I have the impression discussions about donations are often more focussed on the amount donated as a fraction of the net income than on levels of consumption and savings. The focus should arguably be on what is kept instead of given^{[1]}. To illustrate, the following correspond to quite different situations:

- Donating 10 % of a net annual income of 10 k$, 100 k$, or 1 M$.
- Donating 10 % of a net annual income of 10 k$ while having savings of 10 k$, 100 k$, or 1 M$.

The adequate levels of consumption and savings would of course vary a great deal from person to person. However, in the same way that donating at least 10 % of net income has emerged as a common giving norm^{[2]}, it should still be possible to come up with some default reasonable levels for what is kept. For example, on a per person basis^{[3]}:

- For the annual consumption, 2 times the real global GDP per capita, i.e. 41.3 k$
^{[4]}.- This is enough to be among the 9 % richest people in the world according to
__this__calculator from Giving What We Can.

- This is enough to be among the 9 % richest people in the world according to
- For the total savings, 4 times the real global GDP per capita, i.e. 82.7 k$
^{[4]}.- This is enough for 2 years (= 4/2) considering the aforementioned annual consumption. Such a runway matches the upper bound of the interval of 6 to 24 months suggested
__here__by 80,000 Hours (to its readers).

- This is enough for 2 years (= 4/2) considering the aforementioned annual consumption. Such a runway matches the upper bound of the interval of 6 to 24 months suggested

Answers and comments are welcome!

^{^}In addition, I believe donations are better expressed as a fraction of the net income since birth, which would account for unearned income.

^{^}About 9 k people have signed the Giving What We Can

__Pledge__. I am happy to be one of them!^{^}For x people, the levels of consumption and savings would be multiplied by x. So, for example for a family with 2 parents and 2 children, the suggested annual consumption and total savings as a fraction of the real global GDP per capita would be 8 (= 2*4) and 16 (= 4*4).

^{^}Calculated based on the real global GDP per capita in 2021 of 17.081 k 2017-$ from

__The World Bank__, and the ratio between the value of 1 $ in 2017 and now of 1.21 from__in2013dollars__, whose product is 20.668 k$.

Thanks for answering, Charles!

I guess the demandingness can be adjusted (downwards or upwards) by adapting the annual consumption and total savings. The numbers I provided are not supposed to be an iron rule. As I said:

I tend to agree with you that:

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