What sacrifices would it take to give away a third of your income, for the rest of your life? Toby Ord has pared back his spending but doesn’t feel like it’s a sacrifice. On an only slightly higher than average UK salary, he’s not in the same league as Bill Gates. But the money he donates to selected charities dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world equates to thousands of extra years life for those targeted by his philanthropy. In fact the £10,000 he gave away last year equated to 4,000 extra years of life at full health.
The BBC interviewed Toby recently and it’s the most inspiring piece I’ve read in a while. What appeals to me is not just his thoughts on how give money effectively to target poverty but choices he is making regarding how he lives. So much of what he says resonates with the philosophy of simplicity.
“What’s really important in our lives is spending time together, chatting with our close friends and reading beautiful books and listening to beautiful music, and we’re really lucky to live in a beautiful place and there are lots of stimulating cultural activities around. With all that you can’t really ask for much more.”
Toby Ord in the BBC article.
I admire Toby’s approach to living and am more than a bit proud to read he hails from Melbourne. If he can inspire the Brits, I’d love to see how he could fire up Australians to be more charitable.
You can read more about Toby’s society Giving What We Can dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world.