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Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. By carefully considering what we value, and by working together to find the best ways of improving the world, we can do an amazing amount of good.

Effective altruists aim to consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact, through their donations, volunteer work, or their career. Some cause areas effective altruists work on include:

Global Health and Poverty

Catastrophic Risks to Humanity

Farmed Animal Advocacy

Supporting the effective altruism community, and developing new ideas about doing good

Maximise your impact

Through the Effective Altruism New Zealand Charitable Trust, you can donate to independently-vetted, highly effective global health and poverty charities that have strong evidence they save and improve lives.

Learn more with a free book

Effective Altruism New Zealand Charitable Trust is giving away copies of William MacAskill’s 2015 book about effective altruism: “Doing Good Better”.