From the Desk of Our Executive Director

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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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Increasing engagement
If you are reading this, you are one of our more “engaged” subscribers. Our newsletter actually has a good “open rate”, I am told -- about 30% of the people we send it to open it. But the “click through” rate is pretty dismal, meaning that a low percentage of you who open the newsletter actually click on any of the links to go to another page.  So I am thinking about how to make the newsletter more exci...
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New connections at The Gates Foundation and Effective Giving, Netherlands
Our Team is pleased that our impact is growing significantly -- revenue to our recommended nonprofits is up again significantly this year. This is happening because more of you are giving, and giving more generously! Thank you on behalf of the people living in extreme poverty that our recommended NGOs are assisting. Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of subscribers and donors to TLYCS through the right partnerships, smart marketin...
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Take Stock of Your 2017 Goals
Now that we are midway through 2017, it is a great time to take stock of where we stand with our New Year’s resolutions. What behaviors have we promised ourselves we would improve? Eat a healthier diet, including less meat or no meat (or even vegan)? Exercise more?  Perhaps pay more attention to our families and, perhaps, a little bit less to our work? A wise person once told me that nobody ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I ...
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The Life You Can Save's Virtual Worldwide Web
I frequently reflect on the international nature of our growth -- donors, partners, and staff. We are excited to welcome Stacey Black, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, as a core staff member. Stacey will assist Llamil Silman (in Costa Rica) on the web and will manage various of our growing number of projects (she produced our recent 2016 Annual Report and our Strategic Plan). We also warmly welcome Renata Bergman, originally from Sao Paolo, ...
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What Do Columbia University Students Think the World's Most Critical Issues Are?
Last week I gave a talk on "Effective Giving" at Columbia to an audience of 75 students, primarily undergraduates. On a Wednesday night during exams, this seemed like an incredible turnout and their energy was infectious. I told the audience that in the late 60's, when I was an undergraduate, the only way we could have gotten that many students in a room other than to protest the War in Vietnam was if there were lots of drugs available :) The ev...
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Using Heart and Head , whether for Daily or Crisis  Giving
The current famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria that threatens the lives of 20 million people must command our attention in the sea of concerns about the political situation in the United States and Europe, as well as the ongoing fight to reduce the devastating effects of extreme poverty. Our recent blog, African Famine Relief: How to Respond?, describes some of the issues that the crisis raises for us at The Life Yo...
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Our 2016 Annual Report and International Women's Day
On behalf of our Team, I'm happy to announce our 2016 Annual Report. We are also publishing our first ever Strategic Plan, which outlines not only our goals, but also provides insight into our strategy and tactics. This document further outlines our funding gaps and is a call to action for support to scale The Life You Can Save. Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. Please be sure to read our Board Member Frances Kissling’s highly...
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Thank you for supporting us.
The new support that The Life You Can Save received from donors during December has been very gratifying. While our primary mission is to support our recommended nonprofits and to spread the word about effective giving, it is critical that we obtain funds for our own operating expenses in order to do this work. Until now, this has been a challenge and we have had to rely on a few large donors to support us. Recently however, we have been receivi...
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