Effective Altruism


Effective altruism is changing the way we do good.

Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?

Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.

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The Life You Can Save

Peter Singer, founder of The Life You Can Save, discusses the benefits of effective altruism.


"The mission of The Life You Can Save is to change the culture of giving in affluent countries while dramatically raising annual donations to highly impactful nonprofits that reduce suffering and premature death for people living in extreme poverty.

We urge you not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. As the statesman Edmund Burke put it, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” If a large gift feels overwhelming, try a small one first. The people you'll help will thank you for whatever you can do."

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Animal Charity Evaluators

"Animal Charity Evaluators works to identify the most effective ways to help nonhuman animals. Our research is not premised upon any particular ideology. We think our research is valuable to anyone who shares the following three relatively uncontroversial philosophical commitments:

1. We are committed to anti-speciesism.
2. We are committed to promoting welfare.
3. We are committed to the value of empirical research.

Empirical research can help us determine which action is best."

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More Resources around Effective Altruism

  • EA Hub: A central community for Effective Altruists with links to a number of resources. 

  • Effective Altruism Forum: Relevant news articles, research, and discussion.

  • Giving Evidence: Blog by Caroline Fiennes on evidence-based philanthropy.

  • Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back by William MacAskill

  • The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer


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