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July, 2016

Charlie's Short Takes

  • Wednesday, July 6th will be Peter Singer’s 70th birthday! His contribution to scholarship is significant. But I suspect that as he celebrates on Wednesday and reflects on his work, Peter will be most proud of the impact he has had on both animal rights and the reduction of suffering and premature death due to global extreme poverty.

    You can all celebrate this important occasion in a number of ways. 

Charity Voices

  • A year before #GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as an antidote to the consumerism of the post-Thanksgiving season, I met Peter Singer for noodles at a humble Chinese restaurant in Manhattan.
  • One Acre Fund is thrilled to share the news that our founder Andrew Youn's TED talk is live.

    In this talk, Andrew discusses 3 practical strategies we can take to end extreme poverty—and makes the case for putting farmers first in this fight.
  • Reducing child mortality is a high priority for many governments, but policymakers disagree about how to fund children’s healthcare. While charging fees may prevent poor families from accessing care, subsidizing care may lead to overuse and wasted resources. Innovations for Poverty Action worked with researchers to investigate the impact of subsidies and health worker visits on use of healthcare among young children in Mali.
  • A new report shows that GAIN's Universal Salt Iodization Partnership Project efforts with UNICEF has protected an additional 466 million people against iodine deficiency. This includes approximately 18.2 million pregnant and lactating women, leading to the protection of newborn cognitive health, as well as 113 million children, aged 6 months to 15 years old who are no longer at risk of ID's debilitating effects.

Highlights from Our Blog

  • by Brad Hurley
    Next time you see health or poverty statistics, or data used to evaluate the effectiveness of charities, take a moment to reflect on the hard work and dedication that must have gone into collecting the underlying data. 
  • by Gleb Tsipursky
    We all want to accomplish the broad goal of doing the most good per dollar. However, we often disagree on the best methods for doing the most good and on which organizations are most effective. This post will outline some of the problems with using debates to resolve disagreements, and suggest some alternative strategies to figuring out collaboratively how we can do the most good. 
  • by Gleb Tsipursky
    What happens when you have disagreements about effective giving? Sure, you can argue, but will that really help resolve the disagreement satisfactorily? Here's a technique that will help you resolve the disagreement in a collaborative fashion.

Team Picks

  • This absorbing film does an excellent job of demonstrating how donating to help those in extreme poverty can be immensely valuable to the donor and the recipient-- although one has to abstract a bit from the specific story line.

    --Charlie Bresler
      Executive Director
  • Each of us will spend about 80,000 hours in our career. How could you spend those hours to do the most good in the world? This new career guide from 80,000 Hours synthesizes five years of research from Oxford and includes interactive quizzes to help you find your dream job.

    --Rhema Hokama
      Director of Communications
  • Jeff Bridges explains how a simple request like "no straw please" can lower your environmental impact.

    --Jon Behar
      COO & Director of Philanthropy Education
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