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Organization and goals

EAF is a charitable foundation located in Basel, Switzerland, and London, United Kingdom. Its board members are Ruairí Donnelly (President), Max Daniel (Vice President), David Althaus, Tobias Baumann, and Linh Chi Nguyen. EAF’s purpose, according to its foundation charter, is as follows:

English (translated version):

Article 2: Purpose
The Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of the lives of as many sentient beings as extensively as possible, making use of scientific methods in order to do so. As a think tank, it contributes to the development of fundamental understandings of effective ethical behavior and action.
In particular, it is committed to evidence-based poverty reduction, the reduction of animal suffering, the improvement of international cooperation and stability, and the promotion of responsible approaches to future technologies. It promotes the philosophy and social movement effective altruism. The Foundation is active domestically and internationally.
The Foundation pursues no commercial interest and is exclusively not-for-profit.
Pursuant to Article 86a of the Swiss Civil Code (ZGB), the founder explicitly reserves the right to change the Foundation’s purpose.

German (original text):

Art. 2 Zweck
Die Stiftung bezweckt, die Lebensqualität möglichst vieler empfindungsfähiger Wesen möglichst umfassend zu verbessern. Sie bedient sich dazu wissenschaftlicher Methoden. Als Denkfabrik leistet sie einen Beitrag zur Erarbeitung der Grundlagen effektiven ethischen Handelns.
Insbesondere engagiert sie sich für eine evidenzbasierte Armutsbekämpfung, die Reduktion des Tierleids, internationale Kooperation und Stabilität sowie einen verantwortungsbewussten Umgang mit Zukunftstechnologien. Sie fördert die Philosophie und soziale Bewegung des effektiven Altruismus.
Sie ist im In- und Ausland tätig.
Sie verfolgt keinen Erwerbszweck und ist ausschliesslich gemeinnützig tätig.
Der Stifter behält sich gemäss Art. 86a ZGB ausdrücklich das Recht vor, den Stiftungszweck zu ändern.

EAF has two predecessors: GBS Switzerland and Effective Altruism Switzerland (EACH). GBS Switzerland was an organization (Verein) located in Basel, Switzerland, and a local chapter of the German gbs. GBS Switzerland transferred all of its activities and funds to EAF in November 2015 and has since been inactive. Effective Altruism Switzerland (EACH) was an organization (Verein) located in Basel, Switzerland, and was dissolved on 15 December 2015.

We receive the majority of our funding from individual supporters who pledged to donate a percentage of their income to effective charities. We have also received support from the Open Philanthropy Project. We are independent and do not receive significant contributions from other institutional donors.

Important documents

Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus

Foundation based in Basel, Switzerland

Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus e.V.

Club based in Berlin, Germany

Effective Altruism Foundation, Inc.

Nonprofit corporation based in San Francisco, USA

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