Course Details

931: Effective Philanthropy

February 4-7, 2019
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Americans donate a greater share of their incomes to charity than any other people. But most of us don’t know which organizations most deserve our money. Is it better to donate to a homeless shelter or a school, to a charity that supplies bed nets for people in malaria-prone countries, or to a research university? Charities entice us with pictures of smiling children, but not solid analysis about how effective our contributions will be. In this course, we will address this gap, and consider how to be most effective with the money we give away.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Ray Squitieri
Ray Squitieri is an economist, recently retired. He earned a BA in history from Harvard, an MS in Operations Research, and a PhD in economics, both from Stanford. In the last six years, he has led eight different OLLI courses on music, the arts, and European and Chinese history.

Reading List:

Doing Good Better, William Macaskill. 2016, ISBN: Unknown.