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What we do

The Centre for Effective Altruism acts as a springboard for the effective altruism movement. It aims to:

  • promote and strengthen effective altruism as an idea and a community,
  • help figure out how best to advance the wellbeing of all, and
  • inspire people to take action based on that knowledge.

Current and recent projects

For more detail, see our 2017 retrospective.

EA Global 2016 Group Photo Arms Up (1)
Participants at Effective Altruism Global 2016 conference

Our history

  • 2009: Giving What We Can, a community of effective givers, is founded in Oxford UK
  • 2011: 80,000 Hours founded to help people lead high-impact careers
  • 2011: Centre for Effective Altruism is founded as an umbrella organisation for Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours
  • 2012: Giving What We Can incubates The Life You Can Save, which later spins off
  • 2012: 80,000 Hours incubates Animal Charity Evaluators, which later spins off
  • 2014: Good Done Right conference hosted by CEA in Oxford
  • 2014: Global Priorities Project formed as a collaboration between CEA and the Future of Humanity Institute, project closed 2016.
  • 2015: CEA trials EA Ventures to fund experimental projects, project closed in 2016.
  • 2015: 80,000 Hours team participates in Y Combinator startup accelerator
  • 2015: CEA begins hosting the EA Global conference series
  • 2015: Doing Good Better published
  • 2016: CEA helps local organizers run the first EA Global X community conferences
  • 2016: CEA restructures
    • Giving What We Can merged into CEA
    • Special Projects division formed to include Philanthropic Advising and Fundamentals Research
    • Global Priorities Project discontinued and merged into Future of Humanities Institute and Fundamentals Research
  • 2017: CEA participates in Y Combinator startup accelerator and launches Effective Altruism Funds
    • EA Grants and individual outreach team launched
    • The Special Projects division focuses on content production and merges with the rest of CEA