Wade In: Acting Now to Save a Child’s Life
Every day 18,000 children die from hunger, measles, malaria, diarrhea, and other conditions that have been eradicated in the developed world. That’s 750 children every hour, 12 children a minute. Why do we stand back while these children die, and what can we do to do our share to save a child's life?
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Students vs. Singer: Community College Students Explore Effective Altruism II
Why would anyone choose to forego luxuries of a middle class life like the nail salon, eating out, or name brand handbags in exchange for helping others? This concept confounds some of my students, and thus they conclude that Singer must mean to mandate that giving. This is a valuable consideration for us all to make about choice. Since Peter Singer cannot require that people donate, what does inspire us to choose to give?
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How Much Are We Willing to Spend to Save a Life?
As former Director of Economic Analysis for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I became used to seeing costs per life saved in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. That’s a stark contrast to the several thousands of dollars to save a life and $50 or less to prevent or cure a debilitating handicap via the charities spotlighted by The Life You Can Save.
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Success Story: Seva Foundation
This month's Success Story is brought to you by Seva Foundation Canada, who helped Datso regain her sight in time to meet her new baby brother.
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Gaming for Charity at Spin for Good
The Life You Can Save has recently joined up with an innovative organization called Spin for Good that’s tapping into the ever-growing online gaming industry to help charitable organizations raise funds efficiently. Founded by Steven Levitt of Freakonomics and economist Amee Kamdar, the site has partnered with a number of excellent charities including our list of recommended organizations to raise money through gaming. Users pay to play but unlike gambling sites, they're not playing for their own benefit: 100% of the money goes to charity. In honor of their first ever Give A Grand tournament happening this week, we’ve invited Amee to talk to us about the origin of Spin for Good and how it could impact the way people give.
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Global Warming and the Need to Give
Global warming has serious implications for how, where, and why we should give to charity.
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Giving Back on Your Big Day
Now that wedding season is in full swing, here are some ideas that might not be on the registry.
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The Promise of Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is one of the biggest buzzwords in business, and nonprofits around the world are starting to take notice and adapt crowdfunding practices to their own organisations. Is this a trend we should celebrate?
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Breaking Up is Hard to Do
How do you say no to a charity when you've decided to shift your philanthropic priorities? This post offers suggestions.
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The Value of Money
Earlier this year, I spent a few months working for a NGO in Uganda. The majority of the people with whom I worked lived in extreme poverty (using the World Bank definition of at or below $1.25 per day.) It was not uncommon for me to encounter people who ate one meal a day, children wearing tattered clothes, people who had to lug 25-pound jerry cans of water to boil so they had something to drink.
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