GiveWell discretionary regranting donations made to Helen Keller International

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell
Best overview URLhttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
Websitehttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Donations URLhttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datadays
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: GiveWell has given donors the option to give money to Givewell to allocate to top charities. This differed from simply giving to GiveWell top charities using the recommended allocation, because GiveWell would determine the best use of marginal funds at the time of each regrant decision. GiveWell began highlighting discretionary regranting in late 2016, and announced some major discretionary regrants in 2017. For giving seasons 2017, Givewell recommended that donors give to GiveWell for discretionary regranting

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Same focus areas that inform GiveWell top charity recommendations. Top areas in recent years have included malaria, deworming, vitamin A supplementation, cash transfers, and seasonal intracountry migration

Notes on grant decision logistics: For each discretionary regrant, which may be done about once a quarter, GiveWell looks at the most pressing of the needs of its top charities, and regrants funds based on those. Grant decisions have to be approved by the board

Notes on grant publication logistics: In 2017, decisions were published in blog posts. As per https://blog.givewell.org/2017/09/12/september-open-thread/#comment-946059 and https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/#comment-946301 GiveWell plans to add a page listing all discretionary regrants

Notes on grant financing: Money for the grants mostly comes from funds donated by donors to "GiveWell top charities" for regranting at its discretion. In the case of regrant to the Against Malaria Foundation, the original donors show up in the Against Malaria Foundation donor list

Full donor page for donor GiveWell discretionary regranting

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page HelenKellerInternational
Websitehttp://www.hki.org
Twitter usernameHelenKellerIntl
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller_International
Instagram usernamehelenkellerintl

Full donee page for donee Helen Keller International

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000
Global health 1 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000 2,600,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2019
Global health (filter this donor) 1 2,600,000.00 2,600,000.00
Total 1 2,600,000.00 2,600,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked) Publication date Author Publisher Affected donors Affected donees Document scope Cause area Notes
Announcing our 2019 top charities 2019-11-26 Catherine Hollander GiveWell GiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Against Malaria Foundation Helen Keller International Deworm the World Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development GiveWell annual top charrities list. As in previous years, GiveWell recomemnds that donors donate to GiveWell to regrant to top charities at its discretion, but also provides its current ranked list of top charities to help donors make an informed decision. Its ranked list (from best to worst) is: Malaria Consortium (seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program), Against Malaria Foundation, Helen Keller International (vitamin A suppplementation), charities that treat parasitic worm infections (Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative, Sightsavers, END Fund), and GiveDirectly. From the perspective of cause areas, the rank is: malaria > vitamin A supplementation > deworming > cash transfers. This is consistent with, and highly influenced by, the cost-effectiveness estimates that GiveWell uses. The post highlights Malaria Consortium as the charity to select for donors who want to give directly to a charity. The post links to a number of more in-depth write-ups explaining the charity ranking, as well as to https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/2019/open-philanthropy-recommendation which describes the recommendation to Open Philanthropy Project (and indirectly, to Good Ventures) on how to allocate funding to the top charities in 2019
Our updated top charities for giving season 2018 2018-11-26 Catherine Hollander GiveWell GiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Against Malaria Foundation Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development GiveWell annual top charities list. GiveWell recommends that donors donate to GiveWell to regrant to top charities at its discretion, but also provides details on the individual top charities so that people can make an informed decision. In addition, the amounts determined for GiveWell discretionary regranting and for donation by Good Ventures are also included, though details of the amount recommended to Good Ventures are in a separate blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-recommendation-to-good-ventures/
Our top charities for giving season 2017 2017-11-27 Natalie Crispin GiveWell GiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Malaria Consortium Deworm the World Initiative Helen Keller International Sightsavers END Fund No Lean Season GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispensers for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development GiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added two new top charities

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,600,000.0012019-12Global health/nutrition/vitamin A supplementationhttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmakingGiveWell Donation process: GiveWell looked at the funding gap and value of marginal funds for each of its top charities. The decision to allocate these funds happened shortly after the annual top charity refresh and the updated recommendations https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/2019/open-philanthropy-recommendation#Our_recommended_allocation_to_Open_Philanthropy to Good Ventures (via Open Philanthropy Project) on how much annual support to give to each top charity. It therefore took into account the amounts already recommended to Open Philanthropy, and calculated the best use of funds at the margin after that. The main competing charity for this grant was Sightsavers (deworming)

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the vitamin A supplementation (VAS) program, which has GiveWell top charity status

Donor reason for selecting the donee: According to https://blog.givewell.org/2019/12/19/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q3-2019/#OurProcess "The first of these principles is to put significant weight on our cost-effectiveness estimates, which aim to capture total improvement in well-being per dollar spent. These estimates suggested that HKI’s VAS program had a very high priority funding gap (28x cash overall in the seven countries listed above)." The reason to select this instead of Sightsavers' deworming program: "we were considering changes to our deworming cost-effectiveness model and were uncertain whether we would estimate Sightsavers’ cost-effectiveness as higher or lower than HKI’s."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is the amount donated by donors to GiveWell for discretionary regranting to top charities in Q3 2019; GiveWell allocates the money separately for each quarter
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This discretionary regrant is done every quarter, for the completed quarter. This particular grant is for Q3 2019 (July to September) and would therefore be expected to be in Q4 2019, which it is

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://blog.givewell.org/2019/12/19/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q3-2019/#BottomLine says: "We believe that Malaria Consortium’s program has the highest impact per additional dollar donated today. After the Open Philanthropy grant and the Q3 discretionary funding, additional donations to HKI’s VAS program would support funding gaps that we model as less cost-effective than the funding gaps on Malaria Consortium’s current margin."