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2019 Giving Report

In 2019, I donated €11,124.

Against Malaria Foundation        €6,631.93
Helen Keller International €80.65
Innovations for Poverty Action €2,211.90
Maltiečiai €2,200.00
Total €11,124.47

Why Against Malaria Foundation?

GiveWell makes finding effective charities very simple — as long as your goal is to save lives or improve health outcomes. Donating to any of their top choices all but guarantees that your money will be used efficiently and truly do good. I chose the Against Malaria Foundation because of its focus on metrics, its track record, strong evidence supporting its approach to malaria prevention, impressive cost-effectiveness, and ability to scale.

Why Innovations for Poverty Action?

Choosing a charity that focuses on solving future problems was much more difficult. I could have supported an organisation working on biorisk reduction, nuclear security, climate change, or positive development of artificial intelligence. While all these are worthy causes, I decided to focus on global poverty and health instead:

  • Its threats and interventions are often more measurable
  • Its challenges are vast, yet tractable
  • It focuses on the near future (my current priority)
  • It’s something I understand to some extent — and want to keep learning about (so I will be able to make better decisions in 2020)

Why Maltiečiai?

Selecting an organisation that is addressing important future problems was not easy; figuring out how to effectively spread happiness turned out to be impossible. I could only find one charity that works on mental health and truly measures its effectiveness: StrongMinds. If I were a completely rational human being, I might have chosen StrongMinds — or decided to support an effective poverty alleviation programme instead.

It was hard — but worth it

Finding worthy charities was hard. Finding information about those charities was hard. Deciding which is more effective based on whatever they chose to disclose online was hard… Clicking the button to begin the transfer was hard. What I chose wrong?

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Bookworm (but I sometimes go on real adventures) · Obsessive thinker · Inconsistent writer · “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.” — Douglas Adams

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Bookworm (but I sometimes go on real adventures) · Obsessive thinker · Inconsistent writer · “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.” — Douglas Adams