Using Benchmarks to increase your effectiveness

“Even in what seem like “unquantifiable” areas like political change and disaster prevention, we can still think rigorously, in an evidence-based manner, about how good those activities are. We just need to assess the chances of success and how good success will be if it happens. This, of course, is very difficult to do, but we will make better decisions if we at least try to make these assessments rather than simply throwing up our hands and randomly choosing an activity to pursue, or worse, not choosing any altruistic activity at all.”

William MacAskill, Doing Good Better


During the last Effective Giving Mini Masters, Robert commented that the value their foundation could’ve created for a better world would have been much greater if they had given almost all of Jazi Foundation’s grant money from 2013-2015 to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF).


Why our brain does not like effective giving

We humans benefit from investing in our own group. Our children come first, then our extended family and friends who will take care of them when we will be no longer here, and finally the rest of our immediate environment. These ‘circles’ of preference that we draw around ourselves as individuals are quite logical if we realize that reproducing ourselves and protecting our offspring is the main purpose of our existence on earth – if we accept the evolution theory.

This article explains why this urge to focus on those near us leads to irrational thinking errors and, therefore, to ineffective philanthropy. It is available in Dutch only. (Read in Dutch >>)

Our preliminary thoughts on impact investing with the Effective Approach

“Impact investing is about having a social objective, an important problem to solve that others are neglecting, and using capital and your expertise to find those funds/investments that are the best at achieving your social objective at the swiftest possible speed.” (Quote from an AXA expert meeting presentation)

In our community are a lot of prominent impact investors. In this article, we share our prelimary thoughts on impact investing from an Effective Giving perspective. It is available in Dutch only.


No, it’s not all about malaria bed nets

When you as an Effective Giver talk to people who do not know the philosophy of effective giving, they tend to respond similarly. The introduce says, “Philanthropy should not only be about malaria bed nets, should it?” A clear sign your mission is not accomplished – you did not manage to explain what Effective Giving stands for.

This article gives an answer to the question how to deal with this prejudice. It is available in Dutch only.