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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.

We’re very proud that Peter Singer has endorsed our program:

“Launching an effective nonprofit can change millions of lives for the better. Charity Entrepreneurship’s training program will be extremely valuable for anyone considering this high-impact career path.”

- Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, author of Animal Liberation and The Life You Can Save.

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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

Upcoming programs

  • February 6 - March 31, 2023

  • late June - August 2023

Both will take eight weeks and run online with one to two weeks in person in the CE headquarters in London. Participants will be required to commit eight+ hours a day.

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.

If needed, we provide stipends to cover your living costs during and after the program, including rent, food, childcare, wifi, as well as travel and other costs for the week in person, in London.   

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STEP 4: CHARITY SELECTION

Our Board of Directors and network of funders evaluate the teams and their project proposals. They then award seed funding to launch successful projects, with grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. In recent years all projects have been funded, within a few weeks.


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 
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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 can even extend financial support beyond the end of the program where necessary.

Learn how it is to take part in the program directly from participants: 

 

HOW TO APPLY

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

1. PSYCHOMETRIC APPLICATION FORM

(~30-60 minutes)

3. RECORDED INTERVIEW
(~30 minutes)

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You will fill out an application form with two short questions, upload your CV, and go through a psychometric assessment that will provide you with personalized feedback on your potential as a nonprofit founder after the submission deadline.

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In this automated screening interview, you will be asked general and situational questions about you and your approach that are relevant for founding a charity.

5. IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW
(~60 minutes)

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This is a deeper interview over zoom. Questions will focus on dealing with a wide range of topics including behaviors and preferences, dealing with evidence, and how you think about impact.

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2. TEST TASK 1

(~3 hours)

Next, candidates will be given a robust framework and methodology to compare and contrast their top career options, and are invited to explore and detail their own priorities and tradeoffs.

4. TEST TASK 2

(~3 hours)

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The second test task consists of one to three prompts that test your capabilities for founding a charity from different angles.

You can complete the first application form including the psychometric assessment in 30-60 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.

You will be contacted about the outcome of your application regardless of whether you progressed to the second stage or not with personalized feedback within a few weeks of the application deadline. Please be patient and check your spam folder.

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:

 
 

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