Introduction to Effective Altruism
Presenter: Eric Friedman
many donors approach their giving knowing that they want to focus on a
certain cause or nonprofit that is close to their heart, some donors are
open to any cause or charity. Effective Altruism is a growing social
movement around using evidence and reason to work out how best to make
the world a better place. Although there is no objective solution to
this challenge, Effective Altruists differentiate themselves from other
impact-focused donors by their willingness to compare very different
charitable opportunities such as healthcare, education, and the
environment when deciding how to give.
This presentation will answer questions including:
• What is Effective Altruism?
• What types of donors are interested in Effective Altruism?
• What is the role or personal interests and passions in Effective Altruism?
• How do Effective Altruists evaluate options for charitable giving?
• What resources are available for advisors and donors interested in learning more about Effective Altruism?
is an individual donor and the author of the new book Reinventing
Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving (Potomac Books, an
Imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2013). This book is the
culmination of several years trying to understand how to maximize the
impact of his giving, and has received praise from a Nobel Prize winning
economist, the director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, and
several others who are well-known in the philanthropy community. In his
professional life, Eric is an actuary, and he graduated from Stanford
University with majors in mathematics and economics.