I practice effective altruism — an ethical system whose followers aim to make the world a better place using scientific evidence and careful reasoning. At the moment, most of my impact comes from personal giving: I donate at least 10% of any money I earn or find on the ground. I’ve made my donations public, in case anyone finds the information helpful.
Why Do I Give?
I’ve lived a very fortunate life. I was born into a well-off American family, the son of two parents with college degrees. I attended a famous university. I didn’t deserve any of this; if I’d been born somewhere else, my life would have gone very differently. I give because I want to share the results of my luck with the less fortunate.
I also give because I think that human happiness is the best thing in the world (in all its forms: love, excitement, satisfaction…). I already have a good, satisfying life, so I don’t need to buy more happiness. Instead, I can use money to help a lot of other people live happier lives. This strikes me as a fantastic opportunity.
If you have any questions about my giving or my beliefs, send me a message!
|9/27/17||500||Centre for Effective Altruism||Funding for projects to strengthen the EA community. See here for details.|
|8/15/17||250||GiveDirectly||Given to support GiveDirectly’s basic income experiment.|
|12/15/16||1250||EA Donor Lottery, Centre for Effective Altruism||My end-of-year donation. $500 went to support Paul Christiano’s interesting donor lottery idea. $750 went to CEA, which runs a number of useful EA projects.|
|12/6/16||350||AMF, Innovations for Poverty Action, Environmental Defense Fund||My share of donations from a Giving Game co-sponsored by The Life You Can Save.|
|7/12/16||500||AMF||In support of a friend’s campaign.|
|6/26/16||1000||AMF and .impact||Split 60/40.|
|4/17/16||2000||AMF and GiveDirectly||Split 70/30. The GiveDirectly donation resulted from their basic income announcement, though I gave unrestricted funding.|
|2/1/16||1000||Givewell and CFAR||Split 90/10. The Givewell donation was for operational support.|
|1/15/16||1250||.impact, the Parsemus Foundation, and the Against Malaria Foundation||Split 40/20/40. I donated to Parsemus as a gift to David Benatar. The AMF donation matched a fundraiser from EA Adelaide.|
|2015||3785||Multiple organizations (50% Givewell)||Second year as a Giving What We Can member.
First year (six months) working a salaried job.
~10% of income.
|2014||1685||Multiple organizations (primarily Givewell)||First year as a Giving What We Can member.
~9% of income.
For full details on my giving before this year, see this page.
(This page was inspired by Peter Hurford.)