Berggruen Prize Vote

When our founder Peter Singer won the 2021 Berggruen Prize last fall, he elected to donate his entire US$1 million award to charity and pledged US$600,000 specifically for The Life You Can Save. (The remainder went to organizations opposing factory farming and promoting plant-based eating.) Peter decided that you, the supporters of The Life You Can Save, should have a say in how part of the money he donated to The Life You Can Save should be allocated. In December 2021, we asked you to cast your vote and help us decide which of our recommended Best Charities would receive $100,000 of Peter’s prize money.


The vote results are in!

After thousands of votes were cast, we are pleased to announce the three charities that received the most votes:

  1. Fistula Foundation, a global leader in treating obstetric fistula — a devastating childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent, humiliated and often shunned by their communities — received the most votes and will receive US$50,000.
  2. Seva Foundation, a global nonprofit eye care organization that transforms lives and strengthens communities by restoring sight and preventing blindness, came second and will receive US$30,000.
  3. GiveDirectly — a nonprofit that provides unconditional cash transfers using cell phone technology to some of the world’s poorest people, as well as refugees, urban youth and disaster victims — was third and will receive US$20,000.

Winners of the exclusive call with Peter Singer will be contacted individually via email over the coming weeks.