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Comment author: VincentYu 26 November 2012 08:58:12PM *  5 points [-]

GiveWell has updated its top charities list to add GiveDirectly alongside the Against Malaria Foundation and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. It has also updated its reviews of all three charities.

ETA: The associated blog post.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 27 November 2012 12:48:15AM 3 points [-]

I precommit to upvoting and saying positive things about anyone who comments saying they've donated. Hopefully tha will move at least some people to the positive side of the akrasia/altruism balance.

Comment author: VincentYu 27 November 2012 01:40:16AM 5 points [-]

Three months ago, I set up a recurring unrestricted donation to GiveWell for one-twelfth of a dead child per month. Using the previous GiveWell cost estimate for the Against Malaria Foundation ($1600 per child life saved), this turned out to be ~$150 per month. Following the appreciation of the dead child to the US dollar (GiveWell's new estimate for AMF is $2300 per life saved), I will now donate $200 per month.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 27 November 2012 03:14:43PM 2 points [-]

You're a good person.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 November 2012 11:29:22PM 2 points [-]

I also set up a recurring unrestricted donation to GiveWell for the first time, for what turns out to be ~13% of my net income. This is posted in agreement with FiftyTwo's rationale, not as a signal.