From the Desk of Our Executive Director
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
"Empowering women is key to building a future we want,” wrote the Nobel-prize winning Indian economist and philosopher, Amartya Sen. A critical piece of a woman’s empowerment is her ability to choose the size of her family. World Contraception Day is September 26th and I believe all of us who are concerned about reducing and, ultimately, eliminating extreme poverty should use this as a reminder to focus on this critical issu...
by Charlie Bresler on Monday, August 12, 2019
Spreading the culture of effective giving calls for promoting both sides of the extreme poverty picture: the great need that exists and the incredible progress that has been made. Together, these demonstrate why effective giving is so worth promoting: because it works! The best organizations and interventions save and improve lives in dramatic numbers.
A prime example is India, which is in a period of unprecedented opportunity, chall...
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, July 09, 2019
As you know, The Life You Can Save’s goal is to spread the culture of giving in an impactful, cost-effective way and to generate support for our recommended charities. To further these ends, we supported the creation of The Life You Can Save Australia, which officially launched in May. The kick-off campaign aiming to raise A$100,000 for our charities by 30 June was met by Aussies generously donating A$330,000 via our new site thelifey...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
June 20th is a day the United Nations sets aside to raise awareness of the worldwide refugee crises. More than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country. Over a third of our recommended nonprofits work on refugee related issues. You can read summaries of their valuable work on this crucial issue in o...
by Charlie Bresler on Monday, May 06, 2019
Mother’s Day brings to mind the many challenges that women face raising children in extreme poverty. I think about watching your child die of an illness that would be easily treated in the U.S., where I live (although even here, not everyone is guaranteed excellent medical care).
A month ago I became a grandparent for the first time. My granddaughter Rosalee was born in our home next to my son’s farm, but she and her mother, ...
by Charlie Bresler on Thursday, April 04, 2019
In the next few days, you will be receiving our 2018 Annual Report that discusses the year past and provides a glimpse into plans for 2019. I hope you will review the report carefully. Please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]
with any questions you may have.
This month, perhaps you would consider a donation to one of our recommended nonprofits to celebrate one of these important days: World Health Day (Apr...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, March 06, 2019
International Women’s Day on March 8th is something I think we should recognize in a meaningful way. Frequently, women are forced to bear more than their share of the burden of living in extreme poverty. This article is an excellent summary of the hardships that women living in poverty face, the relative disadvantage of women versus men, and the economic costs of institutionalized and cultural discrimination against women.
In a vari...
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Since we didn’t send out a newsletter in January, I want to take this opportunity to say that I hope 2019 is a year of happiness, health and of reaching for your personal best in sharing some of your disposable resources with our fellow human beings who live in extreme poverty around the world.
As you know, our mission at The Life You Can Save is to assist you in actualizing your intentions to do good in the world by providing informatio...
by Charlie Bresler on Thursday, November 08, 2018
We are excited to share the news that Fistula Foundation partner Dr. Denis Mukwege has been announced as a 2018 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. You can read more about Dr. Mukwege’s wonderful work in our Charity Voices section (full article here) and you can convey best wishes to Dr. Mukwege on Fistula Foundation’s virtual congratulations card for him here.
In our ongoing efforts to support the great work of Fistula Foundat...
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Increasing people’s concern about the impact and cost-effectiveness of their donations is an important goal of The Life You Can Save. Our recommended nonprofits provide a mechanism for translating that concern into effective action.
This interesting article by Christine Emba that appeared in The Washington Post highlights issues related to the effectiveness of the U.S. foreign aid program, which is nearly $40 billion annually. While the ...