Incubation Program

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Incubation
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Prepare to start an effective charity with our two-month online program. It’s a full-time, cost-covered, intensive training designed by founders for founders.


Our instructors will guide you through the most important decisions and help you with the best charity and co-founder match. 

 

Explore the critical components of evidence-based charities. Learn prioritization, impact analysis, cost-effectiveness, gathering support, management, and fundraising in real-world partner projects. Gain clarity, build your confidence, and network.

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WHY START A CHARITY

HAVE A HUGE IMPACT

Directly save and improve lives at scale. We estimated the average alumni’s impact as equivalent to donating $200,000/yr to effective charities.

BUILD CAREER CAPITAL

Gain the invaluable hands-on experience of becoming an entrepreneur and hone your team and management skills on a high-impact project.

DO GOOD BETTER

Move resources and attention towards important problems and demonstrate the potential of cost-effective and evidence-based interventions. 

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1: APPLY TO THE PROGRAM

We will soon open applications for two programs:
 

  • Summer 2022 - runs from late June to late August 2022 (8 hours a day, 7 weeks online + 1 week in person in London).

  • Winter 2023 - runs from early February to late March 2023 (8 hours a day, 7 weeks online + 1 week in person  - location TBA).

 

We will hold multiple application rounds, but we encourage you to apply early:

  • Round 1 (starts December 2021)

  • Round 2 (starts March 2022)

  • Round 3 (starts September 2022)

You can apply with one of two goals:
a) To start one of our top charity ideas (highly encouraged).

b) To develop and launch your own nonprofit idea, if it looks as, or even more, promising to our team. 

Our application process is designed to help you decide if charity entrepreneurship is right for you. It’s always possible that you might have an even more impactful career option. We’re most interested in your values, your work ethic, and your potential for success. We’ve become very good at spotting diamonds, and we won’t waste your time. 

 
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STEP 2: PREPARE FOR THE PROGRAM

If you’re accepted, we’ll provide background reading and host casual weekly meetups beginning 1-2 months before kickoff. That way, you can learn the theory at your own pace and start to meet your fellow budding founders.

STEP 3: TWO-MONTH INTENSIVE TRAINING

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Our training is divided into two stages:

Month 1 is all about matching with a co-founder and a charity idea. You will spend most of your time working with project partners on practical challenges. Explore different working styles and test compatibility, values, and epistemics. Deeply engage in a variety of real-world tasks and charity ideas.
 

Month 2 is about working with your new partner to build your charity: early pilots, monitoring and evaluation strategy, and even your brand. Together, you will craft and submit a real proposal for funding and get ready to launch. We don’t just teach you about starting a charity, we make sure you have the tools and confidence to actually do it.

Stipends are provided to those in need, and transportation costs are covered for those who can travel for the week in person

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STEP 4: CHARITY SELECTION

Our Board of Directors and network of funders evaluate the teams and their project proposals. Then, they award seed funding to launch successful projects, with grants ranging from $50,000 to $175,000. In 2021, new CE charities received seed funding of over $500,000 in total.


If you don’t seek or receive start-up funding, our track record for connecting non-founder participants to research grants, related jobs, and other pathways to impact is near 100%. (Moreover, we are able to offer stipends to the few participants who do not immediately find a new opportunity).

STEP 5: ONGOING SUPPORT

After launching, you will continue to receive ongoing operational support, one-on-one mentorship, and access to a powerful worldwide network of experts, funders, and skilled employees. We continue to evaluate your measurable impact over time, coaching you and championing your success. 

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WHO SHOULD APPLY?

This is a part of our "What it really takes to found a high-impact charity" keynote talk Joey Savoie gave at EA Global: London 2021! Watch the whole talk.

Fact 1: 

~50% of our most successful founders from previous years didn’t even think they should apply. Don’t doubt your potential.

Fact 3: 

The base traits that make a good charity entrepreneur include grit, intelligence, resourcefulness, a focus on outcomes, and commitment to making a real difference.

Fact 2: 

Nobody comes onto the program qualified to start a charity. That’s what the course is for!

Fact 4: 

For most people, the highest-impact time to start a charity is right now.

Take our quiz to see if you are a good fit and ask trusted peers and colleagues for their opinions. 

We accept candidates of all ages from a wide range of backgrounds.

Experience is helpful but not necessary. We train people with over a decade of expertise alongside those with little to no work experience or formal education.

Still have doubts?

 

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BENEFITS

Get access to CE’s 400-page Handbook on starting a charity and over 100 video lectures prepared by experienced founders. Master the fundamental principles of managing high-impact organizations, including:

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Cost-effectiveness

Analysis

Monitoring and Evaluation

Fundraising and Operations

Strategic

Decision-making

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Work 8 hours a day developing relevant skills in real-world partner projects

  • Is your charity cost-effective? Prepare a Cost-effectiveness Analysis (CEA)

  • Where do you operate? Draft a Geographic Assessment Framework

  • How do you begin implementation? Outline a One-year Plan

  • What is your impact? Prepare a Monitoring & Evaluation Plan

  • How much funding do you need? Draft a Budget

  • How do you best fundraise? Prioritize potential funders

  • How do you work with your co-founder? Come up with a Founders’ Agreement to facilitate your collaboration

  • And many more

Receive extensive group and individual feedback, ready-made templates (e.g., sample budgets, one-year plans), and one-on-one discussions about your progress.

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Learn from the best:

Hear from experts who have excelled in the nonprofit world as they share their perspectives on entrepreneurship, give advice, and provide valuable feedback. Previously, our guest speakers and mentors have included:

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Peter Singer

The Life You Can Save

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Hannah-Polly
Williams

International Rescue Committee

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Nikita Patel

Fortify Health

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Roy Head

Development Media International

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Rob Mather

AMF

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Peter Wildeford

Rethink Priorities

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Bruce Friedrich

Good Food 
Institute

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Adina Rom

Policy Analytics

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David Coman-Hidy

THL

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Hannah Wheatly

Acumen

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Daniel Kastenholz

Centre on Long-Term Risk

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Aaron Hamlin

The Centre for Election Science

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Participate in a streamlined co-founder and charity idea selection process by:

  • Providing weekly feedback on your project partners and preferred ideas

  • Meeting with senior staff members for 1:1 mentoring

  • Enjoying individual social calls with all potential co-founders

  • Having constant access to a highly-qualified research team

  • Joining a network of previous founders that are happy to share experience and advice 

  • Getting final pairing advice from senior staff members to help you find the best fit.

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Graduate from the program with:

  • A co-founder

  • A high-quality charity idea and plan for implementation 

  • A robust funding proposal

  • A seed grant (not guaranteed for everyone, but on average, at least 50% of co-founder pairings receive funding).

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And the confidence, network, and commitment to launch.

If you learn that starting a charity right now isn’t for you, we will provide continued mentoring, career advice, and connections to work opportunities within our and the wider EA network. We are able to offer stipends to the few participants who do not immediately find a new opportunity.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Our application process comprises 5 stages. The further you get, the more time we’ll ask you to invest.

1. WRITTEN APPLICATION
(~30 minutes)

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You will fill out an application form and submit a resume.

​We will only contact you if you qualify for the second round - Test Task 1.

3. RECORDED INTERVIEW
(~30 minutes)

5. LIVE INTERVIEW
(~30 minutes)

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In the interview, you will be asked general and situational questions relevant to founding charities. ​

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This is a deeper interview. Questions will focus on dealing with evidence, cause selection, and impact.

2. TEST TASK 1

(~2-3 hours)

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You will be given two short test projects to be completed in ~2-3 hours and returned within a few days.

4. TEST TASK 2

(~2-3 hours)

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You will submit a test project and references within a few days.

You can complete the written application in less than 30 minutes. Our entire recruitment process typically takes fewer than 10 hours for the applicant and ~1 month for us to complete. Along the way, we will assess your fit for charity entrepreneurship and help you weigh your other options and pathways to impact.

We are only able to contact applicants who are moving forward to the second stage of the recruitment process. If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the application deadline, unfortunately you have not been accepted to the program (but you are free to apply next year).

You will be informed whether you have been selected in February 2022 (first application round) or April 2022 (second application round). We expect to accept between ten and twenty attendees per program.

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, and non-binary individuals who are excited about contributing to our mission. 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

 

OUR RESOURCES

The Charity Entrepreneurship handbook

How to Launch a High-Impact Nonprofit is available now on Amazon!

To help you prepare, we have also created a page with useful resources:

 
 

MEET THE PARTICIPANTS

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TESTIMONIALS

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Nikita Patel

Co-founder,

Fortify Health

CE supported Fortify Health to launch in 2017 with weekly mentorship and a seed grant. This support was the launchpad to Fortify Health's impact, and since then we've always been able to count on the team's exceptional mentorship and guidance.