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Giving game. December 9, 2013. Presented by Jon Behar Director of Philanthropy Education at The Life You Can Save. " Every genuine experience of moral doubt and perplexity in which we ask 'What should I do?' takes place in a situation where good conflicts with good."

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giving game

Giving game

December 9, 2013

Presented by Jon Behar

Director of Philanthropy Education at The Life You Can Save


"Every genuine experience of moral doubt and perplexity in which we ask 'What should I do?' takes place in a situation where good conflicts with good."

Charles Johnson, Notes on a Personal Philosophy of Life

how will this giving game work
How will this Giving Game work?
  • Learn about three of The Life You Can Save’s top recommended charities
  • Group discussion about which is the best giving opportunity
  • Vote on where to donate $1,000 in real money
    • First place: $600
    • Second place: $300
    • Third place $100
  • Who’s sponsoring the donation
    • The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to spreading awareness of what we can all do to fight global poverty
    • Members of the local community
who is a philanthropist
Who is a philanthropist?

“A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything—time, money, experience, skills, and networks—in any amount, to create a better world.”

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Author of Giving 2.0

Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

styles of giving
Styles of Giving
  • Reactive giving
    • In response to a direct request
    • Single most common reason why people give
  • Proactive giving
    • Giving designed to achieve a particular goal
    • Requires reflection as to what you want to achieve
personal best a way to do better
Personal best- a way to do better
  • Why it works
    • Expands our comfort zones
    • Sets ambitious goals, but realistic ones
  • How it can be applied to giving
    • Gathering more information to make our decisions
    • Challenging ourselves to give more, or give more effectively
    • Taking more time to enjoy the satisfaction of giving

Fistula Foundation believes no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world.

what is a fistula
What is a fistula?

Obstetric fistulais a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labor that renders a woman incontinent – an injury that can only be treated through surgery.

what happens when there s no doctor
What happens when there’s no doctor?
  • More than 75% of women with fistula have endured labor lasting three days or more.
  • Their babies likely die, and they are often left with a fistula which renders them incontinent
the 21 st century s lepers
The 21st Century’s Lepers

“Maternal health is woefully neglected and those suffering fistulas are completely voiceless – young, female, poor, rural, and ostracized. They are the 21st century’s lepers.”

Nicholas Kristof

The New York Times

still a widespread problem
Still a widespread problem
  • Up to half a million women suffer from fistula
  • Tens of thousands of new cases each year
  • Less than half of new cases are treated
  • Fistula is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
the fistula foundation s role
The Fistula Foundation’s role
  • Started by supporting Ethiopian hospital with 90% successful surgery rate
  • Surgeries to repair fistula cost only ~$450
  • Partners with and funds local health care professionals after rigorous screening
  • Now working in 19 countries in Asia and Africa
what program for school age kids could
What program for school-age kids could…
  • Reduce school absenteeism by 25%
  • Lead to 4% more total years of schooling
  • Give participants a 6% higher likelihood of reporting being in “very good” health as young adults
  • Over the long-term, increase adult wage earnings by 23%
the facts about worms
The facts about worms
  • Small parasitic worms live in peoples’ intestines and urinary tracts
  • Worm infections lead to anemia and malnourishment
  • 300 million people suffer severe illness, and over half are school aged children.
the solution de worming at schools
The solution: de-worming at schools
  • Thorough coverage reaches entire generations
  • One treatment addresses many of the most problematic diseases
  • Well-tested, well-understood intervention
all for spare change literally
All for spare change. Literally.
  • The total cost per child is less that 50 cents per year!
  • Rated as a “best buy” in both education and health
GiveDirectly is focused exclusivelyon giving to the poorest possiblehouseholds at the lowest possiblecost.
how does it work
How does it work?
  • You donate through their website.
  • They locate poor households in Kenya.
  • Your donation is transferred electronically to a recipient's cell phone.
  • The recipient uses the transfer to pursue his or her own goals.
  • Households can use the money for whatever is most important to them.
  • Common uses include:
    • installing a tin roof
    • buying food
  • Paying education and medical expenses
  • starting or expanding businesses (e.g.rearing chickens, or vending goods)
where does the money go
Where does the money go?
  • Total of $1,000 over one to two years per recipient household, or $200 per household member for the average household.
  • Grants sized to be well-understood, and fair.
discussion about who to give to
Discussion about who to give to

Fistula Foundation?

Deworm the World?

Give Directly?