2023 Annual Report

Step into the world high-impact, effective giving with The Life You Can Save's 2023 Annual Report. Watch stories of transformed lives fueled by your generosity, explore how every dollar contributed to tangible outcomes in the fight against poverty, and read more about our enhanced charity evaluation framework to ensure your donations make an even greater impact.
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2022 Annual Report

In 2022 we pursued our mission to fight extreme poverty by growing our team at The Life You Can Save and making strategic long-term investments in our operations. Read more about this and other achievements in our 2022 report.

2021 Annual Report

In 2021 we were pleased to help you, our supporters, donate US$22.7 million to effective charities that work tirelessly to save and improve more lives. Read more about this and other achievements in our 2021 Annual Report.

2020 Annual Report

2020 was certainly a year unlike any other in our organization’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic presented many unforeseen challenges and impacted our work at every level. But thanks to your generous support, we helped raise over US$18.2 million for our recommended nonprofits so that they could continue their life-saving work.

2019 Annual Report

"For our organization, 2019 was characterized by a massive team effort, led by our founder Peter Singer, to update and release online, free to anyone in the world, his seminal 2009 book, The Life You Can Save: How to do your part to end world poverty...."

2018 Annual Report

In 2018, we continued to see strong growth in our key metrics. Our most important metric, net impact (the money we raise for our recommended nonprofits minus our operating expenses), reached nearly $4.8 million, up 43% relative to 2017.

2017 Annual Report

In 2017, our most critical metrics — net impact and money moved — grew ~40% over 2016. We achieved a net impact of approximately $3.4 million and a ratio of money moved to money spent of about 13:1. Our team is also pleased that our worldwide audience is now ten times what it was in 2013 when we formally started our nonprofit .

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, we saw strong growth in all our key metrics. Our net impact was up 86% from 2015, and our total money moved reached $2.7 million — up 72% from the previous year. Partnerships and infrastructure were key areas of focus, with results that included a benefit concert with Paul Simon and an improved donor experience on our donation processing platform, Network for Good.

2015 Annual Report

In 2015, we’re satisfied to report that we moved over $1.55 million to our recommended charities — about double our 2014 impact — and our web traffic increased significantly, rising almost 80% from the previous year. We got the year off to an early start by releasing our interactive Impact Calculator, which garnered mentions on Bloomberg and Gawker; later in the year, we released in-depth write-ups on each of the cause areas our recommended charities work in, making it easier for our audience to understand the work our charities do.

2014 Annual Report

In 2014, we’re confident that we moved over $700,000 to our recommended charities, almost 3 times what we spent. We made huge improvements to the look, feel, and SEO of our website, growing our web traffic by roughly 160% relative to 2013. And we’ve prioritized contact with our recommended charities, which will help us coordinate promotional efforts and keep the information on our website accurate and up-to-date.