Rethink Charity

Supporting High-Impact Charitable Projects

Prioritized projects

THE LOCAL EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM NETWORK (LEAN) SUPPORTS OVER 350 LOCAL GROUPS WORKING TO BRING EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM TO A WIDER AUDIENCE, GIVING MORE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE VIA MEETUPS, LECTURES, DISCUSSION GROUPS, FUNDRAISERS, WORKATHONS, AND MORE.
  • - Counterfactually discounted value of a medium group is estimated by .impact as $250,000 – $1,500,000.
  • - Counterfactually discounted value of a large group is estimated by .impact as $1,000,000 – $3,000,000.
  • - LEAN seeded ~158 groups.
  • - LEAN influenced the founding of ~77 groups.
  • - According to our local group survey, ~52 groups said they were holding monthly meetups or more.
  • - ~85 groups said they would use at least one of our outreach resources.
  • - Groups estimated that there were ~4100 attendees at meetups who were new to EA.
  • - Groups estimated that they influenced ~927 new counterfactual donors.

LEAN has actively begun cultivating resources and expertise on best practices that local groups have expressed a need for, according to our LEAN survey. We’re also revamping the EA Hub, and collaborating with CEA to coordinate local group initiatives, produce the Effective Altruism and local group newsletters, and launch an EA mentorship program.

 

LEAN WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES FOR GROUPS:

  • - Creating purpose-built websites and fronting web hosting costs.
  • - Fronting paid Mailchimp, Meetup and volunteer recruitment website accounts.
  • - Giving tailored advice and training on outreach, recruitment, member management, events, and fundraising.
  • - Cultivating resources and expertise on best practices. 
 

STUDENTS FOR HIGH IMPACT CHARITY (SHIC)

SHIC IS THE ONLY GLOBAL NETWORK OF CLASSES AND EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS DEDICATED TO BRINGING EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM TO STUDENTS.

    • - Approximately 750 students have participated in 1500 program hours.
    • - More than 200 students have completed the entire SHIC pilot in person.
    • - ~50 operations volunteers have put in ~3,300 volunteer hours of work into bringing SHIC to students worldwide.
 

SHIC shares a natural synergy with LEAN and high-impact fundraising, constituting a sustained funnel of action and involvement that moves students form SHIC groups into local effective altruism groups. 

For more about what SHIC has been up to, you can find our 201t6 interim report here.

Central to our movement building strategy valuing substantive action are what we call ‘Impact Missions.’ Impact missions are coordinated efforts with individuals and local groups around the world to take effective action. One of the most effective examples of these mass coordinated projects has been online peer-to-peer fundraisers (P2Ps) that were very successfully run by Charity Science. In the past, these fundraisers have counterfactually raised ~$200,000.

We see online high-impact fundraisers and other impact missions as an integral part of local and student group action moving forward. 

  • - Our Season’s Givings campaign in late 2016 produced ~$50,000 across ~350 donations and ~100 fundraisers with only ~50 staff hours.

LEAN plans on launching another mid-year impact mission (coordinated group action) using online high-impact fundraising.