Yes! Effective Altruism Australia (ABN 87 608 863 467) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

You will receive a receipt for donations once we confirm it has arrived in our bank account. For bank transfers, this will usually take 1-2 days, whereas the wait should be no longer than 15 minutes for credit cards. If you do not receive a receipt within the relevant timeframe, please send an email to info@eaa.org.au including your full name, a description, the amount donated and the name of your banking institution. We’ll hop onto it straight away. Also note that receipts may occasionally end up in your spam inbox.

Yes you will. For the 2019-2020 financial year, these were sent on 9 July 2020. If you didn’t get yours, you are welcome to contact us at info@eaa.org.au and we’ll look into it. Note that we separately sent you a receipt for each donation received.

You can currently donate to EAA in two different ways, by bank transfer or by credit card. Both methods allow us to process your payment at no cost to you, although note that for large donations (over $2,000) we prefer bank transfer, as it reduces the fees we pay. To donate by bank transfer you will need to register your intention to make a single, or recurring, transfer to our bank account. You can do this by completing the form on our donation page. Once we have registered your intention to donate we will send you a unique code. You will need to use this unique code as a reference number when sending your payment to our bank account so that we can identify your payment. We will send you a tax receipt for every payment we receive from you. You should receive your receipt within 1-2 days. To donate by credit card, simply follow the instructions and fill in your details on our donation page.

You can now make donations via credit card.

Please email info@eaa.org.au with details of your donation, including name, description, amount and the name of your banking institution.

Running any charity has costs. To get your donation to its destination we need to meet our regulatory obligations and cover the costs of auditors, accountants, government registrations, banking facilities, websites, software and more. Like most charities, a portion of donations go to these kinds of expenses. In the last financial year (2018-2019), our operational expenses were 2.84% of the overall amount of donations we received.

This is certainly possible and we welcome any assistance in meeting our running costs. Please contact us at info@eaa.org.au to discuss.
For recurring bank payments, you need log into your bank and change the amount of the recurring transfer. Some banks require you to cancel the existing transfer and make a new one. Please ensure you keep the original reference number in your recurring donation so that our automated system can match it to you.
You can cancel recurring bank transfers via your banking tool. Once you cancel the transfer, there is nothing further you need to do.
Effective Altruism Australia supports workplace giving arrangements and can work with you and your employer’s payroll team to set this up. There are already many Australians making donations to us through such arrangements. To discuss how to make this happen at your workplace, please contact us at info@eaa.org.au.
Effective Altruism Australia is registered on the following workplace giving platforms: BenevityGood2Give, and Good Company
Yes. You can arrange to make an unrestricted bequest to us by including the following text in your will: “I give to Effective Altruism Australia (ABN 87 608 863 467), for its general purposes free of all duties the sum of $X for which an authorised receipt from Effective Altruism Australia will be sufficient discharge for the executor(s) or trustee.”

Charity Partners

We conduct our own research, primarily using GiveWellThe Open Philanthropy ProjectThe Life You Can SaveThe Global Priorities Project and academia to enable Australians to support the best projects that we can find.
EAA is an organisation which has been set up to fundraise in Australia for the world’s most effective charities. We contact charities that pass an initial selection process and request further information for our due diligence. Charities that pass the subsequent due diligence assessment are designated as partner charities and EAA will fundraise on their behalf in Australia.
Part of the strength of the Effective Altruist movement is the varied views of its membership, all of which are focused on most effectively improving the world. Some members of the Effective Altruism movement focus on the reduction of suffering of all sentient beings, and to them this includes non-human animals. Further, some believe that reducing the suffering of future humans is equally as important as those presently alive. Because of this, reducing the chance of future harm to humans, known as existential risk, may be the most effective use of our time and money (eg, by reducing the impacts of climate change). Effective Altruism Australia, as an institution, welcomes all of these wonderful perspectives and points of view. However, given the legal framework currently in force in Australia it is only possible for EAA to aim to alleviate suffering among presently living humans. EAA was created for this purpose, and without legislative change our purpose will not change as we would lose our status as a tax deductible entity. If you are passionate about animal welfare, climate change, or reduction in existential risk generally, we strongly encourage you to support your chosen cause even without the existence of a tax deductible option in Australia. You can find more information about animal causes at Animal Charity Evaluators and Sentience Politics. A write up on climate change by Giving What We Can can be found here. And a write up on existential risk can be found here.
Most importantly, we believe that all lives are equal, no matter where you live. This philosophy means that we look for the most effective charities all over the world. Whilst these charities could operate within Australia, EA does not currently focus on Australia because at the present time charity evaluators and research suggest that the most cost-effective way of alleviating poverty is to assist those living in the developing world. If you want to understand more about why it is so much more cost-effective to help people in poorer countries then please visit GiveWellThe Open Philanthropy ProjectThe Life You Can SaveThe Global Priorities Project.
Please express your interest to info@eaa.org.au with supporting documentation that discusses how your organisation meets our evaluation criteria, summarised below: Estimated impact per dollar: The quantitative impact of each dollar donated. For example, this could be in terms of lives saved or quality adjusted life years (QALYS) added. Estimated intervention effectiveness: The certainty with which your interventions can be linked to positive outcomes. To ensure that all charities we support are reliably linked with creating positive social outcomes we focus on those which have been repeatedly studied, and have a demonstrated track record. Estimated level of transparency: Access to your data and internal operations so that this data can be evaluated for effectiveness. To ensure certainty with our evaluation we only work with charities that are willing to maintain high levels of transparency.

Effective Altruism Australia

Effective Altruism Australia (EAA) is registered Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) that aims to alleviate poverty, distress and suffering. EAA recognises that we do not have the scale to effectively achieve this focus ourselves, so we choose to partner with charities that share our purpose of alleviating poverty effectively – ie, we have a common purpose. We then fundraise in Australia and grant funds that we raise to these partner charities who use those funds in the programs which we support and they achieve far superior results than if we were to try to alleviate poverty by ourselves. EAA is based on the principles of Effective Altruism which is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to help determine the most effective ways to improve the world.
Please express your interest by emailing info@eaa.org.au. While we welcome all offers of support we are particularly interested in volunteers with technical skills to assist in developing our website and automating various processes. If you think this may be you, please let us know!
Yes. You can view or download our financial statements here.

Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism is a growing social movement and philosophy that combines both the heart and the head: compassion guided by data and reason. If you are interested in learning more about Effective Altruism then please consider visiting the following resources: whatiseffectivealtruism.com effectivealtruism.org en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_altruism
There are a wide range of different Effective Altruism chapters across Australia with both online and offline presences. Many have regular social gatherings and all welcome new members. If you can’t find one for your area or university and would like to set one up then please contact info@eaa.org.au.
Please contact info@eaa.org.au with any feedback or concerns.
Please contact info@eaa.org.au.
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