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 roughly 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!
|2018||Pending||Pending||Waiting to donate until year’s end for several reasons:
|2017||3150||Multiple organizations (65% CEA)||Left job in December 2016 to move and get married.
Spent year as freelancer, getting an MBA, and planning a wedding.
~8% of pre-tax income (everything else went to wedding/savings).
|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 pre-tax income.
|2014||1685||Multiple organizations (primarily Givewell)||First year as a Giving What We Can member.
~9% of pre-tax income.
For full details on my giving before this year, see this page.
(This page was inspired by Peter Hurford.)