What We Do

One for the World is a movement dedicated to identifying where charitable donations can have the greatest impact. One for the World uses rigorous, data-driven charity selection to find the most effective charities to donate to. We encourage students and young professionals to give at least 1% of their income to these charities.

The Life You Can Save, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a “fiscal sponsor” of One for the World.  Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3)  (The Life You Can Save) sponsors an partner organization that may lack exempt status. One for the World is subject to the same financial scrutiny that a regular 501(c)(3) is exposed to as a result of this status, including annual filings with the IRS, through The Life You Can Save. 

Our Story

One for the World began at the Wharton School in 2014 when Kate Epstein and Josh McCann started a conversation about how MBA students could make a huge positive impact by giving to effective charities. As the organization has grown, One for the World has expanded its focus to grow effective altruism among young professionals as well. Many students and young professionals want to make charitable giving a part of their everyday lives, but don't know which charities to give to, or don't have the time to research charities in detail. One for the World strives to make that decision easier.

Since 2014, One for the World has grown to over 300 members, building a movement across six schools and young professionals at many top companies. Together, we have donated $161,535 to effective charities since 2014, and are on course to donate $150,000 in 2018 alone.

The Core of One for the World: Effective Altruism

Most people want to do good, but don't know how to turn good intentions into real impact. Effective altruism addresses how we can use our resources to help others the most. The effective altruism movement advocates using high-quality evidence and data-driven reasoning to maximize the return on charitable giving. By focusing giving only to the best organizations, you can have an impact even with a small donation.

One for the World seeks to grow the effective altruism movement. We critically assess which charities are having the most impact, because the charities that you donate to are going to be the biggest factor in determining how much good you can do. We make donating to these effective charities easy by providing a list of recommended and vetted charities that donors can trust. 

Our Focus: Combating Extreme Poverty

Many of us don't realize that we have the opportunity to save many lives, by giving to the most effective charities. The World Health Organization estimates that about 15,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from preventable causes associated with extreme poverty. This is nearly 750 children an hour. These causes of death include insufficient nutritionlack of access to clean waterinadequate health care services, malaria, dysentery, and neonatal infection. These are diseases and health problems that are essentially non-existent in the developed world thanks to countless advances. 

One for the World believes that there is a smart way for students to help fight poverty. We find, evaluate, and recommend charities that work to combat these causes and symptoms of extreme poverty. If we give collectively and effectively, we can not only move the needle on some of the issues plaguing the world’s poorest, but we can completely eradicate these problems. 

Why Give At Least 1%?

The average American donates 2.6% of their income to charity. One for the World asks you to give at least 1% of your income to effective charities that help some of the world's poorest people, to maximize the impact of your giving. 1% may not seem like much - it's less than the cost of a daily cup of coffee - but the impact can be tremendous when given effectively. Just 1% of the average MBA graduate's annual salary would provide over 12,000 children with de-worming treatments, keeping them healthy and in school. Just 1% of the average biglaw associate's annual salary can protect 1,024 people from malaria for three to four years. Just 1% of the average university graduate's annual salary could provide 533 people with safe water for an entire year.

One for the World suggests 1% as a baseline for giving back. The 1% is intended to get you started and put you on a path toward challenging yourself and working toward doing more as your giving habits evolve.