Encouraging Harvard students to donate a small percentage of their income to highly effective charities.

"The majority of Americans (85%) say that they care about nonprofit performance, but only 35% do research on any charitable gift in the course of a year. Of those that research, most (63%) do so to validate the nonprofit they're seeking to give to. Only 3% of donors do comparative research to find the best nonprofit to give to." - The Elephant in the Brain

Despite the world being wealthier today than at any other point in human history, one billion people still live in extreme poverty. Additionally, billions of factory-farmed animals suffer every year. In most cases, we want to help, but hesitate because we don't know how, and the problems seem too large, too distant and too complex. The goal of the Harvard Giving Pledge is to enable Harvard students to give back in a thoughtful, meaningful and effective way.

Our Objective

Our aim is to change Harvard’s culture toward giving and encourage as many graduates of Harvard College to donate 1% of their income to the most effective charities. We recommend evidence-backed charities that have been reviewed by GiveWell (www.givewell.org), Animal Charity Evaluators (animalcharityevaluators.org), and members of Harvard College Effective Altruism (harvardea.org). Others have done the hard work for you, verifying and researching hundreds of charities. Now, it's up to you to sign up and set up your pledge!

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GiveWell’s Top Charities (2018)
GiveDirectly
Malaria Consortium
Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative
Helen Keller International
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Sightsavers
The END Fund
Against Malaria Foundation

GiveWell’s Standout Charities (2018)
Development Media International
Evidence Action
Food Fortification Initiative
Zusha! Road Safety Campaign
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Iodine Global Network
Living Goods
Project Healthy Children

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) Top Charities
Animal Equality
The Humane League
The Good Food Institute
Albert Schweitzer Foundation

Climate
Cool Earth

Education
Evidence Action

Existential Risk
Machine Intelligence Research Institute
The Future of Life Institute
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Mental Health
Development Media International
Strong Minds
BasicNeeds

Social Change, Women’s Rights, Humans Rights
Oxfam
Amnesty International

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The average Harvard salary is about $72k. Donating 1% of that comes out to $60 a month.

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