Making a small contribution to ending extreme poverty

After posting yesterday about Einota having to walk 8 hours for water and having a look at the Life You Can Save video, we have decided to take the pledge of donating 5% of our income next year.

The life you can save website and the book by Peter Singer it is based on (which I wish everybody would read), goes into more detail. Essentially it compares not doing anything about global poverty to ignoring a drowning person and discusses some of the reasons we do ignore global poverty. It suggests that if everybody donated a sum that would have little impact on their life style, we could address the extreme poverty experienced by literally millions of people. The suggestion for how much to donate (in Australian dollars) from the website is as follows.

Income Bracket Donation
Less than
$154 000
At least 1% of your income, getting closer to 5% as your income approaches $154 000
$154 001 –
$218 000
5%
$218 001 –
$563 000
5% of the first $218 000 and 10% of the remainder
$563 001 –
$883 000
5% of the first $218 000 , 10% of the next $345 000 and 15% of the remainder
$883 001 –
$2 795 000
5% of the first $218 000 , 10% of the next $345 000 , 15% of the next $320 000 and 20% of the remainder
$2 795 001 –
$15 740 000
5% of the first $218 000 , 10% of the next $345 000 , 15% of the next $320 000 , 20% of the next $1 912 000 and 25% of the remainder
Over
$15 740 000
5% of the first $218 000 , 10% of the next $345 000 , 15% of the next $320 000 , 20% of the next $1 912 000 , 25% of the next $12 945 000 and 33.33% of the remainder

While we are in the 1% bracket, we are going to donate at least 5% of our income this financial year.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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