Donate
better
with experts

Based on scientific studies and analyses by independent experts, we recommend the most effective charities worldwide. Your donation can be up to a 100 times more effective in Fighting poverty.

effective donations

> 23,000

committed donors

> 50,000

hours of research per year

How we identify the most effective charities

Prioritizing problems

The impact of a donation depends heavily on the issue area. We focus on problems that are large but neglected and for which proven solutions exist.

Evaluating solutions

Within the most important subject areas, experts analyze the most cost-effective approaches on the basis of scientific studies.

Recommending charities

Organizations that focus on cost-effective solutions to the most pressing problems are extensively evaluated. Only the best are recommended by us.

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What can your donation achieve?

Fighting poverty

Thousands of children die every day as a result of extreme poverty. This does not have to be the case: The most effective aid organizations in this field can save the life of an infant for less than €5,000.

Mitigating climate change

We are currently on course to exceed 2.5°C of global warming, with significant consequences. This does not have to be the case: The most effective climate charities can avoid a tonne of CO2 for less than one euro.

Improving animal welfare

Billions of animals live and die in horrific conditions every year. This does not have to be the case: The most effective charities in this field can help numerous animals living in inhumane conditions with just one euro.

Safeguarding the future

Humanity is facing a number of existential threats, such as a potentially even more aggressive pandemic, nuclear war or the risk of unregulated AI. Our donation fund supports the most effective measures to counter these risks.

Defending Democracy

Democracy is under pressure. With our donation fund, you can support initiatives that are committed to defending democracy, for the time being, solely in Germany.

Your personal advice

Everyone who donates wants to make a difference. We are happy to help you achieve the greatest possible impact in line with your ideas and values. Simply book an appointment for your personal advisory session.

Anne Schulze,
Founder & Managing Director

Your personal advice

Everyone who donates wants to make a difference. We are happy to help you achieve the greatest possible impact in line with your ideas and values. Simply book 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 the charities that have been rated as outstandingly effective by leading international experts.

Donate directly through us

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

State-approved donation receipt

We forward your donation without deducting any fees and issue you with a donation receipt - even for aid organizations based abroad.

Maximum
Effect

With your donation, you support organizations that have a proven track record of outstanding impact in the areas that are particularly close to your heart.

FAQ section

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.

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, credit card or PayPal fees are charged by the payment providers we work with. These depend on the chosen payment method and are calculated as follows for Germany:

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

Therefore, for donations with amounts < 10,000 euros, we recommend the "SEPA-direct debit". For amounts > 10,000 euros, the only option currently available for security reasons is the "Bank transfer".

Similar fees would apply if you donated directly to the organisations. We have already negotiated with all the payment providers and have obtained very favourable conditions for non-profit organisations. We are also funded by donations, but completely independently.

You can find out more 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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