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How to Save Lives From Beyond the Grave

Joey Savoie | Posted 10.04.2015 | Impact
Joey Savoie

Perhaps the most important fact you'll ever learn is that some charities are hundreds or even thousands of times better than others, and that an excellent charity evaluator called GiveWell identifies the very best based on solid evidence.

Charity Needs a Scientific Revolution and We Can Make it Happen

Joey Savoie | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Not only is there precious little research on which charitable interventions actually work, but most people in the field, whether donors or workers, aren't seeking it out. Almost everyone involved in philanthropy is thinking with their hearts instead of using their heads to guide their hearts.

If You Want To Save Lives, Become An Investment Banker: Philosopher

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

LONDON, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career choices, but according ...

How To Find The Perfect Charity | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact

Last winter, William MacAskill and his wife Amanda moved into a Union Square apartment that I was sharing with several friends in New York. At first, ...

Nico Pitney

This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached | Nico Pitney | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact

They've given away $15 million and counting, and the results have been extraordinary.

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 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.

Nico Pitney

That Time A Hedge Funder Quit His Job And Then Raised $60 Million For Charity | Nico Pitney | Posted 09.30.2015 | 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...

Is Donating Baseball Bats To Poor Kids Just As Important As Helping Hungry? | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Suppose someone walks by a pond and notices a bit of garbage floating in it. A devoted environmentalist, he wades into the pond, retrieves the garbage...

Nico Pitney

Here Are The Charities You Should Support, According To Data | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.01.2015 | 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?

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reexamining How We Donate to Non-Profits

Daniela Papi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Jaded. Skeptical. A hypocrite. A hater. You get called all sorts of things when you say critical things about the international aid sector. People say...

Giving With a Big Heart and a Tough Mind

Kate Grant | Posted 01.03.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

How many Ivy League professors have the guts to tell well-meaning donors to forgo giving to the Harvard Universities and Metropolitan Museums of the world and give to the charities that serve the neediest instead?

Hedge-funders Use Their Skills For Evil, Not Good

New York | Daily Intelligencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

So it goes that just as soon as the holidays end, the snowflake-shaped scales fall from our eyes and harsh, cold reality sets in. All that goodwill an...