GiveWell has disciplined the second of its two co-founders for misrepresenting himself on the Internet, but the New York Times reports that the Hewlett Foundation remains open to the possibility of making a grant to the charity evaluation group.
Mr. Karnofsky said in mid-December that the Hewlett Foundation had
expressed interest in putting money into the organization, and Eric
Brown, a spokesman for Hewlett, said Monday that it continued to be
“We’re going to wait and see,” Mr. Brown said, “but we think the concept has a lot of value.”
"The concept." Would that be the concept that it might be relevant to funding decisions if a group devoted to judging charities based on transparency and management excellence proves itself deceptive and ill-managed? Or the concept that someone might be concerned about entrusting charitable reputations to an organization whose self-promotion included anonymous attacks on the reputations of its charitable competitors?