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Effective Altruism

Feeding the Elephant: How to Maintain Your Motivation to Give

Brad Hurley | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

Whenever I find myself giving in to temptation too frequently, I revisit the original sources that led me to my commitment.

What Do You Do With Your Optimism?

Rachel Elizabeth Maley | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Rachel Elizabeth Maley

I make this decision because I am a proud proponent of "effective altruism" - a movement which values evidence and reason when choosing how best to direct our efforts to improve the world.

The #1 Killer Of Pregnant Women Can Be Stopped For $6

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact

For the sake of pregnant women the world over, here are five facts you ought to know. 1) The world's single greatest killer of pregnant women is ma...

The Joys of Giving Large

Brad Hurley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

For me, it boils down to this: There are plenty of other things I could do with the money I give away to effective charities each year. But can I think of anything better to do with it? No. It feels like the best possible use of my money. I'm a lot happier giving large than living large.

The New Social Movement of Our Generation: Effective Altruism

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

If universities are the bellwether of social change, as they have often been in times past, then the enthusiasm and captivation that EA has brought out at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning may well trickle to the rest of the population.

Discussion of Utility, Fairness, and Risk With Medical Ethicist Nir Eyal

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

Nir Eyal is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Interview With Phil Buchanan, the President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), with a local office in Cambridge, MA and another in San Francisco, CA, is a nonprofit organization dedica...

Why We Should Do Good by Giving Better

Rhema Hokama | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I think that if we're open to being challenged and eager to contribute, each of us will find that we can make a measurable difference by donating either money or time to bettering the lives of those who live with so much less than ourselves.

Dare to Be 100: Book Review: Singer, The Most Good You Can Do

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Reading Peter Singer's book, "THE MOST GOOD YOU CAN DO," made my brain grow. (1) As I read it I could feel my dendrites spreading out. I guess I shoul...

Nico Pitney

That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity | Nico Pitney | Posted 03.26.2015 | Good News

Elie Hassenfeld had an enjoyable and lucrative career in finance. Then he discovered an unusual passion. "I found myself staying up Friday nights t...

The Ethics of Impact

Pioneers for Change | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

When we consider how to ensure that our well-intentioned actions have meaningful impact, ethical reflections take on a central and critical importance. They force us to reconsider our priorities, and to question some of the assumptions our society has inherited from past generations.

Can Effective Altruism Really Change The World?

The Week | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

A relatively recent movement called Effective Altruism has been shaking up philanthropy. The premise is simple: People are concerned how much good the...

Nico Pitney

Here Are The Charities You Should Support, According To Data | Nico Pitney | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

There are countless charities to choose from, and many do good work. But a precious few can say they dramatically improve or save people's lives in a cost-effective way, and then back up their claims with hard data.

The Charity Revolution

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gastfriend

Think back on that promise you made when you chose not to give on the street. When you give this year, how will you make sure you support a program that works?

Why it Is Difficult to Choose a Charity

Eric Friedman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

A few years ago, the following story was highlighted on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's website as an inspiring testament to the hospital's wo...