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Free Money Is The Future: Confessions of a (Former) Skeptic of Basic Income

<i>Image Credit: akindo via iStock</i><p>Getting a tire replaced seems easy to me; I’d just go to the nearest car shop and get it fixed. For Jayleene, however, …

How The Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts The Nonprofit Sector

A devastating piece of investigative journalism on the Trump Foundation from the Washington Post has revealed that Donald Trump used $258,000 from …

Why We Should Celebrate International Day of the Girl Everyday

It's no secret that focusing on gender equality and women's empowerment is key to addressing poverty. This is why The Life You Can Save recommends …

5 Must-Read Books for this Fall

To be effective advocates for global health and poverty, it’s not sufficient to simply have a desire to help the poor, or a willingness to donate to …

Listen to the Radio: How DMI Saves Lives with Media Campaigns

The first episode of the television series <i>Mad Men,</i> set in the Madison Avenue advertising district of New York City in 1960, opens in a smoky bar. It …

Peter Singer's New Book: Ethics in the Real World

Our founder, Peter Singer, just released his latest book: <i>Ethics in The Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter.</i><p>Of those 82 essays—all of …

Walking Across Southern Africa to Fight Global Poverty

<i>Back in February, we shared an interview with Matt Napier, an Australian who is passionate about fighting global poverty and was about to undertake</i> …

A Request from The Giving Game Project

<b>Executive Summary</b><p>You can multiply the impact of your giving by supporting the Giving Game Fund. By sponsoring Giving Games, you can help participants …

Philanthropy

Promoting Effective Giving at Conferences via Speed Giving Games

Conferences provide an impactful opportunity to promote effective giving. This is the broad take-away from an experiment with promoting effective …

Networking

The Giving Game Project's Annual Report

<b>Executive Summary</b><p>With another school year in the books, it's time to take stock here at The Giving Game Project. This report reflects back on our …

Help us celebrate Peter Singer's 70th birthday!

On July 6th, Peter Singer turns 70 years old!<p>At The Life You Can Save, we’re celebrating this momentous day by drawing attention to the lasting …

The Stories Behind the Data

Podcast<p>Consider the following unrelated facts:<p>About 1 in every 19 Kenyan children dies before his or her fifth birthday.<br>• Only 9 percent of health …

How To Resolve Disagreements about Effective Giving: Collaborative Truth-Seeking (Part 2)

In a previous post, I shared about the problem with debates as the sole means of resolving differences in opinions. To summarize, while useful in …

Should donors from developing countries give locally or internationally?

A dilemma always arises in the minds of Brazilian effective altruists: Given the difference in the exchange rates and the fact that Brazil is also a …

Philanthropy

How To Resolve Disagreements About Effective Giving: The Problem with Debates (Part 1)

Here’s a typical scene from the meeting of a local effective altruist group. Michael thinks donating to Against Malaria Foundation will do the most …

The Healing Arts Initiative Scandal Shows The Need For Effective Altruism

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

Philanthropy

Why your inner control freak needs taming when it comes to charitable giving

Podcast<p>Some time ago, I had a conversation with a friend about charitable giving. She said that one of the reasons she was giving locally rather than …

Philanthropy

You could be the Warren Buffett of social investing

<i>Eric Gastfriend is the co-Founder of Harvard University Effective Altruism Student Group. He explains why now is the time to pay attention to</i> …

Wealth

The Panama Papers Reveal the Solution to Global Suffering

We all hold this truth as self-evident: that no one should experience avoidable suffering.<p>Yet our world has so much unnecessary harm. Hundreds of …

Taking Distributions When You Don’t Need the Money to Live on

<b>By Randy Fox</b><p>Retirement and estate planning have become increasingly complicated. Some affluent retirees find themselves forced to take required …

The Science of Effective Fundraising: Four Common Mistakes to Avoid

Charities that use their funds effectively to make a social impact frequently struggle to fundraise effectively. Indeed, while these charities …

Part III: How to change your behavior and achieve your personal best

Podcast<p><i>This is Part III of a three-part blog series on how to achieve our giving goals.</i><p>We’re very good at rationalizing our contribution to glaring …

Part II: Understanding “normal” giving behavior

Podcast<p><i>This is Part II of a three-part blog series on how to achieve our giving goals.</i><p>For a variety of sociocultural and psychological reasons, it is …

Part 1: Escaping Normal

Podcast<p><i>This is Part I of a three-part blog series on how to achieve our giving goals.</i><p>How many people wake up in the morning and say to themselves any …

4 Ways to Donate Better

Podcast<p>Last week, I shared the details of my charitable donations in 2015, down to the last cent -- where each dollar went and why I made those …

How Effective Giving Can Protect Us from Charity Scandals

Podcast<p>Anger and dismay greeted the March 10 announcement that the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit that helps wounded veterans, fired its …

I gave away $2,239.93 last year. Here's where it went.

Since finding effective altruism in the fall of 2013, I have oriented much of my financial planning and money-making efforts toward giving away as …

Why poverty hurts our children most

Podcast<p>I grew up in multicultural Hawaiʻi, where traditions from all over the Pacific Rim often acquire new cultural meanings long after losing their …

9 Strategies for Effective Donors

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 …