If you’re like most of us, you’re probably already giving to charity. In 2014, 95 percent of Americans made charitable donations, and the typical American household donates an average of $2,974 to charity each year. That amount goes far--especially in the developing world, where medical services, supplies, gas and transportation are much cheaper than they are at home.
Many of us lucky enough to be born in the developed world are eager to share our relative wealth with those in need. But how can we give in a way that maximizes our donation’s effectiveness? In his 2013 TedTalk, our founder, the philosopher Peter Singer, asks provocative questions that will help you reconsider how you give—no matter what amount!
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. The good news is that you can take action today to save a life!
“What’s the least somebody can do to seem like a decent person?” Stephen Colbert asks. Watch to find out Peter Singer’s answer to this question—and more—on the Colbert Report.
What would you do if a stranger handed you $10? We handed out cash to people on the street to find out how they would choose to use the money. Their choices might surprise you!
Can $10 make a difference? We set out to find out just how far $10 goes in the right hands. Filmed and directed by videographers based in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
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