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New charities, chapters and donations - read our Spring 2017 report!

We are excited to share One for the World’s bi-annual report, which summarizes our performance over the past 6 months and provides an update on our direction as an organization.

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One for the World's Top Picks for 2017

We have just concluded our annual review and selection process and are excited to announce our Top Picks for 2017! The charities in our Top Picks portfolio this year are: Against Malaria Foundation, Living Goods, Population Services International, GiveDirectly and Possible. Our wider portfolio of 18 charities selected by our partners, The Life You Can Save, remains the same. This is the first year that GiveDirectly and Possible are in our Top Picks, and we are excited to recommend them to our members. This blog post will give an overview of this year's selection process, and each of the charities in our Top Picks portfolio.

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How to Maximize the Impact of Your Charitable Giving in the Age of Trump

We've had feedback from a number of people who, in light of recent political developments in the US, are unsure about supporting charities that focus on improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, through initiatives like One for the World. We recognize that many of our members care deeply about, and give generously to, domestic causes, but we want to set out a few reasons why we think it is a great idea to continue to give generously to help the world’s poorest people.

Effective Altruists often use importance, tractability and neglectedness to assess how promising donations would be in different cause areas. In this post we show that:

  • extreme poverty remains a hugely important global problem;
  • the Trump administration's policies are likely to have a significant negative effect on the lives of the world's poorest people;
  • the charities that One for the World recommends have strong evidence of impact, and solve tractable problems faced by the global poor;
  • the world's poorest people remain relatively neglected; and
  • you can give to domestic causes that you are passionate about and still support high impact charities that help the world’s poorest people, through initiatives like OFTW.
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Our new and improved partner selection process

We have a new and improved process to select our portfolio of highly effective charities. This process allows us to leverage the expertise of The Life You Can Save through our partnership.

Our new partner selection process has two stages:

  1. The Life You Can Save’s “Panel of Experts” selects our full portfolio, by focusing on evidence, efficiency, and execution of charities working to assist people living in extreme poverty.
  2. We choose a subset of these organizations to be designated as ‘OFTW Top Picks’. We select ‘Top Picks’ using five criteria: direct impact, simplicity of programs, track record, cultural fit, existing recommendations.

This blog post gives an overview of our new process. You can read our full partner selection strategy here.

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We’re reviewing our favorite charities - apply to join our 2017 partner selection team now!

Do you want to find more about highly effective charities and how to evaluate their impact? Are you interested in helping to select One for the World’s top charities for 2017? If so, we’d love you to apply to join our partner selection committee! Apply before 11:59pm on Thursday February 23 using the form at bit.ly/oftw_app2017.

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Meet our newest charity partner: Village Enterprise!

We have added a new charity to our portfolio - Village Enterprise - a charity that provides cash grants and business training to people living in extreme poverty in Kenya and Uganda. Their programs have a proven track record of helping families escape from extreme poverty and achieve sustained increases in household income.

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The average American gives 2.9% to charity every year. How much do you give?

Did you know that the average American gives 2.9% of their income to charity every year? Think about that for a minute, and think about how you compare!

I found this out back in 2012, and finally in 2016 will meet the average (chart below). It has been a bit of a journey, and I wanted to share some recommendations, if you are interested in optimizing how you give to charities.

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Making the Most of Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? Why do I need to make the most of it?

Giving Tuesday is a relatively new movement that has sprung up as a counterpoint to the retail frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Charities and their fundraising professionals have pushed Giving Tuesday as the marquee day of the year to solicit donations.

This means you can expect a substantial amount of outreach from charities on Giving Tuesday - including charities to which you’ve previously given, charities your friends are involved with, and schools you’ve attended.

If you’re charitably minded, this influx of solicitations can be hard to navigate. How do you know which ones to respond to? How can you understand the impact of a gift to an organization you don’t follow closely? How do you decide how much to give?

With these kinds of questions in mind, One for the World has developed this short guide to Giving Tuesday. We hope it helps you make the most of your giving.

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Introducing our New Partnership with The Life You Can Save

We’re thrilled to announce our new Partnership with The Life You Can Save (TLYCS), an advocacy and educational outreach organization that raises awareness for the ~700M men, women, and children living in extreme poverty. TLYCS was founded by world-renowned Princeton ethicist and philosopher Peter Singer, who was deemed “the world’s most influential living philosopher” by The New Yorker.

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Our expanded portfolio: 12 new charities to choose from

We recently entered into an exciting new partnership with The Life You Can Save (TLYCS), which you can read more about here. As part of this partnership, we are merging our charity selection process and enabling our members to give to any of The Life You Can Save's 17 Top Charities through our platform. TLYCS's list includes our existing 5 recommendations, which you can continue to give to, and we will market these as our 'Top 5 Favorite' charities in our widened portfolio of 17.

In this blog post, we give a brief overview of the 12 new charities that you can give to, and you can find more information about them on The Life You Can Save's website. You can read about our existing 5 recommendations, and the process we used to select them, here.

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