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.


Butler Law Firm's $100,000 Giveaway
Defying stereotypes, the Butler Law Firm has announced their second annual Giving Project, in which they give away $100,000 to opportunities that could do the most good. 
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Reading, Listening and Viewing Recommendations for Altruism
Contributor Rob Mathers asked the Giving What We Can Community Facebook Group, “Are there any works e.g. movies, books or music that inspire you to be altruistic?” His compiled results provide a plethora of great suggestions.
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Intellectual nourishment
The idea of sending my kids to school without a good, healthy breakfast inside them fills me with a mild terror. Yet each day literally millions of children across the globe turn up for school on an empty stomach. Or they don’t turn up at all. 
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Meditation and Effective Altruism
With the aim of being a good effective altruist, contributor Rob Mathers considered which topics would be valuable to post about for the community. Meditation rose to the top of the list because meditation as a free tool that can be practiced by anyone, anytime, any place to help us increase our impact in the causes we prioritize.
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For World Sight Day, October 10th: A vision for the future
When I was thirty, I had laser surgery on my eyes for a couple of thousand dollars. I almost feel ill when I compare that now to the millions of people in developing countries who stay needlessly blind because they live in poverty.
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As you send your kids off to school, think about Zusha!
Every morning as I wave my ‘ducklings’ off to school on their bikes I implore them to be safe on the roads – a fact they reminded me of when my daughter suggested Zusha! for this month’s charity donation.  In Africa ro...
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Write the World Notebooks (AKA The Love Project)
Kate Tapping had a tiny idea that grew into a project: Write the World notebooks, unique notebooks designed to make the world a better place. 
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The Pale Blue Dot
In this and upcoming posts, Melbournian Kate Tapping reflects on her family's multi-year experience with effective giving.
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Thoughts on 5% Car Sales for Charity, Fourteen Months Later
Car salesman Andrei Smith reflects on the 14 months since he pledged to donate 5% of his commission to effective charities.
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Speed Giving Games in Monroe Park!  A promising model for effective Speed Giving Games
It can be challenging to expect a high turnout in a classroom setting. Students have already spent hours attending lectures! We wanted to make learning about charities open to everyone in a fun environment. What better place to host a Giving Game than the campus hub of Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park.
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