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'''Optimal philanthropy''' is the approach of donating to charity in a way calculated to do the most good.
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'''Effective altruism''' (formerly known as '''optimal philanthropy''') is the approach of donating to charity in a way calculated to do the most good.
  
 
The best estimates of cost-effectiveness (quantified in terms of, e.g., how many dollars it takes to save an additional life) tend to differ across charities by orders of magnitude. Making such estimates requires analyzing not just whether charities waste overhead money in achieving their goals, but whether their goals themselves do much to improve people's lives.
 
The best estimates of cost-effectiveness (quantified in terms of, e.g., how many dollars it takes to save an additional life) tend to differ across charities by orders of magnitude. Making such estimates requires analyzing not just whether charities waste overhead money in achieving their goals, but whether their goals themselves do much to improve people's lives.
  
Compared to the total amount of money given to charity, optimal philanthropy is rare. However, in recent years, the approach has been growing in popularity. Organizations such as [http://www.givewell.org GiveWell] and [http://www.givingwhatwecan.org Giving What We Can] have been doing research in order to recommend optimal charities.
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Compared to the total amount of money given to charity, effective altruism is rare. However, in recent years, the approach has been growing in popularity. Organizations such as [http://www.givewell.org GiveWell] and [http://www.givingwhatwecan.org Giving What We Can] have been doing research in order to recommend optimal charities.
  
Often, the best rated charities involve health measures in the Third World. The large number of present and [[Astronomical waste|future]] lives threatened by [[Existential risk|existential risks]] gives attempts to reduce such risks a potential claim to even greater cost-effectiveness.
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Often, the best rated charities involve [http://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities health measures in the Third World] or [http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org animal welfare]. The large number of present and [[Astronomical waste|future]] lives threatened by [[Existential risk|existential risks]] gives attempts to reduce such risks a potential claim to even greater cost-effectiveness.
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
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* [http://givewell.org GiveWell]
 
* [http://givewell.org GiveWell]
 
* [http://givingwhatwecan.org Giving What We Can]
 
* [http://givingwhatwecan.org Giving What We Can]
* [http://80000hours.org 80,000 Hours] (Career advice for optimal philanthropists)
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* [http://80000hours.org 80,000 Hours] (Career advice for effective altruists)
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* [http://effective-altruism.com/ Effective Altruism forum]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Utilitarianism]]
 
* [[Utilitarianism]]
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Effective altruism (formerly known as optimal philanthropy) is the approach of donating to charity in a way calculated to do the most good.

The best estimates of cost-effectiveness (quantified in terms of, e.g., how many dollars it takes to save an additional life) tend to differ across charities by orders of magnitude. Making such estimates requires analyzing not just whether charities waste overhead money in achieving their goals, but whether their goals themselves do much to improve people's lives.

Compared to the total amount of money given to charity, effective altruism is rare. However, in recent years, the approach has been growing in popularity. Organizations such as GiveWell and Giving What We Can have been doing research in order to recommend optimal charities.

Often, the best rated charities involve health measures in the Third World or animal welfare. The large number of present and future lives threatened by existential risks gives attempts to reduce such risks a potential claim to even greater cost-effectiveness.

Blog posts

External links

See also