The members of Giving What We Can are people who have realised how easy it is to do large amounts of good in the world and who have made a commitment to give 10% of their income to the most effective charities they can find. For a person earning £15,000 per year, this would mean saving 55 lives per year, or leading to 1 million fewer missed days of school due to illness. These incredible sounding feats are within most people’s reach.
Giving What We Can is built around two simple ideas:
Giving away a significant portion of one's income is easier than most people think. Far from making their lives miserable, members say that taking the Pledge to Give has made their lives happier and more fulfilled.
Giving to the most cost-effective charities massively increases the power of one's donations.
Giving What We Can: Oxford (GWWC:Ox) supports GWWC by:
• Raising awareness of its cost-effectiveness research as a valuable resource
• Normalising the idea of donating a significant proportion of one’s income
• Acting as a social stimulant for people in Oxford who are interested in GWWC
• Contributing to the running of GWWC
• Assisting in the development of new chapters
GWWC:Ox was launched on 14th November 2010. Through activities and events based in Oxford, we encourage more people to make the most of this opportunity to do huge amounts of good. Our activities include political action, sharing ideas, research and administrative tasks for GWWC; our events include talks, discussions, socials and fundraisers. Although we currently happen to be focussed on the student community, we aim to be an informative and social hub for anyone in Oxford who is interested in GWWC.