Setting and Achieving Giving Goals

A central tenet of effective altruism is that donating our resources to helping those who live in extreme poverty is one of the most worthwhile ways to improve both ourselves and our world. One approach to doing the most good we can do with our donation habits is “personal best,” a concept with which most athletes are familiar. With personal best, we set mindful giving goals, then work to regularly improve upon them. Take a look at these blogs to learn more about how effective giving can improve your life, and in turn, how you can improve your giving.


The Pale Blue Dot
In this and upcoming posts, Melbournian Kate Tapping reflects on her family's multi-year experience with effective giving.
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Thoughts on 5% Car Sales for Charity, Fourteen Months Later
Car salesman Andrei Smith reflects on the 14 months since he pledged to donate 5% of his commission to effective charities.
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Speed Giving Games in Monroe Park!  A promising model for effective Speed Giving Games
It can be challenging to expect a high turnout in a classroom setting. Students have already spent hours attending lectures! We wanted to make learning about charities open to everyone in a fun environment. What better place to host a Giving Game than the campus hub of Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park.
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Money Hacks for Effective Giving
People have the misconception that giving money to alleviate extreme poverty puts an undue burden on them as donors. Contributor Rob Mathers explores ways we can remove or reduce spending that brings us little or no value with minimal time and effort, and the impact this money can have when given to effective charities.
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Giving Games goes to the University of Technology Sydney
Nicole Sutton and her teaching team at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a Giving Game which simultaneously teaches students about High Impact Philanthropy and the practical application of core accounting concepts.
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what I gave in 2018
Contributor Rachel Maley explains why her favorite winter activity is recapping her charitable donations for the year, and how she's given generously and "in the best way possible" for the past 5 years.
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Kicking Off One For the World in Melbourne with a Great Giving Game
Stefano Gunawan, One for the World UniMelb founder and co-president, recaps a lively and successful Giving Game they ran for their chapter's launch.
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How To Stay Positive In Sales – Charity For Laser Focus
When Audi salesman Andrei Smith read “The Life You Can Save,” he discovered a strategy for how to stay positive in sales: by setting aside 5% of sales for effective giving, he's found inspiration as well as a way to connect with customers.
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Why the Rich Fail at Philanthropy
Author Eric Friedman argues that while Bill and Melinda may embody the ideal of ultra rich philanthropists dedicating themselves to those less fortunate, this is by no means the standard among the rich—even among rich philanthropists. Many treat philanthropy like a personal hobby, writing checks for things they like that may provide some societal benefit, rather than trying to do the most to help others.
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Walking the Walk of Effective Giving and Christianity
TLYCS follower Jay Dykstra, M.D. reflects on the impact that Peter Singer, effective altruism, and his Christian faith have had on his life, family, and deep personal fulfillment.
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