Peter Singer

Peter Singer, one of the world’s most renowned philosophers, is founder of our organization (named after his book The Life You Can Save). Singer has written extensively on the ethics of charitable giving, arguing that those who can do so without great harm to themselves should seek to make profound improvements in the lives of people suffering in extreme poverty by donating to effective nonprofits. Peter is a professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the U.S. and the University of Melbourne in Australia. He writes and lectures extensively about a wide range of topics and is considered to be a founder of the animal rights movement.


Changing What's on Our Plate
TLYCS Volunteer José Oliveira, an art teacher in Portugal, reflects on items he gave up, like a few coffees and beers each week, allowing him to donate more towards addressing extreme poverty. Bonuses included feeling happier and healthier himself. Try his "Personal Luxuries" calculator with items from your own "plate".
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The Life You Can Save’s 2016 Year in Review
Our 2016 Annual Report chronicles our ongoing growth, which would not be possible without our talented core Team and our skilled volunteers. Nor would it be possible without all of you who have generously donated to our Recommended Nonprofits as well as those who have financially supported TLYCS itself over the past few years. And last, but certainly not least, we are indebted to Peter Singer for his ongoing advocacy on behalf of the global poor and his enthusiasm for and help with the development of The Life You Can Save as an organization.
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Peter Singer's Best Charities for 2017
We’re excited to announce our 2017 list of Best Charities working against global poverty. These 18 non-profit organizations perform innovative and cost-effective work to bring medical services, vital nutrients, and economic opportunities to many of the 702 million people living in extreme poverty today. They use evidence-backed interventions to give new hope to the world’s neediest men, women, and children.
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5 Must-Read Books for this Fall
With the seasons changing, now is as good a time as any to curl up with a book that could impact your life—and the lives of those living in global poverty— in a new and extremely valuable way.
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Peter Singer's New Book: Ethics in the real world
Our founder, Peter Singer, just released his latest book: Ethics in The Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter.  Of those 82 essays—all of which are extremely accessible, coming from a philosopher—a handful focus on phi...
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Help us celebrate Peter Singer's 70th birthday!
On July 6th, Peter Singer turns 70 years old!

At The Life You Can Save, we’re celebrating this momentous day by drawing attention to the lasting impact Peter Singer’s scholarship and advocacy has had on the lives of the global poor. Make a donation to The Life You Can Save to wish Peter Singer a happy 70th birthday today and leave a message on his public donation wall! Or make a donation in Peter’s honor to one or several of our 17 recommended charities.
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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.
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Peter Singer's Best Charities for 2016
We’re excited to announce our 2016 list of best charities working against global poverty. Our 17 recommended charities do innovative and cost-effective work to bring food, vital nutrients, medical services, and economic opportunities to some of the 702 million people living in extreme poverty today. These organizations work tirelessly to level the playing field, using world class research and evidence-backed interventions to give new hope to some of the world’s neediest men, women, and children.
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