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December 2021 Newsletter

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23 Dec 2021

Welcome to our December Newsletter!


It's almost the end of the year --- we're wishing you a happy holiday and new year!

Many of us spend part of the holidays reflecting on how we can make a bigger impact in the new year. If there is one feeling we'd like you to take into 2022, it's a sense of excitement and optimism for the incredible opportunity you have to do good in the world by giving effectively.

In fact, we might be in one of the best periods in history to help others, as argued in this new article by Julian Hazell, a team member at Giving What We Can. Julian's main claim is that pairing a sense of enthusiasm with the wealth, technology, and knowledge we have in the present can allow us to do more good than most other altruists in the past could've dreamed of doing.

We'd also like to invite you to participate in our Pledge Drive. Whether you are a member already giving 10% or more, or whether you've just signed up to our mailing list, our Pledge Drive has at least one thing you can do to increase your impact in 2022.

In the meantime, here are some key important updates:

We hope you enjoy the rest of this newsletter, which covers our upcoming events, the latest from the effective altruism community, and news and updates about relevant cause areas.

I took the @givingwhatwecan pledge in August 2020. It's a bit trickier when you're a freelancer and your salary fluctuates month to month, so sometimes I donate more than 10% and sometimes less, but I'm extremely proud and grateful to be able to do it.

— Catherine Bennett (@cfbennett2) December 2, 2021

Thank you to member Catherine Bennett for being an advocate for Giving What We Can, and sharing this recent BBC article featuring several of our members.

Attend An Event

We will be celebrating those who have made pledges in 2022 as well as the milestones of our members over the years in our Meetups and Celebration Events, we would love to have you join us.

Jan 4: Madrid, Spain

  • Book Club: Doing Good Better (5 week reading group)

  • Apply now for 10:30am UTC and 7:30pm UTC
    Jan 16, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16

News & Updates

Effective altruism community

Giving What We Can has recently been featured on BBC News, BBC Radio 4's You and Yours (11:14-17:35),, Aussie Firebug Podcast, and KCRW's Life Examined

Evaluators, grantmakers and incubators

Cause areas

Animal welfare

Global health and development

Long-term future

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Do you have questions about the pledge, Giving What We Can, or effective altruism in general? Check out our FAQ page, or contact us directly.