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How Much Should I Donate?


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We recommend that you give at least:

Note: If donations to foreign aid organizations are tax-deductible in your country, enter your gross income. If they are not, enter your income after-tax.
This currency conversion takes into account not only exchange rates but also differences in purchasing power, as given by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Indicators and The World Bank Purchasing Power Parity factors.

How Much?

Will you do your part to save the lives of people living in extreme poverty? Peter Singer suggests a new public standard for a minimum that we should expect people to give. If universally adopted, this standard would generate more than enough money to end widespread extreme poverty. By pledging to donate the percentage of your annual income that meets the standard, which you can calculate below, you will be making a difference to the poor. But that’s not all: you will also be helping to change the public standard of what it means to live an ethical life in a world that contains both great affluence and extreme poverty.

Standard Feels Too High?

You may not be ready to pledge at the level Peter Singer suggests, but still want to play a role in fighting world poverty. The most important thing is to get started now – so please make a pledge of any % of your income that feels appropriate to you now. In this way, you will be joining the community of pledgers fighting world poverty and making an important first step for yourself. When you become comfortable with this % pledge you may find that you want to do more in the future. As the Chinese saying goes, “a journey of 10,000 miles begins with the first step.” Thanks so much for considering a pledge!

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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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