The Life You Can Save, founded by the 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!
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.
For as little as $25, we can restore sight to those living in need. Consider the case of three-year-old Cesaria, who lives in Burundi. Blind from birth, her parents abandoned her; her grandmother, Veronica, moved heaven and earth trying to get Cesaria necessary medical care. Thanks to The Fred Hollows Foundation, Cesaria's grandmother found Dr. Levi, the only person qualified to perform cataract surgery on children in Burundi, a country with a population of 10 million. Dr. Levi was able to give life-restoring sight to Cesaria. This means that Cesaria will finally have the opportunity to begin attending school and to receive an education may help save her from a life of poverty.
Giving Game participants have the opportunity to donate a predetermined sum of money to charity. This means that participants get to engage in charitable behavior, but don’t have to dish out their own money in order to do so. We structured our study to examine whether this dynamic promotes pro-social behavior, looking specifically at actions that could influence long-term giving behavior.
Barbara Bonner’s book Inspiring Generosity is a delightful combination of inspiring quotes about generosity and truly inspiring stories about people who exemplify generosity. Each quote reveals a different view of generosity, which combined are both moving and inspirational.
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.