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Each day presents us with countless ways to save a life. Poverty is a problem that has proven solutions, and giving plays a crucial role in combating extreme poverty. Each of us can make decisions of significant moral importance without sacrificing anything of remotely comparable value. Learn more about how you can make a difference today.

Bill Nye and Bill Gates Dispel Myths Surrounding Poverty

Patients Wait for Treatment at Hospital in Sudan

"By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can't solve extreme poverty and disease isn't just mistaken. It is harmful. That's why in this year's letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same." - Bill Gates

2014 Gates Annual Letter

"For the price of a cup of coffee a day..."

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.

  • For the price of a candy bar: $1 will deworm a child. Deworming has significant, positive impacts on children's health, cognitive function and education achievement, as well as adult earnings.
  • For the price of a latte: $3 provides a life-saving insecticide-treated mosquito net for a family living in a region affected by malaria.
  • For the price of a meal at a restaurant: $30 provides a vegetable garden, which helps families earn a living by planting fruits and vegetables they can sell in local markets, and puts food on their tables. Buy one now through Oxfam America
  • For the price of a pair of designer sunglasses: $100 provides a blind child with specialized pediatric surgery and follow-up care to restore his or her sight. An entire family benefits when a child regains their vision. Now able to attend school, a child's life is changed forever.
  • For the price of a flight from Los Angeles to New York City: $250 provides a metal roof for a family through GiveDirectly.
  • For the average annual price of ATM fees: $349 provides a safe birth for a mother and child in rural Nepal. You can provide a safe birthday through Possible.

Giving Back On Your Big Day

While we all want to support our friends and family as they begin new chapters in their lives, it's hard to look at big, one-time expenses without wondering whether that money could be better spent elsewhere. But there's a way to have your cake and eat it too. Precisely because of the increasing expense of having a lavish wedding today, many new couples are including opportunities for charitable giving in their big day.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Shifting your philanthropic priorities can be tricky, especially if you make regular monthly or annual donations. It's not easy to tell an organization that you no longer wish to support it or its cause. This post offers suggestions.

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Global Warming and the Need to Give

Spreading the Message Through Live Below the Line

Global warming has serious implications for how, where, and why we should give to charity.

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