I give to the poor in my own community, and to other charities working in my own country. May I count this as part of the amount I need to give in order to meet the pledge? Unfortunately, no. The public pledge you make on our website includes donations to our recommended charities only. When you pledge, you are pledging to help those living in extreme poverty – to directly save their lives or to make it possible for them to access the basic necessities required for a minimally decent human existence. “Poor” is a relative term; The Life You Can Save seeks to eliminate extreme poverty. People living in extreme poverty make less than the purchasing power equivalent of $1.90 per day. We encourage you to give to effective aid organizations that provide access to basic necessities including clean drinking water, food and medical care for people who have been living without these necessities. When your dollar is applied to meeting these basic needs, you can make a significant, long-term difference in the lives of those you help. Within your (globally) affluent community or country, it would take a much larger donation to have the same sort of impact. We seek to affect those living under life-or-death circumstances, for whom a few hundred dollars would not only keep them alive, but greatly enhance their experience of human existence.