Pledge to give more, and give more effectively

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You can do an astonishing amount of good by donating to effective charities.

If this opportunity inspires you, we invite you to join our community of 5,494 people who have taken a pledge to donate a meaningful portion of their incomes to improving the lives of others.

Why a pledge?

  • Commitment: Making public commitments helps us to live up to our values and stick with the goals we may otherwise let slide.
  • Community: Joining a community provides us with support and advice that helps us to follow through with our commitments to help others.
  • Inspiration: Taking a public pledge helps inspire others to follow our example. Together we can forge a world in which giving effectively and significantly is a cultural norm.

Take a pledge

"I recognise that I can use part of my income to do a significant amount of good. Since I can live well enough on a smaller income, I pledge that from now until __ I shall give __ to whichever organisations can most effectively use it to improve the lives of others, now and in the years to come. I make this pledge freely, openly, and sincerely."

Try Giving

1%+ of income
Any period you choose
Donated to effective charities

Take Try Giving

Join 514 members
 

The Pledge

10%+ of income
Lifetime/career-long
Donated to effective charities

Take The Pledge

Join 4,980 members
 

Further Pledge

Income above a living allowance
Lifetime/career-long
Donated to effective charities

Learn more

This is a serious commitment;
we recommend taking The Pledge first

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a pledge legally binding? What if my circumstances change?

Our pledges are in no way legally binding. They are commitments made voluntarily and enforced solely by your own conscience. In some circumstances, it may be best to resign from your pledge. Read more.

Am I required to donate regularly?

The spirit of the pledge is to donate regularly, but there's flexibility here. Some members donate less in some years and make up for it in the following years, or donate to a charitable trust or donor-advised fund (DAF) and disburse the donations later. Read more.

What if I am a student or unemployed?

If you have no significant income and you take a pledge, we recommend donating 1% of your spending money (which does not include money received to pay tuition fees). Read more.

Do I have to keep track of my pledge?

We provide a dashboard for you to keep track of your pledge, and also send a survey once a year with questions about your giving. This helps us track our impact, and helps you track your commitment. However, you don’t have to report to us or track your donations to take a pledge. For many members, we recommend making donations using EA Funds, because the organisations selected are highly effective and your donations are automatically linked to your dashboard. Read more.

Can I make a bequest, an alternate pledge, or just donate?

We also recommend making bequests (leaving money to charity in your will) as a way of committing to give to effective charities. If you are founding a business, you could take the Founders Pledge as well as, or instead of, a Giving What We Can pledge. You are welcome to donate to effective charities any time, but taking a pledge often increases motivation and follow-through, and inspires others.

Should everyone pledge?

We invite everyone to pledge and provide a number of options to account for different circumstances, but we recognise that a pledge won't be the right choice for everyone. Read more.

What charities, organisations or causes can I donate to?

Our pledges do not restrict you to give to registered charities, specific organisations, or organisations working in a particular cause area. The only requirement is that you give to the organisations which you sincerely believe to be among the most effective at improving the lives of others. However, we provide effective donation recommendations to help our members. Read more.

What do you mean by ‘effective charities’?

Some charities are especially good at using donations to improve the world. They tend to work on unusually promising interventions, use scientific evidence to plan their activities, and seek out ways to increase their own impact. See which charities and organisations we recommend.

How do you define income?

Generally, we define income as your gross wages or salary (pre-tax) if you are donating to a tax-deductible charity (or Gift Aid eligible charity in the UK). Otherwise, we define income as your net wages or salary (post-tax). Read more.

What can I do if I’m not ready to take a pledge?

We’d love to help you to stay engaged! You can donate to an effective charity, sign up to our newsletter, read our blog, attend an event, join an effective altruism group, or get in touch if you’d like to discuss anything.

What if I still have questions?

Check out our full list of Frequently Asked Questions.