Poor Kids vs. Batkid: Ethicist Peter Singer on How to Choose a Charitable Cause

Poor Kids vs. Batkid: Ethicist Peter Singer on How to Choose a Charitable Cause

In 2013, San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City to raise the spirits of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Batman fan with leukemia. Coverage of the Make-a-Wish Foundation event went viral, garnering attention around the globe. But according to ethicist Peter Singer, author of the new book “The Most Good You Can Do,” the money spent on Batkid might have been better used to save the lives of children in developing countries.

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Charles Bresler

Co-Founder & Executive Director

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for treating anxiety & stress disorders. He was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. He stepped down in order to fulfil his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, especially wealth inequality. In 2013, Charlie became volunteer Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped TLYCS’s Founder, Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. Charlie lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, a family physician, who partners in supporting The Life You Can Save. He welcomes discussion and questions at charlie@thelifeyoucansave.org.

The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.