Earlier this year I took the pledge to donate 1% of my salary to charity after being inspired by Peter Singer and The Life You Can Save. He has written a lot about our obligations to help others in need and I once read that he encourages people to publicly declare their donations as this will motivate other people to do the same. I was planning to do exactly that and write about it at the time but decided not to because most of my donations go to animal rights organisations and animal charities and I wasn’t sure if they counted. I’ve since changed my mind as you can see and I encourage others to take the pledge and help create a better world.
Peter Singer won the Berggruen Prize for 2021 which comes with US$1 million in prize money. He is donating the entire prize pot to charity. Half of it will go to The Life You Can Save with the remainder split between animal rights organisations and The Life You Can Save charities based on a public vote. If you would like to have a say in where the money goes visit The Life You Can Save website.