We’ve made a list of articles, books, podcasts, and videos for you to share with your friends, family, and coworkers. GiveWell doesn’t endorse everything in all of these articles, but we think they are helpful entry points to effective giving.
We’ve found that sharing an interesting link and a quick note about how that book, article, etc. was important to you is a great way to open a conversation about giving.
ArticlesThe Greatest Good - The Atlantic
Writer Derek Thompson learns about effective giving through a friend, and takes readers along with him as he rethinks his relationship with charity. Famine, Affluence, and Morality - Peter Singer
Philosopher Peter Singer makes and argument for the moral importance of giving to charity. Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family? - Larissa MacFarquhar
Writer Larissa MacFarquhar profiles “do-gooders,” people who set out to live as ethically as possible.
BooksThe Life You Can Save - Peter Singer
Philosopher Peter Singer talks about the moral importance of charity and the astounding amount of good that donors can do. GiveWell staff and donors have found it compelling and inspiring. Doing Good Better - William MacAskill
Doing Good Better offers an overview of the effective giving approach to charity, and emphasizes the importance of really understanding what donations will accomplish with clear, interesting examples. Poor Economics - Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
2019 Nobel Prize winners Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee discuss their research. Banerjee and Duflo's work to understand the global poor has influenced our research in myriad ways over the years. Some GiveWell staff cite Banerjee and Duflo’s 2011 book, Poor Economics, as a catalyst for their interest in working in global health and poverty alleviation. They have contributed to our understanding and prioritization of programs, including microfinance and education.
PodcastsElie Hassenfeld (GiveWell’s Co-Founder and Executive Director) - Business of Giving
GiveWell’s Co-Founder and Executive Director explains why our approach to charity is so different from most (and why we think it's so important). How GiveWell picks top charities - 80,000 Hours Podcast
GiveWell researcher James Snowden gives a more in-depth window into GiveWell’s process of choosing charities. It might be too in-the-weeds for some listeners, but others will love insight into GiveWell’s intensive approach to charity research. ABRACADABRA! Go Away Malaria! - This Podcast Will Kill You
This epidemiology podcast gives an overview of malaria and may deepen listeners' understanding of how terrible the disease is.
VideosThe why and how of effective altruism - Peter Singer’s TED Talk
Famous philosopher Peter Singer delivers an overview of his ideas on giving effectively and the obligation to give. The ideas are similar to what you’ll find in his book and article mentioned above. What are the most important moral problems of our time? - William MacAskill’s TED Talk
William MacAskill shares a framework for prioritizing approaches to philanthropy. This is a very accessible overview to effective giving, though it doesn’t spend much time on global poverty.