A conversation with GiveWell's Elie Hassenfeld
The co-founder and CEO discusses the past and future of effective giving
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To somewhat belatedly kick off the New Year, I wanted to share a conversation I had recently with GiveWell co-founder and CEO Elie Hassenfeld. We talked about how GiveWell got its start, how he thinks about tough questions in global health and development, and how the organization anticipates the funding landscape shifting in the next year. If you’re interested in development or philanthropy, I think you’ll find what Elie has to say worth a listen.
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Paid subscribers will find a transcript of my conversation with Elie below.