The Life You Can Save relies on voluntary contributions from supporters like you. By donating to The Life You Can Save itself, you can help us introduce more people to effective giving and raise more money for cost-effective, impactful charities.You can also increase the impact of your own donation. Over the last three years, each dollar invested in our work has generated an average of $17 in donations for our recommended charities.
At The Life You Can Save, we help connect donors with cost-effective, high-impact charities that save and transform lives in the communities they serve. In 2020, globally we helped raise over US$18.2 million for our recommended charities through our engaging fundraising campaigns and the free, easy-to-use donation tools hosted on our website and designed to make “smart giving simple.”
Worldwide 2020 Results
Donations to effective charitiesUS$18.2 million
Net Impact US$17.5 million
“The Life You Can Save is one of the main ways new supporters find Fistula Foundation”
We help spread the idea of effective giving.
At The Life You Can Save, we want to end extreme global poverty through the power of effective giving. And we believe that popularizing the idea of effective giving — persuading more people to give more, more effectively — is an important first step. Your support helps us develop and distribute resources like Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save that not only introduce others to the idea of effective giving but also inspire and empower them to give more effectively.
In 2020, we distributed approximately 40,000 copies of The Life You Can Save in complete and abridged formats* and helped introduce thousands of people to the concept of effective giving.
Total Books Distributed in 2020*~40,000
* Includes free downloads, giveaways and sales of the ebook, audiobook and paperback editions of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Life You Can Save; estimated number of listeners of the free podcast version of the book; and content based on the book (e.g. Blinkist’s 15-min version of the book)
“The new free edition of The Life You Can Save has generated significant interest in Against Malaria Foundation and led to an increase in donations”
Before I found Peter Singer and his books, I was a bit lost in terms of how/what to give to charity, and as a result, I tended to be frozen. If I couldn’t choose where to give, I simply didn’t. Now, I can simply trust the experts to do the research that I’m frankly too busy (lazy) to do myself, and I am confident that my donations can make a real difference. Thank you for all the hard work you do!
We help you increase the impact of your donation.
Imagine you have US$100 to give to a charity of your choice. Now imagine that, instead of giving that $100 donation directly to your charity, you have the option to “invest” that $100 donation in a way that would increase it by seventeen times its original value — in other words, from $100 to $1,700. What if you had the option to invest a donation of $10,000 in the same way and increase it to $170,000 — or a donation of $100,000 to $1,700,000? Would you take it?
It may sound too good to be true, but our metrics show that donating to The Life You Can Save can multiply your donation in precisely this way. If you invest in us, we can help you increase your impact.
How can we be sure? To determine how investing in our work increases your impact, we rely on a metric we call our “leverage ratio.” If you take all the money we raise annually for our nonprofits and divide that number by the money we spend operating our organization, you get what we call our “leverage” for a single year. To gauge our impact over time, we rely on a “3-year leverage ratio“ which is simply the average annual leverage over the past three years.
From 2018-2020, our 3-year leverage ratio was 17:1. That means that for every $1 we invested in spreading our message and helping others discover and donate to effective charities over the last three years, we raised an average of $17 for our recommended nonprofits.
We are very proud of our 3-year leverage ratio, and we believe it’s one of the main reasons that we saw the number of voluntary contributions to The Life You Can Save itself more than triple in 2020. To be sure, our annual leverage ratio fluctuates from year to year. But our three-year average indicates it is a reliable measure of our impact. It is also a relatively conservative estimate of our impact since it does not reflect donations to sister organizations like GiveWell or Giving What We Can that our work may inspire, only donations to our recommended charities.
3-year leverage ratio 17:1
We are an impactful, cost-effective organization ready to scale.
At The Life You Can Save, we strive to be impactful and cost-effective just like the charities we recommend. Though we have a global footprint, we are a small team of just 6 full-time employees, 6 part-time employees and many generous volunteers. Over the last three years, our annual operating expenses have averaged around $700,000.
While we aim to be cost-effective, based on our track record, we believe that we have the potential to grow our organization significantly and maintain and even improve the performance of vital metrics like our leverage ratio. Since The Life You Can Save became an official nonprofit organization in the US in 2013, we have also seen steady growth across two other key metrics: “Total Money Moved” (money generated for our recommended nonprofits) and “Net Impact” (money generated for our recommended nonprofits minus our expenses).
With your support, we hope to increase our budget and expand our operations so that we can reach more people and raise more money for effective charities.
Net ImpactUS$17.5 million
We Have Delivered Strong Growth
Since The Life You Can Save became an official nonprofit organization in the US in 2013, we have seen steady growth across our two key metrics: ‘Total Money Moved” (money generated for our recommended nonprofits) and “Net Impact” (money generated for our recommended nonprofits minus our expenses).
“I welcome your support in helping us achieve our objectives by donating to support The Life You Can Save itself, as I do myself”
Here are a few different ways you can support us financially.
Make a One-Time or Recurring Donation
Click here to make a one-time or recurring donation to The Life You Can Save itself.
Leave Us a Tip
If you are in the United States, when you donate to our effective charities, you have the option to leave an additional “tip,” which will be used to support The Life You Can Save itself.
Give to Our 90/10 Fund
When you give to Our 90/10 Fund, we divide 90% of your donation equally amongst our recommended charities and allocate 10% of your donation to The Life You Can Save itself.
Fund an Initiative
We are especially grateful to our supporters who have funded critical organizational initiatives like the publication of our updated edition of Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save. We currently have a range of projects we would like to pursue with costs from US$10,000 to US$1,000,000. If you are interested in funding a project, please contact Charlie Bresler or Rickard Vikstrom for more information.
Include Us in Your Will
To learn more about including The Life You Can Save or our recommended charities in your will, please check out our Gifts in Wills page or contact our Philantrophy and Bequest Adviser, Angela Kalayjian.
We also support a variety of payment methods. Please see this page for more information.
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