Giving isn't a single solitary act. Giving is a conversation.
Over the last few year's I have donated my birthday to charities. I started a five year long commitment to donate each birthday, from 26 to 30 to the most effective charities I could find. I did this in hopes of opening a dialog with those around me about charity work and where we choose to donate. Often we think of our philanthropic work as secret or something we shouldn't or can't talk about because it would be seen as boastful.
Sadly this means that many of us don't get to celebrate each other and ourselves for the fantastic work we do in the world. It also means that we don't always talk about how we choose the charities and causes we donate to. Because we regard our philanthropy as so private we loose out on the opportunity to share notes and compare stories around giving. We loose out on the opportunity to learn about new programs, and think critically about our giving decisions.
This year I am donating to the Against Malaria Foundation. Malaria is a preventable disease that still kills thousands around the world, most of whom are children under the age of five. AMF has continuously been shown to be one of the most transparent, through and life saving nonprofits around, which is why I choose to support them.
As a way to encourage people to donate, and a way to be able to talk about these causes year round, I agreed to get a tattoo to commemorate each charity I raise money for if we reach our goal. Each tattoo in the series is an element and the complete set covers a wide spectrum of giving opportunities. The main symptom of malaria is a high fever so this year's elemental tattoo is fire. http://www.sydsbirthdaychallenge.com/
We have already raised nearly $2000, all of it from friends and family who likely would not have donated this money otherwise. Another friend has even decided to match every $27 donation in our fundraising efforts, as a way to encourage everyone to donate more.
I have spent a lot of time talking with friends, family, acquaintances, and even people I barely know about how and why I choose the charities I do and why I spend my birthday asking other people to give. My interactions are almost universally positive, and people usually as insightful honest questions. Opening the dialog about our giving has inspired many to give, or give more, and has inspired them to talk about their choices with others.
Giving isn't a single solitary act. It isn't something we do just for ourselves in the dark. It is something we do to make the world a little brighter and the more we shine a light on it and celebrate great philanthropy the better and stronger we will be.
Review from #MyGivingStory
I am proud to be involved with the Against Malaria Foundation. I am regularly updated on the work the the foundation is doing, and on how I have contributed.
Great clarity; they tell you exactly where your money has gone and what it's been used for. Great for making sure your donated money is being maximally used for the greatest good possible.
For me there's two big reasons I support Against Malaria Foundation. The most important is that the work they do – distributing insecticide-treated nets to prevent kids dying of malaria – is incredibly effective at saving lives for a very small cost. The second is that the organisation is very transparent, and great at communicating with donors as well as auditing its own activities. So you can be sure your donation is actually helping.
The Against Malaria Foundation delivers help most effectively in a most transparent way. I know that the money I give makes a difference.
A small amount of money goes a long way with the Against Malaria Foundation... kept up to date with details of the charity's spending and how the nets are making a difference.
Proud to be associated with the Against Malaria foundation. Regular detailed insight into the how and where of net distribution helps the feeling that your donation is well spent and makes a difference.
AMF are highly rated by Give Well, Giving What We Can, etc., so you know that your donation is making a real difference. AMF are also very transparent about what they spend money on, sending regular updates about where they have provided mosquito nets. Highly recommended.
Against Malaria Foundation is one of the best charities to give to if you want to create maximum impact with the money you give. And with impact I mean real impact - not just based on lofty evaluations, but based on sound research. Being a professor and working in this field and I can really appreciate that.
I have often been reluctant to donate to organizations doing good work because I did not want what very little money I have to donate to go to that organization’s overhead, (even as I understand that overhead is a necessary expense as well.) However, knowing that 100% of my meager annual donation of $25 to AgainstMalaria.com goes to the purchase of mosquito nets, makes all the difference for me. And receiving periodic updates on how donations have a direct and immediate effect on the lives of the recipients, also makes a big difference for me. All I can say is keep up the good work AgainstMalaria.com!
I spent a while doing some research online, hoping to donate to a legit, cost effective charity, and AMF is the one I chose. They are very transparent about where the money goes, and inform you via email about the nets which your money has purchased. I'm delighted to have found them.
I found out about Against Malaria Foundation through an organisation called Giving What We Can, which assesses the cost effectiveness of charities working in the developing world and rates AMF as the most effective. Rob Mather, AMF's founder, later came to speak at a Giving What We Can event and I was extremely impressed by his dedication, knowledge and honesty about fighting malaria through distributing bed nets. I got further insight into AMF when I did an internship for Giving What We Can and continued to be impressed by the very high standards that it operates by. I think the model that AMF operates by - of ensuring that 100% of public donations go directly to buying bed nets and all administrative costs are covered through private donations - is a great one and means you know exactly where your money is going. If all charities were as efficient and effective and devoted to as worthy a cause as AMF, the world would be so much better off!
I started giving to Against Malaria Foundation because I wanted to make sure that my money went towards saving, or improving lives in the developing world, and that it was used efficiently. I carried out some careful research through Giving What We Can, GiveWell and The Life You Can Save, and it appeared to me to most efficient in terms of saving lives by providing mosquito nets to people in areas prone to the disease. Your money is spent directly on nets and they send you regular emails telling you where nets you have purchased are going. If you want the feeling that you are saving lives through your donation, then this is a great charity to give to! A nice personal touch in that the director took the time to email me when I made a significant donation. This also suggested to me that they are not wasting money on employees they don't need, I understand they have very few paid employees.
Your money goes direct to the cause. The research from experts says so, and over 2 years I have no reason to doubt that fact. Simple charity, does exactly what it says it will do, and a superb project.
I know the leaders of Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), Rob Mather and Andrew Garner, professionally through my role as Executive Director of The Life You Can Save. I feel that AMF uses proven techniques in the most cost effective way possible to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets. These strategies have been demonstrated by the most rigorous scientific standard (randomized controlled trials) to save lives. AMF follows-up to insure the nets are used and distributed properly (not all organizations do). The organization is exceptionally efficient and stands out even when measured against other highly effective charities. My wife and I feel that our personal donations to AMF, as well as those that come through The Life You Can save, is the best use of our money we could possibly think of. We are personally grateful to both Rob and Andrew for their amazing work.
I'm so proud to support the Against Malaria Foundation. They're providing a simple, affordable, and effective solution to a huge problem. I'm confident in them because of their consistently excellent reviews from organizations like GiveWell.
I came to support the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) because I read strong reviews of the organisation praising its work and overall cost-effectiveness. Public health interventions to combat malaria continue to be underfunded and represent one of the best ways to help people living in the developing world. AMF is an excellent organisation, staffed by conscientious personnel, and they send me a monthly update on the project that my funds will support.
For an excellent overview of giving to this organisation see the following summary prepared by independent researchers at Oxford University: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities/against-malaria-foundation
Contributing to AMF really is one of the best ways to do most good!
It is a privilege to be associated with AMF as a Trustee, and help set new standards of transparency, accountability and efficiency. The fight against malaria deserves nothing less.
Over the past several months, two fund-raising groups I’m part of, Your Siblings and Bronies for Good, decided to make the Against Malaria Foundation the prime beneficiary of their campaigns. Naturally we want to squander none of the donations we solicit but rather use every dollar to do the greatest good we can. Hence we knew we would choose one of the highly effective charities that GiveWell has found. After a longer debate we agreed that it should be the Against Malaria Foundation.
When I started to research their program in depth in order to summarize it for our donors and had a few questions that my own searches had left unanswered, I contacted the founder and CEO, Rob Mather. His answers could not have been more comprehensive, knowledgeable, and prompt. But AMF’s responsiveness is just one facet of their transparency. The amounts of data they publish on their website for everyone to peruse are enormous as well.
The Against Malaria Foundation is surely one of the most effective charities in existence, and thus one of the best ways to put money to use.