One for the World (OFTW) is a movement of students and young professionals that are changing the way our generation gives back.

Roughly 10% of the world's population live in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90(USD) per day. However, with more than 1.5 million non-profits in the U.S. alone, it can be difficult to identify which organizations create the most impact for those in need. OFTW is here to change that.

One for the World is part of a broader 'effective giving' movement focused on accomplishing as much good as possible per dollar donated. We take the guesswork out of philanthropy by recommending charities that are proven to have the highest ROI.  Our charity recommendations are based on robust research on effectiveness; we leverage industry leading resources (GiveWell) and then add an extra layer of diligence.

We recommend individuals allocate a fixed portion of their income toward effective giving, similar to budgeting for any other major goal or purchase. One for the World pledgers commit to giving at least 1% of their income to our recommended charities for life.

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Our Beginning

One for the World was co-founded by two Wharton MBAs, Kate Epstein and Josh McCann, in 2014. Kate and Josh quickly realized that Wharton classmates were interested in learning about effective giving but lacked the tools to do so. One for the World was formed in response to this unmet need and has spread to 35 other schools since inception including Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Tufts, Stanford, McGill, and Princeton, among others. 

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Our Mission

One for the World’s mission is to end extreme poverty. We will accomplish this mission by educating students and young professionals about effective giving and motivating them to channel their donations to organizations that will have the greatest impact

We recommend 16 specific charities that address a variety of issues that affect the world's poor including hunger / nutrition, water / sanitation, healthcare / infectious disease control, infant mortality, agriculture & farming, economic development, and education. 

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27,767 nets funded to date, protecting 46,409 people through the Against Malaria Foundation as of June 30, 2018.


Health products and services through Living Goods provided to 18,929 people as of June 30, 2018.


30,713 children de-wormed through the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative as of June 30, 2018.

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36,366 people provided with clean water through Evidence Action as of June 30, 2018.

Just 1% of the average annual salary of...

an MBA graduate would provide over 12,000 children with de-worming treatments

a law associate can protect 1,024 people from malaria for three to four years

a college graduate could provide 533 people with safe water for an entire year


Get Involved

The One for the World movement is rapidly expanding in order to educate and motivate the next generation about how we can end extreme poverty together. 

If you are looking to join the movement and make a difference, please contact us about starting a chapter!

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What Others are Saying

  • All of us who are fortunate enough to have money to spare have a responsibility to use some of it to save lives and reduce suffering. I'm delighted that One for the World is encouraging people to pledge to use some of their income to help people living in extreme poverty.
    — Peter Singer
  • One for the World has an ambitious goal: getting business leaders to put their money where their mouth is. This initiative exemplifies the Wharton commitment to giving back.
    — Adam Grant
  • Through One for the World, Wharton can become the leading business school in effective, meaningful philanthropy. Their portfolio of charities are transparent, cost-effective organizations providing life-saving services with proven results.
    — William MacAskill
  • One for the World is a small, but very important development in the fight against the devastating effects of extreme poverty... Students that commit to participating in this fight will inspire not only others in their university, but university students in other affluent countries. We hope to see other similar organizations spread like wildfire
    — Charlie Bresler