Interactive Monday: How Good Is Your Giving?

May 05, 2019
Interactive, Generosity

Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this cool interactive from MIT which analyzes your giving impulses. Here are the instructions:

After answering these 10 questions, the results indicate where your choices stack up across various continuum: Here's a partial view of the results page: 

Reflection questions:

  • After analyzing the results, which preferences do you feel accurate represent your giving habits? Which results do you feel are least accurate when it comes to your giving practice?
  • Do you agree that effectiveness should correspond to the number of lives saved? Do you think that everyone has that perspective?
  • Why do you think that Famous Charity bias exists? 
  • Do you find it's easier to give to relatives compared to strangers? Explain. 


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.