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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: We fund and provide long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to protect those at risk from malaria.

Results: The details of all our distribution programs can be found at: http://www.againstmalaria.com/Nets.aspx

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106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most effective charities in the world. Exceptional work, the money works effectively to doing good; saving lives. Great follow-up with reports and videos/photos.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Giving isn't a single solitary act. Giving is a conversation.

Over the last few year's I have donated my birthday to charities. I started a five year long commitment to donate each birthday, from 26 to 30 to the most effective charities I could find. I did this in hopes of opening a dialog with those around me about charity work and where we choose to donate. Often we think of our philanthropic work as secret or something we shouldn't or can't talk about because it would be seen as boastful.

Sadly this means that many of us don't get to celebrate each other and ourselves for the fantastic work we do in the world. It also means that we don't always talk about how we choose the charities and causes we donate to. Because we regard our philanthropy as so private we loose out on the opportunity to share notes and compare stories around giving. We loose out on the opportunity to learn about new programs, and think critically about our giving decisions.

This year I am donating to the Against Malaria Foundation. Malaria is a preventable disease that still kills thousands around the world, most of whom are children under the age of five. AMF has continuously been shown to be one of the most transparent, through and life saving nonprofits around, which is why I choose to support them.

As a way to encourage people to donate, and a way to be able to talk about these causes year round, I agreed to get a tattoo to commemorate each charity I raise money for if we reach our goal. Each tattoo in the series is an element and the complete set covers a wide spectrum of giving opportunities. The main symptom of malaria is a high fever so this year's elemental tattoo is fire. http://www.sydsbirthdaychallenge.com/

We have already raised nearly $2000, all of it from friends and family who likely would not have donated this money otherwise. Another friend has even decided to match every $27 donation in our fundraising efforts, as a way to encourage everyone to donate more.

I have spent a lot of time talking with friends, family, acquaintances, and even people I barely know about how and why I choose the charities I do and why I spend my birthday asking other people to give. My interactions are almost universally positive, and people usually as insightful honest questions. Opening the dialog about our giving has inspired many to give, or give more, and has inspired them to talk about their choices with others.

Giving isn't a single solitary act. It isn't something we do just for ourselves in the dark. It is something we do to make the world a little brighter and the more we shine a light on it and celebrate great philanthropy the better and stronger we will be.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be involved with the Against Malaria Foundation. I am regularly updated on the work the the foundation is doing, and on how I have contributed.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great clarity; they tell you exactly where your money has gone and what it's been used for. Great for making sure your donated money is being maximally used for the greatest good possible.

2 Chris175

Donor

Rating: 5

For me there's two big reasons I support Against Malaria Foundation. The most important is that the work they do – distributing insecticide-treated nets to prevent kids dying of malaria – is incredibly effective at saving lives for a very small cost. The second is that the organisation is very transparent, and great at communicating with donors as well as auditing its own activities. So you can be sure your donation is actually helping.
Chris

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Against Malaria Foundation delivers help most effectively in a most transparent way. I know that the money I give makes a difference.
Markus

2

Donor

Rating: 5

A small amount of money goes a long way with the Against Malaria Foundation... kept up to date with details of the charity's spending and how the nets are making a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

Proud to be associated with the Against Malaria foundation. Regular detailed insight into the how and where of net distribution helps the feeling that your donation is well spent and makes a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

AMF are highly rated by Give Well, Giving What We Can, etc., so you know that your donation is making a real difference. AMF are also very transparent about what they spend money on, sending regular updates about where they have provided mosquito nets. Highly recommended.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Against Malaria Foundation is one of the best charities to give to if you want to create maximum impact with the money you give. And with impact I mean real impact - not just based on lofty evaluations, but based on sound research. Being a professor and working in this field and I can really appreciate that.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have often been reluctant to donate to organizations doing good work because I did not want what very little money I have to donate to go to that organization’s overhead, (even as I understand that overhead is a necessary expense as well.) However, knowing that 100% of my meager annual donation of $25 to AgainstMalaria.com goes to the purchase of mosquito nets, makes all the difference for me. And receiving periodic updates on how donations have a direct and immediate effect on the lives of the recipients, also makes a big difference for me. All I can say is keep up the good work AgainstMalaria.com!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I spent a while doing some research online, hoping to donate to a legit, cost effective charity, and AMF is the one I chose. They are very transparent about where the money goes, and inform you via email about the nets which your money has purchased. I'm delighted to have found them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found out about Against Malaria Foundation through an organisation called Giving What We Can, which assesses the cost effectiveness of charities working in the developing world and rates AMF as the most effective. Rob Mather, AMF's founder, later came to speak at a Giving What We Can event and I was extremely impressed by his dedication, knowledge and honesty about fighting malaria through distributing bed nets. I got further insight into AMF when I did an internship for Giving What We Can and continued to be impressed by the very high standards that it operates by. I think the model that AMF operates by - of ensuring that 100% of public donations go directly to buying bed nets and all administrative costs are covered through private donations - is a great one and means you know exactly where your money is going. If all charities were as efficient and effective and devoted to as worthy a cause as AMF, the world would be so much better off!

Donor

Rating: 5

I started giving to Against Malaria Foundation because I wanted to make sure that my money went towards saving, or improving lives in the developing world, and that it was used efficiently. I carried out some careful research through Giving What We Can, GiveWell and The Life You Can Save, and it appeared to me to most efficient in terms of saving lives by providing mosquito nets to people in areas prone to the disease. Your money is spent directly on nets and they send you regular emails telling you where nets you have purchased are going. If you want the feeling that you are saving lives through your donation, then this is a great charity to give to! A nice personal touch in that the director took the time to email me when I made a significant donation. This also suggested to me that they are not wasting money on employees they don't need, I understand they have very few paid employees.

Donor

Rating: 5

Your money goes direct to the cause. The research from experts says so, and over 2 years I have no reason to doubt that fact. Simple charity, does exactly what it says it will do, and a superb project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know the leaders of Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), Rob Mather and Andrew Garner, professionally through my role as Executive Director of The Life You Can Save. I feel that AMF uses proven techniques in the most cost effective way possible to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets. These strategies have been demonstrated by the most rigorous scientific standard (randomized controlled trials) to save lives. AMF follows-up to insure the nets are used and distributed properly (not all organizations do). The organization is exceptionally efficient and stands out even when measured against other highly effective charities. My wife and I feel that our personal donations to AMF, as well as those that come through The Life You Can save, is the best use of our money we could possibly think of. We are personally grateful to both Rob and Andrew for their amazing work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to support the Against Malaria Foundation. They're providing a simple, affordable, and effective solution to a huge problem. I'm confident in them because of their consistently excellent reviews from organizations like GiveWell.

Iason G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to support the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) because I read strong reviews of the organisation praising its work and overall cost-effectiveness. Public health interventions to combat malaria continue to be underfunded and represent one of the best ways to help people living in the developing world. AMF is an excellent organisation, staffed by conscientious personnel, and they send me a monthly update on the project that my funds will support.

For an excellent overview of giving to this organisation see the following summary prepared by independent researchers at Oxford University: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities/against-malaria-foundation

Contributing to AMF really is one of the best ways to do most good!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be associated with AMF as a Trustee, and help set new standards of transparency, accountability and efficiency. The fight against malaria deserves nothing less.

Telofy

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past several months, two fund-raising groups I’m part of, Your Siblings and Bronies for Good, decided to make the Against Malaria Foundation the prime beneficiary of their campaigns. Naturally we want to squander none of the donations we solicit but rather use every dollar to do the greatest good we can. Hence we knew we would choose one of the highly effective charities that GiveWell has found. After a longer debate we agreed that it should be the Against Malaria Foundation.

When I started to research their program in depth in order to summarize it for our donors and had a few questions that my own searches had left unanswered, I contacted the founder and CEO, Rob Mather. His answers could not have been more comprehensive, knowledgeable, and prompt. But AMF’s responsiveness is just one facet of their transparency. The amounts of data they publish on their website for everyone to peruse are enormous as well.

The Against Malaria Foundation is surely one of the most effective charities in existence, and thus one of the best ways to put money to use.

Alex36

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful charity - it's good to know that your donations are being used effectively towards a worthy cause. Thank you to the team for all their hard work.

Donor

Rating: 5

As someone who suffered with Malaria twice in my life, I feel more keen to help to prevent others (especially children) from becoming infected.

What I enjoy about donating to Against Malaria is being informed about how my donations are being spent and particularly seeing pictures of where the nets are being delivered to.

Donor

Rating: 5

"The ultimate goal of any charity should be to shut down - the sooner the better." Wait, what? I was speaking with Rob Mather, the founder of AMF, over Skype, and that was not what I expected to hear. "Of course," he confirmed. "That would mean that they problem they were addressing has been solved." I was amazed to have found a charity that did not have the mindset of a sprawling big business. Rob approaches charity operation with such a critical eye, it is no wonder that AMF has become known for its cost-efficiency, transparency, and rigorous self-assessment. And in fact, the accomplishments of AMF speak for themselves: after distributing a quarter of a million nets in Malawi to protect over half a million people, the malaria rates in the region decreased by 40-50%. As a co-founder of the Swiss chapter of Giving What We Can, I am very happy to have a charity to regularly donate to that I can be certain is making a real impact in the developing world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I read about this charity from the Giving What We Can website. It is very cost effective, its work is high impact and donors are kept regularly informed as to where and what their money is doing. Furthermore, one can alter your monthly donation online, if necessary, without any hiccups or involvement of your bank. I rate is so highly that it is one of the charities which will receive a legacy under my will.

Donor

Rating: 5

When deciding which charity to donate to I realised that the worthiness of the cause is only one factor to consider. The other factor is the effectiveness with which the charity pursues the cause. As mentioned by many other commenters the Against Malaria Foundation is rated as one of, if not the most effective charity by organisations like Givewell. I regularly donate to AMF knowing that there are very few, if any, ways that my donations could be used more effectively to reduce suffering and save lives. Hopefully within my life time this will cease to be the case because malaria will have been eradicated but until then I will keep donating.

Donor

Rating: 5

AMF does very effective, high impact work. It has top notch financial transparency and accountability. The team is great at communicating with donors.

Donor

Rating: 5

I decided to donate to Against Malaria after reading their profile on Giving What We Can, a site that rates charities by cost-effectiveness and transparency (https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities/against-malaria-foundation). Unlike many other charities, for instance, Against Malaria is committed to monitoring its own work with surveys carried out before and after nets are distributed, and posts the results of these online. It's a good choice for someone who can only afford a small recurring donation, as you know that the money is making an effective difference.

James151

Donor

Rating: 4

Against Malaria was flagged in Peter Singer's Practical Ethics MOOC as being one of the most cost effective charities it is possible to support. If my meagre donation buys 5 or 6 insecticide loaded nets a month I have a genuine chance that lives will be improved or saved; hard to know how many opportunities there are for that.

I like the monthly emails telling me where donations are headed, although the lag-time can be disconcerting (my April 14 donations are still TBA in November 14), but that is doubtless often the case in a large organisation.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am very pleased with the transparency and great detail on what happens to my donations.
Martin R
United Kingdom

Donor

Rating: 5

Simply one of the best charities that exists today. Transparent, efficient and effective. Most importantly, they are providing an intervention which research (Giving What We Can, GiveWell, ect.) shows to be one of the very best in the world. If you want your money to go the furthest in helping people in the developing world, this is the charity for you.

Donor

Rating: 4

The AMF are a charity that do exactly what they aim to achieve- the provision of mosquito nets for the prevention of malaria. When you know that 5 million children die yearly from this terrible disease you tend to appreciate the work of AMF.
I am grateful to be able to contribute in a small way to help their cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Two points: first, Against Malaria Foundation does more than any other charity I have seen to give details about how your money is being used. I donate monthly, and receive regular emails explaining exactly where and how each donation was used (including photos and videos of the net distribution, maps of where it took place, etc.) This is really amazing feedback -- you can really see the good that your money is doing.

Second, and more importantly, AMF is rated as one of the most efficient charities by the experts (see e.g. here: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities). All the evidence suggests that a dollar donated here saves more lives than a dollar to almost any other cause.

Scott99

Donor

Rating: 5

When looking for a charity to support, efficiency and transparency were my two main criteria and Against Malaraia have matched these requirements perfectly. They do exactly as stated - provide mosquito nets to areas which desperately need them. This is a simple but incredibly effective charity which I recommend to all!

Per M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Against Malaria Foundation because it was among the charities recommended by Giving What We Can and I have been giving to AMF ever since (about 3 years). AMF is an great organization. They are among the most cost-effective charities working to improve public health in the developing world. And they are a well-run, transparent organization. I receive regular updates about where nets are being distributed, as well as progress reports on the measured impact of past distributions. The fight against malaria is doing well--malaria deaths are down 40% since 2006--but there is still much to do. Nearly 600,000 people still die from malaria each year. I am happy to support AMF in their fight against this preventable disease.

Donor

Rating: 4

This is a great charity that's run on a low budget but with massive and transparent benefits. I've done a couple of charity events to support fundraising and I'm a regular donor.
Donating to the AMF is one of the best things you can do if you want to maximise the benefit that will come from your £/$
They've had some criticism for not distributing the nets as quickly as funds would allow but this is in order to maximise accountability - to make sure they're going where they need to go. The backlog is now being relieved I understand.

Donor

Rating: 5

Against Malaria has to be one of the most focussed and transparent charities I have been involved with.
I know clearly what Against Malaria goals are and where my money is going. I can even see what country my nets are sent to and how my donations are spent.

This charity makes you feel involved in their work, their communications with you are personal, and their work on the ground is clearly effective. Of all charities, Against Malaria is the one I recommend to others time and time again. Transparent, efficient, effective.

Donor

Rating: 5

They're a well-run organization with low costs that keeps in touch with donors and works to fight a very worthwhile fight. WHo could ask for anything more?

Donor

Rating: 5

Against Malaria is a charity with a clear and simple purpose - to save lives by defeating malaria. Being so clearly focussed helps it to save lives in a compassionate way and also an amazingly cost-effective way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The commitment to transparency and efficiency demonstrated by Against Malaria is second to none.

Jaque P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Well, what can I say if not that I had heard excellent comments pertaining to Against Malaria Foundation. So far, the usefulness of my monthly donation and the updates on how my money is spent have made this experience quiet unique and rewarding because I feel that every dollar contributed helps, I mean really helps. Altruism starts here.

Michael296

Donor

Rating: 5

Efficient and effective. Transparent and I love the traceability of the donation to the nets. As an Australian resident I can't claim any tax benefits unlike most other charities but I still think it's worth it!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking for an effective way to help people, and the Against Malaria Foundation has exceeded my expectations. Not only am I confident that my donations are used effectively, but I can also "track" how they're spent, down to the location of particular nets I've funded.

Alastair Marsh

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to Against Malaria Foundation for over 2 years now. I started donating to them on the recommendation of a charitable evaluation organisation, Giving What We Can. I am impressed by how AMF are consistently judged to be one of the most effective charities in the world. From my personal experience as a donor, I have found the donation process to be welcoming, informative and hassle-free, with personal communication from the charity when necessary. I really like that each of my donations can be traced to a net distribution in a particular location. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to Against Malaria Foundation after Giving What We Can recommended them as a highly effective charity.

Since then, I have donated monthly. The donation process is straightforward, and even provides information on the fees taken by the companies of each payment method. I am told where the nets my donations have bought are distributed to, and the operation of the charity seems very efficient and transparent.

I would definitely recommend donating to AMF.

Simon T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charitable donations involve both an emotional and a practical involvement. If you wish to achieve the greatest practical benefit for a donation, Givewell helps you make an educated choice. On this basis, the Against Malaria Foundation ranks highly. Every individual donation is tracked in the most transparent manner and you do feel that your donation really does matter and helps the people you are intending to.

Donor

Rating: 5

AMF is a dedicated group of hardworking professionals who are changing the world, one mosquito net at a time.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic levels of transparency, and very honest and well run organisation.

Donor

Rating: 4

Leads the way with transparency and directness of intervention.

Donor

Rating: 4

I like donating to this charity, because of its high ranking with givewell, and the transparency with which it communicates the impact of my donation. You can feel that you are doing a great deal of good, even with very little money!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was made aware of this nonprofit via the The Life You Can Save campaign & website. Given their continuous top-ranking in the GiveWell evaluation (GiveWell.org), I was convinced this is the right approach to donating: How can I maximize the impact of each dollar I am giving? AMF gives full (that is 100%) transparency on where your funds go. I am receiving regular reports about which nets I have sponsored, i.e. in which exact geography and community they have been distributed. In case of delay or local difficulties, this is also made fully transparent, and funds are re-allocated accordingly. Plus, they operate with extremely low operating costs, as they have mostly volunteers in their backoffice.
I am a regular donor and want to encourage everyone to give it a try!

Donor

Rating: 5

Very transparent and very effective! I love that the communication from AMF is so open. It's easy to find out about what projects are in progress, what projects are in the pipeline, and how projects are going. And I like that each donation is matched to a specific project, so you know where your money is going.

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel good about donating to Against Malaria Foundation on a monthly basis for several years because all my donations go directly to distributing nets to save lives. No mother should have to choose which child can be protected against malaria.

Donor

Rating: 5

Superb, sector-leading transparency and accountability, coupled with life-changing impact. Inspirational.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is hard to think of a cause that has more direct impact. A donation, even small amounts, saves lives. Priceless. In addition, Rob the Founder takes the time to communicate with donors and others - feeling a part of the charity increases my desire to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are very transparent and committed to effectiveness, which is all I can ask for. It's a nice bonus that they e-mail now and again to let you know which country your money is going to.

Donor

Rating: 5

I read about this non-profit in a great book called "The Life You Save". Malaria is a deadly disease that can be prevented. For a very small amount, at least in American dollars, this non-profit literally saves thousands of lives by providing mosquito nets, a proven way to prevent malaria, to needy populations. I strongly encourage giving to this foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found AMF via Giving What We Can, and I've been impressed by the quality and clarity of their reporting. I like knowing exactly where the nets are going. I also like the high standards for net distribution: if the conditions aren't right, the distribution doesn't happen.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give regularly to the AMF because they are a highly effective and efficient charity. I know that their methods are well-researched, well-monitored, and documented in a fair and transparent manner. Donations to widespread but treatable health-related issues in developing countries represents one of the most effective forms of giving. This combination of factors places them well above the average charity, as recognised by a number of charity rating services including GiveWell, Giving What We Can, and The Life You Can Save.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found the Against Malaria Foundation via Giving What We Can, an international organization that encourages people to donate a fixed portion of their income to highly-effective charities. AMF has been a mainstay of GWWC's "Recommended Charities", and so I began making monthly donations. Simply put: AMF saves lives, and does so in a way that is rigorous and selfless.

Donor

Rating: 4

I decided to subscribe a small amount regularly towards anti malarial nets and it can be difficult to find NFPs who are sufficiently organised to process small donations internationally. AMF's use of technology to keep donors informed seems excellent and makes them a worthwhile charity to support.

Donor

Rating: 4

I chose AMF because of the valuable work they do, combined with their transparency and approachability. I've always found I can email the team if I have issues with payment or queries, and they respond quickly and accurately to me. It feels more personal than other charities I've donated to.
I really appreciate how they proactively let us know where our money goes (down to pretty specific detail) as well as helpful tools on their website for tax reporting.
A lovely foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

An extremely valuable and effective charity, whose personal style is both charming and informative. The transparency of the organisation is exemplary, as befits a group tackling a major global health problem. Highly recommended.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donor at Against Malaria Foundation for several years now, and all I can tell is that I'm always surprised by their transparency and their efficiency to make each $$ count.
You will not find easily many charity organisations out there, where almost 100% of what you donate goes directly to the field.

Congratulation guys. Please keep up your great work !

Donor

Rating: 5

Simple, direct and effective action by a wonderfully transparent foundation

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been donating to the Against Malaria Foundation for many years because:
-Malaria nets are among the most effective donations you can make given their low cost & proven impact on health outcomes
-They are the most focussed charity I have found both in their purpose, distributing malaria nets, and geographic focus of specific net distributions
-They are excellent stewards of charitable funds and only allocate where they can achieve the highest levels of transparency on net distributions and follow-up on net usage.