The Forethought Foundation for global priorities research aims to promote and communicate academic and non-academic work that addresses the question of how to use our scarce resources to improve the world by as much as possible.
Global priorities research is an academic discipline at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and the social sciences. It aims to determine how individuals and institutions should spend their limited resources in order to improve the world by as much as possible.
Forethought supports and promotes individuals and institutions working on global priorities research, furthers and develops effective altruism and longtermism as ideas, and promotes and presents the ideas of effective altruism and longtermism in social and traditional media, in person, and within academia.
Specifically, Forethought has recently worked on writing and promoting What We Owe The Future, a book by William MacAskill (Director of the Forethought Foundation) on the importance of our actions in the long run.
The Forethought Foundation is a project of Effective Ventures (as is Giving What We Can — see our transparency page)
We don't currently have further information about the cost-effectiveness of the Forethought Foundation beyond it doing work in a high-impact cause area and taking a reasonably promising approach.