synthetic indices used to rate all charities: What kind of star ratings exist?

post by Janek.Kretschmer · 2020-03-21T13:14:12.588Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW · 2 comments

This is a question post.


    13 Sanjay

I want to learn more about charity ratings. Do you know watchdogs organizations (besides CharityNavigator) that use star ratings? E.g. I heard about an organization called "Give Star", but I could not find a webpage. Do you know more?

Many thanks in advance!


answer by Sanjay · 2020-03-21T21:45:05.964Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Roughly speaking, organisations that rate/assess charities fall into two categories:

Those that include thoughtful, impact-oriented, cost-effectiveness-aware analysis tend not to use a formulaic or index-based or scalable approach. Examples of this sort of organisation include GiveWell. I created this chart some time back, since then Founders Pledge could probably added to this category.

In the opposite corner is those organisations whose methodology is more formulaic/scalable.

At the time I created this chart, there was a gap for analysis that was scalable, but also impact-oriented and cost-effectiveness-aware.


Since then I've set up SoGive to resolve this gap. You can have a look on and search for charities or cause areas there. Some charities are assessed as Gold, Silver, or Bronze. We are still working through the charities, so not all of them have a rating. If you click through to a charity's page, you'll see a tab called analysis. Lots (but not all) major UK charities are covered her. In the US the closest organisation to SoGive (in terms of approach) is Impact Matters.


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comment by EdoArad (edoarad) · 2020-03-21T16:22:41.363Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

What do you mean by "star ratings"?

And do you perhaps look for Guide Star

comment by Janek.Kretschmer · 2020-03-21T20:01:47.665Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you, EdoArad! That is precisely the kind of rating I had in mind. Do you know more organizations that evaluate with such a rating?