Basefund is a financial safety net for donors to effective charities.

Basefund maintains a hardship fund for people who donated to effective charities. We believe donors to effective charities should run little risk of encountering financial trouble themselves.

Basefund is currently in its trial phase. As such, payouts are capped to 2,000 USD, and we only assist people who donated in or after 2021. The fund should not be relied on as a financial buffer. Basefund may halt operations at any point.


To apply for hardship assistance, fill in this form and send it to

Anyone who has donated to effective charities can apply. As a part of the verification process, please request a copy of your donation receipts, cc’ing

Dear Sir/Madam,

Could you send a copy of my donation receipts to me and (cc)? This is my donation history:

Best, [Your Name]

There is no need to wait for the charity’s response before submitting your application for hardship assistance. We aim to review applications within 7 days. If your application is accepted, the amount you receive will be the lowest of three figures:

  1. The payout suggested by our hardship examiners
  2. 50% of your donations to cost-effective charities made in or after 2021
  3. 2,000 USD, or the equivalent amount in another currency

We ask potential applicants not to fret too much about whether they are experiencing hardship before applying. Usually, we’ll be able to see right away whether an applicant is eligible.


Basefund’s hardship fund is financed by individual donors. It currently operates under the US fiscal sponsor Players Philantropy Fund, meaning donations are tax-deductible in the US. Our banking information can be found here and our pledge form can be found here. If your donation exceeds 1,000 USD, please fill in the pledge form and send it to

Eligible Charities

At least during the trial phase, donors to the following charities are eligible for hardship assistance:

Charities which fell into one of the above categories at the time of donating also count towards eligibility, even if the charity is no longer recommended at the time of applying.

Cut-off Date

We currently only consider donations made on or after January 1, 2021. In the future, this cut-off date might slowly move to January 1, 2012.


Basefund is chaired by Bob de Ruiter. Applications are reviewed by a team of three: Gabor Kocsi, Manuel Allgaier, and Bob de Ruiter.

We will never share your personal data unless you explicitly give permission. If you have any questions, please email us at

During its trial phase, Basefund operates as a project of Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Basefund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of US law.