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 & Executive Director

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie 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 treating anxiety & stress disorders. He was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. He stepped down in order to fulfil his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, especially wealth inequality. In 2013, Charlie became volunteer Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped TLYCS’s Founder, Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. Charlie lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, a family physician, who partners in supporting The Life You Can Save. He welcomes discussion and questions at

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