The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread − 15 December 2015

The Effec­tive Altru­ism Newslet­ter – 14 Dec. 2015 Edi­tion

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Hi ev­ery­one,

We hope you’re all happy with the progress EA has made this year! What­ever fes­tive treats you’re look­ing for­ward to this month, they’re well de­served.

We have loved keep­ing you up­dated with this newslet­ter and start­ing in Jan­uary we’ll be send­ing it out monthly rather than ev­ery two weeks. That way, we hope to cre­ate newslet­ters that con­tain even more of the best EA con­tent out there. (It’ll also give us a bit more time be­tween edi­tions to act on feed­back and im­prove things.)

Each edi­tion will be sent out on the first Thurs­day of the month. You’ll re­ceive the Jan­uary 2016 edi­tion on Jan. 7.

See you then!

The Team
Ar­ti­cles and Com­mu­nity Posts
It’s the holi­day sea­son, which means many effec­tive al­tru­ists are do­ing Christ­mas fundraisers to raise money for top char­i­ties and spread the word about them. If you’re in­ter­ested in ask­ing for dona­tions rather than Christ­mas pre­sents, click this link.

Speak­ing of giv­ing, Mark Zucker­berg and his wife Priscilla Chan have an­nounced a huge dona­tion, as you prob­a­bly have heard. Here, Will MacAskill de­bunks 5 pieces of crit­i­cism that emerged in re­sponse.

Ben Todd from 80k re­leased a ma­jor re­search piece ar­gu­ing that the EA com­mu­nity is more tal­ent-con­strained than fund­ing-con­strained.

We men­tioned this last time but it’s worth re­peat­ing: GiveWell re­cently up­dated their char­ity recom­men­da­tions, just in time for your year-end giv­ing. The Against Malaria Foun­da­tion keeps the top spot.
Up­dates from EA Or­ga­ni­za­tions and Projects


As we high­lighted in a spe­cial email last week, the 2015 Effec­tive Altru­ism Sur­vey was re­leased. The re­sults help us un­der­stand where we stand on many lev­els. It only takes a few min­utes, so fill it out straight away! The holi­day shop­ping sea­son is also a good time to re­mind you of Shop for Char­ity, an af­fili­ate store which lets you do your Ama­zon shop­ping while send­ing a 5% com­mis­sion to SCI via Char­ity Science at no ad­di­tional cost.

80,000 Hours

80k has re­leased an in­ter­view about an ex­cit­ing new or­ga­ni­za­tion they helped join the EA com­mu­nity, Founders Pledge. They also launched their win­ter fundrais­ing round: There’s only £48,000 out of £220,000 re­main­ing, email if you’d like to donate.

An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors

Two weeks ago, ACE an­nounced their 2015 char­ity recom­men­da­tions. The top char­i­ties (An­i­mal Equal­ity, Mercy for An­i­mals, and The Hu­mane League) re­mained the same as last year. ACE ex­ceeded their goal of rais­ing $50K dur­ing their match­ing cam­paign, which ended on De­cem­ber 8. In to­tal, $61,844 was raised.

Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­is­m

CEA has launched their win­ter fundrais­ing round. So did Effec­tive Altru­ism Outreach which is part of CEA.

Cen­tre for the Study of Ex­is­ten­tial Risk

A new cen­ter study­ing ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence will be es­tab­lished at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, an effort where CSER was sub­stan­tially in­volved in.

Char­ity Science

Char­ity Science’s peer-to-peer Christ­mas fundraisers are in full swing – join now to raise money for effec­tive char­i­ties and start con­ver­sa­tions about them with your friends and fam­ily. For your own gifts to peo­ple, they’ve also launched char­ity gift cards, which let the re­cip­i­ent choose which of three GiveWell char­i­ties to di­rect money to.

Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute

FHI di­rec­tor Nick Bostrom is one of For­eign Policy’s 100 “Global Thinkers” of 2015.


GiveWell staff mem­bers pub­lished where they plan to make their per­sonal dona­tions in 2015. GiveWell also dis­cussed on their blog how to en­courage friends and fam­ily to give to AMF for the holi­days.

Giv­ing What We Can

Giv­ing What We Can is hold­ing an on­line pledg­ing event over De­cem­ber. If you haven’t joined GWWC yet, now is the ideal time to do so! 1,400 mem­bers are wait­ing for you. If you’d like to help out with the event, check out this group. Giv­ing What We Can is al­sofundrais­ing for their 2016 bud­get. So far, they have £193,000 of £495,000 pledged.

Ma­chine In­tel­li­gence Re­search In­sti­tute

MIRI is run­ning its an­nual win­ter fundraiser through the end of De­cem­ber.

Rais­ing for Effec­tive Giv­ing

REG is aiming to raise funds for sev­eral ad­di­tional full-time staff to ex­pand its ac­tivi­ties into daily fan­tasy sports, pro­fes­sional gam­ing and fi­nance.

The Life You Can Save

The Life You Can Save has re­leased their list of recom­mended char­i­ties for 2016, fea­tur­ing the lat­est ad­di­tion of the One Acre Fund. They also have a new 1-minute video, “What Will Your Im­pact Be.”
Job Postings

Want to work in ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence re­search? Check out 80,000 Hours’ new ca­reer re­view, then ex­press in­ter­est in en­ter­ing the field here and 80k will see if they can help you find a po­si­tion.

Speak­ing of which, check out the new po­si­tions at the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute.

The Global Pri­ori­ties Pro­ject is also look­ing for re­search in­terns for next sum­mer.
Go forth and do the most good!

Do tell us how you liked the newslet­ter and how we can im­prove fur­ther.

See you again on Jan. 7!

Ge­orgie, Michał, Pas­cal and Sören

– The Effec­tive Altru­ism Newslet­ter Team

The Effec­tive Altru­ism Newslet­ter is a joint pro­ject be­tween the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism, theEffec­tive Altru­ism Hub and .impact