Philanthropy Spotlight: GiveWell

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CUE, at its core, was created not only as a means of bringing people together to support San Diego arts and music, but to also emphasize the importance of giving back to both local communities and the world at large. Because of this, we will be spotlighting different causes and organizations that we believe in, so that you may be empowered to deliver a positive impact on the world. Finding where to start can be a daunting task and knowing that your contributions will be effectively utilized is a concern that is all too real. With this sentiment in mind, we would like to introduce the first of our chosen organizations:

GiveWell -

What is GiveWell?

Essentially, GiveWell is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding the best possible giving opportunities. Upon completion of rigorous analysis, they publish the full details of their work to help donors decide where to give. This makes GiveWell a top notch resource for beginning one’s journey into the world of philanthropy and helps to ensure that donors connect with the most effective organizations.

Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, ones that assess only administrative or fundraising costs, they conduct in-depth research aimed at determining how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent. Rather than trying to rate as many charities as possible, they focus on the few charities that stand out most, by their criteria, in order to find and confidently recommend high-impact giving opportunities.

Where is the best place to start?

GiveWell’s list of Top Charities is a great place to start, and by donating through, you can select "Grants to recommended charities at GiveWell's discretion" to allow GiveWell to allocate 100% of your funds (after credit card fees) among their recommended charities according to where their research suggests the donation will do the most good.

How will CUE be helping?

Through leading by example, CUE will grant 10% of the profits from the March 10th event, CUE Presents Britton + Ghost Strype, to GiveWell’s top charities! You will be supporting not only San Diego arts and music but also some of the best charities in the world by attending. And in the meantime, CUE will be leading an online campaign to help bring awareness to GiveWell.

Head over to to review the information they have to offer or go to to donate immediately. Stay tuned for more Philanthropy Spotlights at and @cuetogether on all social media outlets.

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