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

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Hi!
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!
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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.

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Since then I've set up SoGive to resolve this gap. You can have a look on https://app.sogive.org/ 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?