GiveWell is a great new service to check out and a tremendous challenge to nonprofits out there. They’re a bunch of donors looking to leverage the Web so that they can ask questions of nonprofits. Their stated goal is as follows:
Our goal is to make it easy for you to do as much good as possible with your charitable donations.
We believe that in giving, as in everything else, generosity and good intentions are helpful but not sufficient.
Nonprofits should be thoroughly analyzed and compared with each other, in order to determine which ones can most improve the world.
We aim to do this in a transparent, centralized way, so that anyone and everyone can see and comment on what we’ve found.
I believe their questions: “what are you trying to accomplish? and… whatâ€™s your evidence that you can accomplish it?” are pretty darn reasonable. Let’s hope that more nonprofits can answer those questions! GiveWell people — e-mail me and I promise that I can get those questions answered in probably more detail than you want.