What is effective altruism, and why is it controversial?

The criticisms leveled against this charitable movement

Stars Insider

10/05/23 | StarsInsider


When it comes to charity, most of us donate to the causes closest to our hearts. As human beings, we naturally seek to help those whose situations we most empathize with. While it may not be true of all of us, most people do not think carefully about where their resources would be best directed in terms of efficiency. Enter: effective altruism.

This philosophical and social movements seeks to do away with sentimental support and maximize the impact of charitable giving. It may sound like a noble cause, but effective altruism has received its fair share of criticism over the past 20 years.

Curious? Check out this gallery to learn all about effective altruism, and why it's controversial.

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