It is very important to us to donate a portion of our profits to non-profit organizations. This includes all income generated on this website and also the income from affiliate links on Amazon and others. To make a difference, we donate 11% of the revenue and support different projects with the money.
Why do we donate?
What difference can the few Dollars that I can give make in the world – this thought keeps some people from donating. But every contribution counts, and what may seem little at first glance can make a big difference. Some people are skeptical when it comes to monetary donations. Can my contribution make a difference? Will it reach the people? “Donating doesn’t help at all!” is one prejudice, for example.
With a median per capita income of about €42,000, Germany is among the richest 2% globally. That is 20 times the median income worldwide, which is about €2,000. The poorest 10% of the world earn less than $1.90 per day i.e. less than $700 or €600 per year. With a relatively small amount of money you can make a difference.
We naturally want our donations to have the greatest possible positive effect on the recipients of the donation. In doing so, however, we also want to know that the money reaches those in need and is not used up by other costs of the organizations.
We donate because we believe that we can help others proportionately with little personal loss. The basis for this is, on the one hand, the unequal distribution of money in the world and, on the other, the diminishing effect of money on happiness. Greater wealth makes us only marginally happier. However, if we know that we are really helping people, then it does make a difference.
Our donations go to the following projects
The following projects are very close to our hearts at the moment and therefore the donations go to these organizations. Our selection is made through a long research and support from acquaintances and friends who work in non-profit organizations. Later in the article you will find good websites where you are welcome to get more information.
GiveDirectly is the first – and largest – nonprofit organization that enables donors like you to send money directly to the world’s poorest people. They believe that people living in poverty deserve the dignity to decide for themselves how best to improve their lives – cash enables that choice.
Since 2009, they have put over $300 million in cash directly into the hands of over 500,000 families living in poverty. Since their inception, they have given $0.88 per dollar donated directly to recipients in their standard campaigns. They have received direct feedback from nearly all recipients >99% in 2019.
Educação + Digital
The Educação + Digital organization was created at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of students were unable to learn due to a lack of Internet access and computers. The project aims to contribute to education in public elementary and secondary schools in Rio de Janeiro.
Therefore, the Educação + Digital project works with these aid measures to achieve its goals. On the one hand, it is about donating tablets to schools to help children in need to participate in class. On the other hand, it is about making the Internet available to students.
These goals are primarily to promote the digitization of the poor population. But the fight against school dropouts is also very important to the organization. Since the Brazilian government provides too little support, Educação + Digital also wants to highlight these grievances and influence the country’s policies.
Good donation websites
These non-profit organizations are among the world’s leading providers of evaluations of aid organizations. These organizations have been producing very comprehensive and in-depth evaluations for many years and then publishing these analyses in full online. Like us, their goal is to find out as precisely as possible how much good a charity’s program does per euro invested.
effektiv-spenden.org is a German non-profit donation platform where you can learn how to make the most impact with a donation. The site features the world’s most effective charities and explains our selection process. You can donate directly to these organizations – forwarding your donation without keeping anything for yourself.
Some aid organizations are more effective than others and therefore it is important to donate to the best ones. For this purpose, the website compiles the best donation organizations for the individual areas of development aid, climate protection and animal welfare.
GiveWell is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find outstanding giving opportunities and publish the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give.
Unlike other fundraising organization evaluations that focus only on finances and assess administrative or fundraising costs, you conduct in-depth research to determine how much good a particular program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent. Instead of trying to evaluate as many charities as possible, we focus on the few charities that stand out the most (according to our criteria) to find and confidently recommend high-impact giving opportunities (list of top charities).
The Life You Can Save
The Life You Can Save was founded by Peter Singer, widely recognized as one of the most influential contemporary philosophers, to advance the ideas in his 2009 book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. In it, Peter argues that if we can provide immense benefit to someone at minimal cost to ourselves, we should do so.
Their mission is to make “smart giving easy” by assembling a group of nonprofits that save or improve the most lives per euro. Their goal is to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to build a better life and where there is no suffering or death from extreme poverty.