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Which charitable cause is the most worthwhile one? That's a very broad and difficult question, both ethically and practically. I do not fathom to estimate whether a dollar spent on vaccinations in country A is worth more or less than a dollar spent on education in country B, clean drinking water in country C, helping the homeless in country D, protecting a ...


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You're clearly aware of the subjective nature of your question, so I won't hit too hard on that point, but I think it would be worthwhile to spend a bit of time focusing on the type of impact you'd like to have. You clearly want to make an impact, so it would be helpful to think about issues that matter to you. Comparing causes is like comparing apples to ...


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Assuming that this was a direct sign up to donate to Save the Children via text, and not via some third party broker or agent, then Save the Children get 100% of your donation. They have the details on their website: What happens when I sign up? You'll be charged £3 or £5 plus the cost of one standard rate text message in the first month and we'll ...


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You ask: How do I find the charity that will save the most human lives per dollar donated? You do it by first being clear about your goals and the means you want to use to achieve those goals, and then connecting with people whose business it is to interact with such charities. In more detail: Define carefully what "save" means: prolong healthy life, ...


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You should try to find an organisation you can trust. Find information how expensive they are (which percentage of a donation is really given to the target), how they assure that donations get to the right target and don't get "lost" on the way, how they select their targets, etc. Of course you can refer to benchmarks/comparisons like https://www.test.de/...


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Maybe what you need is not only to get numbers about how many people your money helps but being somehow involved in making a HUGE difference in someone's life. I'll share my personal experience with you. I live in Argentina. I´ve been a donor many years to Greenpeace and other multinational organizations. I made my monthly fee and live my life without any ...


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Get a Donor Advised Fund The first thing you need is a Donor Advised Fund. This will allow you to do several things: Allow you to make complex donations, even to charities that can't accept them because they don't have the workload or skill to process the gift. For instance, in the US there is tax advantage to donating appreciated assets rather than ...


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Phillipp provided a detailed answer. I agree with his take on this. I believe that it is not possible to determine what charity that will save the most human lives per dollar donated because the charitable effectiveness vis a vis mortality or quality of life is totally subjective. But you can evaluate the efficiency of the charity. I use Guidestar and ...


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The concept of efficiency is very hard to measure in non-profits, as sometimes it's just too costly to measure impact. Sometimes you can't measure accurately the effect operations have on the field, for example because you can't predict what would happen without your action, or because it would be too costly to measure the impact. The key considerations for ...


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I think the subjectivity of charity oriented to a particular goal (say, saving lives) is hugely overrated. There's a substantial, thorough body of academic research around many interventions in global health development, and there's a lot of serious scientific work that's been done to determine what the consequences of funding particular interventions will ...


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