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 Ord is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. His current research is on the long-term future of humanity, and the risks which threaten to drastically limit our potential. His book, The Precipice, explores these topics in more detail.

Toby co-founded Giving What We Can and the wider effective altruism movement.

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.


Luke Freeman

Head of Giving What We Can

Luke Freeman manages Giving What We Can. He is also an active volunteer with various social impact focused projects (EAGxAustralia, Effective Altruism Australia, EA Sydney, Global Shapers Community). He has a background in marketing with a focus on growing early-stage technology startups (Positly, Sendle, TuShare, Coviu). He holds degrees and diplomas in media and communications from Macquarie University and Simon Fraser University.

Julia Wise

Advisor, former President

Julia was President of Giving What We Can from 2017 to 2020. She 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 co-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.

JP Addison


As a developer at the Centre for Effective Altruism, JP works with Sam on technical projects for Giving What We Can, including the website and the platform that members can use to track their donations. Before joining CEA, he wrote data processing code for an aerospace startup and cofounded the South Bay Effective Altruism meetup group.

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