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Tag: Altruism


Understanding why people behave unselfishly


Individual Giving

What Charity Navigator Gets Wrong About Effective Altruism

Why we can and must try to answer the question: What charities do the most good?

By William MacAskill | 24 | Dec. 3, 2013


The Elitist Philanthropy of So-Called Effective Altruism

The superficially enticing “logic” of effective altruism ultimately leads to a moralistic, hyper-rationalistic, top-down approach to philanthropy that can kill the very altruistic spirit it claims to foster.

By Ken Berger & Robert M. Penna | 53 | Nov. 25, 2013

Civil Society

The Power of Being Seen

People are more apt to behave in socially responsible ways when they think that others might take notice.
By Jessica Ruvinsky | Nov. 20, 2013
Paul Brest

Individual Giving

The Promise of Effective Altruism

The effective altruism movement has the potential to create an aspirational anchor, which may change giving practices over time.

By Paul Brest | 5 | Oct. 28, 2013


Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving

Reinventing Philanthropy presents a new look at individual giving, focusing on maximizing actual impact rather than donor gratification.
By Eric Friedman | 3 | Oct. 28, 2013

Individual Giving

Sponsoring Hope

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.
By Jessica Ruvinsky | 7 | Aug. 14, 2013


Incentivizing Donor Registration

Does granting people priority for organ allocation affect their willingness to become organ donors?
By Corinna Wu | Feb. 21, 2013

Online Giving

Scrooge’s Revenge: More on Giving Tuesday

Pushing back against efforts that are likely to lead to disappointment, and three ways we might reframe the initiative.

By Timothy Ogden | 1 | Dec. 20, 2012


Tsunami Revisited: Stories and Recovery for Today

A review of the upcoming film “The Impossible” through the eyes of a disaster recovery philanthropist.

By Mike Rea | 2 | Dec. 19, 2012


Why the Art of Philanthropy Trumps the Science

A new kind of "reflective metrics" would help us measure the art of what philanthropy aspires to do.

By Peter Karoff | 1 | Nov. 27, 2012