How to Prioritize Support for Different Charity Causes

By Ben Pollard from Bristol, CT (Deep in thought) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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In the post “Aburdism” I wrote that I wanted to dedicate my life to effective philanthropy since an interview of Bill Gates completely changed my world view about where to focus most of my support to.

Bill Gates in this interview talks about how he realized that despite the importance of digital empowerment there are a hierarchy of needs (some communities need basic needs fulfilled before they can benefit from digital empowerment).

I totally agree as well. But digital empowerment is something I’m very passionate about, and something very personal to me.

When I look back on where I am right now, I’ve been very lucky to be born and raised in the right place and time by the right people, but I’ve also been very lucky to be born in the age of the internet, where my insatiable curiosity could be constantly fed.

My knowledge base and my ability to think owes a great deal from the generous people who either share their own or other people’s knowledge for public access, which is why I’m such a strong believer in Charlie Munger’s statement that “The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.”

But here comes the problem. Where do you divide the line between how much support should be given to effective philanthropy focused on solving basic needs and philanthropy focused on digital empowerment?

It’s still something I think about everyday. I hope I can one day find a way to quantify this to provide guidance on where to direct my support to.


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