The Giving What We Can Team

Alison and Sam hard at work at Giving What We Can's offices in Oxford (Ailsa Fineron /

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Giving What We Can is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, and is run by Centre for Effective Altruism staff.

The Centre for Effective Altruism is a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1149828) and a registered 501(c)(3) Exempt Organization in the USA (EIN 47-1988398).

Contents The Giving What We Can Team

  1. Founders
  2. Staff


Toby Ord


Toby is the founder and former President of Giving What We Can. He has provided advice to bodies such as the World Health Organisation, World Bank and the Prime Minister's Office. Toby has held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. His current research focus is population ethics. He completed Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford. Toby donates everything he earns above £18,000 to charity. His work on cost-effective philanthropy has received extensive coverage in the international media.

William MacAskill


Will co-founded Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, and is a trustee of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford. He studied philosophy at Cambridge (B.A.) and Oxford (BPhil, DPhil), and was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton. He has published in top philosophy journal Ethics and wrote book about Effective Altruism, Doing Good Better.


Julia Wise


Julia oversees Giving What We Can and serves as a Community Liaison at the Centre for Effective Altruism. Her training is in sociology and social work, and before coming to the Centre for Effective Altruism she spent three years as a mental health worker.

Sam Deere

Technical Director

Sam manages the Giving What We Can website and tech stack.

He has previously worked in policy and communications roles for several high-profile Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the ‘unwinnable’ 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong interest in global politics and policymaking, and is also a keen photographer.

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