The One for the World Pledge is a personal commitment to give one percent of your income to effective charities. By making the pledge, you can make thoughtful, meaningful and effective philanthropy a part of your life today.

You can donate to organizations in One for the World's portfolio of recommended charities that have been rigorously evaluated to maximize impact per dollar, or to other organizations that have demonstrated a comparable impact in the developing world.

Why  1%

1% of our income can make a big difference

Why 1%

Source: National Center for Charitable Facts and Figures, 2011


17,000 children die daily from hunger, thirst, diarrhea and malaria – the majority of which can be easily and inexpensively prevented. In most cases, we want to help, but hesitate because we don’t know how, and the problems seem too large, too distant and too complex.

Though most of us will pursue careers outside of social impact, we still want to give back in a thoughtful, meaningful and effective way.


We believe that there is a smart way for students to help fight poverty. If we give collectively and effectively, we can not only move the needle on some of the issues plaguing the world’s poorest, but we can completely eradicate these problems.

One for the World (OFTW) is creating a movement that makes charitable giving part of our daily lives. Together, we can end extreme poverty, so let’s start today. Make the pledge and join the movement.

Our goal is for students and alumni to:

  • We critically assess which charities are having the most impact
  • We understand the incredible impact we can have with just 1% of our income
  • We appreciate the benefits of making philanthropy and giving part of our identity early in life
  • We make it easy to donate by recommending effective charities evaluated through a rigorous process.
  • We make donating seamless by providing a simple donation platform, tax-deductible receipts, and reports on where our money is going and the impact it is having.
  • We are creating a culture of giving so that it is widespread and celebrated


Create a movement of giving that extends beyond Wharton. We started at Wharton, where the annual class of 840 students could raise over $1,000,000 per year.

Individually, we can touch the lives of thousands of people. Just 1% of the average Wharton student’s weekly salary would provide over 200 children de-worming treatments, keeping them healthy and in school.

But our goal is to expand around the world. Imagine that a few years from now, thousands of students across the globe will be consciously and thoughtfully giving because of a movement that started at Wharton.

Together, we can change the status quo and give a billion people a chance at life, something we take for granted each day.

Giving should be widespread and celebrated.
1% of the developed world's income can eliminate extreme poverty. Let it start with you.


There are hundreds of non-profits that you can choose to give to, and the process of selecting which organization to support can feel like a daunting task. But you don't have to do all the research yourself. One for the World compiles its list of recommended charities based on extensive research and analysis performed by organizations like Innovations for Poverty Action, GiveWell and Giving What We Can. These are the charities we recommend:


Against Malaria Foundation

Distributes long lasting insecticide treated bednets to prevent malaria transmission for a total cost of $6.40 (including monitoring and manufacturing). For more information click here or visit the Against Malaria Foundation website.

Evidence Action

Scales up interventions proven to help the world’s poor, notably the provision of clean water and the treatment of parasitic worms, each for less than $1 per person per year. For more information click here or visit the Evidence Action website.

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

Conducts mass deworming of school children to treat four neglected tropical diseases that kill over 200,000 people per year for only $1 per treatment. For more information click here or visit the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative website.

Living Goods

Creates networks of micro-entrepreneurs and community health workers to deliver proven interventions and life-saving products, such as soap, fortified foods and medicines. For more information click here or visit the Living Goods website.

Population Services International

Makes it easy for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services. For more information click here or visit the Population Services International website.


  Find out how we chose these charities

  Review our detailed partner selection criteria


Choose a charity, enter a donation amount and click "calculate" to view the real-world impact of your donation.

Your donation protects children from schistosomiasis
Children Protected

from schistosomiasis for one year, preventing life-threatening conditions including bladder cancer, kidney malfunction, spleen damage, and anaemia.

Your donation allows children to be dewormed
Children Dewormed


Your donation provides communities with safe drinking water
Community Members

provided with safe water for an entire year.

Your donation will help prevent the spread of malaria
Bednets Provided

to protect those living in malaria-stricken areas from infected mosquitos.


Your donation will help prevent the spread of malaria
People Protected

from malaria for three to four years, on average.

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