved

We think that the EA-recommended charities are very worthwhile of our support.


See list of effective charities →

Why are the recommendations international charities, not local ones? 

In the context of effective giving, our goal is to help donors accomplish as much good as possible, and GiveWell focuses their investigations on the opportunities most likely to fit this description.

The developing-world poor struggle to meet basic needs and to access products and services with well-established benefits, to a much greater extent than in Singapore. 

GiveWell has done multiple in-depth investigations looking to identify charities whose activities can be strongly connected — via empirical evidence — to improved life outcomes.

That is why, you are able to maximize your charitable donation's impact through the GiveWell recommended charities. 


"EA Singapore" is not affliated to any of the charities listed here. They are independently vetted by GiveWell and The Life You Can Save.

To donate to any of the EA-recommended charities, we have provided links to GiveWell or The Life You Can Save, which provides a secure platform to donate. 100% of your donation (after credit card fees) will be used to support the charity or charities of your choice.

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