Introducing a Donation Registry for Animal Welfare Donors
The idea that being public about your giving helps inspire others is widespread. It’s also true that sharing your choice of charities can have a positive influence, particularly when that choice takes into account their effectiveness – for instance if it’s informed by ACE’s research. So, if you support animal welfare charities, you may be interested in joining the new EA Donation Registry. It lets you record both past gifts that you’ve made and any donation plans that you might have, such as an intention to for the foreseeable future give to effective animal advocacy organizations.
You can already see hundreds of past and planned donations on the Registry. There’s some inspiring material there, from the over $40 million that Jim Greenbaum has given over his lifetime (including to animal-focused projects), to the many people aiming to donate substantial portions of their income, such as Peter Singer. In particular, you may be interested in the list of plans to donate to animal welfare charities.
Understanding that plans change, the Registry lets donors edit them at any time. You can use it as a gentle commitment device if you like, but that’s up to you; the idea is to minimize barriers to entry. As succinctly described in Peter Hurford’s post To Inspire People to Give, Be Public About Your Giving, sharing your charitable plans shows that giving to effective charities and/or donating large amounts is something that many people do. This social proof normalizes and encourages giving, particularly among peer groups. Please take a moment to consider if there are any gifts that you’d like to share – and if you’ve yet to think about where you might donate, we hope that this will provide a great opportunity to do so!