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

What is Effective Altruism?

When time and money are limited, how can they best be used to prevent suffering and save lives? Why should we focus on helping individuals—most of whom are complete strangers—in the first place? The philosophy and global movement of Effective Altruism seeks to answer these questions from the point of view of cognitive and social psychology, philosophy, and economics.


About us

We tackle contemporary ethical questions scientifically and publish the results freely in the form of policy papers. Through our projects, we strive for the effective reduction of poverty and animal suffering while promoting a responsible approach to future technologies. We also offer donation and career advice to people who are interested in making a positive impact on the future.



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

EAF fundraising for 2017

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we at EAF look back on a year of growth and success—none of which would’ve been possible without our supporters. Help us make next year even better!

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1% against global poverty

We are driving a ballot initiative for the City of Zurich to allocate one percent 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!

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Raising for Effective Giving (REG)

Raising for Effective Giving (REG) is a fundraising hub that brings together philanthropically-minded professionals from a variety of fields, each of whom 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, among them poker world champion Martin Jacobson.

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Foundational Research Institute

The Foundational Research Institute (FRI) conducts interdisciplinary research on effective and cooperative strategies to reduce involuntary suffering, with a focus on risks from emergent technologies. FRI’s scope ranges from foundational questions about ethics, consciousness and game theory to policy implications for global cooperation or AI safety.

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Further projects

From our blog

Our plans for 2017

2016 was quite a year for EAF. We opened our new headquarters in Berlin, grew our team from 13 to over 25 full-time equivalent employees, and expanded our activities into three new continents! Along the way, we celebrated many successes and learned from our mistakes. We’ve taken on quite a lot for 2017, too! Our […]

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Adriano Mannino is leaving the Effective Altruism Foundation

During the last four years, Adriano Mannino helped found and grow the effective altruist movement in the German-speaking area. As a co-founder of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF), he was the main creative mind behind many of our activities. For those who worked with him, he is an inspiring colleague and philosopher who introduced them […]

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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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Become a member

As a member, you will be a lasting contributor to our projects and activities. You also make a commitment to improve the world in effective, sustainable ways.

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Our projects rely on your support. We are financed exclusively through private donations from people interested in EA. Over 700 people already support us financially.


Work with us

We are currently looking for new co-workers, interns and volunteers. Submit your application to join a young, dynamic team in an exciting NGO startup.

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