Via Andrew Leigh’s blog I came upon Give Well which attempts to rank charities in terms of their effectivenss. Damn good thing too. I have a question to any Troppodillians who might know which is this “what has been done, if anything, to ‘internationalise’ our capacity to donate to international charities and qualify for tax deductibility.” Obviously the international charities that are well known enough are registered here – Oxfam, UNICEF etc.
But the top ranked charity – saving lives for US$1,000 or less per life is Population Services International (PSI). I’ve never heard of them. I would have thought there should be mutual recognition, or at least a presumption of mutual recognition, so that any charity that’s registered as charitable in another country whose registration process we have some faith in should qualify for tax deductibility here if you give money to it.
Does anyone know the score on this subject?