From the Desk of the Executive Director

How you can spread the culture of effective giving
With “Giving Season” just around the corner, it is an ideal time to to think about the ways in which we help people other than our families and close circle of friends. There are multiple ways to measure our performance. One we have favored at The Life You Can Save is the concept of personal best in which we look back at our giving behavior from the previous year and set goals to give more effectively and give more in the upcoming yea...
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Free Giving Guide, India Opportunities and Good Giving Research
I am writing this from India on the final day of my 10 day whirlwind trip to Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. I believe I have learned more in the last 10 days than I have learned in any comparable period of my life. The growing philanthropic movement in India is as exciting as the problems are daunting. Surprisingly (to me at least) everyone we have met with—over 18 organizations and individuals—believes there is real value in &ldquo...
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India Opportunities, Planned Giving, and More
I am soon heading to India to meet with foundations, educational institutions, and philanthropists to investigate how The Life You Can Save may be able to promote effective giving in the growing philanthropy movement there. Many excellent local players already exist in this arena, but TLYCS may be able to play an important partnering role. Our vision is to work with organizations, retail and corporate groups, and individuals to identify and promo...
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World Refugee Day, and Giving Game's Annual Report
When I sit down to write the introduction to our newsletter each month, I consider what our subscribers would be interested in hearing about. As always therefore, I invite you to let me know of topics you would like me to cover by emailing me at [email protected]  June 20th is World Refugee Day. As we are all acutely aware, this is one of the largest--and growing--groups of people living in extreme poverty around...
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Honor a Mother in Your Life by Helping Less Fortunate Mothers
A few days ago, we sent our 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Plan to our subscribers. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read it. If you haven't yet, please consider doing so as I think you'll find it contains interesting details about our accomplishments, challenges, and exciting future plans. In May, there are several days that serve both as great opportunities to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are and a...
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Got bandaids?
One of the common objections about donating to help the global poor is that the help is just “providing a bandaid.” Really? When is the last time you had a serious wound that was bleeding profusely and you didn’t run to get a bandaid? If your child was dying of diarrhea and needed the “bandaid” of IV fluids, what would you do? But beyond this obvious rebuttal to the “bandaid” excuse for not giving ...
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Congratulations to Village Enterprise on their RCT Results
We are putting the finishing touches on our 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Plan, which we will share in a separate email, so please look for it. We are excited about our opportunities and hope to add some more great staff in 2018 to help work on future growth projects. Our recommended nonprofits continue their amazing work, some of which is featured in this newsletter. Congratulations to Village Enterprise on their recently published randomized c...
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Global vs. Local Giving, Debated
I send a special thanks to all of you who donated to our recommended nonprofits in 2017...and also to those who have supported our operating budget through donations to TLYCS itself. In January, we sent out this message instead of our usual newsletter. I encourage you to look carefully at the content and see if you find the "personal best" approach outlined in it useful. If so, I hope you will employ it in your giving and s...
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How do YOU define
So incredibly sad! The mass shooting in Las Vegas, the hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, have been gut wrenching and grabbed our attention. For most, the recent floods in South Asia that killed 1,200 people and left 1.8 million children without schools have been much less salient. And the 8,000 children under 5 years old that die every day from easily preventable causes have been even less top of mind. Disasters close to home...
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A Real Life
Thanks to everyone who provided the newsletter feedback we requested. Stacey, our designer, and Amy, our newsletter editor, are working on changes that will be reflected in next month's issue. Those of you familiar with Peter Singer's "Girl in the Pond" thought experiment that has inspired many, including me, will be interested to know of a real life example at a recent wedding, where a groom jumped into a pond to save a drow...
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