We think that The Pledge is the best option for a typical person living in a high-income country (such as the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Australia).
We also offer a Trial Pledge which is a scaled-down version of The Pledge. You still commit to giving a percentage of your income, but you can choose how much, and how long you want to give for.
You’ll be able to use the Pledge Dashboard to record your giving and to see how close you are to meeting your target. When it comes to an end, you can:
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 Pledge.
Some of our members wish to go beyond the standard 10% of The Pledge and take The Further Pledge. Here they nominate an annual amount they believe can provide for them and pledge to give everything above that to charities they believe will do the most good. This is in addition to The Pledge, and is entirely voluntary. We do not attempt to push our members into taking The Further Pledge: It is simply another way to give that some people prefer.
Since the founding of Giving What We Can many other organisations in the effective altruism community have initiated other pledges that are targeted to specific groups of people. You may also want to consider:
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