Animal Advocacy Careers (AAC) seeks to address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement, especially the farmed animal movement.

What problem is Animal Advocacy Careers working on?

Animal advocacy — including everything from public activism to developing new foods that can replace animal products — seems like one of the most effective ways to improve animal welfare. We can help lots of animals for not much cost, improving their lives or sparing them from the horrors of factory farming. And animal advocacy might also be one of the best opportunities for improving society in the long term, too.

Among other issues holding back the animal advocacy community from doing even more to help animals, it seems likely that a lack of expertise in particular areas is a problem and that the community could be better coordinated. Animal Advocacy Careers’ research has highlighted a number of skillsets that the movement needs more of, including management and leadership, fundraising, and legislative expertise.

If we don’t address these bottlenecks, AAC believes that:

  • Organisations may grow more slowly. High-impact animal organisations often have roles open for a number of months while they look for candidates, leaving important work not done.
  • ​Organisations may make lower-quality hires, leading to inefficiencies.
  • High-impact programmes may be deprioritised.

What does Animal Advocacy Careers do?

AAC aims to support effective animal organisations with their largest talent bottlenecks through management and leadership training and recruitment for their hardest-to-hire roles.

Additionally, AAC provides careers services for individuals at all levels of experience with animal advocacy, including people who are:

  • New to animal advocacy
  • Looking for career planning and support
  • Employed at animal advocacy organisations

AAC is a nonprofit funded by philanthropic donations, and all of its programmes are free.

What information does Giving What We Can have about the cost-effectiveness of Animal Advocacy Careers?1.

We don't currently have further information about the cost-effectiveness of Animal Advocacy Careers beyond it doing work in a high-impact cause area and taking a reasonably promising approach.

Please note that GWWC does not evaluate individual charities. Our recommendations are based on the research of third-party, impact-focused charity evaluators our research team has found to be particularly well-suited to help donors do the most good per dollar, according to their recent evaluator investigations. Our other supported programs are those that align with our charitable purpose — they are working on a high-impact problem and take a reasonably promising approach (based on publicly-available information).

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