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August, 2016

Charlie's Short Takes

  • I read this recent piece by Will MacAskill with great interest. I applaud the direction Will is taking both the Centre for Effective Altruism and Giving What We Can. However, The Life You Can Save is pursuing a very different path. All of us at TLYCS, including founder Peter Singer and Frances Kissling, our newest Board member, believe that the differentiation between CEA, GWWC and The Life You Can Save is complementary and a very healthy development.

Charity Voices

  • Truth and reconciliation processes are a common approach for healing societies after civil wars. These processes bring war victims face-to-face with perpetrators in forums where victims describe war atrocities, and perpetrators confess to war crimes without facing punishment. Yet, there is little rigorous evidence of whether, and how, reconciliation processes help communities heal from conflict.

  • DMI is working to raise $750,000 to launch a mass media campaign in Mozambique to save children's lives. Every dollar that you give will unlock a further $3 of funding. 

  • In June, Fistula Foundation reached an important milestone: 20,000 lives changed by fistula surgery. This is a significant number because the best estimates available show that despite a growing global backlog of 1 million women who suffer from obstetric fistula, only 20,000 are treated each year.
  • HBO's 2016 Summer Documentary Series includes Open Your Eyes, a film about our sight-saving work. 
    U.S. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder are teaming up with Seva during the Rio Olympics and Paralympics through Swim for Sight, a campaign to help cure blindness.

The Life You Can Save Groups

  • TLYCS Down Under
    The Melbourne chapter of TLYCS formed about three years ago and initially focused on supporting Peter Singer’s local events there. More recently, they’ve begun giving their own presentations to various groups such as universities, high schools, businesses and clubs. The group has recently been picking up speed and is attracting some new and interesting members.

Giving Game Project Updates

  • by Jon Behar
    You can multiply the impact of your giving by supporting the Giving Game Fund. You’ll still be able to help great charities, but you’ll get added leverage by influencing participants to give better and by supporting the outreach efforts of effective giving advocates worldwide.  Any gift you can make will help toward our target of raising $100,000, which would allow us to continue promoting better giving through the end of 2017.
  • by Jon Behar
    With another school year in the books, it's time to take stock here at The Giving Game Project.  This report reflects back on our progress over the last year, where we stand relative to our long-term goals, and our plans for the future.
  • by Gleb Tsipursky
    Conferences can offer high-impact, cost-effective opportunities to communicate effective giving messages to important stakeholders. An especially promising way to do so is with Speed Giving Games.
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