Giving What We Can
In 2009, Toby put his research on global poverty into practice, launching an international society called Giving What We Can. It is built around two key ideas:
More giving (members make a pledge to give at least 10% of their income to charities of their choice)
Better giving (based on research which shows we can often help hundreds of times as many people if we carefully choose where to give)
It now has more than 3,000 members, who have jointly pledged more than $1.4 billion to the most effective charities. The society shares its research on cost-effective charity online, to help everyone give more effectively.
Toby is also a co-founder of the philosophy and social movement known as effective altruism. This arose out of the thinking behind Giving What We Can, and is fundamentally about using evidence and reason to help people as much as possible. He co-founded the Centre for Effective Altruism to foster projects such as Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and the Global Priorities Project, which apply these ideas to charities, careers, and policy.