Giving What We Can is an international community of effective givers who are on a mission to make giving effectively and significantly a cultural norm. They’re best known for The Giving What We Can Pledge to donate at least 10% of their income to highly effective charities.
Giving What We Can was founded in 2009 by two philosophers from Oxford University (Toby Ord and Will MacAskill), and is at the origins of the effective altruism movement. They have more than 7,000 members who’ve given over 250 million dollars and pledged over 3 billion to effective charities.
Giving What We Can in Canada
Many of the Canadian members of Giving What We Can (including RC Forward staff) make their donations through RC Forward for several reasons:
- RC Forward aims to make effective giving easy, through featuring high-impact charities and funds on our platform and by offering low-fee payment methods.
- To choose which charities we feature on RC Forward, we rely on the research of GiveWell, Animal Charity Evaluators, and Founders Pledge, which are among the evaluators that Giving What We Can also uses to determine charity recommendations.
- Donors can support up to 6 charities or funds at once when giving through RC Forward.
- Donations made through RC Forward are eligible for Canadian donation receipts, estimate the value of your credits with our calculator.
Donating using Giving What We Can recommendations
Giving What We Can recommends charities and funds working on important global problems, across a range of causes. These causes include animal welfare, global health and development, and the long-term future.
Through RC Forward, you can make a tax-deductible donation from Canada to most of the charities and funds currently recommended by Giving What We Can in 2022.
|GWWC-Recommended Charity||Cause Area||Donate through RC Forward|
|The Humane League||Animal welfare||Support|
|Wild Animal Initiative||Animal welfare||Support|
|Against Malaria Foundation||Global health and development||Support|
|END Fund (deworming program)||Global health and development||Support|
|Evidence Action (Deworm the World Initiative)||Global health and development||Support|
|GiveDirectly||Global health and development||Support|
|Helen Keller International (VAS program)||Global health and development||Support|
|Malaria Consortium (SMC only)||Global health and development||Support|
|New Incentives||Global health and development||Support|
|SCI Foundation||Global health and development||Support|
|Sightsavers (deworming only)||Global health and development||Support|
|Center for Human Compatible AI||Long-term future||Not available yet on RC Forward|
|GovAI||Not available yet on RC Forward|
|Clean Air Task Force||Long-term future||Support|
|Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security||Long-term future||Contact us to support|
|Nuclear Threat Initiative (Biosecurity Program)||Long-term future||Contact us to support|
We’re here to help
Would you like to learn more about Giving What We Can? Have you taken The Giving What We Can Pledge and would you like to have contact with other Canadian effective givers? Do you have any other questions? Contact us to start the conversation.