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NEWSLETTER - February 2018

From the Desk of the Executive Director

I send a special thanks to all of you who donated to our recommended nonprofits in 2017...and also to those who have supported our operating budget through donations to TLYCS itself.

In January, we sent out this message instead of our usual newsletter. I encourage you to look carefully at the content and see if you find the "personal best" approach outlined in it useful. If so, I hope you will employ it in your giving and share it with friends and colleagues. I welcome your feedback at

I would also like to bring your attention to a recent letter to the editor of The New York Times by our founder Peter Singer in response to an op-ed by nobel-prize winning economist Angus Deaton, in which Deaton argues that we need to pay more attention to domestic (U.S.) poverty. I would add to Peter’s comments that currently only 6% of individual U.S. donations are directed internationally. (Another insightful response to Deaton's thoughts is this opinion piece in Vox by Ryan Briggs).

Good Living and Good Giving in 2018...and beyond,


Charity Voices

Recent news from our recommended charities

GiveDirectly's Groundbreaking Universal Basic Income Trial

Can a guaranteed basic income eliminate poverty? GiveDirectly aims to find out with an unprecedented randomized controlled trial in Kenya.

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One Acre Fund: Advocating for Farmers on Capitol Hill

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Strengthening Health Systems to Tackle Schistosomiasis

SCI is applying lessons from the Ebola crisis to help combat schistosomiasis in Cote d'Ivoire.

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GAIN's Salt Iodization Helps Protect Children's Health in Kyrgystan

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Our Blog

Highlights from our blog

Corporations should treat philanthropy dollars like business dollars. Here's why.

by Charlie Bresler

Super Bowl viewers saw a 1-minute ad showing employees of Anheuser-Busch InBev sending cans of emergency drinking water to areas hit by natural disasters. A naive onlooker might think this is a central part of their business.

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Listen to the Radio: How DMI Saves Lives With Media Campaigns

by Brad Hurley

For World Radio Day on February 13th, we're reprising this blog describing how Development Media International uses mass media campaigns to change behaviors and save lives.

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