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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.

When I Pledge — How Much Should My Pledge Be?

Why pledge? Peter Singer tells us why and is challenged by political satirist Stephen Colbert.

In his book, The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer suggests a public standard minimum that we should expect ourselves and others to give to charity: 1% of our annual income. On our calculator you can determine what percentage of your income Peter suggests you donate annually.

Standard Feels Too High?

However, if this amount seems too much for you, we encourage you to give more than you gave last year; and also to consider our recommended charities. Each year you can achieve your "personal best" by giving more and giving more effectively. Our recommended charities are operated in a highly effective manner and give you the "most bang for your buck" —they relieve the most suffering, or save the most lives, per dollar.

I PLEDGE that over the coming year I will give
% of my income to
an organization, or organizations, helping people living in extreme poverty.
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