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casebash comments on Would it be a good idea to create a 'GiveWell' for U.S. charities? - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: casebash 04 February 2018 10:11:18PM *  2 points [-]

I suspect that this would be a net good. We need to move more people towards cost effectiveness and this involves meetings people where they are. If this succeeded in creating a large group of people who were somewhat closer to the EA perspective, then EA might have a significantly easier time bringing in more members. And I suspect that this might be more than enough to counter-balance any people who change from donating to the most effective globally to the most effective locally.

(EDIT: The commenter below is right that this was addressed and I missed it): You missed one key consideration. It could also redirect money from more efficient overseas charities to less efficient US charities and even if this was a small amount, it may still be net negative if the utility difference was large enough.

Comment author: RandomEA 04 February 2018 10:20:12PM 1 point [-]

You missed one key consideration. It could also redirect money from more efficient overseas charities to less efficient US charities and even if this was a small amount, it may still be net negative if the utility difference was large enough.

I believe this is number 2 under "Costs (if successful)."

Comment author: casebash 04 February 2018 10:23:25PM 0 points [-]

You're right. Edited my comment to note that this was actually addressed.