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Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 25 April 2017 07:28:35PM 5 points [-]

How should a couple that donate jointly answer the donation questions? Should one of us answer with the combined income and combined donations?

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 25 April 2017 09:55:34PM 0 points [-]

Good question!

We have people report both household and individual income. If you have an individual income and you're comfortable disclosing that, put that as "individual income" and then report your joint income as "household income".

After that, I'd recommend that both of you each disclose the full joint donation amount on both surveys.

From there, we can figure it out.

Thanks! We'll try to make this more clear next year and we'd love any suggestions for a better way to handle joint donations.

Comment author: Cornelius  (EA Profile) 29 April 2017 08:48:22PM 1 point [-]

I think that joint donations not only with kin or via couples, but with friends in an extended community, may become more common if EA becomes more prevalent in collectivist cultures. Right now EA is focused primarily in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and America, which are all pretty much your archetypal individualist cultures.

I mention this because I consistently notice the trend of the EA community focusing on advertising what the individual can accomplish with their donation. This may not be best if EA is to achieve broad appeal in pretty much any country in Asia, where an appeal to what a community can accomplish with their collective donation might have drastically more appeal.

I'm no expert on this topic though.