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Mustachian Giving Challenge - Mustachians Against Malaria!
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:02:01 AM »
Hey Mustachians!

A fellow forum member, joelthewriter, approached me about starting a giving challenge to the Against Malaria foundation. Apparently there is a charity drive happening among a number of subreddits, and he got the idea that Mustachians might like to participate as well.

Given that many of us are fans of the Effective Altruism movement, and GiveWell, the Against Malaria Foundation seems like a very effective use for our dollars.

The Against Malaria Foundation (https://www.againstmalaria.com) is an organization that works to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets in the developing world. This charity was chosen in accordance with effective altruism1  principles—doing the absolute most good possible with the dollars we donate. AMF is widely regarded as one of the most (if not the most) effective charity in the world in terms of impact per dollar spent. AMF has received the 'Top Charity' rating from GiveWell2 in five of the last six years, as well as 'Top Charity' ratings from Giving What We Can3 and The Life You Can Save4 for six years running.  More info/stats below.

Here's what to do:
  • Donate to the Mustachians Against Malaria page: https://www.againstmalaria.com/MMM.
  • Share that link, spread, and ask for others to donate as well (in your name, even, or in lieu of gifts).


Back to the cause. Some malaria facts:
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Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year and more than 200 million fall ill. Before bed nets were made available, it was many times that. Nets are a proven intervention—a more effective a way of saving lives than any other.
  • 70% of the deaths are children under 5
  • Malaria is the world's single largest killer of pregnant women
  • 90% of the deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa
Yet malaria is totally preventable and treatable. Nobody need die. Prevention is better than treatment.
  • The most effective means of prevention is sleeping under a mosquito net
  • Specifically a Long-Lasting Insecticide treated Net (LLIN)
  • Each net costs $2.5/€2,2/£1.7

Malaria is one of the largest causes of human suffering in the world and we can prevent it. At a rough approximation every 1000 nets saves a life, and prevents dozens of others from the misery of contracting malaria. And it's an economic issue too—malaria acts as a drag on economic activity and actively impoverishes the third world. Every dollar towards malaria prevention leads to 12 dollars in economic gain5.

All donations are anonymous if desired, and for a great cause. Further links below:

Happy Holidays and Happy Donating!

DONATE TO THE AGAINST MALARIA FOUNDATION HERE: https://www.againstmalaria.com/MMM

*Much credit to Reddit u/MrDannyOcean from whom joelthewriter cribbed much of this post.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_altruism
2https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities
3https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/top-charities/
4https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/best-charities
5http://earth.columbia.edu/sitefiles/file/about/director/pubs/sachsmalariafeb02.pdf
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Re: Mustachian Giving Challenge - Mustachians Against Malaria!
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2017, 05:37:16 PM »
Okay.  My grinch-sized shriveled little heart let me donate $5.  (What is this world coming to?). But only because it was an attack on my arch-nemesis, the mosquito.

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Re: Mustachian Giving Challenge - Mustachians Against Malaria!
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 11:19:22 AM »
I put in $500, which will be matched by my employer for a total of $1,000.

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 11:29:00 AM »
We donated $100 to this charity two days ago and $200 to a few others. I let my children choose causes close to their hearts, many of which involved animals. But this was on the adult giving list!  Wish I had known about the MMM donation link before we gave.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2017, 01:37:28 PM »
Okay.  My grinch-sized shriveled little heart let me donate $5.  (What is this world coming to?). But only because it was an attack on my arch-nemesis, the mosquito.

Haha, totally! Defeating the vampire bug's terrible disease? A very worthy cause.

I put in $500, which will be matched by my employer for a total of $1,000.

That's awesome!! :D

Thanks for giving so much, and so cool that it's matched by your employer!

It's pretty neat that this is literally saving lives.

We donated $100 to this charity two days ago and $200 to a few others. I let my children choose causes close to their hearts, many of which involved animals. But this was on the adult giving list!  Wish I had known about the MMM donation link before we gave.

That is excellent. Doesn't matter how you donate, but that you're helping others.

I love that you involve your kids, and give them choice and agency on who (or what) to help. I'm totally going to steal this next year when my daughter turns 3 (probably about the youngest age they can understand a little bit what you mean.. 4-5+ is much more meaningful).

Thanks for sharing! Would love to hear any other charities people are supporting this holiday season.
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Re: Mustachian Giving Challenge - Mustachians Against Malaria!
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2017, 03:35:02 PM »
Thanks for giving so much, and so cool that it's matched by your employer!

Yep, employer matching is great. I view it in the same way as I view 401(k) matching: a part of your compensation that you should take advantage of if at all possible. With the tax break and employer match combined, it's like every dollar I take out of my pocket gets a charity about three dollars. Seems like a pretty good deal!

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Thanks for sharing! Would love to hear any other charities people are supporting this holiday season.

We usually give some to the Wikimedia foundation (because they make knowledge available to anyone with an internet connection, and knowledge is power), our neighborhood food bank (because Seattle has a lot of needy people despite its overall wealth), and our college's scholarship fund (because we both got some pretty generous scholarships ourselves that allowed us to graduate debt-free, and we'd like to help pay it forward). We've given to several other charities over the years, but those seem to be the annual ones.

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2017, 06:35:35 PM »
Not giving…just because I already have a $50/month commitment to Against Malaria! In 2018 I plan on upping this to $100/month.

A brief personal aside: my SO introduced me to the effective altruism movement and I've been slowly but surely upping what I contribute to charities in the past year. I kind of think of the recurring donation as a commitment both to our relationship (it's one of those "in honor of" things) and to my broader desire to live a life that is in service to others and mindful of the struggles others face. Thanks for posting about this here!

Other places I donate to monthly: a local organization addressing homelessness (shelters, counseling, skill workshops), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Trans Lifeline (crisis hotline for the trans community).

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2017, 08:40:22 AM »
Very timely thread. I don't really ever do christmas cards but since I now have three (count them, three!) regular customers for my side-gig, as well as a few less regular ones, I'd been thinking maybe I need to start doing something (for the sake of networking if nothing else) but I do want to make a donation and send good wishes by email rather than the waste of paper that is cards.* I was just going to make an extra donation to Doctors without Borders but I like the idea of my small contribution making a big difference, too. I'm probably far too emotional about deciding where to donate really.
Apart from that, I've made a donation to wikimedia, as I have done the last couple of years. I use wikipedia a lot when translating, so that seems fair. 



*Cards for people in your personal life is different perhaps. I'm talking about the masses and masses of cards I see coming into the office, most of which only have a signature and no hint of a personal message, only to be summarily dumped in the new year.

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Re: Mustachian Giving Challenge - Mustachians Against Malaria!
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2017, 09:00:01 AM »
A most excellent initiative.  Just donated in memory of my partner.

Assuming a ratio of 1000 nets to save a life, this fundraiser is just a few nets short of saving its first life!

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 09:40:48 AM »
Not giving…just because I already have a $50/month commitment to Against Malaria! In 2018 I plan on upping this to $100/month.

Fantastic!

I don't really ever do christmas cards but since I now have three (count them, three!) regular customers for my side-gig, as well as a few less regular ones, I'd been thinking maybe I need to start doing something (for the sake of networking if nothing else) but I do want to make a donation and send good wishes by email rather than the waste of paper that is cards.

I think this a great idea. An easy way for freelancers/business owners to do good with/add utility to obligatory holiday cards :)

Assuming a ratio of 1000 nets to save a life, this fundraiser is just a few nets short of saving its first life!

And actually, with seattlecylcone's $500 employer match, we've already cracked 1000 :)

Let's keep it going!

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 08:36:32 AM »
We donated $100 to this charity two days ago and $200 to a few others. I let my children choose causes close to their hearts, many of which involved animals. But this was on the adult giving list!  Wish I had known about the MMM donation link before we gave.

That is excellent. Doesn't matter how you donate, but that you're helping others.

I love that you involve your kids, and give them choice and agency on who (or what) to help. I'm totally going to steal this next year when my daughter turns 3 (probably about the youngest age they can understand a little bit what you mean.. 4-5+ is much more meaningful).

Thanks for sharing! Would love to hear any other charities people are supporting this holiday season.
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Yes, my girls are 4 and 6. The baby didn't get a vote yet, but eventually ;)

My four year old loves dogs so she chose Paws With A Cause, which matches a dog to a child/adult with a disability. And my six year old loves frogs, so she chose the Global Wildlife Conservation to help prevent species extinction. I was quite proud of their decisions and want to do this every year going forward.

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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2017, 09:17:38 AM »
Happy to go over-budget* for such a good cause!

*in my giving budget. Will cut from somewhere else.

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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2017, 09:49:38 AM »
Hats off to the Anonymous Canadian who put in $1,800.00!

We are closing in on saving at least two lives now!

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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2017, 10:01:08 AM »
$25 here. Thanks for starting this thread and organizing the funding page!

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« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2017, 06:56:37 PM »
Having traveled through some of the most impoverished countries in Africa, and in particular some riddled with malaria, I wholeheartedly endorse this fundraiser. And not just for lives saved. Don't forget the emphasis on 1000nets = 1 life. I would personally emphasise the fact that nets massively improve livelihoods. Most people can't afford malaria treatments....sometimes they are available to them, but at a small cost! I passed many places that sold it (and rued paying exhorbitant prices in Australia for mine prior to departure, haha), and to an employed westerner, its dirt cheap to treat someone for malaria. But its not to them.

Most adults I spoke to had had malaria, or dengue, at least once, often many many times. They just have to ride it out. If they are fit and otherwise mostly healthy by local standards, then this might take a few weeks. Its basically lazing around with a bad bad man flu. They can't work though, or look after their families, or study, and of course its very risky, they could still die or develop complications, and without a mosquito net over them, they help to pass on malaria to more mosquitos to infect more people...

Could you imagine the affect on your livelihood if say, once a year, you had to take 6 weeks of unpaid sick leave, completely laid up in bed at home? It would be bad hey.
Now imagine you are struggling just to feed yourself and your family a meal a day, find clean water, etc. Its critical. Everyone suffers around you too.

Good on you all!

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 05:45:41 AM »
Great idea! I can chip in a few bucks.

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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 02:46:39 PM »
Only just saw this! We had to postpone Xmas this year til 6 Jan so I had time to incorporate this charity into our gifts.

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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2017, 09:09:17 PM »
Three $500 donors came in on the last day of the year. Nice! Thanks to everyone who donated regardless of the amount.

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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2018, 10:44:43 AM »
Just saw this and will donate. We also give to small animal rescues and the Salvation Army. Each local salvation army has a man and wife team that take one very small salary. They provide jobs and housing for substance abuse males and in return they work in their stores, warehouses for 6 months. This gives these people a supportive community while getting clean and sober.  Going to their church is a requirement which turns some people off but I am fine with that.  They are a Christian based organization. My BIL got clean with their help and sadly about 5 years later purposely took a bunch of drugs to kill himself. They reached out to us and offered to provide a funeral service that was really nice.  My experience has been that they really care.   WE are not one bit religious but the good they do outweighs the negative of that.

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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2018, 10:53:43 AM »
Thanks for starting this thread. What a great way to start the new year. Just gave 25.

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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2018, 09:58:14 PM »
My mom had malaria twice, it sucks. Set up a small recurring donation. After all, subscriptions are terrible things you forget about and end up paying forever... but when it's to charity, that's fine by me :)

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2018, 02:15:54 AM »
One of my New Year's resolutions was to give more to charity. Love the idea of effective altruism so my first (small) donation of the year went to Mustachians against Malaria! That's another 5 malaria nets to be distributed :)

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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2018, 11:39:50 PM »
Done! I give to AMF monthly and so I initially had to pass, but now that I've seen the size of my tax return I have a little extra room in my pockets.

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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2018, 12:17:44 AM »
I was thinking of donating some money to something that will help society. thanks for uploading this threat. 

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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2018, 09:07:00 AM »
Well, it's May 15th and I have gotten no where in my 3 lb weight loss! PLATEAU CITY.  What I probably need to do is periodically get some more intensity in my exercise - I've been doing very little other than walking and gardening.

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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2018, 12:21:07 PM »
Just looked up the 990's from past years. The officers have never paid themselves. I'm always impressed by that. I give it two thumbs up.

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« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2018, 11:31:51 AM »
Wow, we are up to 4,675 nets and closing in on $10,000.00 USD.   Amazing work team.