Maximized Good, Minimized Time

Effective volunteerism/activism opportunities, charitable funds, and newsletters.




80,000 Hours

Your career is 80,000 hours long. That's a long time, so it makes sense to think about it critically. Over 60 studies agree that the most fulfilling and enjoyable jobs are those that have a positive impact, so it's a good idea to prioritize doing good in your career. The team at 80,000 hours help you build a satisfying and beneficial career from start to finish: What it means to do good, how to do more of it rather than less, career guides, application advice, and so on. They offer a career guide (with a two-minute summary) helping you think through your career and, once you have flexible plans, a newsletter of job opportunities that do maximal good.

Giving Green & FP Climate Change Fund

Giving Green is a subset of the nonprofit IDinsight that creates a fund for the most effective climate change charities. Founder's Pledge (FP) produces various charity funds optimizing cost-effectiveness. Giving Green and FP have some differences in their current strategies (this may change as new information arises). The foremost difference is that FP seems to focus more on research and advocacy, whereas Giving Green grants more to technological innovation. DGN presently recommends donors give a tentative 50% to Founder's Pledge and 50% to Giving Green to minimize the risk of missing out on optimal ventures.


Among the largest, oldest, and most widespread climate campaign organizations, Greenpeace makes climate change advocacy simple by letting you contact companies or politicians and sign petitions in minutes (though petitions generally have less impact). Political lobbying can increase support for vital legislation, thereby having a high impact-to-time ratio. If you aren't in the US, Greenpeace has websites for many countries, which can be easily found by searching "Greenpeace" in a browser.

Reimagining Protein

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is among Giving Green and Animal Charity Evaluators' top recommendations (as of July 2023). The GFI's team aims to fix meat production, which is currently a key contributor to climate change, environmental disorder, pandemic risk, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria (to say nothing of its harm to animals). They work through myriad channels: funding & ideas for research, aiding producers, political advocacy, and more. The GFI produces various specialized newsletters, but the GFI's general option, Reimagining Protein, appears to be the best newsletter for keeping you informed about the alt protein sphere.

The Sunrise Movement

For involved climate change activists, the Sunrise Movement is likely the highest-impact organization to invest your time in. Its campaigns are attributed by many as a meaningful cause of the Biden administration's unprecedented climate legislation. The Sunrise Movement was also one of Giving Green's top recommendations, although it lost its position due to uncertainty about its future plans. Still, arguably no other climate activism organization can boast the same level of prior impact as the Sunrise Movement.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Similarly to Greenpeace, Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) allows you to easily support climate change mitigation legislation by contacting your representatives. CCL appears to be a solid complement to Greenpeace since CCL focuses on advocacy in Congress, whereas Greenpeace often lobbies the president's administration. Congress members may be more open to altering their standpoints on climate than the White House, given that they have a smaller voter pool.

The Climate Crisis

Bill McKibbon is a prominent voice in the realm of environmentalism and co-founder of His newsletter in the New Yorker (for which you do not need to subscribe to the New Yorker) a strong free way to stay up-to-date on climate change. The Climate Crisis compliments the NYT's Climate Forward (our other recommended climate newsletter), as it provides a space for a somewhat more opinionated and persuasive perspective than that of the New York Times.

Climate Forward

The New York Times has earned worldwide acclaim for its dedication to fact-based journalism. Its climate newsletter (which is unfortunately only available to subscribers) is a solid way to learn more about climate change, from its effects to its discourse to its solutions (including both policy and technical innovation, though emphasizing the former). It complements Bill McKibbon's newsletter, the Climate Crisis, because it provides a purer representation of information while McKibbon provides fuller insight, persuasion, and opinion.