Ten Great Reasons to Give to Charity

Even small donations have an impact.

When considering poverty in the developing world, many people feel deep sorrow but conclude that there is nothing we can do. The scale of poverty is immense and we seem powerless to stop it. Such despair is understandable, but the facts tell a very different story. While poverty is indeed extreme and widespread, it is easy to forget just how many people there are in the developed world, and how powerful our pocket change can become when pooled together.

When giving to an effective charity, the size of your donation directly correlates with the number of people you are able to help. But you don't have to be a millionaire to make a significant difference; even small donations have the potential to drastically improve an individual's quality of life.

Giving benefits the world's neediest people.

There are hundreds of non-profits that you can choose to give to, and the process of selecting which organization to support can feel like a daunting task. But you don't have to do all the research yourself. Peter Singer personally compiles The Life You Can Save's list of recommended charities (below), which work in variety of crucial cause areas, based on extensive research and analysis performed by organizations like Innovations for Poverty Action, GiveWell and Giving What We Can. These are the charities we recommend:

Poverty can be solved.

Effective interventions can break the cycle of poverty for the world's neediest people. Preventing and fighting diseases can keep children healthy and in school. Effective healthcare allows parents to continue supporting their families when they might otherwise have to care for sick children or themselves be disabled by debilitating illness. Aid provides those living in extreme poverty with the essential resources necessary to attain a better standard of living.

Poverty is a problem that has proven solutions, and giving plays a crucial role in combating extreme poverty. According to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), dramatically fewer people today are living in extreme poverty than just a few decades ago.

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