What has Effective Altruism actually done?

bycasebash5d14th Jan 20192 comments

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In a recent conversation, the question came up about how much effective altruism has actually done to raise money for charity, as opposed to just talking about donating more effectively. Since I didn’t know the answer to this question, I decided to do some research and this is what I found:


Effective Altruism Australia - In 2017:
345,168 children dewormed

370,280 children protected from schistosomiasis $396,859 distributed in cash transfers

$160,825 to help fund the largest universal basic income trial

85,865 people protected from malaria


Tax Deductibility: In many countries, including Australia, Canada and Germany, EA organisations have enabled tax deductible donations for top charities where this would otherwise not be possible


Charity Entrepreneurship: Already lead to the creation of two new charities: Charity Science Health: https://www.charitysciencehealth.com/

Fortify Health: http://www.fortifyhealth.global/

Raising for Effective Giving: https://reg-charity.org/ Ran the million dollar matching challenge in 2017. Matched $2,250,000 of donations for a total of $4,500,000 in donations to effective charities

The Life You Can Save: Moved over $3 million to charity in 2017

Effective Altruism Funds: Raised nearly $2.5 million for Global Poverty Charities in its first year and a half


Giving What We Can: 3500 members have pledged to give 10% of their income to the organisations they believe will do the most good with it. These individuals have self-reported as having donated $25 million in total so far, but I'm skeptical of the reliability of these figures as all it'd take would be one guy reporting $5 million as a joke or accidentally messing up and adding an extra zero to significantly mess up the results.


Founder's Pledge: Over $140 million dollars worth of equity pledged (in a legally enforceable manner) to charities by entrepreneurs (about 1/3 to EA charities) (https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/21/y-combinator-signs-up-to-founders-pledge-charity-scheme-for-social-causes/, https://80000hours.org/2016/12/has-80000-hours-justified-its-costs/#founders-pledge)

(I originally published this on Facebook back in August, so this may be slightly out of date. I don't discuss animal rights or existential risk specifically because many people, especially those outside of EA, don't care about these)

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