Last year we supported an awesome effort by two guys riding from Vietnam to Singapore to raise money for Mind the mental health charity. Together they raised over £5200 through their Virgin Money Giving page. You can catch up on their latest efforts and their thoughts on their epic cycling adventure adventure on their blog.
This year we’d like to make an ongoing commitment to support a charity or charities.
When it comes to choosing a charity to support it is actually incredibly difficult to untangle where, who, what and how much you should give to an almost endless list of incredibly deserving charities and there’s the danger that you end up never making a decision and not supporting anything or anyone.
I’ve decided to rely on the work of the not for profit social movement called Effective Altruism. For anyone who’d like to read around the subject I’ve put some links at the end of the article. In a nut shell their aim is to promote movements and charities where the impact of donating money can be assessed and quantified to make sure it has the maximum impact. One of these organisations is called GiveWell.org and it’s this charity we will be donating to.
Here’s what GiveWell.org do in their own words
GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give.
Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, we conduct in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent. Rather than try to rate as many charities as possible, we focus on the few charities that stand out most (by our criteria) in order to find and confidently recommend the best giving opportunities possible (our list of top charities).
Our Commitment, Donate €1500 by May 2017
All lift passes we buy for our guests in the chalets come on a hands free card that is often lost or thrown away at the end of the week. We can re-use those passes and although we don’t get the €3 euros returned to us it saves us having to buy more cards.
For every handsfree card that is returned to us we will donate the €3 that we save to GiveWell.org.
If every lift pass from last season was returned to us that means we would have donated €1350
So we will commit to donating at least €1500 by the end of April 2017.
Guests will be able to leave their hands free cards in the chalet at the end of the week along with any donations, big or small. We’ll update a few times during the season with our progress and any other fundraising events we will be holding.
Thank you for reading