I truly believe that every person, no matter their income, can and should do good to help others. It starts from your overall mindset and small deeds like smiling, being empathetic, donating blood, helping or consulting others until volunteering and donating to charities.

I have been caring for the society and other people as long as I can remember. I started as regular blood donor, organizing charity events, mentoring young entrepreneurs, participating world cleanup days and donating to local charities.

I have co-founded multiple community organizations:

Everybody can do good

Depending of your age, wealth or location, here are few ideas to start with:
  • Donate blood regularly
  • Ask what help your local (or global) charities need and volunteer part time
  • Buy less stuff and donate 5-20% of your income each month to effective charities
  • Choose a career to work for global most effective charities or organizations with big impact
  • Pledge and donate majority of your wealth and assets during your lifetime
  • Become ambassador of effective altruism or other effective charities
  • Donate your kidney to save a life

Effective Altruism

Currently I am learning about Effective Altruism in order to create maximum impact with my time and monetary donations. Majority of people are donating based on their emotions. Donations are generally very good, but the awareness about effective donating is still small.

Effective altruists believe that every life is equally important (local or abroad). As our resources are always limited (both time and money) then we should maximize our potential impact.

Try to support charities that solve important problems efficiently:
  • Great in scale (it affects many people’s lives, by a great amount)
  • Highly neglected (few other people are working on addressing the problem), and
  • Highly solvable (additional resources will do a great deal to address it)
  • Transparent about impact (overhead costs vs results delivered).
So I try to raise awareness about effective altruism in Estonia and more widely among entrepreneurial communities around Europe.


Resources - how to increase your impact

Organizations
  • EffectiveAltruism.org - global organization: mindset, research, podcast, newsletter, resources.
  • 80000hours.org - average career is 80,000 hours: find a fulfilling career to do good. For young and older people, learn about opportunities, listen podcast and check job-board.
  • GiveWell.org - most efficient global charities based on impact per dollar
  • Founders Pledge - startup founders pledge percentage of their future income to fund solutions to the world’s most pressing problems via most effective charities
  • Giving Pledge - world's wealthiest individuals commit majority of their wealth for giving back
Books
More resources from Effective Altruism website - principles, books, podcasts, research etc.