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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.
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.
By Caroline Fiennes, Director of Giving EvidenceResearch that is poorly conducted or difficult to find damages beneficiaries in two ways: first, donors and other operational charities can’t see what works and therefore what to fund or replicate, so may implement something avoidably suboptimal; and second, the research consumes resources which could perhaps be better spent on delivering something which does work. Hence Giving Evidence works to increase quality, quantity and availability of research.
In previous blogs, I’ve written about psychological barriers that prevent people from donating money or donating more money to those living in extreme poverty. These have included diffusion of responsibility, feeling ‘cheapened’ by requests for money, and parochialism. In this blog, I suggest that addictions therapy and research might have something to teach us about barriers. Perhaps the key to giving more is understanding the nature of and learning to modulate our urge to spend.
Thinking about giving in terms of how our altruism makes us happier and more grateful may seem self-centered, as it focuses on how we feel rather than on how we can share our resources with others. The truth is that cultivating feelings of gratitude and generosity can make us see our lives from a more social perspective, and can lead us to a renewed appreciation of what we owe to others and what we can do for them.
Peter Singer explains "The Why and How of Effective Altruism" in an inspiring TED Talk that has been viewed over a million times worldwide.