In the evaluation process leading to our recent recommendations update, we considered 100 animal charities in total. If you want to delve deeper into the work that led to our recommendations, our List of Organizations page is a great place to start.
Read reviews of organizations
At the top of our list are 12 farm animal charities with individual reviews, including our two top charities. Some reviews are brief, based on publicly available information and approved by organizational leadership. Others are more in-depth, and include things we learned from our conversations and correspondence with the organization. Check out a few different reviews to learn something new about an organization you’re familiar with, get acquainted with one you hadn’t heard of, or get a sense of the process and reasoning behind our recommendations.
Check that we’ve considered a particular organization
Skim the list (it’s sorted alphabetically within review status) to see whether we’ve considered a US animal charity you’re curious about. If you find it, read the organization review, or click on the charity type icons in the last column to find out what we think of the general types of work that it does. If you don’t find it, let us know!
If the group you’re thinking of doesn’t work in the US, you probably won’t find it on our list. We’re planning to consider charities working in other countries for our recommendations update in December 2014. If you have a suggestion for a charity we should consider, let us know!
If there isn’t a review, why not?
Some organizations we chose not to review regardless of how effective we think they might be. At the very bottom of the list, you’ll see a few organizations listed as “Not Considered”. These are organizations that we don’t review for technical reasons, because they aren’t in our scope of consideration, or because reviewing them would present a conflict of interest. For instance, we don’t consider ACE a candidate for our own recommendation; although we do put time into self-evaluation and share the results, this doesn’t fall within our general review process.
Some organizations we chose not to review because, based on the general type of work they do, we don’t think we’ll find they present exceptionally strong opportunities to help animals. These organizations are listed as “Considered” with no asterisk, and you can read about what we think of the specific type of work any of them does by clicking the icons in the “Organization Type” column. We believe that most of these groups do good work on behalf of animals, but because we have limited time and resources, we chose to review only the groups that seemed like the strongest candidates for our top recommendation. We might review some of the groups in this category at a later date; if there’s one you think does especially effective work, let us know why you think we should review them.
We tried unsuccessfully to review some organizations. These organizations are listed as “Considered*.” We don’t publish a review of any organization without their permission, and for a variety of reasons, we couldn’t get permission to publish reviews of the organizations in this group. Some organizations never responded to our initial or follow-up contact attempts. Others told us they did not want us to publish any review or couldn’t agree with us on the content of the review to be published. While we think these groups span a variety of efficiency levels, we haven’t lost a clear top candidate for a recommendation in this way.
Are there any groups you wish we’d considered that aren’t on this list? Are there any organizations that we didn’t try to review that you think are especially promising? Tell us in the comments!