Welcoming Evidence Action to our List of Recommended Charities

Welcoming Evidence Action to our List of Recommended Charities

We've made a change to our charity recommendations, adding Evidence Action to the list. Evidence Action now shares our top ranked spot along with Schistomiasis Control Initiative.  In some ways this is no large change, as we used to separately recommend each of the two projects Evidence Action runs: the Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water. But we felt it important to clarify to our audience that we suggest they give unrestricted gifts to Evidence Action, helping them use the money where it's needed most and remain focused on using proven and cost-effective interventions to help those living in extreme poverty. Donors who prefer to earmark their gifts to a particular project can still do so easily by noting this when they make their donation. 

If you're not familiar with Evidence Action, we hope you'll take a moment to learn about the outstanding work this organization does on behalf of the world's poor. The projects they now run were tested and incubated at Innovations for Poverty Action, a pioneering research institute.  There's rigorous evidence showing that school-based deworming programs protect children from Neglected Tropical Diseases, and that chlorine dispensers at community water sources reduce incidence of diarrhea (a leading killer in the developing world). Evidence Action is responsible for implementing these proven solutions at scale, using best practices and constant self-evaluation.  

The stakes are high… few problems in the developing world are as widespread as Neglected Tropical Diseases and a lack of access to clean water.  We hope you'll take action against these problems by donating to Evidence Action today.

We anticipate making more substantial revisions to our list of recommendations in early December to coincide with "Giving Season." Stay tuned!

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Jon Behar

As COO, Jon helps coordinate The Life You Can Save’s various projects and set the organization’s overall strategic direction. He founded and continues to run our Giving Game project, a global philanthropy education initiative that teaches people skills to give more effectively and makes these lessons tangible by providing workshop participants with real money to donate to the charities of their choice.

Prior to joining The Life You Can Save, Jon spent ten years at a prominent hedge fund, working primarily in the areas of risk management, portfolio optimization, and algorithm development. He has also served on the board of directors for GiveWell, a widely-respected charity evaluator.

Jon now lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with his wife Meghann Riepenhoff (an acclaimed artist) and their dog Oso.

The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.