Think tank and project incubator working at the intersection between ethics and science

What is Effective Altruism?

Our resources – time and money – are limited. How can we use them to prevent the most suffering and save the most lives? Which rational reasons are there anyway to invest resources in the sustained, effective reduction of suffering? The philosophy and global movement of Effective Altruism seeks to answer these questions – from a philosophical, economic, cognitive and social psychological perspective.


About us

We tackle contemporary ethical questions scientifically and make the results politically available as policy papers. With our projects we fight for the effective reduction of poverty, for animal rights and a responsible approach to future technologies. We also offer donation and careers advice.



The main website is in German. This English website is still under construction.

1% against global poverty: Double your donation!

We are driving a ballot initiative for the City of Zurich to allocate a percentage of the city’s budget to highly effective charities in global poverty and health. If adopted, the initiative would result in a contribution of around €80 million!

The 1% initiative

EA Global X Berlin

On 8 October EA Global X Berlin will take place, the first conference on Effective Altruism in Germany – you can register now!

Registration & Program


Sentience Politics

Sentience Politics is an antispeciesist think tank, which fights for a society in which the interests of all sentient beings are considered – regardless of their species. To reach this goal, Sentience Politics uses a critical-rational, empirically based approach, to identify the most effective strategies and put them into practice.

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Raising for Effective Giving (REG)

Raising for Effective Giving (REG) brings together professionals from various fields who want to maximize their positive impact on the world. To do so, they commit to donate a certain percentage of their incomes to demonstrably effective organizations. REG is well-known in the world of poker, where it has over 200 professional members – including poker world champion Martin Jacobson.

More on REG
Further projects

From our blog

The Importance of the Far Future

This article was first published on the website of our project Sentience Politics. Most charities focus their work on helping individuals who already exist, while few charities try to explicitly benefit individuals who will live in the future. Although it is understandable that people empathize primarily with currently existing individuals, this raises fundamental ethical questions: […]

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Why Evolution Has No Goal

Or: Metaphorically, it’s all about gene-copying success How evolutionary biology is being misunderstood The notion that evolution has a goal/purpose is a widespread misconception that comes in several variations. Many people falsely believe that evolution was working towards humans as a final product. But from a biological perspective, there is really no reason to single […]

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Sentience Research Essay Prize 2016

This post was first published on the blog of our project Sentience Politics. Sentience Politics is currently accepting submissions for the first Sentience Essay Prize on “effective strategies to reduce the suffering of all sentient beings.” The winner will be awarded $2,000. Effective altruism asks us to consider the best ways to reduce as much […]

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Become a member

As a member, you make a lasting contribution to our projects, activities and free offerings. You commit yourself as effectively and sustainably as possible to a better world.

Become a member


Our projects stand and fall with your support. We are financed exclusively through the private donations of those interested in EA. Over 700 people already support us financially.


Work with us

Apply to our vacancies, to connect with a young and dynamic team. We are currently looking for new co-workers, interns and volunteers.

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Panel discussion: Ending animal agriculture through cultured meat?

22 September 2016

Technical University of Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin


Lecture: Animal Law and Environmental Law – Parallels and Synergies

22 September 2016

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, SW7 2 London


Effective Altruism Global X Berlin

8 Oktober 2016

Humboldt University of Berlin, School of business and economics, Spandauer Strasse 1, 10178 Berlin


Film screening: Unlocking the Cage

13 Oktober 2016

Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin