I gave away $2,239.93 last year. Here's where it went.
Since committing to effective altruism in 2013, I have given away thousands of dollars to many different charities. Looking back on 2015, how did I do?
Why poverty hurts our children most
Globally about 16,000 children under the age of five die each day—most from preventable conditions associated with poverty. That’s a staggering number. At that rate, this means that more than 11 children die unnecessarily every single minute. In the five or so minutes it will take you to read this blog post, more than 55 children will have lost their lives to extreme poverty.
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.
How to Give Like Bill Gates, Even if You Have Little to Give
By following the Gates Foundation's principle that "all lives have equal value," you can dramatically increase the impact of your giving.
Interview: How one man is trekking a continent and taking on a cause
Matt Napier is passionate about fighting global poverty—and is undertaking an ambitious walk this summer across southern Africa to raise funds and awareness for the world’s neediest people. Matt recently chatted with The Life You Can Save via email, and shared his thoughts about the global community’s responsibilities to the extreme poor, and how Peter Singer’s philosophy transformed his personal outlook.
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.
The Life You Can Save’s 2015 Annual Report
In 2015 we moved $1.55 million to our recommended charities. This is a conservative estimate, and perhaps an extremely conservative one- as discussed in the Offline Donations section below, our true impact could have been several million dollars greater. Our operating expenses were ~$280,000 meaning we conservatively moved ~$5.5 to outstanding charities for each dollar we spent.
The Valentine’s Day Gift That Saves Lives
Last year, my wife gave me the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift ever. Instead of candy and liquor, my wife suggested giving each other gifts that actually help us improve our mental and physical well-being, and the world as a whole, by donating to charities in the name of the other person.
How a Calculator Helped Me Multiply My Giving
With the help of the Impact Calculator, I learned how to multiply my generosity manifold! Imagine that when you give five dollars, you don’t give just to one person, but to seven people. When you reach into your pocket, you see seven smiles. When you put the money in the hat, you hear seven people say “Thank you so much.”
How I celebrated the holidays with a Giving Game
A Giving Game is a great approach to sharing this side of your life in a non-confrontational way with people to whom you are close. It lets you be a co-participant with everyone in exploring effective giving, rather than the know-it-all with the answers.
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