Peter Singer on crowdfunding: is it actually helpful?

Peter Singer on crowdfunding: is it actually helpful?

Crowdfunded campaigns are everywhere but, as more of us give in this way, what does it mean for more traditional forms of charity?

And, is this shift helping or harming those most in need?

Godfather of effective altruism, Peter Singer, weighs in.


Professor Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Founder of The Life You Can Save

Prashan Paramanathan, CEO of crowdfunding platform and social enterprise

Stacey Thomas, CEO of the Wyatt Trust and a director at Philanthropy Australia

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Charles Bresler

Co-founder, Board Member

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology, Charlie Bresler became director of behavioral medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for anxiety & stress disorders. In 1993, he was recruited by The Men’s Wearhouse, where he went on to be head of human resources, stores, marketing, and, ultimately, president. He stepped down in 2008 to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, not too long after he read Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save. Catalyzed by the concept, Charlie reached out to Peter and proposed combining Peter’s theory with the formation of a nonprofit to advance Peter’s ideas and to raise money for high-impact, cost-effective organizations. Together, they founded The Life You Can Save, where Charlie took on all organizational operations as executive director until 2024. He was supported in this work and in his financial support for the organization by his wife Diana, a family physician, and executed the role pro bono.

The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.