William MacAskill, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, is co-founder of two nonprofits, Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours. His book “Doing Good Better” was published this month by Gotham Books.
Seeing the power of what people can do to influence one another has persuaded me that the smartest donors give now and don’t wait. We all give to make the world a better place in the long term. But if we expect to see a real change in the effectiveness of donations — making sure money goes to the groups and people that need help the most — we need to give more and we need to give it now.