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Giving What We Can in Canada

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 8,000 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 some of the funds currently recommended by Giving What We Can in 2022. 

Current recommended funds

Below are Giving What We Can’s currently recommended expert-advised funds as of December 2022. Keep in mind that RC Forward also has cause area funds (Global Health, Human Empowerment, Animal Welfare, Climate Change, Long-Term Future), in some cases advised by the same experts overseeing the GWWC recommended funds.

FundOrganizationGWWC Cause AreaDonate through RC Forward
Top Charities FundGiveWellImproving human wellbeingFollow steps here to donate
All Grants FundGiveWellImproving human wellbeingFollow steps here to donate
Global Health and Development FundEffective Altruism FundsImproving human wellbeingDonate to CEA, then complete the CEA earmark form
Recommended Charity FundAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE)Improving animal welfareDonate to ACE, then complete the ACE earmark form
Movement Grants FundAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE)Improving animal welfareDonate to ACE, then complete the ACE earmark form
Animal Welfare FundEffective Altruism FundsImproving animal welfareDonate to CEA, then complete the CEA earmark form
Longtermism FundLongviewCreating a better futureNot yet available on RC Forward
Patient Philanthropy FundFounders PledgeCreating a better futureNot yet available on RC Forward
Long-Term Future FundEffective Altruism FundCreating a better futureDonate to CEA, then complete the CEA earmark form
Climate Change FundFounders PledgeMultiple cause areasNot yet available on RC Forward
Global Catastrophic Risks FundFounders PledgeMultiple cause areasNot yet available on RC Forward
Effective Altruism Infrastructure FundEffective Altruism FundMultiple cause areasDonate to CEA, then complete the CEA earmark form

Current recommended charities

Below are Giving What We Can’s currently recommended charities as of December 2022.

CharityGWWC Cause AreaDonate through RC Forward
Malaria Consortium SMC programmeImproving human wellbeingDonate
Against Malaria FoundationImproving human wellbeingDonate
Lead Exposure Elimination ProjectImproving human wellbeingContact us to donate
New IncentivesImproving human wellbeingDonate
StrongMindsImproving human wellbeingDonate
SuvitaImproving human wellbeingFollow instructions here on Suvita’s website to donate through CanadaHelps (not RC Forward)
Iodine Global NetworkImproving human wellbeingDonate
Helen Keller International (VAS program) Improving human wellbeingDonate
The Humane LeagueImproving animal welfareDonate
FaunalyticsImproving animal welfareDonate 
Good Food InstituteImproving animal welfareDonate
Wild Animal InitiativeImproving animal welfareDonate
Nuclear Threat Initiative Biosecurity ProgramCreating a better futureContact us to donate
Johns Hopkins Center for Health SecurityCreating a better futureNot currently available on RC Forward
Effektiv SpendenMultiple cause areasNot currently available on RC Forward

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.

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Megan Jamer

Megan Jamer

Megan lives in British Columbia and communicates for Rethink Charity's projects, including RC Forward. She likes trail running more than she dislikes it, and is interested in travel, copyediting, and effective altruism.

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