Before I first heard of effective altruism, I didn’t think giving money would be a big thing in my life. I thought my positive impact would come from elsewhere– doing science, not eating animals, doing my civic duty and trying to get the government to prioritize foreign aid more. I hadn’t given the economics of charity enough serious thought. I didn’t grok that money = lives.
I might not have been ready for the Giving What We Can pledge right away, but understanding the power of money immediately prompted me to make a lot of little changes. Most of these are minor organizational norms that I already knew would be good for me, but had been too lazy to implement before. Here’s a list of practically effortless things you can do to increase the amount of money you re-direct to effective charities:
1. Use AmazonSmile
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