Would it be a good idea to create a 'GiveWell' for U.S. charities?

In 2007, GiveWell was founded with the goal of "giving every donor convenient, usable access to the kind of intelligence and due diligence that is currently exclusive to large grantmakers." Under its original plan, GiveWell would evaluate charities within  seven distinct cause areas  and recommend to donors the best charities within... Read More

How much further does your dollar go overseas?

Background   Let's say you're choosing between donating to a charity that helps people living in a developed country and donating to a charity that helps people living in a developing country. Where will your donation do more good? According to GiveWell,  your dollar will go further overseas .   As far as I'm... Read More

Which five books would you recommend to an 18 year old?

During EA Global San Francisco 2017, there was a panel discussion called "Celebrating Failed Projects." At one point, Nathan Labenz, the moderator,  asks , "What are some projects that you guys are harboring in the backs of your respective minds that you'd love to see people undertake even if, and... Read More

Does Effective Altruism Lead to the Altruistic Repugnant Conclusion?

Gianfranco Pellegrino has written an interesting essay arguing that effective altruism leads to what he calls the Altruistic Repugnant Conclusion. In this post, I will provide a brief version of his argument and then note one possible response. The Argument Pellegrino beings by identifying the following as the core tenet of effective... Read More

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