7 Great Charities You May Have Never Heard Of

Some charities would rather spend their money on help than on marketing.

Research has shown that some of these goals are sometimes even 100 times as effective.

Unfortunately, these charities are often very unknown.

So it’s time to put a few in the spotlight.

In this article you will find the 7 most underexposed goals at the moment.

# 1: Against Malaria Foundation

What is so special about a charity that provides malaria nets?

The number of malaria victims is still very large. Malaria is among the top 10 causes of death among people in developing countries.

Although the extent of the problem is large, the prevention of victims is fairly simple and cheap, namely with malarial nets.

Relatively little money is spent on malaria problems. Many diseases that cause fewer victims receive more financial support.

The combination of these situations makes AMF a super effective goal. Moreover, there are two more reasons why every euro makes maximum impact on this goal.

First, AMF keeps a close eye on the results of all its campaigns. In this way, they can estimate fairly accurately how many lives they save with every euro that comes in compared to other goals.

Second, the organization is scalable. Some charities receive so many donations that they no longer know what to do with the money. AMF not. It is estimated that they can still receive an additional $ 50 million and are still efficient .

The next goal could also be in the top 10 goals with the least sexy names, but this article is not about that. Fortunately, this is also extremely effective:

# 2: Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

If you had hoped for an article with many pictures of happy children in Africa at a self-built well, then you are wrong.

Most charities in this article deal with problems that are not at all media genius.

The same applies to the SCI.

On the other hand, they are extremely cost-efficient.

But before we start, first:

What the  hell is Schistosomiasis ?

Well, it’s a disease that is caused by worms.

Then why is SCI such a good organization?


They also handle a problem that is large in scope. The WHO estimated the number of victims in 2016 at more than 200 million .

Preventing the disease, on the other hand, is easy. There are good preventive medicines, these are also cheap.

The SCI also measures its results accurately. They have shown good results so far and are very transparent.

There is still enough room to spend extra funding effectively.

Fortunately, the next goal is much easier to explain.

# 3: GiveDirectly

They give money directly to people in developing countries.

Many people are skeptical about giving money directly. The money would only be spent on alcohol or short-term products such as food. It would also make people lazy.

Research shows the opposite.

The money is invested in education for children, medicines and better food. Many people also used the money to set up local businesses. So people in developing countries themselves know best what to spend their money on .

Two more reasons why GiveDirectly is on this list: They are transparent and efficient. Of all the money that comes in, 82% reaches the poorest of the poor.

(and that’s a good percentage)

More info on www.givedirectly.org/

One of the better goals for animal rights is …

# 4: The Humane League

Make a big impact on animal welfare with a small contribution?

Then start with the food industry.

This has two reasons:

the number of animals that lead is immense.

Relatively little money goes. A lot of money goes to test animals or animals in shelters.

That is why The Humane League is mainly committed to the position of cattle.

What exactly do they do?

Well, they mainly organize awareness campaigns. Here they convince organizations and individuals to work towards better animal welfare. They do this in different ways. Think of online advertisements, social media and flyer promotions.

What makes the organization so special?

The answer to this goal is also measurement of results. THL does a lot of research into the effectiveness of its campaigns. That way they know whether their actions actually have an impact.

They have convinced around 10 multinationals, including Aldi and Subway, to take measures. This has improved the welfare of millions of animals.

Measuring impact sounds obvious, but that is not the case with all non-profit animal rights organizations.

And while we are talking about animal welfare …

# 5: The Good Food Institute

Ask a vegan about his motivation and you usually get one of these answers.

“Animal rights and so on.”

“It’s much healthier and I feel fitter than ever.”

But have you ever heard a vegan say the following:

“I just like my tofu much better than a steak, and it is also much cheaper.”


And that is what The Good Food Institute wants to change.

What Do They Want to Do?

vegan food

Simple, promote alternatives to meat and dairy. How? By encouraging entrepreneurs and scientists to come together or to set up start-ups for good meat substitutes.

They invest a lot of money in research. Consider cultured meat or other meat substitutes. In addition, they help companies in this sector with legal or organizational advice.

Smart, after all, you can try to convince people to eat less meat, but you can also make the alternatives much more attractive.

The latter option seems to have much more effect.

Time for the next goal …

# 6: Development Media International

A lot of problems in developing countries arise mainly due to lack of information.

This is especially true in the area of:




One organization that solves this problem is Development Media International.

How are they doing this?

With media campaigns. Especially campaigns via television and radio. Radio is the most used source of information in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, around 74% of all Ugandans listen to radio at least once a week .

The big question is of course:

Are they transparent and effective?

radio in a developing country


Development Media International regularly publishes its reports and results on their website. This also shows that their campaigns have an impact.

For example, they have increased the use of iron supplements in pregnant women in Cambodia by 340% and reduced the incidence of Trachoma disease in Ethiopia from 72% to 52%. Trachoma is also a disease that makes you blind. [link]

The results also show that they can do this cheaply.

A nice goal.

and finally, something completely different:

# 7: The Future Of Life Institute

For charities, most people think first of development aid and the environment.

But what about the future of humanity itself?

There are organizations for that too, and one of them is the Future Of Life Institute.

And this organization is busy.

Some topics they are concerned about:

  • A nuclear war.
  • Extreme climate change.
  • Genetically modified viruses.
  • The emergence of artificial intelligence.
  • Uncontrollable self-copying nanotechnology.
  • A spontaneous disaster such as a mega volcano eruption or asteroid.
  • So a lot of problems.

What Can You Do Against This Well?

It is more difficult to answer that question.

THLI primarily promotes research and marketing campaigns.

For example, they initiated an open letter about the dangers of artificial intelligence. This has been drawn by people such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and many other experts in the field of artificial intelligence.

They also awarded around 7 million in 2015 to 37 research projects to keep artificial intelligence safe.

Whether that is all effective?

That is a bit harder to measure. Yet it is definitely worth it. After all, it would be a shame if we died out.

There are many more great goals.