Comment author: Leah_E 27 March 2017 05:05:16PM 5 points [-]

Animal Charity Evaluators also has a post of Charities We'd Like To See.

Comment author: DavidNash 08 November 2016 05:47:25PM 0 points [-]

Do you have suggestions for people that want to volunteer their time in person?

Comment author: Leah_E 10 November 2016 07:53:30PM 3 points [-]

Hi David, here's a relevant quote from our latest interview with Paul Shapiro on effective volunteering:

"JB: Could you talk about how you feel grassroots efforts such as leafleting and pay-per-view contribute to the success of the movement?

PS: I’m respectful of it and I’ve done a lot of it myself. I think that can be a good use of volunteers’ time, but generally speaking it’s less efficient than policy and institutional reforms are. I would recommend to animal groups they try to think about ways they can engage their volunteers to be part of broader campaigns, whether that’s a campaign to get a major company to remove eggs from certain products or get them to offer plant-based options, or to be a part of a ballot initiative. I think this motivates people in a way other things don’t, because there’s a tangible end; you can actually win, as opposed to something that feels Sisyphean, as though there’s never an end in sight. That’s why so many people get involved in ballot measures. They form these amazing communities. It’s sad because they’re often not sustained once there’s no overarching campaign left. But while it happens, it’s truly amazing to see. I think groups ought to try to provide that for their volunteers. Or even encourage volunteers to try something like getting a local school to go adopt a Meatless Monday policy."

Comment author: DavidNash 08 November 2016 05:47:25PM 0 points [-]

Do you have suggestions for people that want to volunteer their time in person?

Comment author: Leah_E 08 November 2016 09:51:04PM 2 points [-]

Thanks for your question. We do have a Volunteer Advice page on our website that gives some ideas as well as links to in-person opportunities. We also will be publishing an interview on Thursday that touches on the topic.


Easy Ways to Volunteer Effectively for Animals

This is a post I wrote for the Animal Charity Evaluators blog . It's been suggested to me that it may be of interest to EA audiences, so I'm cross-posting it here for you to see!  “How can I help animals effectively as a volunteer?” This is one of our... Read More
Comment author: Leah_E 12 July 2016 09:17:06PM 6 points [-]

July has been an exciting month so far for ACE!

We updated our Survey Guidelines, providing resources for animal advocacy groups to evaluate the effectiveness of their own programs.

We worked with Huffington Post to get this fantastic article published, by Nico Pitney.

We launched our Animal Advocacy Research Fund, so academics and organizations can now apply for funding on research projects. We hope that this project will provide much-needed evidence to help all animal advocates be more effective in their work.

Comment author: Gleb_T  (EA Profile) 06 June 2016 08:57:15PM 14 points [-]

I'm especially happy about a recent piece channeling the breaking news story about the Panama Papers to addressing global poverty issues. It was published in a prominent newspaper with over 420K subscibers to the paper version and over 5 million online viewers, so hopefully it will get some hits to EA charities. I'm also glad about another piece in this style I published on The Huffington Post, channeling recent attention about a charity scandal towards EA causes. These were both part of the Intentional Insights collaboration with The Life You Can Save, and were published also on the blog of TLYCS and on the InIn blog.

I interviewed Scott Weathers, an EA policy health expert, in the second video of the "Everyday Heroes of Effective Giving" series. These are meant to show the motivations of EA members, whether more dedicated ones or typical movement members, and show them as human beings to whom non-EA participants can relate. The aim is to share such videos widely to help promote EA-themed messages.

I wrote up, together with folks from the Local Effective Altruism Network, the EA Marketing Resource Bank on hackpad. It's meant to provide resources on marketing to EA participants and effective charity staff. It's a collaborative project between the Local Effective Altruism Network and Intentional Insights, with assistance from The Life You Can Save. We're working on the first project for that, which is creating a marketing package for local EA groups that are just starting up, to help them do outreach.

Together with The Life You Can Save and the Local Effective Altruist Network, we at Intentional Insights wrote up the Secular Giving Games. I also went on a secular podcast to host the first Giving Game live on air. A nice piece of news on that front is that the International Humanist Ethical Union is looking to get involved, which will give an official stamp of legitimacy to Giving Games for secular/humanist groups around the world.

As part of the broader work of Intentional Insights to promote rationality - cognitive altruism - my post on Psychology Today climbed into the most popular place on that well-known website.

Finally, after attending the CFAR rationality training workshop, I wrote up a post from an EA perspective on my experience.

That's what I wanted to share!

Comment author: Leah_E 10 June 2016 05:44:37PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for sharing the post on CFAR workshop! It sounds like a valuable experience. Perhaps I will consider attending someday!

Congrats also on the success of your articles!

Comment author: Leah_E 12 May 2016 05:23:05PM 1 point [-]

Thanks Gleb for the heads-up on this thread!

Lots going on at ACE over the past month that we are excited about:

-We've opened registration for Symposium on effective animal advocacy, happening at Princeton in November.

-We've completed our evaluation of undercover investigations.

-We published two new interviews on our website with David Wolfson and Will Potter, both of which have a lot of useful content for effective animal advocates.

-We created a Bequest Policy, to enable donors to give to effective animal charities in their wills.

-We've made new connections with some interesting people and are looking forward to conducting some great interviews and posting some new guest blogs soon on our website.

Comment author: Leah_E 08 April 2016 05:42:19PM 2 points [-]

Thanks Gleb_T for encouraging me to post to this thread!

With some very helpful advice from Gleb, at Animal Charity Evaluators we were able to get a letter to the editor published about a recent bill proposed in Oklahoma.