BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Tom Ash


Tom Ash has worked for several non-profits, most recently Vancouver-based Charity Science, which recommends and raises awareness of the most cost-effective charities in the world. He comes from the UK, and studied philosophy at Cambridge and then at Oxford, and then worked for openDemocracy and New Internationalist while also helping other organisations and campaigns.

Talk Title: A Skeptic’s Guide To Charity

How can you pick the best charities to donate to in an evidence-based way? What does GiveWell, the leading charity evaluator, recommend? Can you even rank charities by how much good they do, and if so how? Why is overhead a bad metric for this, and what is a better one? Does aid work or are aid skeptics like Dambisa Moyo and William Easterly right?

All these questions and more will be answered in this talk by Tom Ash of Charity Science.