The Life You Can Save

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Fistula Foundation is honored to be a featured charity

September 5th marks the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Singer Solution to World Poverty, a provocative and visionary op-ed piece by Princeton ethicist Professor Peter Singer, which ran in the New York Times. He went on to write a book called ”The Life You Can Save” and started an organization of the same name dedicated to fighting extreme poverty. Singer frames the solution to global poverty in terms of ethics. He believes that it is the moral obligation of those who have money in excess of their needs to improve the lives of the poor by giving much of their extra income away to alleviate suffering.

Dr Peter Singer

Dr. Peter Singer Photo credit: Denise Applewhite/Princeton University

The organization The Life You Can Save (TLYCS) encourages people to publicly pledge a percentage of their income and recommends 12 charities they believe provide “cost effective and transparent programs that alleviate suffering and reduce premature death among the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people.” Fistula Foundation is both honored and proud to be one of these 12 charities. We are also grateful to TLYCS for featuring us on their blog and social media, and most recently for connecting us with Spin for Good, an online gaming site created by brilliant Freakonomics coauthor Stephen Levitt, which enables people to win cash prizes for selected charities, including ours. And thanks to The Life You Can Save CEO, Charlie Bresler, Fistula Foundation recently received a recommendation by Time Inc.’s Money Magazine as one of “35 Smart Things to Do With $1,000 Now”.

Money Magazine Fistula Foundation

We are extremely grateful to Professor Singer, and to Charlie Bresler and the team at TLCYS, for their partnership. Visit The Life You Can Save to learn more about the organization and to take their giving pledge!

This article originally appeared in our Fall 2014 newsletter. Click here to read the entire newsletter.

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