Lead Exposure Elimination project
LEEP works to improve the health, wellbeing, and potential of children worldwide by advocating for regulation of lead paint in countries with large and growing burdens of lead poisoning from paint.
Your support is fundamental to achieving that impact.
How to donate
DONATE FROM THE UNITED STATES
Donations to LEEP are tax-deductible in the US and can be made at the link below.
DONATE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM
Donations in the UK are both tax-deductible and eligible for Gift Aid, if they are made through Effective Altruism Funds.
You will have to sign up or login to Effective Altruism Funds. Once logged in, the donate button below will take you to a page for ‘Charity Entrepreneurship (Incubated Charities)’. In order for your donation to be directed to LEEP, please also complete the ‘Donation record form’ below.
If you do not wish to sign up to Effective Altruism Funds, you may instead use the ‘Donate from the US’ option, but your donation will not be tax-deductible or Gift Aid eligible.
What is your current fundraising goal?
We are aiming to raise $220,000 to fund our operations through to the end of our second year (August 2022). This would allow us to continue work in our current target countries and scale up to a total of four to five countries by the end of the year.
How cost-effective is a donation to Lead Exposure Elimination Project?
This is one of the key uncertainties about LEEP. As we are currently in the early stages of the organisation, cost-effectiveness is very difficult to estimate.
Our preliminary estimates take into account the harms to health and income averted by the introduction of lead paint laws in one country, as well as the likelihood of success, expected level of enforcement, costs of our work, and costs of government regulation. We also take into account counterfactual impact, so only include the impact of averting additional lead paint exposure for the number of years by which we expect to bring forward the introduction of lead paint laws.
Overall, we currently estimate that our cost-effectiveness is in the region of the most cost-effective organisations working in global health and development. However, we are very uncertain about this. We expect to estimate our cost-effectiveness more concretely in the future.
Current main areas of uncertainty are:
- Our country of implementation
- The proportion of lead exposure that is from lead paint
- Annual additional lead paint use
- The number of years we would bring policy change forward by
- The number of years of impact from averted additional lead paint
- Compliance to new lead paint laws
- Government costs of regulation and enforcement
Our internal modelling will be shared shortly.
Are donations to LEEP tax deductible?
Donations from the US and UK are tax deductible. They are accepted through our fiscal sponsor, Players Philanthropy Fund. Donations from other areas are accepted, but are not tax deductible.
Is LEEP a registered charity?
Not yet. At present, LEEP is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to LEEP are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
What are the best arguments against donating to LEEP?
We think one of the strongest arguments against our work is that we are still an early stage organisation, and are taking a relatively new approach to effective charity by influencing policy. While this approach may offer significant upsides, including extremely high impact and cost-effectiveness if successful, it is experimental, and success is not guaranteed. Additionally, the base rate of failure with startups is high.
Also, as a new organisation, we are currently unable to prove our impact, although initial cost-effectiveness analyses for the intervention look promising. We aim to reliably demonstrate our impact in the future.
As such, LEEP should best be thought of as a higher-risk, higher-reward donation opportunity.
I am interested in making a donation over $1000 to LEEP. What should I do?
You should reach out to us. This way, we can ensure that LEEP is a good fit for you and fulfils your requirements. If so, we can assist you to make the donation via the most efficient avenue.
I would like to send in a check. How should I do that?
Checks should be made out to “Players Philanthropy Fund DBA Charity Entrepreneurship”, with “For Lead Exposure Elimination Project” noted in the memo line. They should then be mailed to our fiscal sponsor:
Players Philanthropy Fund
1122 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 201
Towson, MD 21204
Which other organisations should I support?
I have another question not discussed here, or would like more information.
Feel free to contact us. The LEEP team is happy to answer any questions you might have.