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The Panama Papers Reveal The Solution To Global Suffering

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

There are few legal tools to punish wealthy tax evaders. Yet we can hope that revelations such as the Panama Papers leak and articles such as this one encourage them to bring at least some of their millions and use it both to decrease our tax burden and address global suffering.

Top 5 Ways of Becoming Immortal

Joey Savoie | Posted 06.24.2016 | Comedy
Joey Savoie

Co-authored by Baxter Bullock. You’ve heard it a thousand times. Some guy finds a mermaid, eats it, and then gets to live for 800 years. I know what...

How Can You do the Most Good with Your Charitable Giving? This Expert's Answers Might Surprise You

Linch Zhang | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

GiveWell is a relatively young (started in 2007) charity rating agency that makes recommendations to donors based on the expected impact of their doll...

Ramadan 2016 Day Two: Should We Donate to Religion?

Anhar Karim | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Anhar Karim

I want to fall asleep on that carpet As soon as we walked into the Diyanet Mosque we were transported to a different world. Men in kufis and women in...

The Healing Arts Initiative Scandal Shows The Need For Effective Altruism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

The Healing Arts Initiative is a nonprofit that brings concerts and theatrical performances to hundreds of thousands of disabled, elderly, and poor people each year.

How Effective Giving Can Prevent Another Wounded Warrior

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 03.15.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

We all have the power to prevent future WWP scandals and improve our society. We can be effective donors by adopting the attitude of savvy investors, and not only encourage our favorite nonprofits to be more transparent and accurately measure their impact, but also ensure that we can truly trust that nonprofit to spend our money wisely.

How to Supercharge Your Generosity

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.28.2015 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

It feels great to see hope light up in the eyes of a beggar in the street as you stop to look at them when others pass them by without a glance. Their faces widen in a smile as you reach into your pocket and take out your wallet.

8 Secrets of Savvy Donors

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

You're generous and kind. You care about other people and want to help them have great lives. You want to make a positive impact on the world and give from your heart to worthy causes. You're a great person!

A Post-#GivingTuesday Reflection

Patricia Illingworth | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Patricia Illingworth

#GivingTuesday, a creation of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, is intended to bring together individuals, communities and organizations to celebrat...

What Americans Get Wrong About Charity

Rhema Hokama | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Less than 5 percent of American donation dollars went to international causes, and an even smaller fraction was allocated for effective anti-poverty relief. Unfortunately, this means that the majority of American charitable dollars never reaches the people in the developing world, those who need our help the most.

What Makes the New Atheists So Charitable?

Joey Savoie | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

We want this for others because we would want it for ourselves. The demand for others to receive the same standards as we enjoy is as real as any other cause.

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

www.theatlantic.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.13.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

www.slate.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?