Our mission here at Soapbox Project is to make it easy peasy for busy people like you to make a difference in the world. So here we are, for Giving Tuesday!
Methodology: We want to be intentional about how you make that difference. So, we've picked 10 causes and 1 organization for each.
The first five on this list are going to be your highest impact-for-dollar organizations. We leaned on Effective Altruism, GiveWell and The Life You Can Save. These organizations conduct rigorous research to break down your financial impact. All three orgs have ways you can automate donations through them if you don't want to pick a charity on this list. Effective Altruism also has four cause-based funds you can donate to. GiveWell's website has a whole tab dedicated to sharing mistakes they've made in the past, and I love the transparency.
The second half of the list, #6-#10, are causes I hand-picked with some help from the 80,000 Hours list of most effective causes. I picked mass incarceration, mental health, immigration reform, domestic violence, and food insecurity since these are topics compounded by the unique events of 2020. If you have questions about how I picked these that aren't explained below, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before we start with the list, please note that your giving doesn't have to be formal — you can also donate to mutual aid networks, give cash via Venmo or Cashapp to people who need it the most right now, fund bail for protestors across the country, your local food bank, and more.
Our biggest recommendation: please set up recurring donations to these charities. Your impact can increase by 42% and empower your recipient organization to make more sustainable decisions vs spending all their time on fundraising.
Finally, if you learned something from this article, please consider joining our movement at Soapbox Project. It's the single easiest way to take action on causes you care about, and you can sign up for our free weekly climate action plans below. They're fun, informative, and help you make a positive impact alongside hundreds of other people!