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 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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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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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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To grow a healthy movement, Go For low-hanging fruit
Much of the debate about how to build the EA movement is focused on how to frame issues to convince people. Yet many potentially highly-engaged effective altruists (EAs) haven’t even heard of EA yet: if we knew who they were, we could grow the movement far more quickly and sustainably.
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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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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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