The good news, in fact the great news, is that you can! While there are endless problems in the world that you as an individual cannot solve, you can actually save lives and reduce unnecessary suffering and premature death. Should you do it? Watch this video and decide for yourself. The information on our website can help you give most effectively to become a life saver.
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 you part to help reduce global poverty—and the unnecessary suffering and premature death that those who live in extreme poverty endure every day.
The percentage we recommend is determined by your income—the more you make, the easier it is to do more. The calculator here will help you determine your pledge amount.
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
When I talk to college students and young professionals about giving to charity, many are quick to respond, “I’m broke,” or, “I don’t want to pay for a CEO’s bloated salary and business lunches.” These are both good reasons not to give--if they are realities. Yet, many young Americans claim they are broke while simultaneously spending money on things like specialty coffees, meals out, or drinks at the bar. For example, in 2012 Americans spent an average of $1100 on coffee. The typical American goes out for lunch on average twice a week and spends $10 each time, totaling about $2000 a year on lunches eaten out. Furthermore, Americans spend approximately $50 billion on alcohol each year according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Does supporting effective charities mean that we have to give up on the causes close to us? It's not quite so black and white.
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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.