I really enjoyed reading this. Ken Stern gives examples of failed charities, talks about the history of charity in the US, and issues with our non-profit system. I found everything really interesting.
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work That Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back
William Macaskill$17.00 $15.64
This book was an interesting and thought-provoking read. It got somewhat technical at times as MacAskill broke down how you can compare different charities or actions. I really enjoyed the portion that explained how individual actions (like voting or buying one less pound of meat) can still have a big impact when you take into account expected returns. I also think a lot of people don’t realize just how big of an impact you can have by donating to effective charities, and this book drives that point home. I don’t plan to adapt all of MacAskill’s suggestions to their fullest extent, in part because I also have to harmonize effective altruism with my faith. But I think the frameworks and thought processes he provides are still very useful.