Decide which global problems are most pressing. You want to find charities that are working on big but neglected problems, where there’s a clear route to progress because this is where it’s easiest to have a big impact. If you’re new to 80,000 Hours, learn about how we approach figuring out which global problems are most pressing, or see a list of problems we think need the most attention. If you’re already familiar with the basics of problem selection, check the section further down with tips about which to choose.
If you’re doing your own intensive research, then at this stage you typically need to talk to people in the area to figure out which organizations are doing good work. One starting point is that within each of our problem profiles, we include our own list of recommended organizations.