Entries for 'Gleb Tsipursky'

Free Money Is The Future: Confessions of a (Former) Skeptic of Basic Income
Initially skeptical of basic income, I describe in this article how the growing evidence showed me the error of my early perspective and convinced me to update my beliefs toward supporting basic income. GiveDirectly is an excellent charity experimenting with basic income. Sure, there are plenty of unresolved questions about basic income, such as how to fund a transition to it and away from using a massive system of inefficient programs. Yet that is a question of “how,” not “if.” I hope that sharing my story as a former skeptic of basic income will encourage a conversation about the next steps on this question of “how.”
How The Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts The Nonprofit Sector
The scandal around the Trump Foundation unfortunately hurts all nonprofits, regardless of their role in the scandal. This is due to how our brain is wired - a negative association with one nonprofit undermines all others. Fortunately, savvy donors and nonprofit staff alike can take steps to support the nonprofit organizations that deserve trust through focusing on their cost-effectiveness, namely impact per dollar.
Promoting Effective Giving at Conferences via Speed Giving Games
Conferences provide an impactful opportunity to promote effective giving. This is the broad take-away from an experiment promoting effective giving at two conferences in recent months: the Unitarian Universalist (UU) General Assembly and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) National Convention. This was an experiment run by Intentional Insights (InIn), a meta-charity devoted to promoting effective giving and rational thinking to a broad audience, with sponsorship from The Life You Can Save. This article will aim both to describe our experiences at the UU and SSA conferences, and serve as a guide to others who want to promote effective giving via conferences.
How To Resolve Disagreements about Effective Giving: Collaborative Truth-Seeking (Part 2)
What happens when you have disagreements about effective giving? Sure, you can argue, but will that really help resolve the disagreement well. Here's a technique that will help you resolve the disagreement in a collaborative fashion.
How To Resolve Disagreements About Effective Giving: The Problem with Debates (Part 1)
We all want to accomplish the broad goal of doing the most good per dollar. However, we often disagree on the best methods for doing the most good and on which organizations are most effective. This post will outline some of the problems with using debates to resolve disagreements, and suggest some alternative strategies to figuring out collaboratively how we can do the most good.
The Healing Arts Initiative Scandal Shows The Need For Effective Altruism
The scandal at the Healing Arts Initiative shows the need for all charities to measure themselves by their cost effectiveness rather than the emotionally engaging nature of stories they tell to donors. Recently, a social movement called effective altruism has been pushing the nonprofit sector to become more transparent and focus on measuring the cost effectiveness of their activities. By encouraging all charities to adopt the focus on cost effectiveness and transparency characteristic of this movement, we as individual donors can prevent future scandals and greatly improve the positive benefits of the nonprofit sector.
The Panama Papers Reveal the Solution to Global Suffering
No one should experience avoidable suffering. Cost-effective interventions could relieve a great deal of suffering around the world. The revelations of the Panama Papers in early April show where the money that could pay for effective interventions resides - stashed away by wealthy tax evaders in offshore tax shelters. Redirecting even a small fraction of that money could end global poverty.
The Science of Effective Fundraising: Four Common Mistakes to Avoid
Charities that have the biggest social impact often get significantly less financial support than rivals that tell better stories but have a smaller social impact. For example, while one successful fundraiser raised over $700,000 to remove a young girl from a well, most charities struggle to raise anything similar for causes that could prevent many more deaths or lift thousands out of poverty. Drawing on academic research across different fields, this article highlights four common mistakes that fundraisers for effective charities should avoid and suggests potential solutions to these mistakes.
How Effective Giving Can Protect Us from Charity Scandals
Anger and dismay greeted the March 10 announcement that the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps wounded veterans, fired its top staff, who spent millions of donor dollars on first-class airfare, employee retreats, and extravagant salaries. Each of us can protect ourselves from falling victim to such scandals by combining the impulses of giving from the heart with the direction of the head to become a more effective donor. The easiest way to do this is to take the perspective of a savvy investor and research your donation options to make sure you do the most good per dollar donated.
9 Strategies for Effective Donors
Effective donors are confident that they give to the right causes, the right amount, and that they are getting what they paid for with their generosity and kindness. What are their secrets? They still listen to their heart -- that's why they want to give in the first place -- but they combine the heart and the head to give effectively and avoid giving regret. You can be an effective donor too, and be truly confident that you're making the best decisions with your giving by following nine simple strategies.
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