Could regular donors of high impact charities encourage other people to donate more by donating via fundraising pages instead of directly? i.e. Does the sponsorship of an event increase the number and/or value of subsequent sponsorships?
The fundraising pages can be divided into control and treatment groups
A cursory look at the donation pages at the AMF suggests that the number and value of sponsorships on fundraising pages is diverse,as is the length of time between the page being created and the event being sponsored occurring.
Inorder to maximise the impact of future donations via sponsorship, we would ideally be able to develop a picture of the impact of:
Depending on the eventual budget of this project, examining all three factors may or may not be feasible.
Recruitment of potential donors can begin immediately and be ongoing - if you already give to the charity in question then you can elect to redirect this money via this project at no financial cost to the charity or yourself..
SoGive has two aims (a) encourage more impact awareness among donors (b) encourage more openness about charitable giving, including sharing on social media, to promote social norms about giving. More info can be found here:
Tom AHosting, help & money for volunteer EA projects
Substantial tech work - building a whole website or service for you (this is reserved for the highest impact projects, as we're a lean organisation with limited capacity and an approach of only spending substantial money - as opposed to money for domain names, etc. - on projects which fit our own impact mission).
The EA Groups Directory is a Facebook page aimed at listing Effective Altruism-related groups and pages. It lists ~420 groups as of the end of 2016.
It seemed to become difficult for EA'ers to find the right places to discuss their interests after many new Facebook groups were created starting from2012 (whether spontaneous or formal). Likewise, people with new projects or ideas have to be able to target groups easily whose members could be interested (there is a higher risk of spammy identical posts now – please give any ideas on how to reduce this).
The EA Groups Directory is designed to create a simple overview for them (as well as other discussion platforms). It is continuously updated by the page admins mentioned above. The group links are also copied now-and-then to an EAWiki page and reformatted (with a massive time lag).
Remmelt ENote that there was already a Wiki list of discussion groups (unbeknownst to Remmelt) that was last been updated on 22 March 2016 as of the end of that year. The advantage of this system is that everyone can in principle edit it without sending a message. The disadvantage is that it is not on the Facebook platform, on which most of the groups are based (it is easier & more intuitive to type in "effective altruism group" in the Facebook search bar than look for it in the wiki).
Now-and-then, we post about new groups or interesting conferences or campaigns related to groups.
Indications of impact
*Note that there are also good arguments for moving serious intellectual discussion off seggregated Facebook groups onto a connected hub optimised for this.*
The page has 114 likes and the pinned post 86 of the end of 2016, which seems to be the most solid indicator of its value (however the post has only had 141 clicks). It was referred to in an EA Global 2016 workshop. Here are other stats for that pinned post, a portion of which was caused by the sharing / clicking activity of Remmelt.
Tom AA public Facebook group titled "Effective Altruists" was created in November 2012 by Ruairi Donelly. It is independent and not affiliated with any other organisation. It was one of the first cases of the term 'effective altruists' catching on as a description of people taking charity and broader do-gooding seriously in an EA style, and of the movement that was coalescing around this. It was pivotal in the term's adoption by this community.
Maximising the usefulness of the group
Eric Bruylant and Ozzie Gooen are finishing up the latest version of the EA Wiki and adding lists of other Facebook groups, organizations, etc. These lists can be linked to.