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How do I donate?
If you are a US taxpayer and wish to claim tax-deductibility, you can donate through our fiscal sponsor, the Tides Foundation. You can send cheques by postal mail to:
P.O. Box 29903
San Francisco, CA 94129
Or via FedEx or UPS to:
1014 Torney Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Please address the cheque to "Tides Foundation" but write “Centre for Effective Altruism” on the 'Memo' line. If you are US tax-deductible and wish to donate by bank transfer, please e-mail our our fundraising team, in order to set up your donation.
We have been contacted by several people who were interested in donating money to Giving What We Can. Their reasoning was that because we are capable of encouraging more than £1 in donations to effective charities, for every £1 of our own budget, donating money to Giving What We Can could have even more impact than donating it directly to these charities. Last March we undertook to investigate this. We estimated that $170 000’s worth of volunteer time had been invested into Giving What We Can. In that time, Giving What We Can had raised $1.7 million in realised donations and $68 million in pledged donations. Taking into account the facts that some proportion of this would have been given anyway, there will be some member attrition, and not all donations will go to the very best charities (and using data for all these factors when possible), we estimate that we had raised $8 in realised donations and $130 in future donations for every $1’s worth of volunteer time invested in Giving What We Can.
Partly on this basis, we decided to grow and take paid staff, and we are now therefore accepting donations. This page will explain a little more about this. If you have any further queries, please contact our fundraising team.
How do you know that additional donations will be as cost-effective as resources spent so far?
We expect $1 to generate considerably more than $1 for the very best charities. According to our best guess, an additional $1 invested in Giving What We Can will generate something in the range of $25-$61 to the best charities. Please contact our fundraising team for specific details.
Can donating to GWWC be part of the 10% pledge?
We do allow donations to Giving What We Can to be part of the 10% pledge, though we encourage members to give to other charities as well. It’s of course in no way a requirement of membership in Giving What We Can that one donates any amount to Giving What We Can.
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