The fact is, not all nonprofits are created equal. Good intentions are no substitute for solutions, and some organizations solve social problems better than others. To help would-be donors know which nonprofits deserve support there is GiveWell. The brainchild of eight friends in the financial services industry who wanted to know where to donate money, the sometimes controversial GiveWell is an independent, nonprofit evaluator of nonprofit organizations. A self appointed watchdog, it performs in-depth research to help people accomplish as much good as possible with their donations. Unlike most other such organizations, which tend to focus on financial data, GiveWell examines how well nonprofit programs work and whether they are making a difference in the world. For information on organizations that GiveWell has evaluated, and more on its methods, visit GiveWell at: