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- I’m relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the world. (Here’s a visualization.)
- Money goes a lot further overseas.
- There’s an opportunity to change people’s lives even if you’re not a billionaire.
I was excited about these ideas because it changed my whole perspective on philanthropy. The realization that I’m actually very fortunate and that I could have a real impact on people is empowering. It turns out that I don’t need to go into medicine or become a teacher to make a difference. While I’m not planning on giving 50% of my income (article), I’m very much into the concept of earning to give.
So in 2019, I’m happy that I was able to donate $2,398.50 to GiveWell’s discretion! It’s not much, but it’s definitely a lot more focused and intentional compared to any sporadic donations that I’ve made in the past. I’m hoping that I’d be able to increase my contributions to around $3k or $4k this year.
In other giving news, I’m also glad that I got to schedule appointments throughout the year to donate blood at a local hospital. I got to come in four times this year, so they should’ve gotten around four pints from me. In return, I got a bunch of hospital swag and $6 meal tickets.