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. I aim to 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 what I’ve given has helped others a lot more than it would have helped me.

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, let me know!


Date Amount Organization


2019 7498 Multiple organizations (66% GiveWell) $6998 was eligible for this year’s Giving Tuesday Facebook donation match, of which $4499 was actually matched. (The last donation was made a few seconds too late, because the matching funds run out fast.)
2018 4600 Multiple organizations (43% GiveWell) ~11% of pre-tax income. (Most of the year spent on freelancing and a job search; started a new job at the end of October.)

$4000 of this was matched by Facebook, making the year’s total donation ~$8600 (minus the impact of whatever donations Facebook would have matched if I hadn’t used some of their limited match funds).

I gave $500 through EA Hub’s donation swap tool, which helped me make another donor’s gift tax-deductible.

2017 3150 Multiple organizations (65% CEA) Left job in December 2016 to move and get married. Spent the year freelancing, 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 3250 Multiple organizations (50% Givewell) Second year as a Giving What We Can member.First year (six months) working a salaried job.

~8% of pre-tax income.

2014 1685 Multiple organizations (40% 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.

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

(This page was inspired by Peter Hurford.)