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The Life You Can Save

Saving the World, Startup-Style: a Billion Reasons to Support Effective Altruists

Kate Grant | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.

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.

How I Give on Less Than $30,000 a Year

Rhema Hokama | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I'm convinced that giving is something we all can do to help the world's poorest people, no matter what our income. Here are a few things that I've found helpful for myself as I learned more about what it means to give while living on a salary of less than $30,000 a year.

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 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.

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.

No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.

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?

Should You Save a Drowning Child?

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

In The Life You Can Save, the author asks -- if you see a child drowning and there is no one else around, would you wade in to save the child knowing that in doing so you will ruin your expensive shoes and be late for work?