Last chance to donate for 2011

Many LW read­ers choose to di­rect their char­i­ta­ble dona­tions to SingInst with a view to­ward re­duc­ing ex­is­ten­tial risk. Others do not, whether be­cause they feel they lack an un­der­stand­ing of the rele­vant is­sues, be­cause they value pre­sent day hu­mans more than fu­ture hu­mans or be­cause they have con­cern as to the in­cen­tive effects that would be cre­ated by donat­ing to SingInst at pre­sent. I per­son­ally feel that there’s a strong case for sav­ing money to donate later on ac­count of bet­ter in­for­ma­tion be­ing available in the fu­ture.

How­ever, I feel cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance at­tached to sav­ing to donate later rather than now. If you are in this camp you might con­sider donat­ing to GiveWell’s top ranked char­i­ties. Also note that spread­ing the word about GiveWell pro­motes a cul­ture of effec­tive philan­thropy which is likely to have spin off effect of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple in x-risk re­duc­tion, re­duc­ing x-risk.

See Holden’s ar­ti­cle on last minute dona­tions http://​​blog.givewell.org/​​2011/​​12/​​30/​​last-minute-dona­tions/​​ :

“Of the money moved to our top char­i­ties through our web­site in 2010, 25% was on De­cem­ber 31st alone. We know that lots of peo­ple will be look­ing to make last-minute dona­tions.

If you only have five min­utes but you want to take ad­van­tage of the thou­sands of hours of work we put into find­ing the best giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­sider giv­ing to our top char­i­ties. They have strong track records, ac­com­plish a lot of good per dol­lar spent, and have good con­crete plans for how to use ad­di­tional dona­tions.

A cou­ple of things to keep in mind:

  • After you give, spread the word. This is the perfect time to re­mind peo­ple (via Face­book shar­ing, tweet­ing, etc.) to give be­fore the year ends. And peo­ple mak­ing last-minute gifts are likely to be re­cep­tive to sug­ges­tions.

  • If you have any ques­tions, we’re here to help. We should be available by phone for most of the day, and re­spond­ing to email when we’re not. (See our con­tact page). Our re­search FAQ may also be a good re­source.”