What We Do
The mission of One for the World is to help change the culture of giving in affluent countries and to generate donations to highly impactful non-profits that reduce suffering and premature death, and improve life and livelihoods, for people living in extreme poverty. Everything we do aims to expand awareness of the concept of “effective giving” and grow revenue for our recommended nonprofits. We encourage individuals to donate at least 1% of their income to charities that fight extreme poverty.
Our portfolio of charities fight the devastating effects of extreme poverty in over 90 countries worldwide. We support cost effective initiatives that provide everyday basics - such as food, water, healthcare, and education - and promote cutting edge research to find the best solutions to global poverty.
We train student leaders, organize educational events, and support various marketing initiatives to spread the word across campuses in the United States and abroad.
One for the World was founded at The Wharton School in 2014 by two MBAs who wanted to communicate the message of effective giving to their classmates. The organization quickly expanded beyond Wharton to include campuses across the U.S. In 2018 we expanded internationally to Australia and Canada.
As the organization has grown, One for the World has expanded its focus beyond students to include young professionals as well. Since 2014, One for the World has donated $500K+ to effective charities. In the 2018-2019 academic year alone, One for the World motivated more than 1,550 students to take the 1% pledge.
One for the World partners with GiveWell, the best in class charity evaluator, to find outstanding giving opportunities for your charitable dollar. We do not receive any funds from the charities featured on our site, nor do we retain any portion of donations to our partner charities for ourselves.
Our Passion: Effective Altruism
Most people want to do good, but don't know how to turn good intentions into real impact. Effective altruism addresses how we can use our limited resources to help others the most. The effective altruism movement advocates using high-quality evidence and data-driven reasoning to maximize the return on charitable giving. Effective altruists conduct in-depth research to determine how much good a given program accomplishes in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc. By focusing on donating only to the best organizations, you can create a life-changing impact even with a small donation.
Our Focus: Extreme Poverty
The World Health Organization estimates that about 15,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from preventable causes associated with extreme poverty which include insufficient nutrition, lack of access to clean water, inadequate health care services, malaria, dysentery, and neonatal infection. Much of this suffering can be easily prevented or mitigated with simple, cost-effective interventions.
One for the World believes that there is a smart way to help fight poverty. We find, evaluate, and recommend charities that work to combat these causes and symptoms of extreme 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.
Why Give At Least 1%?
The average American donates 2.6% of their income to charity. With this relatively low bar in mind, we recommend donating at least 1% or more of gross income to One for the World's portfolio of effective charities. While 1% may sound like a lot of money, it is only $1.64 per day for someone making $60,000 per year - less than a cup of coffee.