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Taken the Pledge - Follow up

Hey [name],
 
This is [your name], co-pres of [chapter]. Thanks again for taking the pledge at our table last week! Here’s some more information on the impact of your donation!
 
You can read more about the charities you’re supporting here
 
We also have an impact calculator, where you can input your personal donation amount and see its impact.
Lastly, here are a few things you can do to further support us: 
 
[plug social media, upcoming events, etc.]
The greatest thing you can do is refer a friend or organization that would be interested in this that we can reach out to. 
 
Effectively, 
[your name] 

Asking to Pledge

Hey [name],
 
I wanted to follow up on our conversation and send you some more information about effective altruism and global poverty charity work. I'd appreciate if you found 10 minutes to go through this (no rush).
 
The Problem

  • The world is wealthier than ever but 734 million people still live in extreme poverty
  • Every 12 seconds a child in the developing world dies from a preventable poverty-related cause
  • With so many charities and causes out there people don’t know where to give their money

The Solution 

  • Those of us in developed nations, particularly those from elite schools, are well-positioned to help. 
  • Effective altruism is a research field which uses high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible
  • One for the World is a movement on 50 plus campuses striving to make effective charitable giving part of our everyday lives by asking undergrads to pledge 1-5% of their future income to highly effective charities

The Impact 

  • GiveWell is a charity navigator which identifies the charities that save the most lives per dollar
  • Charities are determined “most effective” by 4 main criteria: evidence, cost-effectiveness, room for more funding, and transparency. Read more about the selection process here. 
  • You can see the impact of relatively small amounts of money when in the hands of these awesome charities with this impact calculator 

What You Can Do

  • The fundamental idea behind One for the World and donating to global poverty is that for young graduates like us, our wellbeing/happiness will be the exact same with 95-99% of our income - for example, whether we earn 64K versus 65K. But that $1,000 can do an incredible amount of good to innocent people in dire need of help. 
  • I would propose that you consider taking the One for the World pledge. This means that when you begin earning an income, you would donate 1% or 2% or even 5% of that monthly earning to highly effective charities.
  • We encourage monthly donations so that effective charitable giving becomes a common and long-term practice. The ultimate goal of effective altruism is for everyone in developed nations to recognize the enormous impact of small donations to effective organizations and act on it. 
  • Pledges can be set for a later date (e.g. your start date) and are editable, delayable, or refundable at any time.
  • If you are interested, you can take the pledge here

Let me know if you have any questions! I’d be happy to talk more about this over lunch or coffee or anything. 
 
Thanks again,
[your name]


Tabling Follow-up

Hey ___

Thanks for your interest in One for the World. Here's some more info for you - first on the pledge and then on other parts of the organization. 
 
The Pledge

  • We’re asking you to pledge 1% - 5% of your future income to the most effective charities. 
  • Charities are determined “most effective” by 4 main criteria: evidence, cost-effectiveness, room for more funding, and transparency. Read more about the selection process here
  • Pledges can be set for a later date (e.g. your job's starting date) and are editable, delayable, or refundable at any time
  • We encourage monthly donations so that effective charitable giving becomes a common and long-term practice. The ultimate goal of effective altruism is for everyone in developed nations to recognize the enormous impact of small donations to effective organizations and act on it.  

The Charities and Their Impact

  • Click here to read about our top 5 recommended charities
  • GiveWell is a charity evaluator which identifies these charities that save the most lives per dollar
  • Charities are determined “most effective” by 4 main criteria: evidence, cost-effectiveness, room for more funding, and transparency. Read more about our selection process here
  • You can see the impact of relatively small amounts of money when in the hands of these awesome charities with this impact calculator

Taking the Pledge

  • You can take the pledge here. I recommend selecting the top 5 picks (the money is evenly distributed), donating monthly setting the start date for whenever you begin work

If you’ve taken the pledge and want to spread the OFTW message, please join our student ambassador program! Under the program, we would train you do the following each semester:

  • Convince 3-5 friends to also take the pledge  
  • Help table for [Vandy Effective Altruism] / [One for the World McGill]
  • Help with our social media campaigns 

[link to your SA application form]

[plug socials, upcoming events, etc.]
 
We know this is a lot of info, so we encourage you to reply with questions. I’m also happy to chat over the phone or coffee.
 
Effectively, 
[your name]