The below details a proposal to shift your existing donations to Against Malaria Foundation (or any other effective charity) to the Adelaide Effective Altruism's fundraiser for AMF.
The Run for Effective Altruism is an event being hosted by the Adelaide chapter of The Life You Can Save. The Life You Can Save is a non-profit organisation that raises awareness about the global poor and the most effective ways to help. The event will launch with a presentation given by moral philosopher Peter Singer about Effective Altruism on the 13th of April and will be followed by a series of presentations about Effective Altruism given by local volunteers to a range of schools, workplaces and community groups over the following weeks. The volunteers will run or cycle as a group between speaking venues where possible. Books about Effective Altruism will be offered for a donation to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), and other donations will be encouraged. It is expected that around 12 volunteers will be involved with the event, with an unknown number of people donating. A full analysis of the effectiveness of this event will be undertaken, with an analysis to be made publicly available.
Effective Altruism is a growing global movement that combines the heart and the head to apply science to charity, find the most effective causes, charities and ways of doing good and empowering people to undertake them.
· To spread information about Effective Altruism and why it is important to consider the effectiveness of charities and causes when making donations.
· To raise money for AMF, rated the world’s most effective charity by GiveWell.
· To get Effective Altruism and its messages in the local news.
Summary of the Against Malaria Foundation
AMF provides anti-malarial bed nets to protect against malaria in developing nations. Each net costs around $5-6, and protects several individuals from mosquitos at night for several years, significantly reducing their chance of contracting malaria. This intervention is so effective that recent estimates indicate that a child’s life can be saved for an average of $2,838 US ($3,962 AUD). AMF has been ranked GiveWell’s top charity for 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. A full summary of research on AMF can be found here.
The proposal being made here is for you to offer to match some part of the donations received through this fundraiser, or to make a once off donation. The goal is to save 10 lives by raising $40,000 AUD in donations over the course of the event. The event is structured to encourage more donations through incentives such as dollar matching, while increasing awareness of Effective Altruism and the Against Malaria Foundation in Adelaide.
If you are interested in supporting this event either through a pledge to match donations, an individual donation, sharing the message of Effective Altruism you may do so via this link.
Why donate through this fundraiser?
Donations made to AMF through this fundraiser will have the same direct impact, but will have the added benefit of encouraging non-EAs to donate (when they see more funds being donated to the fundraiser) and by making the event more successful and getting AMF and EA in the local news. I estimate that raising over $10,000 will be enough to get the event in the local news. Donations up to $10,000 will also be matched by our members, and most of these donations are counterfactual.
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