You do not have Javascript enabled. Some elements of this website may not work correctly.


Effective altruism is about doing good better.

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement focused on answering one question: How can we best help others?

Our resources are limited, so we have to use them wisely. Effective altruism is the project of:

  1. Using evidence and reason to find the most promising causes to work on.
  2. Taking action, by using our time and money to do the most good we can.

Get involved with 
effective altruism

What can you do now to make a difference?

Get Involved

Effective altruism — efforts that actually help people rather than making you feel good or helping you show off — is one of the great new ideas of the 21st century.

Steven Pinker

Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author of 'The Better Angels of Our Nature'

Effective altruism … is matching a clear-eyed approach to doing good with scientific exactitude.

Derek Thompson

Senior Editor, The Atlantic