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!
|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.
(This page was inspired by Peter Hurford.)