Earning to give

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Earning to give represents the practical approach of having the opportunity to donate a significantly high proportion of personal income by striving for a well-paying career. The origin of this point of view lies in effective altruism .

Proponents of earning to give believe that maximizing the amount donated to charity should play an important role in career choice. This should also be the case if the desired profession does not fully correspond to the intrinsic motivations.


In the book Living High and Letting Die , published in 1996, the philosopher Peter Unger writes that it would be morally exemplary and perhaps even necessary for academics to leave universities in order to earn considerably more in the private sector and to donate this additional income. With his 1971 essay, Famine, Affluence and Morality, the moral philosopher Peter Singer laid the foundation for effective altruism and earning to give and has since advocated that a significant portion of personal income should be donated to effective charities. Singer is a public advocate of effective altruism, who also spoke out in favor of earning to give in a 2013 TED talk .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nicholas Kristof : The Trader Who Donates Half His Pay . New York Times . April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  2. Peter Unger: Living High and Letting Die . Oxford University Press, Oxford 1996, ISBN 0198026811 .
  3. ^ Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism (video). TED talks . March 2013, accessed June 14, 2018.