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For those working on longtermist projects, how do you stay motivated in the short-term? 2020-08-08T19:21:38.172Z · score: 7 (4 votes)
Deworming vs other GiveWell charities 2020-07-05T01:16:58.443Z · score: 7 (3 votes)
As a small donor, should I donate with an ecosystem approach or focus on one organization? 2020-06-10T01:13:12.349Z · score: 4 (5 votes)
What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? 2020-06-02T00:48:51.647Z · score: 73 (66 votes)
Direct work vs. earn-to-give 2020-05-04T00:08:12.626Z · score: 5 (3 votes)
When speaking with non-EAs, talk about cost of intervention or cost of averting a death? 2020-04-12T19:34:00.078Z · score: 3 (2 votes)
EA charity responses to COVID-19 2020-04-04T22:16:06.015Z · score: 11 (9 votes)
Is donating to AMF and malaria interventions the most cost-effective way to save lives from COVID-19? 2020-03-27T07:06:18.693Z · score: 14 (9 votes)
Is COVID an opportunity for non-EAs to give effectively? 2020-03-22T22:44:51.727Z · score: 5 (3 votes)
GiveDirectly plans a cash transfer response to COVID-19 in US 2020-03-19T05:44:48.764Z · score: 5 (6 votes)
Volunteer opportunities for Global Health? 2020-03-16T04:41:03.338Z · score: 3 (2 votes)
How to persuade people who donate to charity already vs. don't donate at all? 2020-03-01T04:52:44.145Z · score: 3 (2 votes)
Elevator pitch for EA and fundraising 2020-02-11T00:09:42.491Z · score: 4 (3 votes)
Is fundraising through my hobbies an effective use of my time? 2020-01-23T06:14:12.253Z · score: 4 (3 votes)

Comments

Comment by warrenjordan on As a small donor, should I donate with an ecosystem approach or focus on one organization? · 2020-06-11T07:36:08.242Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW
It's pretty straightforward: donate to wherever your money can do the most good at the moment. If this month it's Org A then you donate to Org A, and if next month it's Org B then you should switch

The problem for me is how do I know which organization is doing the most good in a cause area? And how do I keep tabs on that?

For global health, GiveWell provides all of that, so I defer to them by donating to their discretionary fund every month.

With criminal justice reform and x-risk, the seemingly best deferral option is Open Phil - which is why I mentioned them. They have a grant database for each cause, but I don't know how to decide which of the orgs they funded would do the most good based off of my small, marginal donation each month.

For example, let's say I want to donate $100 this month to bio-risk. I look at their grant database (as of this writing) and see 1DaySooner as their most recent grant in 5/2020 for $500k. Does this mean that my $100 would do the most good there, if I were to donate right now? If I look at their largest grant, which is John Hopkins Center for Health Security for $19.5M in 9/2019, would my dollar do the most good there instead vs. 1DaySooner?

Open Phil suggests organizations for individual donors, but they only do that once a year. I'd expect the top organization that is doing the most good in a cause area would change pretty often within a year, but I could be wrong about that.

Comment by warrenjordan on What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? · 2020-06-11T02:54:18.994Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

CEA has a recommendation list for criminal justice reform? I can't seem to find it on their website.

Comment by warrenjordan on What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? · 2020-06-09T01:30:36.335Z · score: 10 (7 votes) · EA · GW

I agree with you everything you said regarding EAs focusing on the cause areas that are going to do the most good, and for those organizations to carry the burden of evidence / proof so that we are enabled to reduce the most suffering per dollar.

That being said, I’m unconvinced that EAs should be donating any money to charities focussing on systemic racial injustice right now.

I'm not trying to convince others that this is a top priority cause area. It's definitely not and wouldn't encourage people to donate if their singular goal is to do the most good in the world.

I have more than one goal here, however. My goal is to find out how I can do the most good in this cause area. I don't want people to stop donating to x-risk, global health, or farm animal welfare. I'm still donating to GiveWell charities and those take up a majority of my donations still.

I feel that to start with the cause area and work backwards is akin to doing an experiment to prove a result, rather than to find one.

As GiveWell points out, that's difficult to accomplish, even with their own top charities. I agree that we should continue donating to places that have shown the evidence. Yet, we can't expect the same GiveWell-like evidence in other cause areas, whether it's an EA cause or not. That's why they started Open Philanthropy.

I don’t think that you or anyone else should donate any money to a charity based on felt compassion or intuition

I'm not the type of person to be a perfect utilitarian robot, nor do I want to be. If I were, then I wouldn't have donated money to my best friend's father's funeral which they couldn't afford.

Peter Singer says in his famous TED talk that EA combines both the head and the heart.

  • My heart is in global health and poverty, as a someone whose parents and family grew up poor in a third-world country and suffer from chronic disease because of it. My head tells me to donate to GiveWell charities.
  • My heart is also in criminal justice reform, as a POC whose had family members and friends incarcerated and faced similar injustices. My head wants to find the most effective donation I can make.
Comment by warrenjordan on It's OK To Also Donate To Non-EA Causes · 2020-06-03T04:16:41.891Z · score: 13 (11 votes) · EA · GW

I'm new to EA and this was a great reminder. I've had this on-and-off internal conflict of donating to EA vs non-EA cause areas. From a personal finance framing, I have EA donations as one line item and "Random Acts of Kindness" as another line item in my monthly budget (e.g. ranging from paying for a friend's meal to donating to non-EA cause area such as criminal justice reform).

Side note: What was your decision-making process for choosing to donate to Campaign Zero? I'm trying assess where my donations would have the most impact. I'm hesitant to donate to them compared to other organizations that Open Phil has vetted through their criminal justice reform grants, as well as their recent letter to interested donors as a result of the protests.

Comment by warrenjordan on What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? · 2020-06-02T22:35:05.982Z · score: 26 (9 votes) · EA · GW

As a person still new to EA, it was disheartening to see the downvotes. You can see in my post history that I rely on this community to be educated and engaged on EA, including how I can apply it to my life.

After I saw the downvotes, it gave me the perception of exclusivity in this community. I'm glad I was made aware that there was a duplicate question, which I apologize for missing. Yet, I'm a little apprehensive now of posting anything that doesn't seem to fit the bucket of EA cause areas.

The purpose of my post wasn't to give more attention to a non-EA cause. I want to apply the principles and concepts of EA so that I and others can make an informed, confident decision on how our dollars can make the greatest amount of impact in this specific cause area.

If this community is only receptive and knowledgeable of EA cause areas, such that discussions around non-EA causes won't provide meaningful value, then please tell me so that I can engage in a different community.

Comment by warrenjordan on What are some good charities to donate to regarding systemic racial injustice? · 2020-06-02T22:15:35.934Z · score: 28 (13 votes) · EA · GW

I wanted to share this document which Chloe Cockburn, the person who runs strategy on criminal justice reform at Open Phil, posted this in response to donors asking for advice.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GGgEZ8ebFd6--C4wLeJV9XrX1OPPg40NL6F1QDo53Bs/edit

Thanks for sharing Campaign Zero! Reading about their organization, it feels similar or analogous to donating to an EA longtermist organization. It's great that they are data-informed and backed by research on their strategic initiatives. Yet, as I feel with any longtermist organization (EA or not), I have a hard time donating money without knowing the amount of impact it could have. This is why I just donate to GiveWell and other global health charities right now.

Comment by warrenjordan on Direct work vs. earn-to-give · 2020-05-08T22:54:18.941Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW
It sounds like you might have a comparative advantage in health tech though that would enable you to do a lot of good working for a health tech organization that produces technology that benefits the global poor

Yeah, that's another option I can build career capital for. Most of the health tech jobs in the market is towards US healthcare problems, which is what my experience is in. A goal, one day, would be to work for or start a global health non-profit leveraging technology to scale a validated health intervention (e.g tech-enabled AMF).

But to build that career capital, I don't think I need to work in healthcare my entire career. It'd probably be better to build that capital across a breadth of industries. That's an assumption though and need to network with others to confirm that.

Comment by warrenjordan on When speaking with non-EAs, talk about cost of intervention or cost of averting a death? · 2020-04-25T00:01:11.992Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Those are really good points! The hardest thing about this is trying to simplify it without losing them in the details/statistics/numbers - but also not oversimplifying it that people don't believe you or are skeptical.

What's interesting is if the $2300 to save a life would resonate with the average person. I know when I first read about this, I didn't think much of it. But then when I saw it in comparison to the $50k guide dog for blind person in the US, that really drove home the point for me.

Comment by warrenjordan on Audience Targeting for EA communities · 2020-04-13T03:15:08.401Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Raising for Effective Giving targets the poker industry. The co-founders are poker players themselves and found that players embody the 'E' in EA. They propose that this audience tends to be more rational and logic than the general population. Their initial outreach strategy was to target players who have a pre-existing altruistic tendency, and get them to donate to more effective charities.

Not sure if that constitutes as data for your purposes, but they are an example of how they've targeted an audience that has seen some success in converting to EA.

Comment by warrenjordan on Is COVID an opportunity for non-EAs to give effectively? · 2020-03-23T23:12:42.674Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW
But you could try to first suggest what the best donation opportunities that are COVID/pandemic-related are, and then point out in a very non-pushy way how other things may be especially neglected right now, and thus especially valuable to donate to. Sort of like an intellectual point that they can take or leave, with you having first accepted and respected their starting point of interest in COVID specifically.

That's sounds like a good approach. I'm the only EA I know of so just spreading the ideas / principles that resonates with my peers is difficult.

As someone still fairly new to EA myself, I'm considered longtermism but haven't done enough time investment to change my donation strategy as I prioritize direct interventions for global health.

Let me know how the fundraiser goes! I am going to wait until I hear something from GiveWell, but will definitely look into CHS.

Comment by warrenjordan on The best places to donate for COVID-19 · 2020-03-23T23:00:35.444Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

GiveDirectly has provided more information about their response. It looks like they'll expand beyond the US. If it does, how would that change your categorization? It'd probably depend on the country (e.g. sub-saharan Africa vs. Italy vs. China).

We also plan to respond internationally, and are finalizing those details. Will share shortly.
Comment by warrenjordan on GiveDirectly plans a cash transfer response to COVID-19 in US · 2020-03-19T19:41:10.816Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thank you for the clarification.

If funding for different GiveDirectly projects are sufficiently separate, your donation would pretty much just increase the budgets of the programmes you wish to support, perhaps especially if you give via GiveWell.

Confused about this one as I have not donated directly to GiveDirectly - I thought that if I were to donate $100 for standard cash transfer, some % of that goes directly to recipients. They state 89% for specific African countries. I would hope there would be some comparable % for standard cash transfers to US recipients.

If I were considering giving to GiveDirectly, I would want to look into this a bit more.

What questions come to mind for you? Some that I think of...

  • What is the criteria for someone to receive this benefit? What does that vetting process look like?
  • What would coverage look like?
  • How do they ensure that the funds will actually benefit the recipients and where do they draw those margins?
Comment by warrenjordan on Elevator pitch for EA and fundraising · 2020-02-11T05:14:10.197Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks!! This will be very helpful.

Comment by warrenjordan on Is fundraising through my hobbies an effective use of my time? · 2020-02-02T05:43:16.647Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

My goal isn't to become a huge blogger or streamer. The purpose of them is for leisure and any money that I make, I donate to charity. I feel like this would increase the quality of my leisure time and give me more fulfillment and satisfaction - the warm fuzzies in that article. Meanwhile, my day job is optimized for utilons.

Thanks for sharing the article. It sounds like I was trying to optimize for both, while the best approach is to do separate.

Comment by warrenjordan on Is fundraising through my hobbies an effective use of my time? · 2020-01-23T23:02:09.794Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Maybe "effective" is the wrong word to describe my feelings about this.

To piggy off of aarongertler's comment - it seems like I have more than one goal of what I want out of my time. Through my day job, I want to save lives, have impact on the distant feature, build new skills and widen my professional network. I'm very fortunate that I get all those things and have a good time as well.

Whereas blogging and Twitch streaming, I want to have a good time doing it, but also make an impact so that I feel much more satisfied/fulfilled/motivated in doing it. Otherwise, my fear is that it would become a waste of time.

Comment by warrenjordan on Is fundraising through my hobbies an effective use of my time? · 2020-01-23T22:46:16.994Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I think you hit the nail on the head about being okay to have more than one goal. It'd definitely be more effective to just increase donations through my day job.

An added layer on this is that I've enjoyed gaming since I was young, but have had conflicting feelings about it now that I'm older: Does this give me fulfillment and satisfaction anymore? It's fun in the moment, yet it's fleeting.

Hence why I'm exploring Twitch and donating any profit from it. In hopes that I can make an impact through gaming, and feel fulfilled from it. Perhaps I just need to start and see how I feel as I go...