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Internship Opportunity

The Life You Can Save is looking for a Director of Outreach! In this position, you will lead our outreach programs by working with the other directors at The Life You Can Save and managing a team of people who work with our pledgers, supporters and local groups, corporations, and other charities.

We are offering a 4-6 month internship with living expenses in Oxford, UK, paid for (exceptional candidates who cannot live in Oxford may still be considered) and with the possibility of developing this into a fully paid role afterwards.

  • Are you strongly motivated by the mission of The Life You Can Save?
  • Can you manage a team and make strategic decisions effectively?
  • Are you familiar with the relationship between a charity and its target audiences?

If so, then please complete our application form by 5pm GMT on December 20th 2012.

For more details on other jobs and internships offered by our parent organization, the Centre for Effective Altruism (some of which involve working with The Life You Can Save), please see our website.

Questions? Send an email to:
We look forward to receiving your applications!

- Peter Singer and the team at The Life You Can Save

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Action of the Month: Ask Peter Singer

Have a question for Peter Singer about The Life You Can Save? Peter Singer will be recording a video response to questions people have about The Life You Can Save!

If you have a question for Professor Singer about the book, the organization, or giving in general, please send an email to

You can also tweet us at @lifeyoucansave, or post your question on our Facebook page.

Better yet, make a YouTube video of yourself asking the question and send us the link!

Last day to submit you questions is December 15. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Can Your Friends or Colleagues Save a Life for the Holidays?

According to the National Retail Foundation, last year, $563 billion dollars were spent just in the U.S. during the holidays in 20111. To put that in perspective, according to a UN report, the cost of reducing by half the proportion of the world’s population in extreme poverty will be $189 billion dollars in 20152.

While The Life You Can Save is in favor of thoughtful holiday gifts, we also think the holidays are the perfect time to give the best gift of all—to save someone’s life.

GiveWell estimates that a life can be saved for every $2,300 donated to the Against Malaria Foundation3. You can also check out our page on organizations to give to for other suggested charities. 

Just think: if your office, or department, or group of friends can raise just $2,300, you can save a life for the holidays.

If you would like to save a life for the holidays and have questions, or would like to report on your own successful stories, please send an email to:

Special thanks to The High Impact NetworK (THINK), Toronto, for the idea.


2. The Life You Can Save, p. 143. UN Millennium Project, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millenium Development Goals.

* Make sure to check the relevant guidelines for your department or office before asking people to donate.

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Spotlight Publication: One Illness Away, by Dr. Anirudh Krishna

Poverty is typically envisioned as a challenge people need to overcome, and poverty alleviation should support that process. Dr. Anirudh Krishna has brought to light an important fact: poverty is regularly created and large numbers of people regularly fall into poverty. Far too little attention has gone into addressing how and why this happens, and importantly, what can be done to effectively prevent millions from falling into poverty.

Dr. Krishna's 2009 publication, One Illness Away (Oxford Press), brings together a decade of research from five countries. 

Most studies look at aggregate data on poverty, but miss the details on the micro-level. By collecting data from over 35,000 households, this research helps fill an important knowledge gap. This book provides unique insight on the dynamics of poverty—both in poverty being overcome and people falling into poverty, in large numbers.

In understanding poverty this way, Dr. Krishna concludes his book with practical policy suggestions that support people to overcome poverty, and to prevent people from falling into poverty.

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Events and Happenings

The Life You Can Save at University College London invites you to its Opening Talk on Tuesday, December 4th. There will be three exciting guest speakers from The Global Poverty Project, The Life You Can Save, and Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

Their talks will address the current state of global poverty, the reasons for giving, and how we can make a difference. A question and answer session will follow at the end.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4th,  6:00pm-8:30pm

WHERE: Gustave Tuck LT, University College London,
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Get your free tickets here! Open to the public.

Click here to RSVP

Refreshments will be provided.

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About The Life You Can Save

If we could easily save the life of a child, we would. For example, if we saw a child in danger of drowning in a shallow pond, and all we had to do to save the child was wade into the pond, and pull him out, we would do so. The fact that we would get wet, or ruin a good pair of shoes, doesn’t really count when it comes to saving a child’s life.

UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, estimates that about 24,000 children die every day from preventable, poverty-related causes. Yet at the same time almost a billion people live very comfortable lives, with money to spare for many things that are not at all necessary. (You are not sure if you are in that category? When did you last spend money on something to drink, when drinkable water was available for nothing? If the answer is “within the past week” then you are spending money on luxuries while children die from malnutrition or diseases that we know how to prevent or cure.)

The Life You Can Save seeks to change this. If everyone who can afford to contribute to reducing extreme poverty were to give a modest proportion of their income to effective organizations fighting extreme poverty, the problem could be solved. It wouldn’t take a huge sacrifice.

But first we need to change the culture of giving – to make giving to help the needy something that any normal decent person would do. To help bring about this change, we need to be upfront about our giving. Will you take the pledge, and thereby encourage others to do the same?

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