Let's do good better!
Effective altruism is a global movement of people trying to do as much good as possible with the resources they have.
"Effective altruism is a movement that has the potential to solve some of the world's biggest problems: problems that commercial ventures don't address because they don't promise a profit, and problems that traditional philanthropy ignores because they don't have enough prestige."
― Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype
"We all have a limited amount of time and money. If used for charity, it could support initiatives that have the greatest impact. A community of effective altruism helps make these choices better.”
― Martin Villig, co-founder of Bolt
"Effective altruism has added a lot of meaningfulness and meaning to my life. If you want to direct your activity where it would have the greatest possible positive impact on the world, there is a lot to learn from this community."
― Kristina Mering, founder and president of NGO Nähtamatud Loomad
“We live in a time where technology allows us to gather information about people thousands of miles away, we have the ability to make a significant impact on their lives, and we have the knowledge to develop the most effective ways to help them. For these reasons, we have never had as much power to help others as we have today.”
― Will MacAskill, üks efektiivse altruismi liikumise rajajatest
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Introductory course

The best way to learn more about effective altruism is to take our short introductory course about effective altruism. The course lasts 7 weeks, during which there will be discussion groups on selected topics that will help you apply the knowledge you have gained in further your life and career. The expected commitment to the course is about three hours a week.

The next introductory course will <see asendatakse automaatselt>!


What is effective altruism?

Seeing suffering, injustice, and death around us drives most of us want to improve the situation. Finding the best way to help and then actually helping can be difficult and time-consuming.

One response to this challenge is effective altruism. The research field of effective altruism focuses on the question of how to help others as much as possible, using high-quality evidence and careful reasoning. Also, the effective altruism community takes helping others seriously and focuses its efforts on effectively solving the world's most pressing problems.

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Where to donate?

If you care about improving the world, it's natural to ask, "where will my donations make the most difference?" The good news is that your donations can have a huge impact.
To maximize the impact of donating we need to do it carefully and wisely. This is particularly important as the best charities are often 10 times more effective than average charities in the same field and hundreds of times better than poorly performing organisations. Some charities can even make a loss. This means that donating €100 to a top charity can do even more good than someone donating €1,000 to a typical charity or €10,000 to a poorly performing organisation.


How to do good with your career?

Working in the field of humanitarian aid or for an NGO is one way to make use of your career, but it is certainly not the only one, and in most cases not the most effective. In its career guide, 80,000 Hours outlines options including careers with direct impact, careers in consulting, policy, research, or careers that aim to fund priority areas by donating a significant portion of their income.

Read about effective career options on our career page.

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How can I help?

We are a community that helps each other strive to make our careers, volunteer work and donations have the greatest possible positive impact. Our members come from different backgrounds, professions and experiences, but we are united by the desire to be more effective in doing good.

We organize courses and events and offer a community of open and altruistic people. Read more about what we do and sign up for a one-on-one chat!


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