Donation timing with U.S. tax reform

It looks likely that tax reform will be enacted in the U.S. for the 2018 tax year and beyond. This would reduce the amount of tax deductions many donors would receive from charitable donations, due to being in a lower tax bracket, having a higher standard deduction, or both. If... Read More
Comment author: Andy_Schultz 26 June 2017 02:37:58PM 0 points [-]

In the linked Summary of Evidence document, in the section "Farmed animal vs. wild animals vs. general antispeciesism focus", some of the rankings in the grid do not match the explanations below. For example, under Scale, the grid has Farmed animal focus as rank 1, but the explanation below has General antispeciesism as rank 1.

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 25 April 2017 02:45:52PM 3 points [-]

How much more helpful would it be to take the full survey vs the abridged one, for those who have taken the survey in prior years? I'm willing to take the full survey if it's helpful.

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 17 March 2017 02:14:32PM 0 points [-]

Any word on the global health budget decisions?

In response to Open Thread #36
Comment author: Andy_Schultz 16 March 2017 01:55:19PM 1 point [-]

One argument for saving more is that it could allow you to have a higher risk tolerance, since you could afford to lose some of the money. If you planned to donate any excess savings after some time, this could increase the expected value of your donations. I wrote about this here: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/rz/increasing_risk_tolerance_by_growing_your/

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 09 March 2017 02:43:58AM 1 point [-]

Thanks, I've written letters to my senators.

Comment author: Jeroen_W 08 February 2017 12:32:25AM *  1 point [-]

What is the generally advised minimum income level at which to start doing the 10% pledge? I guess there should be enough money left to make investments and/or to save money.

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 08 February 2017 03:13:05AM 3 points [-]

One consideration is that you should have enough saved to live on in case you temporarily stop working. Here is 80,000 Hours' view on this: https://80000hours.org/2015/11/why-everyone-even-our-readers-should-save-enough-to-live-for-6-24-months/

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 10 November 2016 01:48:19PM 0 points [-]

It looks like 2 posts that were created while the bug was occurring are not showing up on the main page: "Donor coordination under simplifying assumptions" and "What does the election of President Trump mean for EA?"

Comment author: ChrisCundy 30 July 2016 07:34:02PM 1 point [-]

(1) We didn't ask people how much money they donated to individual charities, that's right. The data is available in the github repository for the project - search for 'github' in the report

(2) I agree that conducting the survey at the start of the calendar year would be better. Whether we would do that depends to some extent on whether we'd want to wait six months until we start the next survey. We are tightening up the feedback loop - we're improving the code used to analyse it every time. This year the survey was handed around quite a few people - we hope next year to have a dedicated person who can focus entirely full-time on it.

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 04 August 2016 03:20:08PM 0 points [-]

If you waited until Jan 2017, would you ask about both 2015 and 2016 donations?

Comment author: Andy_Schultz 29 June 2016 01:47:02PM 1 point [-]

The section "Where does the money go?" says it goes to AMF, but it says the charity treats parasitic worms.

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