[Link]: GiveWell is aiming to have a new #1 charity by December

GiveWell, LessWrong’s most cited or­ga­ni­za­tion for op­ti­mal philan­thropy, is cur­rently re-eval­u­at­ing its char­ity rank­ings with the goal of nam­ing a new #1 char­ity by De­cem­ber 2011. Essen­tially, VillageReach (the cur­rent top char­ity) has met all of its short-term fund­ing needs, to the point where it no longer has the great­est marginal re­turn.

Our cur­rent top-rated char­ity is VillageReach. In 2010, we di­rected over $1.1 mil­lion to it, which met its short-term fund­ing needs (i.e., its needs for the next year or so).

VillageReach still has longer-term needs, and in the ab­sence of other giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that we con­sider com­pa­rable, we’ve con­tinued to fea­ture it as #1 on our web­site. How­ever, we’ve also been fo­cus­ing most of our effort this year on iden­ti­fy­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing other po­ten­tial top-rated char­i­ties, with the hope that we can re­fo­cus at­ten­tion on an or­ga­ni­za­tion with shorter-term needs this De­cem­ber. (In gen­eral, the vast bulk of our im­pact on dona­tions comes in De­cem­ber.) We be­lieve that we will be able to do so. We don’t be­lieve we’ll be able to recom­mend a giv­ing op­por­tu­nity as good as giv­ing to VillageReach was last year, but given VillageReach’s lack of short-term (1-year) room for more fund­ing, we do ex­pect to have a differ­ent top recom­men­da­tion by this De­cem­ber.

EDIT: The new char­i­ties are up! They are the Against Malaria Foun­da­tion and the Schis­to­so­mi­a­sis Con­trol Ini­ti­a­tive.