Announcement: applications for the 2020 Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Program are now open!

Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship’s 2020 In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gram will be held from June 29 to Au­gust 28 in Lon­don, UK. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will get a free 2-month in­ten­sive train­ing (with ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, and flights cov­ered) in man­age­ment, fundrais­ing, im­pact anal­y­sis—ev­ery­thing needed to start a high-im­pact char­ity! You will finish the pro­gram with a co-founder, a high-im­pact char­ity startup and will be el­i­gible to ap­ply for a seed grant of up to $100,000.

Ap­ply from any coun­try by April 15!


Note on COVID-19
We are closely mon­i­tor­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic situ­a­tion and always put the safety and well-be­ing of pro­gram par­ti­ci­pants first. We will make all de­ci­sions in ad­vance and keep par­ti­ci­pants in­formed about any changes re­sult­ing from offi­cial recom­men­da­tions. We en­courage ev­ery­one to ap­ply. If needed, the pro­gram will be car­ried out on­line. We’ll find an effec­tive and safe solu­tion to run it.

Ap­pli­ca­tion process


Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line: April 15, 2020

Pro­gram date: June 29⎼Au­gust 28, 2020

To make it more con­ve­nient, we’ve changed the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess this round. We’ve in­tro­duced three differ­ent ap­pli­ca­tion forms, so make sure to use the right one when you ap­ply!

The ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess com­prises five stages (read more>>). Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be in­formed whether they have been se­lected one to two weeks af­ter the last round. We ex­pect to ac­cept be­tween ten and twenty at­ten­dees in 2020. ​

We en­courage you to ap­ply even if you are un­sure whether you are a good fit. Since we only ac­cept ap­pli­cants who have a strong chance, with train­ing, to start a high-im­pact char­ity, go­ing through the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess will be the best in­di­ca­tor of pos­si­ble fit. ​

IMPORTANT: We will only be able to con­tact ap­pli­cants who are mov­ing for­ward to the sec­ond stage of the re­cruit­ment pro­cess. If we have not con­tacted you within 2-4 weeks af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line, un­for­tu­nately you have not been ac­cepted to the pro­gram.

The program

A fo­cus on co-founder pairing and us­able out­puts for your char­ity (e.g. a fundrais­ing plan)—these are the two tenets Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship’s 2020 In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gram is built on. This al­lows par­ti­ci­pants to hit the ground run­ning with their char­ity startup af­ter only two months. ​

The new pro­gram struc­ture is in­fluenced by CE’s first batch in 2019 that helped to form six char­i­ties (see char­i­ties started in 2019). The key take­away from par­ti­ci­pants and or­ga­niz­ers was to make this year’s pro­gram even more ac­tion-ori­ented: First, by helping par­ti­ci­pants find a co-founder through ad­di­tional in-per­son ex­er­cises. Se­cond, by al­low­ing the teams to work on the es­sen­tial build­ing blocks of a new char­ity, in­clud­ing cost-effec­tive­ness anal­y­sis, bud­get, a one-year plan, fundrais­ing doc­u­ments, and much more. While these pri­ori­ties add ac­tivi­ties, the pro­gram has re­tained its two-month du­ra­tion (July/​Au­gust 2020). Con­tent pre­vi­ously taught in-per­son is now mostly moved to an on­line hand­book on how to start an effec­tive char­ity. This book will be shared pub­li­cly for the benefit of the broader NGO and effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity.


How to in­crease your chances of get­ting accepted

If you want to in­crease your chances of get­ting in, ap­ply to start a char­ity based on our re­search. Each year our team spends thou­sands of hours re­search­ing po­ten­tial char­ity ideas, build­ing on large bod­ies of re­search by ex­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions. Only the best in­ter­ven­tions make it onto our list of top char­ity ideas. If you are open to mul­ti­ple ideas, you will have an even bet­ter chance of be­ing ac­cepted into the pro­gram.

This round we’re mak­ing it even eas­ier for you. Our quiz will con­nect you to use­ful re­sources and read­ings about start­ing a char­ity. It will not only help you pre­pare for the pro­gram but also in­crease your over­all knowl­edge of effec­tive al­tru­ism.

What char­ity should I start?

Recom­men­da­tions for 2020 are cur­rently in the re­search pro­cess and have not yet been re­leased. We’re work­ing on 4 cause ar­eas:

  • An­i­mal welfare

  • Men­tal health and happiness

  • Fam­ily planning

  • Health and de­vel­op­ment policy

We’ve just pub­lished a new re­port (read more >>) that gives you a sense of what ideas Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship is con­sid­er­ing as po­ten­tial new an­i­mal char­i­ties.
The top ideas that we’re re­search­ing for other cause ar­eas will be pub­lished soon. You’ll find them on our blog, char­ity ideas page, and of course on the EA fo­rum.

If you want to start a char­ity based on your own idea, you can use this spe­cial form to ap­ply. We are happy to look at your re­search and rea­son­ing, but to be ac­cepted to the pro­gram you must be able to make a good case that your pro­ject is similarly high-im­pact to our recom­mended char­i­ties list.

In 2019, the Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship team grad­u­ated 13 alumni, who went on to launch six new char­i­ties, five of which im­ple­ment in­ter­ven­tions se­lected by our re­search pro­gram. You can read our lat­est up­date on how this out­come was ac­com­plished, and how these char­i­ties come into ex­is­tence.

When in doubt—con­tact CE

You can find a lot of use­ful re­sources about the In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gram in­clud­ing FAQs on our web­site. How­ever, if you’re still un­cer­tain about ap­ply­ing or can’t find the an­swers to your ques­tions, get in touch via our web­site chat or con­tact form.​ You can also post your ques­tions in our Face­book group or in the com­ment.

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