June 14, 2017
Psychology literature shows that making public commitments helps to increase one’s follow-through on goals. This makes giving pledges particularly valuable for getting EAs to become and stay engaged.
If you would like to increase the commitment of your local group’s members and/or getting people around you with high-earning potential to give more, we recommend running a pledge drive. These are generally multi-week events where you explain and promote the pledge, culminating in a pledge ceremony. This works particularly well towards the end of a term or near the December giving season.
There are multiple pledges you might encourage people to take:
Giving What We Can 10% (or more) pledge: for professionals
Giving What We Can Try Giving pledge: for students and the unemployed
Founders Pledge: for entrepreneurs
The Life You Can Save pledge: for students or professionals, particularly focused on global poverty
The Raising for Effective Giving pledge: for professionals in poker, stock trading, professional gaming, and daily fantasy sports
To run a pledge drive, use the relevant organization’s contact information to ask them what support they might offer you for your efforts.
Time commitment: part-time
Familiarity with EA: new, familiar, regular
Occupation: student, professional, retiree, group
Engage with others.
- 1. Attend EA Global.
- 2. Meet EAs over coffee.
- 3. Start an EA local group.
- 4. Run an EAGx conference.
- 5. Run a local EA event.
- 6. Run a large speaker event.
- 7. Run a pledge drive.
- 8. Run a discussion group.
- 9. Run a focused work session.
- 10. Organize a table or stall at an event.