Last update: November 2017

Our activities generally have an indirect and multiplicative impact (“meta”). One example is our work on spreading the ideas of effective altruism and supporting EA local groups, many of which in turn inspire many new people with EA ideas. We are always looking for new ways to improve both our impact assessment criteria and methodology, and will continue to update this page with fresh results. In the meantime, we have provided an outline of our activities below so that you can personally assess our impact.  Detailed information on our work can also be found on our transparency site.

Effective Altruism Foundation


  • EAF and its predecessor organizations have collected $7,361,584 in donations for effective charities since December 2013.* This money financed the work of organizations in the fields of poverty reduction ($5,371,348), animal welfare ($384,297), climate change ($63,519), and the growth of the effective altruism movement and research into the safety of emerging technologies ($1,027,305). Raising for Effective Giving (REG), one of EAF’s projects, distributed another share ($515,116) among the cause areas mentioned (see REG transpary reports).
  • EAF offers tax-free donation to numerous international EA organizations. We choose to offer this service for free despite its administrative cost.

*Donations to EAF projects are not included. Includes total donations up until 31.12.2017.

EA content work

Policy papers and other content

  • EAF is the first and only organization in the German-speaking world to raise awareness on the risks of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our policy paper on this topic was supported by numerous professors and AI experts.
  • EAF has written extensive introductory material on Effective Altruism, including an FAQ.
  • Over 100 articles were published on rationality, ethics and science on the blog of EAF’s predecessor, GBS Switzerland.
  • The EAF projects Foundational Research Institute and Sentience Politics have published additional policy papers and academic articles (see below).

Political work

  • Through a popular initiative, EAF requested the city of Zurich to set aside one percent of its budget for effective development projects. If adopted, the initiative would result in an allocated 80 million euros per year. The signatures for this initiative have already been gathered and the referendum will be held in 2018.
  • Numerous further initiatives were started by the (former) EAF project Sentience Politics (see below).

Careers and donation advice

  • EAF has already coached over 160 people through individual career and donation advice.

Outreach and Communications


  • Under the umbrella of EA Global X, EAF has already organized three international events: one in Basel (2015) and two in Berlin (2016 and 2017). The conferences in Berlin, each of which brought together over 300 people, were the largest conferences so far on Effective Altruism in continental Europe.
  • From 2012 to 2014, EAF organized a total of five well-attended EA camps.
  • The EAF project Sentience Politics organized the Sentience conference in 2016 (see below).

Media and publicity work

Local groups

  • To expand the EA movement, EAF has supported or initiated the formation of over 20 EA local groups in the German-speaking world.
  • In collaboration with EA local groups, EAF organizes around 30 large public events annually on EA topics, including lectures, panel discussions, and workshops.
  • To promote networking and the exchange of best practices between groups, EAF has organized three local group meetups.

Raising for Effective Giving

  • The EAF project Raising for Effective Giving (REG) promotes Effective Altruism within the world of poker and currently has over 300 professional poker player members.
  • Since 2014 REG has moved over 3 million euros to particularly cost-effective charities.
  • REG was supported by at least one poker player at the world championships in all of the three years since its inception: Martin Jacobson and Jorryt van Hoof (2014), Max Steinberg (2015), Griffin Benger (2016), and Benjamin Pollak (2017).
  • The idea of effective giving has been taken up by many notable poker players. Alongside the co-founders Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, and Philipp Gruissem, this includes international poker stars like Jason Somerville, Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo, Cat Hall, Andrew Barber, Luciana Manolea, Tony Gregg, and Dan Colman.

Foundational Research Institute

Wild-Animal Suffering Research


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