What has Effective Altruism actually done?

In a re­cent con­ver­sa­tion, the ques­tion came up about how much effec­tive al­tru­ism has ac­tu­ally done to raise money for char­ity, as op­posed to just talk­ing about donat­ing more effec­tively. Since I didn’t know the an­swer to this ques­tion, I de­cided to do some re­search and this is what I found:


Effec­tive Altru­ism Aus­tralia—In 2017:
345,168 chil­dren dewormed

370,280 chil­dren pro­tected from schis­to­so­mi­a­sis $396,859 dis­tributed in cash transfers

$160,825 to help fund the largest uni­ver­sal ba­sic in­come trial

85,865 peo­ple pro­tected from malaria


Tax De­ductibil­ity: In many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Canada and Ger­many, EA or­gani­sa­tions have en­abled tax de­ductible dona­tions for top char­i­ties where this would oth­er­wise not be possible


Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship: Already lead to the cre­ation of two new char­i­ties: Char­ity Science Health: https://​​www.char­i­ty­science­health.com/​​

For­tify Health: http://​​www.for­tify­health.global/​​

Rais­ing for Effec­tive Giv­ing: https://​​reg-char­ity.org/​​ Ran the mil­lion dol­lar match­ing challenge in 2017. Matched $2,250,000 of dona­tions for a to­tal of $4,500,000 in dona­tions to effec­tive charities

The Life You Can Save: Moved over $3 mil­lion to char­ity in 2017

Effec­tive Altru­ism Funds: Raised nearly $2.5 mil­lion for Global Poverty Char­i­ties in its first year and a half


Giv­ing What We Can: 3500 mem­bers have pledged to give 10% of their in­come to the or­gani­sa­tions they be­lieve will do the most good with it. Th­ese in­di­vi­d­u­als have self-re­ported as hav­ing donated $25 mil­lion in to­tal so far, but I’m skep­ti­cal of the re­li­a­bil­ity of these figures as all it’d take would be one guy re­port­ing $5 mil­lion as a joke or ac­ci­den­tally mess­ing up and adding an ex­tra zero to sig­nifi­cantly mess up the re­sults.


Founder’s Pledge: Over $140 mil­lion dol­lars worth of equity pledged (in a legally en­force­able man­ner) to char­i­ties by en­trepreneurs (about 13 to EA char­i­ties) (https://​​techcrunch.com/​​2016/​​09/​​21/​​y-com­bi­na­tor-signs-up-to-founders-pledge-char­ity-scheme-for-so­cial-causes/​​, https://​​80000hours.org/​​2016/​​12/​​has-80000-hours-jus­tified-its-costs/​​#founders-pledge)

(I origi­nally pub­lished this on Face­book back in Au­gust, so this may be slightly out of date. I don’t dis­cuss an­i­mal rights or ex­is­ten­tial risk speci­fi­cally be­cause many peo­ple, es­pe­cially those out­side of EA, don’t care about these)

This post may have re­mained on Face­book were it not for the sup­port of the EA Hotel