There have been previous posts about the impact of founding a new GiveWell top charity, the impact of charity founding, and some of the results of charities founded by effective altruists. This post, however, focuses on a specific question I get a lot. Namely, why should EAs in particular start charities? This is especially a concern for many EAs who are younger or inexperienced.
I think a strong piece of evidence for this is the historical track record of EAs founding high-impact charities. Given that I already covered that in a previous post, I want to focus this one on why this phenomenon is not just a fluke or limited to extremely talented EAs, as well as the core reasons I think EAs can outperform other folks aiming to start nonprofits. My experience with this question comes from having worked in several charities founded by EAs, and from starting several myself.
Overview relative to other founders:
EAs will often be better at