Vida Plena (pdf) - Improving mental health at scale in Latin America
Shrimp Welfare Project (pdf) - Advocacy for improved welfare of farmed shrimp
Centre for Exploratory Altruism Research (pdf) - Research about cost-effective interventions and cause prioritization
Catherine Project (pdf) - Free education and discussion groups based on the great books
Social Change Lab (pdf) - Research about social movements and their impact
GiveDirectly (pdf) - Direct cash transfers
Maternal Health Initiative (pdf) - Family planning interventions in sub-Saharan Africa
Braver Angels (pdf) - US movement to bridge partisanship in politics
Lead Exposure Elimination Project (pdf) - drive effective policies to eliminate lead poisoning across the globe
Kaya Guides (pdf) - guided self help for youth depression and anxiety
Each gift recipient will receives giving dollars and a one-pager on two specific charities. The recipients pick one of the charities to pitch to the group. After the pitches and ensuing discussion the recipients will be allowed to allocate their giving dollars as they see fit. The winning charity with the most allocated dollars will have its donation doubled!
Discussion was good and centered around a few different topics:
How do we compare mental health interventions?
Do shrimp count?
The benefits of meta charities vs direct interventions
In the end these were the results:
The winner this year was the Maternal Health Initiative, due in no small part to Madison's excellent presentation. Congratulations MHI!