Fundraisers can cooperate with agencies that rate and rank charities along various dimensions (such as GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator). They might consider publicizing their own ratings.

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Category: Info/communications

Sub-category: Info

Relevant theories: Public goods, Optimization, Impact, Warm glow - sophisticated, Overhead aversion

Type of evidence: Causal-observational (IV etc)

Evidence strength (ad hoc assessment): 5

Main findings

Positive impact on donations to smaller charities, not larger charities (Yoruk); previous papers, perhaps with less 'clean identification' find a more general positive effect


Practical relevance

Some evidence it works for Charity Navigator. Issue: will ratings like Givewell help the positively rated charities?

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