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 customized training and one-to-one support, students learn to think critically about how to make the largest positive difference 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.
Examples of High-Impact Charities
These charities are considered to be high-impact charities because independent charity evaluators such as GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators have marked these charities as outstanding giving opportunities.
Every charity in this list is highly-cost effective and has a pressing need for more funding, so donations to any one of them will have a large impact. These charities are divided into four cause areas: Disease Prevention, Human Empowerment, Animal Welfare, and Environment and Catastrophic Risks.
This list of high-impact charities is by no means exhaustive. The SHIC program encourages students and teachers to research charities on their own, and equips students and teachers with the necessary tools to select charities that will have the greatest social impact.
Please note that not all of these charities are qualified donees in Canada, and Canadian donors will not receive tax benefits for giving to non-qualified donees.
Disease prevention is a high-impact cause area, as preventing is often more cost-effective than curing. The diseases easiest to battle are usually 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. Charities like these standout as excellent ways to empower who currently struggle to meet basic needs.
Some of the best 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.
Animal Equality exposes cruel practices within the agricultural industry, and conducts grassroots and corporate outreach to inspire consumers and companies to make more compassionate choices.*
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. Charities like these are 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, charities that focus on preventing future risks can be 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.*
*Please note that this charity is not a qualified donee in Canada. Canadian donors cannot get tax benefits from donating to this charity.