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 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.
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.
We all know the feeling: It's ten days until Christmas and there's that one aunt, that one friend you haven't yet found a present for. Maybe you kept looking for the perfect gift. Maybe the person is one of those people who are notoriously hard to buy for. Or maybe you're a last-minute person and you're still urgently looking for presents for just about everybody! Whatever your situation is, you need something good, and you need it fast. Could a charity gift be the right option for you?
I donate to charity on a monthly basis, rather than a standard yearly schedule, for several reasons. First, I think it’s easier to give more money if you give a little bit at a time. I also think I can get better sense of what percent of my income can readily go to charities in smaller increments. And finally, it keeps me actively involved with the causes I’m contributing to. I don’t just give my money to an organization and hope it does well—I read their literature, look at the research, consider the important features of the case on my own. In so doing, I find I’m not plagued with self-concern about my place in the world and what I should be doing. I have a fairly good sense of what I should be doing—I’m just trying to figure out how to do it better.
We are happy to announce The Life You Can Save's 2015 recommended charities. As you know, there are many great charities effectively reducing suffering and premature death among the poorest people in the world. We are confident that the ones we recommend are among the most effective and they are ones we personally feel great about donating to ourselves.
Peter Singer explains "The Why and How of Effective Altruism" in an inspiring TED Talk that has been viewed over a million times worldwide.