Developing, promoting, and implementing
effective altruism.

Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism is an honest attempt at answering the question—how can we do as much good as possible? As a global community we apply the scientific principles to figure out how to use our resources to help others as effectively as possible. Then we go and do it.

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What we do

We help grow the global effective altruism movement and strive for a world without extreme suffering. To develop, promote, and implement the philosophy of effective altruism we run projects in three areas: research, community, and philanthropy.

News

December 4, 2018

Our plans for 2019

By Stefan Torges and Jonas Vollmer Summary Research: We plan to continue our research in the areas of AI-related decision theory and bargaining, fail-safe measures, and macrostrategy. Research coordination: We plan to host a research workshop focused on preventing disvalue from AI, publish an updated research agenda, and continue our support and coaching of independent…

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November 26, 2018

Donation Recommendations 2018

These donation recommendations follow from our focus on risks of astronomical suffering (s-risks). This focus is based on the view that the long-term future is overwhelmingly important from an altruistic point of view, and the belief that there is a significant chance that artificial intelligence will fundamentally transform human civilization in the near future. It…

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April 20, 2018

A Concrete Model for Running an EA group

The main goal of this approach is to identify, attract, and develop top talent–and help them have more impact. I think EA local groups should focus on this because they have a comparative advantage at community building. The most valuable direct work often requires specialised skills and knowledge, and is best done in a professional…

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Research

What are the world’s most pressing problems, and how can we solve them? Motivated by our concern for extreme suffering, our research projects, the Foundational Research Institute and Wild-Animal Suffering Research, seek to answer this open-ended question. We also write policy papers on the most relevant results of their work to influence relevant decision-makers.

Community

We want to build a community of exceptionally committed people who have dedicated their lives to helping others and are cognizant of the complexity of this task. We host events and support local groups in order to help the movement grow sustainably and ensure that the core ideas of effective altruism are maintained. In the public sphere we seek to portray its ideas in all their nuance to prevent misconceptions.

Philanthropy

We want to establish the ideas of effective altruism as a new norm within the realm of philanthropy. To that end, we offer individual advice for donors who seek to have the biggest impact they can. We also allow donors to tax-efficiently supporting effective organizations all over the world.

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Talk to Us

Do you have questions about which causes to prioritize or how fundamental values should influence your actions?
We’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have about the philosophy and application of effective altruism. We help committed members of the community to gain an overview of the most crucial considerations.

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Donation Advice

Planning to donate a large amount?
Let us know, and we’ll get in touch with you directly to discuss how you can make the most of your donation.

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Become Active

On our German effective altruism platform, you’ll find all the information you need to learn more about the community, make a high-impact donation, and plan your own career.

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