Pledge campaign 2017: Giving with head and heart

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On #GivingTuesday we launched the Giving What We Can pledge campaign for 2017. This is a chance for people from around the world to come together and commit to improving the world by donating 10% of their (future) income to charities and organisations that they feel are the most effective.

Days like #GivingTuesdays and the holiday season are a brilliant opportunity to help out some of the best causes, but we believe that there are things we can do to have an amazing impact on the world all year round. That is why members of the Giving What We Can community commit to donating 10% of their income to the most effective organisations they can find. Not only do we give more, but we also achieve more by looking into which interventions achieve the most with our money.

If you'd like to join over 3,000 people trying to make a difference and end this year on a positive, compassionate and reasoned note, please pledge to join us.

Here’s how you can participate in the campaign:

If you’re new to the idea of the Pledge:

  • Try an effective donation this year: see our giving recommendations for some of the best options.
  • Take the Try Giving pledge and plan your giving. Will it be 10% for a year? 5% for next semester? You decide!

If you’ve been considering the full Pledge:

  • Consider starting with Try Giving if you’re not yet sure.
  • Comment on that event or write to Julia at community@givingwhatwecan.org if you’d like to talk more with someone about the pros and cons of the Pledge.
  • If you’re ready to make the full Pledge, congratulations! Join us here.

If you’ve already pledged:

  • Keep your donations effective! As new charity evaluations come out, this is a perfect time to update where you give. Check out our recommendations.
  • Track your donations! We love data around here, and recording your donations means we can get an accurate picture of what the community is achieving. If you donate to the Effective Altruism Funds (where you can direct your donations not just to the four cause-area funds, but to many of the charities most commonly donated to in EA), your donation is automatically tracked in My Giving so you don’t need to record it separately. Donations to the EA Funds are tax-deductible in the US and UK, and you’ll get a single convenient tax receipt each year instead of tracking receipts from multiple organisations.
  • Tell your friends about the pledge campaign and invite them to the Facebook event! See ideas below.

Talking to your friends about giving

If you would like to support our campaign by talking to your friends about our campaign, below are some suggested messages. You can find more resources on our Share Our Ideas page.

 

New Year's message

Hi there,

I've just invited you to a Facebook event for the Giving What We Can pledge drive because I thought you might be interested in what they are doing. The Giving What We Can pledge is where people commit to donating 10% of their (future) income to the most effective charities they can find.

I don't know about you, but I often think about my goals and resolutions around this time of year. The Giving What We Can pledge is an amazing opportunity to improve the world which seems like one of the best resolutions you can have. That's why I took it. It took a bit of adjusting to at first, but I'm so pleased that I did it.

The Facebook event brings together people who are thinking about pledging or want to know more. Have a look at let me know what you think.

 

General Message:

Hi there,

I've just invited you to a Facebook event for the Giving What We Can pledge drive because I thought you might be interested in what they are doing. The Giving What We Can pledge is where people commit to donating 10% of their (future) income to the most effective charities they can find.

I've already taken the pledge because I realised that I have an amazing opportunity to do good both by giving a little more and by finding the charities that can help the most people with my money. It took a bit of adjusting to at first, but I'm so pleased that I did it.

The Facebook event brings together people who are thinking about pledging or want to know more. Have a look at let me know what you think.

 

Christmas Message:

Hi there,

I've just invited you to a Facebook event for the Giving What We Can pledge drive because I thought you might be interested in what they are doing. The Giving What We Can pledge is where people commit to donating 10% of their (future) income to the most effective charities they can find. I think this time of year there's a lot of focus on giving, but it's also important to remember that there are positive things we can do all year round.

I've already taken the pledge because I realised that I have an amazing opportunity to do good both by giving a little more and by finding the charities that can help the most people with my money. It took a bit of adjusting to at first, but I'm so pleased that I did it.

Check out the Facebook event, lots of us will be posting articles and resources in there that I think you'd find interesting. Have a look at let me know what you think.