770 million people live in extreme poverty worldwide.  The good news is that your donations can have more impact when applied toward international development than almost any other cause.  Our goal is to create a happy end to 2017 and a brighter future by donating to one of the most effective organizations working to help the world’s poor.
WE CURRENTLY HAVE DONORS AGREEING TO MATCH UP TO $2000 (doubling your impact), and if we prove that we can successfully meet that goal, we may be able to get more matching donors to increase that amount!
There are many organizations providing international aid. However, almost none of them are doing science to improve the field of international development. Innovations for Poverty Action does rigorous empirical research to determine which types of aid are most effective at helping poor people. They work with governments and policy makers to set policies based on the scientific evidence, and they provide technical assistance to help apply solutions at scale.
Founded by an economist at Yale, and working closely with researchers at MIT and other universities, IPA has always had a focus on empirical evidence. And at this stage, IPA reports that they are “the largest implementer of randomized evaluations in the international development field.” You can read more about what IPA and how they think about .
IPA is also small, without much fundraising overhead, which makes your donations go farther toward helping IPA in their work.
RISKS TO DONATING
The main risk to donating to IPA that we foresee is that your dollars may have a bigger impact elsewhere -- mainly if you want your money to mostly help apply proven poverty solutions rather than advancing the field of international aid. If that describes your goals, please have a look at , and also see other recommendations below.
IPA is a small organization that does not qualify for assessment by CharityNavigator , so there is no data on financial efficiency available from that source.
In general, small organizations can benefit greatly from donations -- your dollars can have big impact. However, if fundraisers are unexpectedly wildly successful, small orgs are also more likely to hit an efficacy ceiling, above which they might not know how to efficiently use large influxes of cash. (We anticipate that that would be less of a problem for a bunch of economists than for some organizations, however. :) )
WHERE ELSE CAN I DONATE?
Effectivism.net (the main organizer's blog), makes for high impact charities across a number of causes. The organizers of this fundraiser are also running two other CrowdRise fundraisers this year for top-recommended Effectivism charities -- one for the (disaster relief), and one for the (civil rights & liberties).
Other top effective charities recommendations:
 CharityNavigator’s says “This organization is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet our criterion of having nontrivial fundraising expenses. Visit the section of our site to learn about our .”