AkhilJalan

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Donations

How much do you plan to donate?: 
15% of my income
To which causes?: 
Global poverty
Animal welfare
Existential risk and far future causes
For how long?: 
Throughout my life
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

I will probably give a substantially higher percentage of my income past $80,000 per year. 

Selected past donations: 
AmountToWhen
200Against Malaria FoundationJune 10, 2016
Donations I've helped influence: 
AmountToDonated byWhenAny details
Past donations: 
CurrencyAmountRecipientNotesWhen?
USDt
200
June 2016
USDt
200
My friend, Christian Chessman, matched my previous donation to AMF and personally donated $200.
September 2016

Views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk (artificial intelligence)
Existential risk (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Diet: 
Vegan
Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Feminist
Rationalist/LessWrong
Skeptic/atheist
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Existential risk and far future causes
Machine intelligence risk
Movement-building
Prioritization research
Rationality

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2014
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
LessWrong
The Life You Can Save (you've taken the pledge)
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
Local chapter of an EA organisation
Friends
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Peter Singer's book "The Most Good You Can Do"
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Effective Altruists of Berkeley
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
11-20 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
Eliezer Yudkowsky mentioned it in an author's note on his fan fiction "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality"
What can the Effective Altruism community help you with? : 

Decide what I should do with my time and life 

What could you bring to the Effective Altruism community?: 

Time, effort, snacks

Demographics

Name: 
Akhil Jalan
Gender: 
Male
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
Country: 
United States
City: 
Berkeley, CA
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Left
Full-time student?: 
Yes
Might you be able to let EAs stay with you at the moment?: 
Yes