From the Desk of Our Executive Director

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...
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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...
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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...
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Nobel Peace Prize and More Ways to Give
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...
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Planning Your Giving Season Personal Best
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 ...
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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 charlie.b[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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