"Other comments" that make my day: What people have said when signing up to GWWC

post by Luke Freeman (lukefreeman) · 2021-05-20T00:02:08.932Z · EA · GW · 1 comments

I read every single new member signup survey filled in when someone takes a Giving What We Can pledge.

This means that several times a week I'm blessed with what is the favourite part of my job: reading the "other comments" that people leave just before they complete a pledge. This along with the question about how GWWC influenced where they donate sparks some incredibly heartwarming things to share.

This is part of what gets me out of bed in the morning (sometimes as early as 5:30am due to the varied timezones across our global community). I've recently started sharing some of these with our team of volunteers and they've also found them to be inspiring.

One thing that consistently strikes me is that the impact of joining the community extends beyond the impact of those whom our donations help: the donor is also impacted, often mentioning how they find meaning in this commitment.

Many of you have advocated for GWWC/EA in your personal lives without seeing the impact ("referred by a friend" is one of our top sources of new members). It can be demotivating not seeing the impact of your efforts, so...

Here are some anonymised messages (from the past month) showing you the the impact that you have when you spread the word:

These are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you find these motivating.

For those of you who took the time to write these, thank you. Your passion to make an impact in the world spurs me on every day.


This post was inspired by Michelle Hutchinson's post 'What Gives Me Hope' [EA · GW]. Highly recommend reading that too.

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