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From the Desk of Our Executive Director

Since we didn’t send out a newsletter in January, I want to take this opportunity to say that I hope 2019 is a year of happiness, health and of reaching for your personal best in sharing some of your disposable resources with our fellow human beings who live in extreme poverty around the world.

As you know, our mission at The Life You Can Save is to assist you in actualizing your intentions to do good in the world by providing information about effective giving, including a list of charities that have been rigorously researched for transparency and impact. We are pleased to welcome two new organizations to that list for 2019: Zusha! and Malaria Consortium’s Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) program.

Zusha! is an innovative program that addresses the epidemic of injuries and fatalities from traffic accidents in developing countries. Stickers are placed inside of public service vehicles encouraging passengers to speak up to their drivers against dangerous driving. This extremely cost-effective intervention is proven to reduce accidents and save lives. 

Malaria Consortium’s Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) program is a cost-effective and evidence-backed way of protecting young children from this crippling and deadly disease. You can read more about them in this month’s newsletter below.

I also want to share this wonderful video produced by MediaMath, a TLYCS partner. MediaMath’s 1% program is an example of how companies are adopting and spreading the model of effective giving. As you’ll see, the program has provided significant support for many of TLYCS’s recommended charities.

I am writing this from India, where I am back working with our colleagues at High Impact Philanthropy (HIP), an organization we co-founded to spread the concept and practice of effective giving in the Indian philanthropic ecosystem. This, along with an upcoming relaunch of Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save, make 2019 a very exciting and promising year. Details on all this and more in next month's newsletter.

Good Living and Good Giving,

Charlie Bresler

Charity Voices

Recent news from our recommended charities

Malaria Consortium Program a GiveWell ‘Top Charity’ for Third Year Running

Rigorous charity evaluator GiveWell continues to rank Malaria Consortium's seasonal malaria chemoprevention program as a top pick, and the program has been added to The Life You Can Save's list of "Best Charities for Effective Giving."

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Founders Pledge Endorses Village Enterprise as a Top Charity for Women’s Empowerment

Founders Pledge, through which company founders and investors commit to donating a percentage of their personal proceeds to charity following a successful exit, has endorsed Village Enterprise as a top charity for women’s empowerment.

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Evidence Action Beta Studies Recruiting Youth Volunteers in Africa to Improve Child Literacy

Evidence Action shares learnings from working with the Government of Kenya to effectively and sustainably recruit, retain, and motivate volunteers to deliver remedial support at increasing scale.

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Dancing Queen: Visit to a Fistula Survivor in Dahachur, Nepal

Padma Thapa lived with fistula for forty years. Then she was given a "second life" by Fisula Foundation-supported surgeon, Dr. Shirley Heywood.

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Our Blog

Highlights from our blog

Ending Hidden Hunger Through One of the World’s Most Cost-Effective Interventions

A joint blog by three of our recommended organizations discusses their collaboration in tackling hidden hunger by improving intake of key vitamins and minerals through food fortification.

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An Interview With Oxfam America's CEO, Abby Maxman

Maxman discusses Oxfam's multi-pronged approach to addressing poverty, such as their work in Yemen and Puerto Rico, and talks about oversight and accountability.

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What I Gave in 2018

by Rachel Elizabeth Maley

Since reading The Life You Can Save "literally changed my life," Rachel's favorite winter activity has been recapping her charitable donations for the year.

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