Effective altruism for jews
We can do an incredible amount of good with a charitable donations–saving a life for as little a s few hundred dollars. How do we determine which charities are best?
Effective Altruism Funds are expert-led philanthropic ‘funds’ that aim to maximize the effectiveness of your charitable donations. EA funds use expert-led teams of subject-matter experts, who look for the highest-impact opportunities to do good. Read more about EA funds here. EA funds include:
GiveWell searches for charities that save or improve lives very effectively, with a high bar for evidence. They recommend a small number of charities that they believe do an incredible amount of good. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, GiveWell conducts in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
Rather than try to rate as many charities as possible, they focus on the few charities that stand out most (by their criteria) in order to find and confidently recommend high-impact giving opportunities. They believe that there is exceptionally strong evidence for their top charities, and that $3,000–$5,000 in donations to some of those charities can save a life.
Giving What We Can is a community of thousands of people who have pledged to donate a portion of their income—often at least 10%—to the most effective charities, including some who are motivated to give by Judaism. Dedicating 10% of one’s income to charity has strong resonance with the traditional Jewish practice of ma’sar kesafim.
One for the World is a community of people who pledge to donate 1% or more of their income to the world’s most cost-effective charities, every month, for life. They update their portfolio every year, so your donations are always as impactful as possible, and make it easy to make your donations automatic.
Within our community, we have people who have given a great deal of thought to where to donate. If you would like to be put in contact with other community members to discuss donation options. Please reach out to us here!
In addition to donating to effective charities, you can also make an impact by using your career for good and getting involved with EA for Jews and the larger EA community!
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