Entries for 2015

What you need to know about global hunger
The average American household gives $2,974 to charity each year. How far could that amount go to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the developing world?
GiveDirectly interviewed cash recipients and their neighbors. Here's what we found out.
The result is a set of portraits that are as complex as human life, with a range of emotions and experiences from the happy to the sad, the humbling to the inspiring. In the end, we think the overall collage speaks to the power of cash transfers and the good they can do for families and communities. But we encourage you to spend time looking through these and drawing your own conclusions.

This holiday season, we've had supporters ask friends and family to give a gift to GiveDirectly recipients rather than to them. If you're so inclined, we hope sharing the words of our recipients and non-recipients helps you convey to friends and family why.
Tapping Skeptic Hearts Through Giving Games
“If others have half the experience I had today, they will be completely changed.” That’s what a participant told me after the end of a Giving Game I facilitated that aimed to engage people’s emotions in making a decision about where to donate.
Why Inconvenient Altruism Might Be the Best Altruism
This holiday giving season, let’s make the effort to donate the inconvenient way. That could mean writing a check instead of typing in your credit card number, or spending an hour learning about what a potential charity recipient will do with your donation.
Maximizing Donations to Effective Charities
Don’t you want your charitable efforts to do the utmost good they can in the world? Imagine how great it feels to know that you’re making the most difference with your gift. Yet how do you figure out how to bring about this outcome? Maximizing the impact of your money requires being intentional and strategic with your giving.
We’re adding One Acre Fund to our list of best charities. Here’s why
We’re excited to announce the addition of One Acre Fund to our 2016 list of best charities. Subsistence agriculture accounts for the largest economic activity in the developing world, and a majority of the global poor rely on small-scale farming to support themselves and their families. This means that helping farmers succeed is one of the best ways to reduce global hunger and bring economic revenue to some of the world’s poorest communities. One Acre Fund empowers farmers to increase their crop harvests and farm profitability, and in the process, helps reduce hunger in remote regions in East Africa. By 2020, One Acre Fund projects that farmers in their program will help produce a food surplus great enough to feed an additional 5 million of their neighbors.
Peter Singer's Best Charities for 2016
We’re excited to announce our 2016 list of best charities working against global poverty. Our 17 recommended charities do innovative and cost-effective work to bring food, vital nutrients, medical services, and economic opportunities to some of the 702 million people living in extreme poverty today. These organizations work tirelessly to level the playing field, using world class research and evidence-backed interventions to give new hope to some of the world’s neediest men, women, and children.
3 Painless Ways to Increase Your Giving
For years, I’ve been putting almond butter on my toast every morning. Tasty, filling, and nutritious, it felt like a good way to start my day. But the price of almonds where I live has nearly doubled in recent years, due to a combination of higher demand and smaller yields from drought-striken California. A few months ago, I gasped when I saw the price of a 1-pound jar of almond butter at my local market: it was more than $15. I was going through a pound of almond butter roughly every 10 days, which meant it was costing me $45 per month. In contrast, a pound of peanut butter would cost me $5. I decided to switch, saving $30 per month. The change wasn’t hard: I like peanut butter.
Be A Superdonor! Promoting Effective Altruism by Appealing to the Heart
By Gleb Tsipursky

Effective Altruism does a terrific job of appealing to the head. However, we currently do not do a very good job of appealing to the heart. We tend to forget Peter Singer’s famous quote that Effective Altruism “combines both the heart and the head.” When we try to pitch the EA movement to non-EAs, we focus on the head, not the heart.
Charity and Kanji - the meaning behind Altruism
After traversing the countryside and cityscapes of Japan through blistering summer heat and frosty autumn winds for three months, I began to wonder if there are parts of our idea of ‘charity’ which are globally recognised as fundamental. My studying of the language has made me reflect on the etymological nuances of ‘charity words’ and how they can help reinforce effective altruism.
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