A new generation making the biggest possible difference.
Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC) is an international organization that helps students discover how to do as much good in their lives as possible by empowering them to think critically about charity. Through our program, young people learn how to make the largest positive difference by supporting the most effective charities in the world, choosing high-impact careers, and making ethical life choices. SHIC students emerge from the program not only with a deep knowledge of the world’s most pressing issues, but also with the vision and ability to effectively improve the world.
SHIC provides comprehensive materials for classes and extracurricular clubs through its official program, attentive staff support, and expert guidance to assist groups fundraising for their favourite high-impact charity.
Our Recommended Charities
These charities are recommended by SHIC because independent charity evaluators such as GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators have marked the following charities as outstanding giving opportunities. Every charity is highly-cost effective and has a pressing need for more funding, so donations to any one of them will have a large impact. Our recommended charities are divided into four cause areas: Disease Prevention, Human Empowerment, Animal Welfare, and Environment and Catastrophic Risks. .
Disease prevention is a high-impact cause area, as preventing is often more cost-effective than curing. The diseases you'll find in this section are long gone in the developed world. This is because they're extremely easy and cheap to treat and prevent. These are the 'low-hanging fruit' for reducing human suffering and saving lives.
The Against Malaria Foundation distributes long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in sub-Saharan Africa to combat malaria, one of the most common and easily preventable diseases facing the world today.
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative carries out deworming programs to rid children of neglected tropical diseases, such as the schistosomiasis worm, that blight their growth and development.
People often know what's best for them. Human Empowerment is about providing people with the knowledge and opportunities to make their lives better. These charities standout as excellent ways to empower who currently struggle to meet basic needs.
All of SHIC's recommended Animal Welfare charities focus on reducing the impact of factory farming. That's because the atrocious conditions that these animals endure, and the large numbers of animals affected mean the scale of this problem exceeds that of any other human-caused animal suffering.
The Good Food Institute promotes competitive alternatives to animal products by supporting start-ups that design alternative animal products, engaging with policy makers, and building relationships with food organizations.
Environmental and Catastrophic Risk
One of the most effective ways of doing good is to take action now to reduce the chances of catastrophic harm occurring in the future. These charities are identified as some of the best places to donate to ensure a brighter future. Admittedly the effects of these charities are harder to measure, because their aims are to prevent terrible things from happening in the future. Consequently, these charities are judged on the scale of the potential disaster they aim to avert, and their likelihood of success.
Cool Earth helps prevent deforestation by partnering with indigenous villages to build sustainable livelihoods so they earn more by keeping rainforests standing, rather than clearing them. This reduces climate change and preserves the rich biodiversity of the rainforest.
The Future of Humanity Institute aims to reduces global catastrophic risk by researching big issues facing the future of humanity, from pandemics to advanced artificial intelligence.
The Machine Intelligence Research Institute identifies ways to make artificial intelligence systems safer and more reliable, to help safeguard the future of humanity.