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Applying The Scientific Method To Charity

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

Caption: Hands touching world (image credit) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers...

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.

Peter Singer On The Most Good You Can Do

Chris Castiglione | Posted 06.23.2016 | Books
Chris Castiglione

Peter Singer is a personal inspiration to me. He is a well known Australian philosopher and author who has spent his entire life in pursuit of doing more good in the world.

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.

One of the Most Prolific Killers in the World Can Be Stopped -- for $2.50

Linch Zhang | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

Just last year, there were over 200 million cases of malaria, killing over 400,000 people, around 300,000 of whom were under 5 years old. One simple solution is long-lasting insecticidal bednets.

Escaping Normal

Charlie Bresler | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Charlie Bresler

In critical areas of our lives, there is frequently a contradiction between how we want to behave and how we actually behave. Yet although it is "normal," our failure to live up to our values and goals often results in serious consequences, endangering ourselves, others, and the planet.

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 poverty hurts our children most

Rhema Hokama | Posted 03.06.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I grew up in multicultural Hawaiʻi, where traditions from all over the Pacific Rim often acquire new cultural meanings long after losing their origin...

How One Man Is Trekking a Continent and Taking on a Cause

Rhema Hokama | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Matt Napier is passionate about fighting global poverty--and is undertaking an ambitious walk this summer across southern Africa to raise funds and aw...

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!

Why Inconvenient Altruism Might Be the Best Altruism

Charlie Bresler | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Charlie Bresler

"Dad, you need to lose convenience as a category of analysis," my son told me several years ago after I explained to him why I was doing something, or...

A Post-#GivingTuesday Reflection

Patricia Illingworth | Posted 12.09.2016 | 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...

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

Kate Grant | Posted 11.25.2016 | 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 11.20.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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 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?