Effective Giving

The first question on a donor's mind is usually “Where does my money go?” Effective giving is an approach to philanthropy using the head as well as the heart to discover actions and organizations that meaningfully improve life for the most people possible via cost-effective interventions. The approach of giving effectively emphasizes donating where the need is greatest and where donation dollars do the most good; that is generally in developing countries, where poverty exists on a scale that we are fortunate enough to rarely see in industrialized nations. We believe it’s time to put a new spin on the notion that “charity begins at home”, with “home” being our entire planet, not just our immediate geographic or social circles.


Giving Games goes to the University of Technology Sydney
Nicole Sutton and her teaching team at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a Giving Game which simultaneously teaches students about High Impact Philanthropy and the practical application of core accounting concepts.
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A firsthand view of The Effectiveness of Giving Money to the Poor
While researching my book Where Am I Giving: A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference, in which I explored various types of giving around the world, I traveled to Kenya to see GiveDirectly’s work firsthand.
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An Interview with Oxfam America's CEO, Abby Maxman
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Abby Maxman, President & CEO of Oxfam America. The interview with this dedicated, knowledgeable, and thoughtful career professional led me to confront my conflict regarding interventions where measuring impact is relatively easy versus those where it is much more challenging.
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what I gave in 2018
Contributor Rachel Maley explains why her favorite winter activity is recapping her charitable donations for the year, and how she's given generously and "in the best way possible" for the past 5 years.
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What Not to Say to Charity Solicitors
Australian writer Alex Zavros shares an entertaining short story about an uncomfortable encounter he had with a charity solicitor.
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Kicking Off One For the World in Melbourne with a Great Giving Game
Stefano Gunawan, One for the World UniMelb founder and co-president, recaps a lively and successful Giving Game they ran for their chapter's launch.
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A Painful Look in the Mirror
In another humorous and insightful piece, Alex Zavros "reflects" on our obsession with appearance, including what a luxury such concerns are.
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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.

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How To Stay Positive In Sales – Charity For Laser Focus
When Audi salesman Andrei Smith read “The Life You Can Save,” he discovered a strategy for how to stay positive in sales: by setting aside 5% of sales for effective giving, he's found inspiration as well as a way to connect with customers.
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Standardizing Giving Research with The Giving Game
This is the fourth (and most technical) of a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a research framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment explores the benefits of studying giving preferences using a standard approach, and a specific approach with particularly promising attributes.
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