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1. What is the purpose of giving the students the option to keep the money?

The giving exercise is designed to give students the opportunity to practice making decisions about charitable giving and to develop their giving habits and mindset. The option to keep the money is included to make the exercise more realistic and to give students agency in the decision-making process. While raising funds for specific causes is important, it is secondary to our primary goal of encouraging students to develop their giving habits and mindset. If too many students choose to keep the money, we may consider adjusting the exercise to better achieve our educational goals.

2. What is the scope of the mission of Inspire Altruism, and how does it extend beyond just teaching students about effective giving?

Our mission at Inspire Altruism goes beyond just teaching students about the importance of donating and how to donate effectively. We also aim to help students think more critically about their career choices and to guide them toward finding a purposeful, altruistic, and impactful career path. We use concepts like marginal utility to challenge common misconceptions about certain professions (doctors, lawyers, etc.) and to help students understand the true impact that their career choices can have on society. Additionally, we introduce students to organizations like 80,000 Hours, which provides research and advice to help people make a more significant impact with their careers.

3. Why are the workshops held at high schools instead of colleges?

By holding our workshops during school hours at high schools, we aim to attract a diverse group of attendees. By conducting these workshops on a college campus or in public, we would likely only attract individuals who are already inclined to think about effective altruism or have the desire to make a positive impact. By reaching out to high school students, we hope to inspire those who may not have previously considered these ideas to think about how they can use their knowledge and resources to make a difference in the world.

4. How do the students choose which charities to support?

During the giving exercise, students are introduced to charities recommended by GiveWell, a non-profit organization that conducts extensive research to identify the most effective charities. Students are encouraged to research and evaluate these charities before making their donation, and they are also given the option to choose a charity of their own. Ultimately, the decision of which charity to support is left up to the individual student, with the guidance and resources provided by Inspire Altruism to make informed and impactful decisions.

5. What is the time commitment for the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program?

The mentors are expected to meet with their mentees on a regular basis, such as once every month or two months, and communicate with them as needed.

6. How are the mentors and students matched?

The mentor and student will be matched based on their interests and goals for the program. The mentor and student will also be given the opportunity to review the match before it is confirmed.

7. Who is eligible to participate in the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program?

The Proxied Giving Mentorship Program is open to any student in middle school to high school who is interested in learning more about effective altruism and social responsibility. The program is designed to be accessible to all students, regardless of their background or prior knowledge of effective altruism.

8. Are there any costs associated with participating in the program?

No, there are no costs associated with participating in the program. The program is completely free for both mentors and students.

9. Can I still become a mentor if I don't have money to donate?

Yes, mentors are not required to have their own money to donate. They can use the money provided by Inspire Altruism for the program to make donations with their mentee.

10. Can I participate as a mentor if I don't have much experience in mentorship?

Yes, mentorship experience is not necessary to participate in the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program. We will provide a comprehensive handbook with prompts, questions, and a detailed breakdown of the mentorship process to guide you through the program. Additionally, our team is always available to provide support and answer any questions you may have.

11. What is the duration of the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program?

The program lasts for 6 months, after which students will be matched with a new mentor. However, students can withdraw from the program at any point.

12. What is the role of the student?

The role of the student in the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program is to collaborate with their mentor in identifying and researching effective charitable organizations to donate to. The student has the opportunity to learn about effective altruism and how to make informed decisions about where to donate money to have the greatest impact. They also have the chance to practice their research and critical thinking skills while working with their mentor to make a real-life impact. The program is designed to be a partnership where both the mentor and student have a say in the donation decisions and learn from each other.

13. How can I cancel my registration as a mentor/student in the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program?

Participants can cancel their registration by sending an email to the program coordinator at with the subject "Cancellation of Proxied Giving Mentorship Program Registration." In the email, please include your name and the reason for cancellation. The program coordinator will process the cancellation and confirm receipt of the email. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

14. How can I contact Inspire Altruism if I have any other questions?

You can contact Inspire Altruism through email or phone. Our contact information can be found on our website or through the contact page on our website. You can also reach out to us through social media. If you have any specific questions about the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program, you can also reach out to the program coordinator directly.

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