Ever looked into a rescued animal’s eyes and felt hope for the future? We share a profound empathy for creatures subjected to cruelty and exploitation. We make conscious choices, embracing veganism and actively raising awareness. But sometimes, a nagging question lingers: are these efforts enough? Can we truly make a significant difference in the face of such systemic issues?

The answer is a definite yes, but with a crucial exception. While our personal choices like veganism are a powerful statement of compassion, their impact can be amplified exponentially through another powerful tool: donations to animal charities. Think about it — our passionate voices can easily get lost in a world that doesn’t care about animal suffering. But what happens when those voices unite?  When does our collective compassion translate into tangible support for organisations leading the charge on the front lines? That’s where donations come in.

The Giving for Animals Initiative — A Movement of Change

Giving for Animals inspires you to make a difference for countless animals. It is about empowering change through financial contributions. By committing to donate a percentage of your income, you are joining a community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of collective action.

The Giving for Animals initiative is not just about making donations. It’s about creating a culture of giving within the animal liberation community. By sharing your commitment to donating a percentage of your income, you inspire others to do the same. These contributions act as fuel for impactful organisations, allowing them to champion commitment against animal exploitation on a grander scale. Imagine the collective roar of a million voices for animals, backed by the concrete action of financial support.

But why take a pledge to donate a percentage of your income? By donating a percentage rather than a fixed amount, you ensure that your contribution grows as your income grows. Your impact can increase, making a greater difference for animals in need. This might seem like a small step, but consider it a strategic investment in a future free from animal suffering.

The Ripple Effect of Donations

Your donation, combined with countless others, empowers organisations to:

  • Advance groundbreaking research — donations fuel scientific studies that expose cruel practices and pave the way for more humane alternatives in agriculture, testing, and entertainment.
  • Advocate for legislative change — lobbying efforts to enact stricter animal protection laws require resources. Your donation becomes a roar in the courtroom, a voice demanding justice for animals.
  • Corporate campaigns and awareness-raising initiatives target large corporations, urging them to adopt more ethical practices, such as offering vegan products or committing to sourcing animal products from farms with humane practices. 
  • Awareness-raising campaigns and organisations are instrumental in educating the public about animal liberation issues. By increasing awareness and understanding, these campaigns can inspire more people to donate, volunteer, and advocate for change. 

By joining the Giving for Animals initiative, you are taking a stand for animals and showing your commitment to creating a better world for them.

Questions and Concerns

We’ve established the power of donations to fuel impactful animal liberation efforts. But let’s face it, questions and concerns are natural. Perhaps you’ve wondered:

What is The Pledge?

The Giving What We Can Pledge is a public commitment to donate a percentage of your lifetime income to the most effective charities in the world. Animal Advocacy Careers encourages people to take the GWWC pledge and to give to farmed animal charities for as long as they are able to use this money to improve the lives of others most effectively.

How does the pledge work?

1. Pledge to give

Make your commitment to donate a portion of your income to effective animal charities. A donation is not required at this point.

2. Start donating

Decide when it’s right for you to turn your pledge into action by making a donation to animal charities. Everything is on your own terms.

3. See progress

  • Policy reforms
  • More plant-based food 
  • Better conditions for animals

Step by step, we’ll reach our shared vision. Feel assured by following the progress of the charities you donate to.

Where exactly does my money go? 

Transparency is key. Look for organisations with readily available impact reports. They meticulously track how every dollar translates into tangible results for animals. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Reputable organisations will be happy to address your concerns and demonstrate their commitment to responsible stewardship of your donation.

Animal charities that you can trust will always be open about how they use donations. You can choose the ones that will focus on using effective methods to make the greatest impact. This means that when you donate to a reputable animal charity, you can be sure that your contribution is being used effectively to support their programs and initiatives. 

Can a single donation really make a difference?

Absolutely! Remember the ripple effect. Your contribution, combined with countless others, fuels the machinery of change. Think of it as adding another pebble to a growing mosaic – each piece essential for the complete picture. Even a seemingly small donation can be the tipping point for a critical rescue mission or the final push needed to secure vital funding for groundbreaking research. It’s important to remember that even small donations can add up. Collectively, donations from individuals like you can have a significant impact on animals.

How do I choose a trustworthy organisation? 

Great question! Do your research. Look for charities with a proven track record, clear mission statements focused on specific, measurable outcomes. You can have a look at the organisations we add to Animal Advocacy Careers’ job board for ideas. These are added to the job board because we trust they are doing great, effective work, but you should certainly do your own research.

Inspiring Stories of Impact: Changing Lives Through Your Generosity

Let’s dive into some inspiring stories of individuals whose donations have made a tangible difference for animals. These stories highlight the transformative power of financial contributions and show how each donation, no matter how small, can change lives.

Jeroen Willems’ Dedication to Animal Liberation

Jeroen Willems is a YouTuber at A Happier World. He took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate a part of his income to animal charities.

What inspired you to start donating to the animal advocacy cause, and what motivates you to continue?

“A lot of the suffering in our world today takes place on factory farms. Animals have to live through horrible conditions that we would never think of putting our pets through. There are very effective animal charities out there doing amazing work to improve the lives of animals in factory farms.”

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking the pledge/earning to give for animals, but is unsure?

“Go for it! Remember, any amount is better than nothing. You can take a trial pledge like I do and increase your percentage every year. Just as I couldn’t go vegan overnight, it’s okay to take things step by step. Animal advocacy organizations are underfunded and can do a lot with your money.”

Tania Luna’s Journey of Compassion

Tania Luna is a co-founder of Scarlet Spark. She took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate a part of his income to animal charities.

What inspired you to start donating to the animal advocacy cause, and what motivates you to continue?

“I have always loved animals. But in spite of that (or maybe even because of it), I found it too painful to really, truly look at the degree of turmoil they experience in every second and every place in the world, especially through the institution of factory farming. For years, the very thought of it was so overwhelming that — without even realizing it — I let myself look away. 

I donated to animal rescues and sanctuaries because it felt more tangible. I understood how much feed my money could buy. I could picture the immediate relief and joy of these animals.

I think the big shift for me happened when we adopted our first pig — and later, goats and roosters. I found myself snuggling with the Outlaw Josey (Jo for short) and thinking about how unfathomably different this moment was for her than for the trillions of individuals locked up in cages, or worse, feeling no love or hope or consideration.

That’s when I really made myself look. I lay on the floor, holding Jo and crying into her fur, as I scrolled through images of factory farms and read article after article. It felt like my heart was being torn out of my chest. But by the next morning, I was able to start looking at the solutions that exist to help end factory farming and minimize wild animal factories. 

How can we hope to have a healthy culture when exploiting those who are weaker than us is an accepted fact of everyday life? When the institutionalized abuse of animals ends, we will pave the way for us to care more fully for our own species. We will make strides toward a world where mutual flourishing is normal.”

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking the pledge/earning to give for animals, but is unsure?

“Take steps to be on the right side of history. Make it possible for yourself to look back and say, “I helped make this change possible for all animals, humans included.” Don’t overthink it. There are so many terrific organizations changing the world for animals, and they each play an important role in the shift we must make as a society.”

Eric Arellano’s Commitment to Animal Liberation

Eric Arellano is a software engineer at IBM Quantum. He took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate a part of his income to animal charities.

What inspired you to start donating to the animal advocacy cause, and what motivates you to continue?

“After graduating from university, I tried teaching middle school computer science for a semester, but I quickly realized that I liked software engineering way more. Still, I wanted to have an impact through my career. Earning to give has allowed me to both have a job that I love—getting paid to solve a puzzle—and to help create the world I want to live in.

Earning to give helps me to feel far less anxiety about climate change and factory farming. I know that I alone am not enough to solve these things. But I find inspiration in the story of the man throwing back starfish:

> After a storm, thousands and thousands of starfish are stranded and suffocating on the beach.

> Someone sees an old man throwing a single starfish back into the sea, followed by another. They ask him, “Why are you doing that? Don’t you realize you can’t make a difference? There are thousands of them!”

> The man picks up and throws another. “I made a difference to that one.”

Earning to give has also resulted in neat opportunities to volunteer! Thanks to my getting to know the organization staff as a donor, I’ve found NGOs often need software engineering help, yet don’t always know what they want. For example, I helped Dharma Voices for Animals to understand their Thai team’s field notes written in Thai by setting up a Google Sheet that automatically translated the notes into English.

I don’t know if I will continue earning to give forever—life is unpredictable. For example, I’d be happy to change to a lower-paying job if it had a promising impact. But for now, I feel grateful every day that I’ve found this path that lets me love the work I do while helping to create a kinder world.”

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking the pledge/earning to give for animals, but is unsure?

“The idea of Coast Financial Independence has been a game changer for me. It’s where you have enough saved for retirement that you can theoretically stop saving for retirement thanks to compound interest, so long as you cover your living expenses every year until retirement. Reaching Coast Financial Independence has empowered me to feel more comfortable donating aggressively—like 35% pre-tax income in 2023—without being as concerned I’m neglecting my future well-being.

Before reaching Coast Financial Independence, I still strongly encourage donating at a lower percentage, including trying out 1%. Someone gave me great advice when I got my first pay cheque in high school to donate from the start to build an ethic of giving. It is easy to keep deferring giving. “I’m a poor college student” becomes “I just graduated and am broke from moving” becomes “I’m saving up for a down payment” and so on. (That being said, debt and financial goals are legitimate things to worry about! That’s why I encourage starting with giving 1%.)

The other reason I am biased toward giving now, rather than later, is because we need to end factory farming now, not in 2073. The book Die With Zero talks about how the average age of inheritance is ~55 years old, but that money would be so much more useful in someone’s 20s. It’s the same with non-profits. Regardless of Earning To Give, I recommend the book Die With Zero to everyone for thought-provoking advice about how to balance the present vs. future.”

What Can You Do to Make a Difference?

Now that you’ve heard these inspiring stories of individuals making a difference for animals through their donations, you might be wondering how you can get involved and make an impact too. Here are some ways you can empower yourself to make a difference for animals:

Research reputable charities — take the time to research reputable animal charities that align with your values and mission. Look for organisations that are transparent about their use of funds and have a track record of making a positive impact.

Take the pledge — make the commitment to your chosen charity. This ensures a consistent flow of support and allows the organisation to plan for their programs and initiatives.

Spread the word — share your commitment to animals with others. By raising awareness about the importance of donating to animal charities, you can inspire others to join the cause and make a difference.

Get creative with fundraising — host fundraising events or campaigns to raise money for animal charities. Whether it’s a bake sale, a charity run, or a virtual fundraiser, there are many ways to raise money and support animals in need.

Volunteer your time — in addition to donating money, consider volunteering your time to help animals directly. Your time and effort can make a big difference, especially when you use professional skills that you’ve developed.

Remember, every donation, no matter how small, has the power to change lives and make a difference for animals. By supporting impactful organisations and embracing initiatives like the Giving for Animals movement, you play a vital role in creating a better world for animals. Together, we can make a world of difference for animals in need.

nevena beljanski
Nevena is a vegan for the animals and a committed content specialist. With a background in digital marketing, she actively participates in animal rescue efforts and is deeply dedicated to fundraising for animal causes. Her passion for animal rights is reflected in her work and personal endeavours, where she consistently raises awareness and support for the well-being of animals.