Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about foundations, nonprofits and their impact

My wife Karen Schneider and I gave about six percent of our pretax income to charity in 2016. Most Americans give away about three percent of their adjusted gross income, according to the Urban Institute, but our earnings are higher, so we should give away more, in my view. The Life You Can Save, a …

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GiveWell began with a simple question: where should I donate? Elie Hassenfeld and Holden Karnofsky (bios) were  20-something friends who worked at a Westport, CT, hedge fund called Bridgewater Associates. They made good money. They wanted to give some away. That was easy. They wanted their donations to help people–by reducing suffering or increasing opportunity–“as much as …

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