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EFFECTIVE GIVING
INCUBATION

Join our program. Build a highly impactful Effective Giving Initiative!

Program dates: April 15 to June 7, 2024

Launch an Effective Giving Initiative to generate and direct millions in donations to the world’s most cost-effective charities.

Get a co-founder, seed capital, and the training and confidence to launch and run a new initiative. We’ll teach you who to target, how to manage their donations, and where to direct the funds for maximal impact.

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In collaboration with Giving What We Can, we expect to launch ~6 new Effective Giving Initiatives (EGIs) in 2024 that will raise and deploy millions by 2027.

We’ll provide

~$100,000 in unrestricted seed funding (to get your initiative up and moving)

A pool of highly talented potential co-founders to match with (so you don’t do this alone) 

2 months of full-time, fully cost-covered training (to give you the specialist knowledge and skills you’ll need) 

Operational and administrative assistance (so you can cut through the red tape)

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Connections and opportunities within the existing Effective Giving Ecosystem

You’ll also receive

  • In-depth understanding of the literature and psychology of evidence-based fundraising 

  • Independent expert advice on evaluating nonprofit impact 

  • Long-term access to the effective giving community 

  • Ongoing post-program support & mentorship from Giving What We Can

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YOU'LL LEARN

Key skills of effective giving

Best practices for advising high net-worth individuals

Frameworks to critically assess world-class donation opportunities

Introduction to monitoring and evaluation, theory of change, and cost-effectiveness analysis

WHO IT'S FOR

You don’t need any specific type of work experience or higher education to apply. During the program we’ll help you join forces with a co-founder from the cohort; someone whose skills and experience complement your own. Together you’ll make up an entrepreneurial team that:

Is high in moral ambition: Drives to maximize funds raised and then optimize their impact.

Is deeply impartial and open-minded: Focuses on following the latest evidence about the most impactful giving opportunities worldwide.

Has a strong focus on tangible results: Pushes for the rigor, organization, and accountability to run a tight ship with excellent governance and outcomes.

Grows its influence and credibility over time: Builds relationships and acts as a trusted advisor to discerning donors.

In 2024 we will focus on launching and developing initiatives in the following countries. We have identified these as particularly promising based on conversations with local experts and careful analysis of quantitative indicators. These initiatives can be fully independent or run in collaboration with existing organizations, depending on what is most impactful.

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We encourage applications from all nationalities as only one co-founder may need relevant cultural experience per region/initiative.

CONTEXT

In the last few years, several Effective Giving Initiatives such as Doneer Effectief, Effektiv Spenden & Giving What We Can have moved millions in funding to the best charities globally; to the nonprofits that are helping the greatest number, of those most in need, to the greatest extent. In short, they have helped make real progress on many of the world’s most pressing problems.

Effektiv Spenden launched in 2019 and raised €300,000 in its first year. Since then they have raised €35 million and are projected to soon raise €90 million per year, year on year!

Sebastian Schwiecker, Founder & CEO

In five years we have incubated, launched, and supported 31 high-impact nonprofits as well as several grantmaking foundations (more here). We expect this new specialist program to provide even more career opportunities for talented altruists around the world.

WHY FUNDRAISING FOR IMPACT

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Our goal is to do as much good as possible, and our research suggests this path could be hugely impactful.

We know that many highly effective charities don't currently have the funds they need for maximum impact.

We believe that money, when directed at terrible and neglected problems, can do a huge amount of good if deployed with rigor, evidence, and ambition.

We’re confident that new Effective Giving Initiatives could succeed, as demonstrated by the track record of existing organizations in this field.

We can't launch these initiatives fast enough ourselves, so we're seeking aspiring founders to make this happen.

Download our Effective Giving Incubation report that explains our reasoning, theory of change, potential impact, and more.

Disclaimer: It is important to note that EGIs, including those we intend to incubate or support, make their own educated choices of which charities to promote and where to donate funds. In the interests of transparency we stress that while it is possible that they may decide to recommend donating to charities we have previously incubated, this is not required or encouraged on the program.

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THE LOGISTICS

  • Full-time, online, cohort, and project-based training: April 15 to June 7 (with 2 in-person weeks in London in early May) 

  • Stipends are provided to cover living costs during and up to 2 months after the program. 

  • Some co-founders may be invited to the International Effective Giving Summit: from May 28 to May 31 in Oxford.  

  • All co-founders are encouraged to apply to Effective Altruism Global: London 2024: May 31 to June 2 in London. 

Giving What We Can will provide expert training and mentorship both during and after the program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process will consist of five stages. We encourage everyone to apply to Stage 1 as it’s the best way to test your fit. 

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Stage 1: CV, multiple-choice and short written questions. (Approximately 30 minutes)

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Stage 3: Interview

(Up to 1 hour)

Stage 5: Interview

(Up to 1 hour)

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Stage 2: Test task 1 (Approximately 3 hours)

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Stage 4: Test task 2

(Approximately 4 hours)

  • Offer letters will be extended at the latest by March 15

  • Your time is valuable. We will only invite you to the next stage if we think you have a good chance of success.

  • The entire application process (from start to being accepted) takes no more than 10 hours.

Commitment to diversity and equal opportunities
We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from people of color, women, non-binary, and neurodivergent individuals who are excited about contributing to our mission. Our application process is blinded wherever possible to reduce biases. Charity Entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity organization. If you need assistance or accommodations due to a disability or have any other related questions about applying, please contact us at ula@charityscience.com

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CE TEAM BEHIND THIS PROGRAM

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JACINTHA BAAS

Jacintha co-leads the development and execution of new CE programs.

Jacintha is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in founding & scaling organizations. In her role as co-founder of a sustainability scale-up, she grew the company to 30+ staff and was in charge of organization building, strategy, and fundraising. Her achievements were awarded with various prizes and recognitions, such as the Next Women To Watch, the Inspiring Fifty: Women in Tech, and the Forbes 30 under 30. She holds a degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

Federico co-leads the development and execution of new programs as well as advises on the overall strategy of the organization.


Federico holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich and co-founded High Impact Professionals (via 2021 Incubation Program).
Before HIP, Federico gained valuable experience at a leading Swiss startup/scaleup. His roles spanned from project and product management to spearheading the adoption of agile methodologies. He also played a pivotal role in promoting EA initiatives.

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FEDERICO
SPEZIALI

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
  • WHEN DO THE NEXT PROGRAMS START?
    The next program will run from August 12 to October 4, 2024. In 2025, we will run another program from early February to late March.
  • DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM?
    About 6 weeks before the program starts, we will invite you to start reading some theory and discuss what you’ve learned at weekly 1-hour virtual meetups. This will ease you into the material, and it presents a fun way to meet your fellow participants in a relaxed and interesting setting.
  • WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?
    Our upcoming programs will take place entirely or largely online. We intend to host two weeks in person, which will involve traveling to London to connect face to face with your instructors and fellow participants. Transportation costs will be covered, and if you cannot travel, that’s ok. You can always join remotely.
  • WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
    People from most countries should be able to come to London for a short trip on a holiday visa. We’ll help successful candidates in thinking through their visa options.
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