Aaron Hamlin

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How much do you plan to donate?: 
>1% of annual income, on average, until I have my retirement covered, then substantially increased
To which causes?: 
Electoral reform (voting methods), family planning, EA Orgs
For how long?: 
For the foreseeable future
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

I plan to up my giving once my student loans and retirement savings are addressed, though this will take some time given my income. The 1% is more to act as a reminder for me. My retirement account uses socially responsible investing strategies and has a charity recipient for 100% of the funds upon my death. My main method of maximizing good is through the nonprofits that I started and run.

Selected past donations: 
Giving since 2016
AmountToDate Given
$4,400The Center for Election Science2016
$600Free and Equal Elections Foundation2016
$500The Center for Effective Altruism2017
$175Liberty In North Korea2017
Donations I've helped influence: 
Giving influenced since 2012
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
$720,000The Center for Election ScienceCollective2012-2017I'm the executive director
$900,000Male Contraception InitiativeCollective2014-2017I was executive director during this time.
Any additional information about your past donations: 
The Center for Election Science (my employer) and Free and Equal focus on electoral reform in the US. This has the potential to positively change the way policy and resources are allocated in the US, which has a high potential impact. I see donations to The Center for Effective Altruism as a multiplier for my giving by influencing others who have greater giving capacity than me. Liberty In North Korea helps people escape North Korea. Afer looking through IRS 990s it takes them about $3K total per person they help escape.
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Views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Global poverty
Animal welfare
Improving rationality or science
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Political reform
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Family planning
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

I run a nonprofit that advances better voting methods so as to build better policy and government spending. I give a small portion of my income and have my retirement account set to give 100% to charitable causes upon my death.

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
Near vegetarian
Other social movements identified with: 
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The Life You Can Save
Doing Good Better
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
The Center for Election Science, Male Contraception Initiative
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
6-10 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
Sam Harris podcast with William MacAskill
What can the Effective Altruism community help you with? : 

I run a nonprofit that arguably falls under the umbrella of effective altruism. I believe advancing that organization will also advance the EA community's goals as well. Connections to key donors would help that organization dramatically.

What could you bring to the Effective Altruism community?: 

I have expertise on voting theory and could help with giving games and collective decision making procedures. I also have a technical understanding of charitable giving (giving vehicles, tax advantages) and nonprofit structures.


Planned career path: 
Direct charity/non-profit work
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
I am currently working in this career path, and do not anticipate changing.
Current occupation or career: 

Executive Director, The Center for Election Science (since 2013)

Any ways you could help others with their careers: 

I'm a licensed attorney as well as a nonprofit executive director. I understand the logistics of setting up a nonprofit in the US. I can help anyone choosing the path of setting up a nonprofit in the US.

nonprofit law, nonprofit management, social choice theory, research methods, basic statistical methods, contraceptive technology


Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Professional postgraduate degree
United States
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Full-time student?: 
Might you be able to let EAs stay with you at the moment?: