Effective Altruism Helsinki

What is this?

Effective Altruism stems from the goal of making the world the best it can be, and starts with the actions that have the most impact. Instead of settling for charities that do good work, we want to find the causes and means by which we can help the world most effectively. You want to get the best you can for your money when e.g. buying a computer, so why not do the same when giving?

A core principle of Effective Altruism is a commitment to evidence-based decision making; we prefer to choose the causes and organizations we support through rigorous research. We seek to answer questions of values using clear argumentation and utilizing the insights of ethics, economics, and psychology.

In practice, the effectiveness of different charitable organizations varies greatly, and even a little research can help you multiply your impact. For example, the most effective interventions to reduce HIV are over 1000 times more effective than the least effective interventions. Because of this, we place great value on cost-effectiveness.

An Effective Altruist is not tied to any single cause, and is free to pick their battles strategically. Being the most effective we can be requires us to be open to questioning and changing our beliefs, as well as being unafraid to seize unconventional opportunities to do good. For example, many Effective Altruists earn to give instead of doing not-for-profit work.

We have an opportunity to make the world a better place. Through rational decision making, we can multiply our impact.

Effective Altruism Helsinki is an organization that, as part of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, seeks to

  • inspire students to tackle global problems
  • guide students in making ethical career choices
  • help people choose the most effective charities to donate to
  • advance the effectiveness and transparency of charities
  • show that everyone can affect the state of the world
  • strenghten the Effective Altruism community
  • research the ways we can do the most good
  • critically evaluate its projects and their impact

Get Involved!

Upcoming Events
We're running a career planning workshop on the December 5th, more info can be found on our Facebook.
A fortnightly effective altruism themed reading group will be starting in January 2019. No previous knowledge of effective altruism is required to join. If you're interested, follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list to stay updated.
We have monthly meetups for discussion and hanging out. These are listed on Facebook as well as on our mailing list.

We announce our activities on our Facebook page.

You can also get the same information by joining our mailing list. You can join by emailing
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If you have any questions or just want to have a chat about Effective Altruism or e.g. your career plans, don't hesitate to contact us at

If you want to become a member of Effective Altruism Helsinki, fill the membership application. We do not currently collect membership dues.

Altruism Elsewhere

There are a number of organizations advancing Effective Altruism. Some of the most significant are highlighted below.

Centre for Effective Altruism

This website contains a wealth of information on EA ideas and methods.

80,000 Hours

80,000 Hours does research to find out how you can maximize our impact by making better career choices. They also offer career coaching to aspiring Effective Altruists.


GiveWell researches different charities to find the ones that have the most positive impact. GiveWell seeks to ensure that the organizations they recommend do what they do efficiently and have room for more funding.

Giving What We Can

Giving What We Can is a community of people who've pledged to give at least 10% of their income to effective charities.

Animal Charity Evaluators

Animal Charity Evaluators seeks to find the charities that are best at reducing animal suffering. Since the numbers of animals living in terrible conditions are in the billions, there is great potential to improve their conditions.

The Future of Humanity Institute

The Future of Humanity Institute applies science, mathematics, and philosophy to find answers to big picture questions, like which actions will have the most positive impact on people living in the far future.

Looking to give effectively?

We believe GiveWell gives the best charity recommendations.