Peter Singer's TED Talk: The Why and How of Effective Altruism

Many of us lucky enough to be born in the developed world are eager to share our relative wealth with those in need. But how can we give in a way that maximizes the effectiveness of our donations? In his 2013 TedTalk, our founder, the philosopher Peter Singer, asks provocative questions that will help you reconsider how you give—no matter what amount!

The Life You Can Save in 3 Minutes

What would you do if you saw a small girl drowning in a pond? Most of us wouldn’t think twice about jumping in to save her life. But what if that girl were drowning in a pond on the other side of the world? Should we still feel compelled to save her? Each day, 7,500 children die of preventable conditions associated with poverty. The good news is that you can easily take action today to save a life!

An Interview with Charlie Bresler, Executive Director of The Life You Can Save

Charlie Bresler talks about his journey of pursuing something more socially valuable and how that led him from being the president of The Men's Wearhouse to stepping into the role of Executive Director of The Life You Can Save.

Leveraging Effective Philanthropy

Michael Faye of Give Directly and Dianne Calvi of Village Enterprise discuss what it means to be a charity recommended by The Life You Can Save, and how their work has been shown to measurably reduce extreme poverty.

How Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are changing the world like no other humans in history

Peter Singer explains how Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are changing the world like no other humans in history.

Interview with Peter Singer by Adam Ford about The Life You Can Save

"If you really want to think of yourself as ethical, it's not enough to say 'I don't kill, I don't steal, I don't cheat, I don't assault people.' if you are an affluent person, or even just a middle class person in an affluent country...then you're not really living an ethical life unless you're prepared to share some of the good fortune that you have with people who are less fortunate."

How to Be a Poker Shark
with Your Charitable Giving

Poker Champ Liv Boeree knows about high stakes giving.

What could your donation buy for a family in need?

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably already giving to charity. In 2014, 95 percent of Americans made charitable donations, and the typical American household donates an average of $2,974 to charity each year. That amount can go especially far in the developing world, where medical services and supplies, sanitation, housing materials, and school fees are much cheaper than they are at home and the need is usually greatest.

Stephen Colbert interviews Peter Singer

“What’s the least somebody can do to seem like a decent person?” Stephen Colbert asks. Watch to see Peter Singer’s answer to this question—and more—on the Colbert Report.

Giving Experiment

What would you do if a stranger handed you $10? We handed out cash to people on the street to find out how they would choose to use the money. Their choices might surprise you!

The $10 Test

Can $10 make a difference? We set out to find out just how far $10 goes in the right hands. Filmed and directed by videographers based in Cape Town, South Africa.

What will your impact be?

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