Hello and welcome to our January newsletter!
As we settle into the new year, we are thrilled to share the release of a new book from Chris Anderson, Head of TED, called Infectious Generosity, which has a whole chapter that encourages readers to take the Giving What We Can Pledge!
This inspiring book is a guide to making Infectious Generosity become a global movement to build a hopeful future. Chris offers a playbook for how to embark on our own generous acts and to use the Internet to give them self-replicating, potentially world-changing, impact.
Here’s a quick excerpt from the book:
“The more I’ve thought about generosity, the impact it can have, and the joy it can bring, the more determined I’ve become that it be an absolute core part of my identity.
Jacqueline’s work as a pioneering social entrepreneur has definitely inspired me, and together we’re now ready to sign that combination pledge, effectively committing to giving the higher of 10% of our income or 2.5% of our net worth in any given year for the rest of our lives.”
We are really excited about this opportunity to share the Giving What We Can Pledge with many more people and hope that this book will be successful so we can make our message even more infectious!If you’d like to purchase a copy for yourself or a friend, you can find relevant links here.
I also wanted to call out that there is one week left to double your donation by supporting the donation match for our operations and we’re still $73k short of our current goal! You can read more about why we think you should consider donating to us, how we’ll use the funding, and details of the match in our blog post. Our team is working hard on bringing the power of effective giving to many more people around the world – so collectively we can have an even bigger impact, this year and in the years to come.
– Grace Adams & the Giving What We Can team
PS: You can apply for several roles with us and double your donation to our operations until the end of January – read more about all of this below!
Here are some of our favourite responses from people who took a pledge last month:
What motivated you to take a pledge with Giving What We Can?
All the events that we list are open to anyone interested in effective giving!
San Francisco (and online) – TED's Chris Anderson: Infectious Generosity
Monday, February 5th at 5 pm PST
The Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero, CA 94105
Bestselling author, media pioneer and TED curator Chris Anderson returns to Commonwealth Club World Affairs to explore one of humankind’s defining but overlooked impulses, and how we can super-charge its potential to build a hopeful future. All in-person tickets include a complimentary copy of Infectious Generosity.
Get a ticket here.
GWWC Berlin – Social Meetup
Thursday, February 1st at 18:30
Altes Europa Gipsstraße 11, 10119 Berlin
This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet others who are passionate about effective giving. Our aim is to foster a sense of in-person community among GWWC members here in Berlin, and this event is the perfect place to start! We are looking forward to having a relaxed after-work drink together and engaging in some good conversations. No matter if you are very experienced or a newcomer in the field of effective giving, you are very welcome to join us. :)
Please RSVP here!
GWWC London – Earning to Give and Going Beyond 10%
Saturday, February 3rd at 2.15 – 5 pm
Newspeak House, Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG London
Join us for our February Giving What We Can London event. The theme is Earning to Give and Going Beyond 10%. We will have a brief talk by Alex Gordon-Brown who recently wrote 10 Years of Earning to Give.
We will open doors from 2.15 pm. At 3 pm we will have the 10 minute talk with Q&A and a little poll. Free form discussion from 3.30 pm. Show up whenever suits you best!
Please RSVP here.
GWWC Freiburg – Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, February 20th at 5.30 pm
This kick-off event is for all the GWWC community members and pledgers in the Freiburg area. We will meet on 20 February at 5.30 pm CET in the Hermann Freiburg for a casual get-together.
The Restaurant Hermann offers a variety of (vegetarian and vegan) dishes and drinks and provides a good environment for a cozy exchange. This event is a chance to meet people from the local GWWC community and discuss ideas and activities for our new local Freiburg group.
Please RSVP here.
Some wonderful words from our members:
To make the world a better place, you don't necessarily have to work for a non-profit organization. Donations are incredibly valuable, too. – Felix Werdermann
Donating to effective charities working on important issues is, perhaps uniquely in my life, something I feel unambiguously good about, and something I feel certain is the right thing to do. – John Michael Bridge
We are surrounded by others who sacrificially love and give, and that’s why we were empowered to do it too. – Harry Luk
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Thanks again for taking the time to read our newsletter! As always, here are some useful links to help you maximise your charitable impact:
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Until next time, keep on doing good!
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