Donating to EA funds from Germany

post by zweibrot · 2020-12-30T15:49:23.940Z · EA · GW · 5 comments

This is a question post.

It seems to me, that on the website only people from UK, NL and US can donate. 
Am I missing something? I'm from Germany and would like to donate to two of the funds.

Are there different ways to donate for me? The German website doesn't have the same broad selection, specifically doesn't include the EA Funds.

Thanks for helping me (new here) out!


answer by Louis_Dixon · 2021-01-06T22:08:03.982Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hey - I'm the finance lead at CEA, of which EA funds is one part. Anyone can donate to EA Funds, and you should be able to do this from Germany. Are you concerned that doing so means you're not donating tax-efficiently since the funds aren't registered charities in Germany? 

If so, my colleague Sam wrote this post [EA · GW] arguing that donating effectively might mean ignoring tax efficiency, and I agree, depending on your alternative. 

For example, if you were planning to donate only to AMF, and if there was a German AMF you were planning to donate to (I don't know if there is) which would you give tax deductibility, then I think it's better to donate to the German AMF and get the tax deductibility. 

But if you were comparing a general charity that would give you tax deductibility in Germany, and if you thought the EA Funds option (e.g. the Founders Pledge climate fund, the Long-Term Future Fund) was >50% better value for money than your alternative in Germany, then my view is that it'd be better to just lose the tax efficiency and donate directly. 

answer by cafelow · 2021-01-06T08:14:35.116Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hey zwiebrot, you might like to try a donation swap with a donor from another country. You can register your interest on There is a good chance there will be another donor from another country who would like to support a charity listed on Effectiv Spenden, so you can donate to each other's chosen charity.  

answer by Erich_Grunewald · 2020-12-30T20:54:52.098Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hmm, I use & that's the only option I know of. Maybe you could try emailing them to ask about EA Funds? The Effective Altruism Foundation, which used to offer this service, were always responsive & helpful when I contacted them.

comment by Denis Drescher (Telofy) · 2021-01-02T11:48:24.824Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

If I remember correctly, German law requires that the charity that writes the donation certificate has control of or at least documents how the donations were invested. (Not sure which of the two requirements it was.) I think that is why the forwarding to the EA Funds had to be discontinued. The EA Funds pool all the donations and then allocate them at their discretion, so it’s not possible for the German charity to control how the donations are used, and it’s probably difficult or impossible to know what project was supported to what degree by which donation.

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comment by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-01-07T12:40:14.543Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yeah, what Denis wrote sounds correct to me.


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