The Life You Can Save, founded by world-famous philosopher, Peter Singer, is a non-profit that helps donors find the best charities to donate to, based on their superior impact in delivering “the most bang for one's buck.” The accompanying video provides a call to action that we all must respond to, despite the fact that the victims of extreme poverty are not our neighbors, or necessarily of the same race, or culture. We can reduce their suffering and save their lives… Now!
What would you do if you saw a small girl drowning in a shallow pool? Most of us wouldn’t think twice about diving in to save her life. But what if that girl were drowning in a pond on the other side of the world? Do we still have an obligation to save her too?
Each day 22,000 children die of preventable conditions associated with poverty. That’s nearly 1,000 children an hour. Their lives and stories are all unique, but their causes of death have one thing in common: they are preventable. The good news is that you can take action today to save a life!
What could your donation buy for a needy family or child? Find out using our interactive Impact Calculator!
Peter Singer suggests that if, like you, everyone was to pledge the recommended amount for their income, we could eliminate, or at least dramatically reduce, global poverty. Please do your part by taking the pledge today!
I pledge to give this percent of my income over the coming year to fight extreme poverty
A pledge is your personal commitment to give a percentage of your income in the upcoming year to effective charities. By taking the pledge, you can do your part to help reduce global poverty—and the preventable suffering those who live in extreme poverty endure every day.
The percentage we recommend you give to charity is determined by your income—the more you make, the easier it is to donate more. The calculator here will help you determine your recommended donation.
In the past 20 years, the world has gotten a whole lot better for the global poor. What’s more, it’s gotten especially better for women and girls. According to this year’s UN Millennium Development Goals report, women and girls now have access to more education, economic opportunities, and political power than ever before in human history.
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Peter Singer explains "The Why and How of Effective Altruism" in an inspiring TED Talk that has been viewed over a million times worldwide.
A new way of Philanthropy Education
With this video filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, we set out to find just how far a small amount of money can go in the right hands.