Giving Games

Giving Games, created by The Life You Can Save’s COO, Jon Behar, is a form of effective, affordable philanthropy education designed to teach people about effective charitable giving. The program has been used in 20 countries, primarily in classes or clubs on university campuses but also in other education settings as well as by businesses, churches, etc. It employs “experiential philanthropy”: participants learn by giving away real money (usually provided by the presenting organization) to real charities after hearing short presentations and joining in group discussions about the merits of different non-profit organizations.


Giving Games: Intro to Effective Altruism for High Schoolers
Effective altruism is gaining recognition among educators—which dovetails nicely with the fact that high school students, in particular, are entering a stage of life in which they begin to care about the state of the world. Giving Games provide the opportunity for high school students to think critically about world concerns and give someone else’s money to an effective charity.
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High-Leverage Research Questions
This is the third in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment explores three specific research questions that are particularly relevant to improving real world giving decisions.
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General Principles for Applied Giving Research
This is the second in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment presents the framework's three guiding principles.
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A Research Framework to Improve Real-World Giving Behavior
This is the first in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar in which he presents a research framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to 'sell' the idea of good giving?"
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Giving Game Debates with Greek Societies
McGill University's Effective Altruism group runs lively Giving Game Debates with fraternities and sororities--and lives to tell the tale (and share their insights).
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The Giving Game Project’s Vision and Strategic Plan
The Giving Game Project has an ambitious goal: we want to provide philanthropy education at a scale that will fundamentally shift the way people learn about, and practice, charitable giving. Why do we think we can achieve this goal, and how are we going to do it?
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A Shift in Priorities at the Giving Game Project
The Giving Game Project has updated priorities, placing less emphasis on growth and more on finding sustainable funding for the next stage of our development, improving the way we followup with participants after a GG, and providing measurable results of the project’s efficacy.

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Meaning at Work: Conference Report
Every November, people from around the UK and Europe congregate in the small seaside city of Brighton, on the south coast of England, for a business conference. However, this is a business conference with a difference. Styled as a gathering for peop...
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A Request from The Giving Game Project
You can multiply the impact of your giving by supporting the Giving Game Fund. By sponsoring Giving Games, you can help participants learn by giving. You’ll still be able to help great charities, but you’ll get added leverage by influencing participants to give better and supporting the outreach efforts of effective giving advocates worldwide.
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The Giving Game Project's Annual Report
With another school year in the books, it's time to take stock here at The Giving Game Project. This report reflects back on our progress over the last year, where we stand relative to our long-term goals, and our plans for the future.
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