Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

I recently came upon the following video. It’s only about 3.5 minutes, so watch it and then continue reading…

Anyways, I followed the link here:, where you can decide to pledge 1% of your income to a charity of your choosing. They suggest a bunch of charities, which are recommended by I had never heard of givewell before today, and have to say it’s a pretty awesome idea. The non-profit company reviews charities, and try and find out which ones work the best. From their FAQ page:

GiveWell is an independent, nonprofit charity evaluator. We find outstanding charities and publish the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike existing evaluators, which focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, we focus on how well programs actually work – i.e., their effects on the people they serve.

A list of what they consider to be the best charities, based on effectiveness, transparency, need for funding, monitoring and evaluation, can be found here.

I’ve decided to pledge, which amounts to about 260 dollars (yes, now you know how much I make). I’ll probably pledge to the charity that givewell highly suggests, I signed up to donate $25 a month.

If you do decide to pledge, I’d be grateful if you left a comment on this post.

Also: Peter Singer’s book on the idea, and video of him giving a talk on the idea


About dontdontoperate

28 year old originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. H.B.Sc. from UofT with a major in chemistry and a double minor in philosophy and math. M.Sc. from UofT in physiology and neuroscience. Finished my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at McMaster in the fall of 2013.
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2 Responses to Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

  1. Ryan Mortell says:

    Alex thought this was a great idea so I donated 1% to Populations Services International, they target malaria, child survival, HIV and the reason I thought it was a good charity Reproductive Health!

  2. Pingback: The Examined Life | Dontdontoperate's Blog

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