Hello and welcome to our August Newsletter!
August has been a big month for effective giving and Giving What We Can! We launched our new Longtermism Fund in partnership with Longview Philanthropy, GiveWell announced a change to its top charities and a new fund, and our co-founder William MacAskill released his new book, What We Owe The Future.
We’re seeking people to join our Ambassador Program; we’d love you to apply if you’d like to grow your advocacy for effective giving. A new tool to make volunteering with Giving What We Can easier has also been launched. Check out the tool to see what volunteering opportunities are available. They range from short tasks to longer engagements.
We also had our new Director of Research, Sjir Hoeijmakers, join our team this month. Sjir previously worked at Founders Pledge as a Senior Researcher. We’re excited for him to get started!
The Longtermism Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to safeguard the long-term future of humanity. These organisations generally work to reduce the global catastrophic and existential risks that face humanity, though the fund also supports work that improves, promotes, and implements longtermist ideas.
Earlier this month, GiveWell announced that it is changing the criteria for its top charities. As part of this change, it is raising its cost-effectiveness bar and lowering its risk tolerance.
The higher cost-effectiveness bar means that GiveDirectly is no longer listed as a GiveWell top charity, and the change in confidence interval means that the deworming programs previously listed as GiveWell Top Charities are no longer listed. This does not, however, represent a change in GiveWell’s opinion of the cost effectiveness of these charities.
At Giving What We Can, we are updating our recommended charities in line with the changes from GiveWell, but still support GiveDirectly and the deworming programs from Evidence Action, The END Fund, Sightsavers and SCI Foundation on our donation platform.
Please read our update for further information about our response and to see responses from partner charities.
William MacAskill’s new book was released in the US on the 16th of August and is being released in the UK on the 1st of September.
In his new book, What We Owe The Future, William makes the case for longtermism, the view that positively influencing the long-term future is a key moral priority of our time. See Giving What We Can researcher Michael Townsend’s review and summary of What We Owe The Future.
The Giving What We Can team is excited to see that the importance of safeguarding the long-term future is being shared with a wider audience. William has been interviewed on many prominent podcasts and media outlets including TIME magazine, The Tim Ferriss Show, The Ezra Klein Show, The Guardian and many more. These articles and podcasts are very accessible introductions to these ideas and super easy to share with friends, family, colleagues and anyone else you have in mind!
If you’d like to buy the book, you can do so on Amazon and most other places books are sold.
Until next time, keep doing good!
-Grace Adams & the rest of the Giving What We Can team
Member Toby Stavely shared a great way to involve the whole family in giving decisions!
For both September meetups, we will be joined by Leah Edgerton, a freelance philanthropic advisor, who will talk a bit about what this entails, and is happy to answer any specific questions that people might have.
Our open forum is an event where you can come along with questions about effective giving and/or to meet others interested in effective giving. This event alternates between different timezones each month.
Next Open Forum (Americas/Oceania)
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