What are Giving Games?

What are Giving Games?

This blog series assumes a basic familiarity with Giving Games.  If you’re new to this topic, we suggest you take a brief look at our Giving Games FAQ page.

This is the first in a series of blog posts I will be writing about The Life You Can Save’s Giving Game program. Giving Games are at the heart of our philanthropy education efforts, and this program has been growing so rapidly that we are behind in updating you on our progress. This series will put a fix to that, and by the end of it we hope you’re as excited about Giving Games as we are.

Giving Games are an effective, inexpensive, and scalable way to promote effective giving. Further, they are a way for people to get tremendous leverage out of their personal giving, which is why we are investing heavily in financially supporting and promoting Giving Games. The next posts in this series will address these three issues in turn: Why do we believe Giving Games teach better giving? How cost effective are Giving Games? And why do we think the model will scale? 

Subsequent posts will explore topics such as using Giving Games for research purposes, how Giving Games add value for each stakeholder constituency, and we will provide several ways that allow you to personally participate in supporting and/or running Giving Games. We’ll also provide updates on the growth of our program, and our plans going forward. If there are other topics you’d like to know about, please use the comments section to let me know!

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About the author:

Jon Behar

As COO, Jon helps coordinate The Life You Can Save’s various projects and set the organization’s overall strategic direction. He founded and continues to run our Giving Game project, a global philanthropy education initiative that teaches people skills to give more effectively and makes these lessons tangible by providing workshop participants with real money to donate to the charities of their choice.

Prior to joining The Life You Can Save, Jon spent ten years at a prominent hedge fund, working primarily in the areas of risk management, portfolio optimization, and algorithm development. He has also served on the board of directors for GiveWell, a widely-respected charity evaluator.

Jon now lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with his wife Meghann Riepenhoff (an acclaimed artist) and their dog Oso.

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