High Impact Athletes guides high-profile athletes towards the most impactful charities and uses their platforms to grow the effective altruism movement. See their giving recommendations here.
Athletes have one of the most powerful cultural voices in the world today. That voice is currently being used to sell things to billions of sports fans around the world. HIA wants to use that voice to promote giving back, and to make effective giving so ubiquitous within the sporting world that aspiring pro athletes see altruism as a part of the athlete lifestyle.
High Impact Athletes (HIA) aims to create a groundswell of positive impact in the world, driven by the generosity and social influence of successful athletes.
High Impact Athletes connects professional athletes with "the most cost-effective, evidence-based charities in the world" and harnesses the power of the collective athlete voice to educate the world about the outsized benefits of giving effectively.
HIA tracks its impact based on calculations from charity evaluators GiveWell, Animal Charity Evaluators, The Life You Can Save, and Founders Pledge, and calculates the ratio of donations influenced to HIA expenses to determine its impact ratio of 2.5:1.
As of October 2023, HIA has:
High Impact Athletes maintains a list of top charity recommendations in three key cause areas and runs a Maximum Good portfolio for donors who want to spread their giving across multiple cause areas. HIA also runs a giving portfolio for each of their three key cause areas (see below).
In addition to maintaining a list of top charity recommendations, HIA runs four giving portfolios for donors that want to spread their giving across multiple charities. These are:
The impact-focused evaluator Founders Pledge previously conducted an evaluation highlighting the cost-effectiveness of Giving Multipliers in general. We don't currently have further information about the cost-effectiveness of High Impact Athletes beyond it doing work in a high-impact cause area and taking a reasonably promising approach.
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