Brenton Mayer

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How much do you plan to donate?: 
At least (likely above) 10%
To which causes?: 
So far 100% global poverty alleviation/spending money to encourage others to do so. This will likely expand in the future to other popular EA domains.
For how long?: 
Throughout my life
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

My donations currently look like about 20% of my income/student stipend. It's pretty hard to predict, but I hope that this will increase as my income increases. When I graduate in 2015 I expect it'll look like 30% or so, and hopefully further up to something like 50% of my income once I finish specialising, with a significant margin either side depending on specifics of my dependents and income.

Selected past donations: 
$4000-6000 AUDAgainst Malaria Foundation; Running costs and copies of The Life You Can Save for the Run to Better Days2013
~$4000-$5000 AUDVarious charitiesBefore 2013
Donations I've helped influence: 
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Past donations: 

Elsewhere on the web

Your 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 (other)
Far future concerns (besides existential risk)
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

Earning to give through my career and most significantly outreach generally within the anti-poverty area. This has included volunteering for Giving What We Can in a university holiday, some talks at my university, and a lot of talks through 'The Run to Better Days', which is the major thing that my EA time goes into. 

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
Reducing the amount of meat I eat

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2011 or 2012
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
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?: 
The online EA community
The Life You Can Save
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Giving What We Can
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
11-20 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
The Life You Can Save

Your career

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: 

Previously earning to give as a doctor, have since switched into direct work at 80,000 Hours. 


Brenton Mayer
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
United States
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Centre left
Full-time student?: 
Might you be able to let EAs stay with you at the moment?: