We think that The Giving What We Can Pledge is the best option for a typical person living in a high-income country (such as the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Australia). As of today, over 8,764 people have taken The Pledge.
We also offer a Trial Pledge, which is a scaled-down version of The Giving What We Can Pledge. You still commit to giving a percentage of your income (or wealth), but you can choose how much (above 1%), and for how long you want to give.
You’ll be able to use the Pledge Dashboard to record your giving and see how close you are to meeting your target. When your Trial Pledge comes to an end, you can choose to:
A Trial Pledge is an excellent way to keep yourself on track and motivated, and will give you a feel for what it's like to take The Giving What We Can Pledge.
Some of our members wish to go beyond the standard 10% of The Giving What We Can Pledge and take The Further Pledge. This involves choosing an annual amount they can live on and then pledging to give everything above that to charities they believe will do the most good. We do not attempt to push our members into taking The Further Pledge; it is simply another way to give that some people prefer.
Our co-founder Toby Ord took The Further Pledge when he co-founded Giving What We Can.
Since the founding of Giving What We Can, many other organisations in the effective altruism community have offered other pledges that are targeted to specific groups of people. You may also want to consider:
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