Charitable Donations

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. 

I’ve made my donations public, as a way of showing what “giving 10%” can look like. I’m not the most analytical donor you’ll find, and I don’t claim to have found the perfect charity, but I think that all the organizations below do something worth supporting. 

 

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’d like to know more about my giving, or if you’re thinking of starting a new giving habit, send me your questions!

 

Donations

Date Amount Organization Notes
11/28/17 1750 Centre for Effective Altruism,
GiveWell
Split 60/40. Timed to coincide with matching funds from the Gates Foundation through Facebook’s Giving Tuesday event.
10/28/17 500 Centre for Effective Altruism Funding for projects to strengthen the EA community. See here for details.
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.
4/14/17 150 AMF
2016 8100 Multiple organizations (40% AMF) First full year working a salaried job.

~11% of pre-tax income.

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.

Thanks to Tableizer for helping me create this table. And most of all, thanks to Giving What We Can for getting me into the habit of helping others.

(This page was inspired by Peter Hurford.)