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At the top of our partners' online shops you will see a button giving you an opportunity to start raising money for charities from your purchases in that shop. We will ask you to confirm your decision, and that's it.
When you pay for the products, we receive a portion of the price—usually between 3-10%, but sometimes even 100%! The price of the product doesn't change for you. We use the money we receive to cover our costs and donate to carefully selected charities.
The charities we support together are extremely effective. First of all, between 85-91% (GiveDirectly) and 100% (AMF, SCI) of the money you generate for them will go straight to the cause. Also, these particular charities do a ton of good with every single dollar they get: Schistosomiasis Control Initiative can cure one person of parasites for just $1.19; Against Malaria Foundation can protect 2 people from malaria for $4.85; and GiveDirectly gives $0.91 for every dollar donated to people living in extreme poverty. These estimations are based on GiveWell.org research. So even one small purchase in our partners' stores instead of other stores makes a huge difference.
The charities we've chosen to support have been recommended by GiveWell.org, an organization that does in-depth research into how well charities do what they are supposed to do and chooses the best ones. As a result, the charities we support are exceptional at improving the lives of people living in extreme poverty. And you don't have to spend your time verifying if the charity you want to support is good, does their job well, doesn't pay ridiculous salaries to the founders, etc.
Selected charities are evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, and underfunded.
Because of all that you can be sure that the money they receive from your online shopping is used to do as much good as possible. Also, because the charities are so efficient with their funds, every small purchase in Altruisto's partners' shops makes a difference.
Against Malaria Foundation
Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 1 million people—mostly children—die from malaria each year. Insecticide-treated bed nets prevent deaths and many other non-fatal cases of malaria, and are relatively inexpensive: about $4.85 per net.Read full report
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
SCI supports programs that treat people for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are very inexpensive to treat. It costs only $1.19 to treat one person.Read full report
Directly transferring money to poor individuals allows them to purchase what they believe will help them most. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs (such as food) and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns, with no evidence of large increases in spending on items like alcohol or tobacco.Read full report
No, Altruisto is absolutely free to use. The prices in the online stores are exactly the same whether you use altruisto.com or not. However, we have additional features that actually help you save money by informing you that there is either a better price for a given product, a coupon that you may use, or some kind of promotion.
No, we are Community Interest Company.
A community interest company (CIC) is a type of company introduced by the United Kingdom government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good. CICs are intended to be easy to set up, with all the flexibility and certainty of the company form, but with some special features to ensure they are working for the benefit of the community.
First of all, our users are clients who have a strong incentive to buy from them and not their competition. Secondly, we are preparing multiple new features such as highlighting partners' websites in search results or informing the user when the product they are going to buy is available for the same price in one of our partners' stores. These features directly drive new consumers to partners' stores. Last, but definitely not least, thanks to Altruisto, our partners' brands are associated with a great cause.
No, we do not. We do get information about what kind of products and how many items our users bought each month, but we do not track individual users' purchases.
We simply cover our costs and donate the rest of the money to charities. Currently, there are no salaries being paid, but that may change in the future if the project needs full-time developers.