Announcement: early applications for Charity Entrepreneurship’s 2020 Incubation Program are now open!


If you are think­ing about a ca­reer in Effec­tive Altru­ism, you should definitely con­sider char­ity en­trepreneur­ship. You can now ap­ply to our sum­mer 2020 In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gram, which will help you start an effec­tive char­ity.

We provide the fol­low­ing:

  • Train­ing in skills rele­vant to start­ing char­i­ties;

  • Thor­oughly re­searched ideas to start;

  • Long-term men­tor­ship;

  • Seed grants of up to US$100,000.

This round of ap­pli­ca­tions is open un­til Jan­uary 15, 2020. There will be a sub­se­quent ap­pli­ca­tion round in March 2020, but if you ap­ply in this round, you will have a higher chance of be­ing ac­cepted into the pro­gram. This post pro­vides an overview and links to more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion.

To ap­ply, click be­low and fol­low the in­struc­tions:


The program

In the pro­gram, which lasts two months, you will learn the rele­vant skills to start a char­ity. You will be taught by a team with a his­tory of start­ing and men­tor­ing mul­ti­ple suc­cess­ful non-prof­its in the EA space. There will also be guest speak­ers who are ex­perts on hav­ing a big im­pact. His­tor­i­cally, we have had the fol­low­ing and oth­ers give talks and an­swer ques­tions:

  • Peter Singer, au­thor of The Life You Can Save and An­i­mal Liber­a­tion;

  • Nik­ita Pa­tel, co-founder and CEO of For­tify Health;

  • Rob Mather, founder of the Against Malaria Foun­da­tion;

  • David Co­man-Hidy, founder of the Hu­mane League;

  • Bruce Friedrich, founder of the Good Food In­sti­tute.

Skills you will learn in­clude the fol­low­ing: strat­egy, man­age­ment, mea­sure­ment and eval­u­a­tion, fundrais­ing, char­ity reg­is­tra­tion, hiring, self-care, and many oth­ers that you will need to start an effec­tive non-profit.

More in­for­ma­tion:

The ideas

You do not need to already have an idea to ap­ply to our pro­gram. We are most ex­cited to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions from those who want to have an im­pact on the world but are not sold on a spe­cific idea. We do pri­ori­ti­za­tion re­search along the lines of GiveWell, but in­stead of recom­mend­ing char­i­ties for dona­tions, we pro­pose char­i­ties to start. We sug­gest in­ter­ven­tions in the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

  • Global poverty (par­tic­u­larly global health policy and fam­ily plan­ning);

  • An­i­mal ad­vo­cacy (in­clud­ing farmed and wild an­i­mals);

  • Men­tal health (in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing and de­vel­oped world con­texts).

A large per­centage of your im­pact comes from the idea you start. And the skills needed to do re­search are differ­ent from those re­quired for found­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion; there­fore, it makes sense to di­vide the la­bor. Our re­search team spends thou­sands of hours in­ves­ti­gat­ing which ideas are cost-effec­tive, ev­i­dence-based, and scal­able to help give you the best chance of hav­ing a very large im­pact with your life and ca­reer.

Our ideas help re­duce anal­y­sis paral­y­sis and make the pro­cess of start­ing a cost-effec­tive and ev­i­dence-based char­ity eas­ier. You can also feel more con­fi­dent in your im­pact be­cause you can know that our team has done its best to eval­u­ate the idea’s effec­tive­ness and at­tempted to find dis­con­firm­ing ev­i­dence for its claims. We only recom­mend ideas that look the best when com­pared to hun­dreds of other op­tions.

Last year, we recom­mended mul­ti­ple an­i­mal and poverty in­ter­ven­tions. One ex­am­ple was in­creas­ing the taxes on to­bacco. This in­ter­ven­tion has many stud­ies show­ing it de­creases smok­ing rates, thus in­creas­ing the health of in­di­vi­d­u­als while si­mul­ta­neously strength­en­ing the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to help its cit­i­zens through in­creased rev­enue. An ex­am­ple of an an­i­mal recom­men­da­tion that got started was in­creas­ing the oxy­gen level for farmed fish. Liv­ing with­out enough oxy­gen is a painful and of­ten fatal con­di­tion that fish must en­dure un­til slaugh­ter, but it is an ex­tremely cheap and easy thing to fix. We are work­ing on re­search­ing this year’s recom­men­da­tions, and you can see our past sug­ges­tions, in­clud­ing ideas that are as yet un-started, and our re­search pro­cess here.

We do ac­cept peo­ple into the pro­gram who have their own ideas as long as they can make a com­pel­ling case that they will have an im­pact at a similarly high level com­pared to our recom­men­da­tions. To do this, you must show how cost-effec­tive it is, and if lit­tle ev­i­dence ex­ists sup­port­ing it, the cost-effec­tive­ness es­ti­mates must be higher to com­pen­sate for ex­pected re­gres­sion to the mean.

More in­for­ma­tion:

The case for impact

Imag­ine if you were the differ­ence be­tween GiveWell, AMF, or THL ex­ist­ing or not. Start­ing an effec­tive char­ity can have a huge coun­ter­fac­tual im­pact. Some char­i­ties have an im­pact that is an or­der of mag­ni­tude greater than oth­ers, and this is even more fre­quently the case when they are started with max­i­miz­ing im­pact in mind, as with Ev­i­dence Ac­tion, THL, and GiveWell. Some­times, you can even be the first and only char­ity in the field, which makes the im­pact even larger.

Start­ing a char­ity has di­rect im­pact, and calcu­la­tions have put it at a similar ex­pected value to donat­ing US$215,000 a year to AMF. Since the char­ity mar­ket is very in­effi­cient, there are plenty of gaps. Often, the differ­ence be­tween an or­ga­ni­za­tion run by an effec­tive­ness-minded per­son and one that is not is like the differ­ence be­tween GiveWell and Char­ity Nav­i­ga­tor.

Aside from the di­rect im­pact of the char­ity, there are many pos­i­tive flow-through effects. It can in­spire oth­ers to start more char­i­ties, set a higher stan­dard for the NGO sec­tor, cre­ate more EA job op­por­tu­ni­ties, and move char­i­ta­ble dol­lars to higher im­pact op­tions.

More in­for­ma­tion:

The ap­pli­ca­tion process

Should you ap­ply?

If you are un­sure whether you would be a good fit for this type of ca­reer, we en­courage you to ap­ply. His­tor­i­cally, we have dis­cov­ered it is difficult for peo­ple to judge their per­sonal fit. So, the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess is es­sen­tially an im­par­tial third-party as­sess­ment.


Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line: Jan­uary 15, 2020

Pro­gram date: June 29⎼Au­gust 28, 2020

Costs: All costs cov­ered, in­clud­ing tu­ition, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, and flights

Lo­ca­tion: Lon­don, UK (the pro­gram can­not be done re­motely)

Hours: Mon­day–Fri­day (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Visas: We can get most peo­ple into the UK for the du­ra­tion of the program


If you are in­ter­ested and can­not find the an­swers to your ques­tions within the linked ma­te­rial, please ap­ply for a Skype meet­ing. You can also email us with a quick ques­tion through our con­tact form. We do not have the ca­pac­ity to speak to ev­ery­one, but we en­deavor to talk to as many as we can.


More in­for­ma­tion:


The value
is not of type