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Effective Altruism: SBF’s Downfall Endangers his Philanthropic Gifts

Washington Post | Thalia Beaty and Glenn Gamboa | Nov 14, 2022

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The rapid collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX into bankruptcy last week has also shaken the world of philanthropy, due to the donations and influence of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in the “effective altruism” movement.

  • Will no longer happen: The FTX Foundation -- and other related nonprofits mostly funded by Bankman-Fried and other top FTX executives – says it has donated $190 million to numerous causes.Earlier this year, the foundation’s Future Fund announced plans to donate an additional $100 million, with hopes of donating up to $1 billion in 2022.
  • Bankman-Fried, 30, is the best-known proponent of the “effective altruism” social movement which believes in prioritizing donations to projects that will have the largest impact on the most number of people.
    • Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and current Asana CEO and co-founder, and his wife Cari Tuna, are also major funders and backers of the movement, which also emphasizes that the lives of all people should be weighted equally, regardless of where they live now or if they will inhabit the earth generations in the future.

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  • Bankman-Fried did set up a philanthropic infrastructure through his exchange, FTX, which promised that 1% of its crypto exchange fees would be donated to charities. It also matched user donations made through its platform up to $10,000 a day. In total, the company said more than $24 million was donated through user fees, donations and its matching program before it suspended its services.
  • Quotes:
    • SBF:  “I wanted to get rich, not because I like money but because I wanted to give that money to charity."
    • Moskovitz (who also signed 'The Giving Pledge' tweeted:  “Either (’effective altruism’) encouraged Sam’s unethical behavior, or provided a convenient rationalization for such actions. Either is bad.”

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