Philanthropy Education

Philanthropy education teaches people about the nonprofit sector and the importance of giving resources (time, skills, money) to improve the world, as well as how to do so in as effective a manner as possible in order to maximize the quality and quantity of resulting “good”. The Life You Can Save’s Giving Game Project has a goal of promoting widespread philanthropy education that will create a culture of informed and impactful giving.


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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We the Students
Nadav Steinmetz, co-President of Columbia University's One for the World chapter, argues that today's college students must be leaders in the movement to address global extreme poverty.
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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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Are Giving Games a Better Way to Teach Philanthropy?
‘Experiential philanthropy’ – in which students are given real money to donate to charities – is the standard approach to teaching philanthropy to undergraduates. Millions of dollars yearly are spent on this model, but it hasn’t grown in nearly a decade and has yet to extend beyond North America. Is it time to re-think student philanthropy programmes? Less intensive and expensive formats like ‘Giving Games’ – low cost simulations of real giving choices – have greater potential for scale, and use scarce resources in a more efficient manner.
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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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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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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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Promoting Effective Giving at Conferences via Speed Giving Games
Conferences provide an impactful opportunity to promote effective giving. This is the broad take-away from an experiment promoting effective giving at two conferences in recent months: the Unitarian Universalist (UU) General Assembly and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) National Convention. This was an experiment run by Intentional Insights (InIn), a meta-charity devoted to promoting effective giving and rational thinking to a broad audience, with sponsorship from The Life You Can Save. This article will aim both to describe our experiences at the UU and SSA conferences, and serve as a guide to others who want to promote effective giving via conferences.
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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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