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CLEAR FUND's Fundraiser:

Garrett's Swiss Ball Guinness Record to Save a Life (Effective Altruism)




$3400 can save a life, when given to the most effective charities. Help me save a life through my Guinness World Record feat.


Say you wanted to improve school attendance for developing-world education. How would you do it? Would you pay cash rewards for people to stay in schools, buy more textbooks, hire more teachers? All of these seem reasonable, but in fact, it turns out the best way is to treat children for intestinal worms that keep them sick and out of school. Charities lack the feedback systems that many for-profit firms have, so some are literally thousands of times more effective than others.

Many of us have good intentions to help change the world, but how do we know that our good intentions are translating into good actions? When we donate to charity, we can see the good intentions of the cause we're donating to, but we often don't get to see the results. Effective altruism is a movement of people passionate about answering this question; part of the movement looks rigorously at different charities, using empirical metrics (like double-blind randomized control tests) to see which charities are doing the most good.

I find many parts of the effective altruist message compelling, so I am hoping to use my Guinness Record (now that it has been achieved) to raise money for the highest impact charities. Consider it a donation for the pain I went through standing on that ball for so long, and to prevent the pain of many others who have preventable diseases and conditions. Our best metrics tell us that we can reasonably expect to save a life for $3400--this is my goal for the fundraiser.


You can see my record here:


Your donation will go toward the most empirically effective charities that EA has identified, including:


Charity: Against Malaria Foundation

Goal: Preventing deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

Description: Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 1 million people – mostly children – die each year. Insecticide-treated bed nets prevent deaths and many other non-fatal cases of malaria and are relatively inexpensive – about $5 per net.



Charity: GiveDirectly

Goal: Distributing cash to very poor individuals in Kenya and Uganda

Description: Directly transferring money to poor individuals allows them to purchase that which they believe will help them most. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs (such as food) and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns, with no evidence of large increases in spending on items like alcohol or tobacco.


Charities: Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)and Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action)

Goal: Treating people for parasite infections in sub-Saharan Africa

Description: Both of these charities tackle deworming that I talked about in the beginning, which has not only enormous educational benefits, but health and economic benefits. With the increases in productivity and income, it actually pays for itself through increased tax revenue.



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