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Adding Effective Giving to the Trick-or-Treat Bag
For Halloween this year (which was also his 77th birthday), Rabbi Martin Levin of San Francisco handed out an envelope containing a dollar bill and a message to each family that came to his door.


How You Can Give Back When You Can't Afford Cash Donations
From hurricanes to homelessness, there are plenty of charities seeking donations from well-meaning individuals looking to save some money on their taxes, amongst other things.
Building a Path from Extreme Poverty in Eastern Uganda: How I Moved from Starvation into a Changemaker
I was born to a violent, polygamous Dad who did not pay my tuition since childhood. My mum, who herself never went to school, resorted to distilling alcohol to pay my school fees. She supported me only up to secondary school in 1998. After that, she was not able to take me any further. I went to Uganda’s capital Kampala in 1999, and pursued several hard labor jobs as a street child for 2 years.
Walking Across Southern Africa to Fight Global Poverty
Back in February, we shared an interview with Matt Napier, an Australian who is passionate about fighting global poverty and was about to undertake an ambitious walk across southern Africa to raise funds and awareness for the world’s poorest pe...
Taking Distributions When You Don’t Need the Money to Live on
A 68 year old divorced man with two grown children wants to know how he can avoid paying unnecessary taxes on required distributions from his retirement accounts, which is money that he does not currently need. Can charitable giving provide a solution to this man's predicament?
How to advertise for an EA event
The Life You Can Save Adelaide chapter ran Doing the Most Good on the 8th of December, which featured presentations by representatives of Oxfam and the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), two of The Life You Can Save’s recommended charities. The video footage of the event can be watched here. This post involves a brief discussion of how we organised the event, with a more detailed analysis of the different advertising methods that we used to increase audience turnout.
How I used my passion to raise money for charity
Headshots are a pesky thing that pretty much everyone needs, but no one actually wants to get. I developed a series of fundraising events under the DWD brand, called Headshots 4 Hunger. Within a month, I had scheduled events in nine locations throughout St. Louis. I made sure that each location was easily accessible to entrepreneurs, artists and college students. So far, I have been able to fund two of The Life You Can Save’s recommended charities, the Iodine Global Network and Project Healthy Children, to help reduce micronutrient deficiency for an estimated 12,900 people for an entire year.
This legislative act could end newborn and maternal deaths by 2030
The most important aspect of the Reach Act is that it would give a single leader at USAID the power to focus resources on the most effective interventions. This strategy has already allowed USAID to save millions more lives by prioritizing what works. Other global health initiatives, like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), have had deeper impact using this leadership structure. The potential benefits of this approach are massive - the US already spends plenty of money on global health, but we could accomplish much more if this money was targeted on interventions like vaccines, which we know are effective.
How to run a Giving Game and start a local chapter
By Michael Dello-Iacovo

I was recently involved with running a Giving Game in Adelaide to help kick start a new local chapter in Australia. We introduced the concepts of effective altruism and discussed why it is important to consider the effectiveness of charities. We then summarized the work of two highly effective Australian charities, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Oxfam Australia. After dividing the audience into small groups to discuss which charity they thought was most effective, we held a vote to determine the winner. The Life You Can Save had agreed to donate $10 per attendee to the winning charity to give people incentive to think critically.
Why we should fund innovations that work
The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is a funding organization that has the radical approach of funding organizations to get evidence of impact, and helping those who have the evidence to scale their programs to reach millions. This type of approach may seem obvious, but sadly it’s desperately need in the charity sector. Without the type of testing of projects GIF supports we wouldn’t know which interventions are actually effective and hence we’d just be guessing when trying to decide between the countless programs designed to improve life for millions around the world.
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