Donate securely and easily: Thanks to the support of effektiv-spenden.org you can financially support the selected effective charitable organizations no matter where they are in the world. By using the form below you can make a tax-deductible donation in Germany. To make a tax-deductible donation in Switzerland, please use this website.

  • To make a donation to the organizations within a cause area that can currently use your donation most effectively, select “Auswahl durch effektiv-spenden.org” for the corresponding cause area.
  • We especially recommend selecting “Auswahl durch effektiv-spenden.org” if you are setting up a recurring donation, as we occasionally add new organizations that can use your donation very effectively.
  • The minimum contribution requirement helps us to reduce the overhead associated with processing your donation.
SwitzerlandTo make a tax-deductible donation in Switzerland, please use this website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The organization selection is done by effektiv-spenden.org in cooperation with experts from independent evaluators, whose sole mission is to identify the best giving opportunities. Currently, these are GiveWell, Animal Charity Evaluators, Founders Pledge and Let’s Fund.

You can support the above organizations and projects either through a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation. For recurring donations, we recommend donating to the cause area in general by selecting “Auswahl durch effektiv-spenden.org”. This ensures your donation will do the most good.

Please fill in the donation form once for each organization you’d like to support. If you are donating by bank transfer, make a separate transaction for each organization. We are working to make this more streamlined in the future.

Currently, we can only support tax write-offs for donations in Germany. Swiss donors can use this site to make tax-deductible donations in Switzerland.

Every February, we send out a donation receipt to you by email for all of your donations from the previous year.
We can only send a donation receipt to a physical address if this has been provided to us. We make out the donations receipts in the name of the bank account owner from which the donation was transferred. If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at info@effektiv-spenden.org.

We process your donation at no charge. However, some payment processes charge a small fee, which we cannot pass on to the selected organization(s). More concretely, the fee structures are as follows:

  • Bank Transfer: Inside the SEPA payment area – no charge.
  • SEPA Direct Debit: 1.16% + 0.174€ (starting 01.01.2021: 1.19% + 0.1785€)
  • Credit Card: 1.2% + 0.25€ (European cards)
  • PayPal: 1.5% + 0.35€

In addition, our donation processing software charges 1.16% (starting 1.1.2019 1.19%) for credit card and Paypal payments. Currently, we cover these costs.

We recommend the following payment methods: for donations < 1.000€ please use “SEPA Direct Debit” and for donations > 1.000€ “Bank Transfer”.

We process donations every quarter. Legally, we are forced to retain control over the final destination of donations. In reality, each donor can be confident that all donations go to their intended destinations.

You can cancel bank transfers yourself. If you want to modify or cancel recurring donations for other payment methods, please write us a quick, informal email at info@effektiv-spenden.org.

You can update your personal information by making another donation. Alternatively, send us an e-mail at info@effektiv-spenden.org.

The Effective Altruism Foundation is currently in the process of transferring effectiveraltruismus.de to the team at
effektiv-spenden.org. A complete overhaul of effektiveraltruismus.de ist is currently being worked on and will be released soon. Both organizations have been working together for a long time and have decided this to be the most effective way to make use of the existing resources. For more information about the current goings-on of the Effective Altruism Foundation please go here.

We are working together with Benevity to enable employer matching for donations on effective organizations.
You can find more information here.

We gather only the personal information that is required for the processing of donations.
For example, we need your e-mail address and mailing address to send you a yearly donation receipt. We treat your personal information with the utmost confidentiality. In cases where you support an external organization or donate to us via an external organization, we only give your donation and personal information with your explicit permission. You can find more information regarding this topic (in German) at Datenschutzhinweisen.

Please write to us at info@effektiv-spenden.org. We usually respond within two working days.



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