How Much Should I Give?

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In his book, The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer challenges us to think about what it takes to live ethically in a world in which millions are dying unnecessarily each year and about “our obligation to those trapped in extreme poverty.”

Peter suggests a public standard for what we should expect ourselves and others to give to effective charities such as the ones on our Recommended list, with a general minimum of 1% of our income. Beyond the minimum, our calculator below can be used to determine the percentage of your particular income that Peter suggests you donate annually. These levels are intended to get you started and to set you on a path toward challenging yourself and working toward doing more as your giving habits evolve (your “personal best”).

Click here to learn more about how the suggested donation is calculated and other frequently asked questions about pledging.

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I pledge that over the coming year I will give
% of my income to an organization, or organizations, effectively helping people living in extreme poverty.

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