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Based on scientific research and independent expert analysis, we recommend the most effective charities around the world. Your donation can be up to 100 times more effective in Fighting poverty.

63,069,523 €

effective donations

23,838

committed donors

> 50,000

hours of research per year

How we identify the most effective charities

Prioritizing problems

The impact of your donation depends heavily on the cause you choose. We focus on problems that are large but neglected, and for which there are proven solutions.

Evaluating solutions

Independent experts analyze the most cost-effective approaches in these cause areas, based on scientific research.

Recommending charities

Organizations that focus on cost-effective solutions to the most pressing problems are thoroughly evaluated. We recommend only the best.

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What’s the potential impact of your donation?

Fighting poverty

Thousands of children die every day as a result of extreme poverty. They don't have to: The most effective charities in the field can save a child's life for less than €5,000.

Mitigating climate change

We are currently on course to exceed 2.5°C of global warming, with significant consequences. It doesn't have to be that way: The most effective climate charities can avoid a tonne of CO2 for less than €1.

Improving animal welfare

Billions of animals on factory farms live and die in appalling conditions every year. This doesn't have to be the case: Through the work of the most effective charities in the field, as little as one euro can help countless animals living in inhumane conditions.

Safeguarding the future

Humanity faces a number of existential threats, such as a potentially more aggressive pandemic, nuclear war or the risk of unregulated AI. Our Giving Fund supports the most effective responses to these risks.

Defending democracy

Democracy is under pressure. Our Giving Fund supports the most promising initiatives to defend democracy, with an initial focus on Germany.

Your personal advice

Everyone who gives wants to make a difference. We want to help you make the biggest impact possible, in line with your ideas and values. Simply make an appointment for your personal advisory session.

Anne Schulze,
Founder & Managing Director

Your personal advice

Everyone who gives wants to make a difference. We want to help you make the biggest impact possible, in line with your ideas and values. Simply make an appointment for your personal advisory session.

Anne Schulze,
Founder & Managing Director

Why donating with us is better

The most effective charities

We introduce you to charities that have been rated as highly effective by leading international experts and evaluators.

Conveniently donate through us

You choose the cause or project that moves you most and you can support it directly through our platform without any deductions.

Deduct donation from tax

We will forward your donation without deduction and provide you with a tax-deductible donation receipt - even for overseas charities.

Maximum
impact

Your donation will support organizations with a proven track record of making a real difference in the areas you care about.

FAQs

How much should I donate?

How much you want to donate is of course ultimately your own personal decision, but perhaps you will find some inspiration in the articles "How much should I donate?" and "Why and how I donate.

Can I deduct my donation from my taxes?

Yes, you can make your donation in Germany and Switzerland tax deductible, even if the donation projects are based abroad. We will automatically send you a donation receipt for all your donations by e-mail at the end of February of the following year. You don't have to do anything else.

In Austria Unfortunately, donations via our platform are currently not tax deductible in Austria. You can find out when this will hopefully change and why it is advisable to donate to the world's most effective charities even without a tax advantage in our blog article on the topic.

I don't want to donate online, can I also transfer the money?

Yes! Simply select the payment method "Bank Transfer" in the last step of the donation form. You will then receive our bank details and can transfer your donation. Please use your personalized reference code (starting with "ES-") when making the transfer so that we can automatically allocate the payment.

What are the fees? Will you forward 100% of my donation?

We process donations free of charge, i.e. we do not keep any of your donation for ourselves. However, depending on the payment method, fees may be charged by the payment services we work with. These fees will then be deducted from your donation. The amount is calculated as follows:

  • Bank transfer: Free of charge within the SEPA payment area
  • SEPA-direct debit: 0.35 Euro
  • PayPal: 1.5% + 0.35 Euro
  • Credit card Germany and Austria: 1.2% + 0.25 Euro (for European cards)
  • Credit card Switzerland: 2.9% + 0.30 francs

Therefore, for donations with amounts < 10,000 euros, we recommend For donations with amounts < 10,000 euros, we use the particularly easy to process SEPA-direct debit (unfortunately not available in Switzerland) and for amounts > 10,000 euros the free of charge Bank transfer. For security reasons, we only offer direct debit payments < 10,000 euros, as PayPal and credit card are not recommended for high amounts for cost reasons.

Comparable fees would also be incurred for a direct donation to the respective organizations. We have already negotiated with all payment services and obtained particularly favorable conditions for charitable organizations.

We also finance ourselves through donations, but completely independently. You can here .

How can I cancel my recurring donation?

You can cancel your recurring donation at any time and without giving reasons. Simply send us an informal e-mail at info@effektiv-spenden.org or call us at +49 (0)30 / 260 355 19.

How do you cover your costs?

Effektiv Spenden is made possible by private sponsors. This support enables us to cover all administrative costs. This allows us to pass on your donation in full to our top organizations. Of course, we also welcome your donation to us as a platform. You can find out more about our funding here.

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