A company of scholars, a society of friends, and a team of would-be heroes fighting evil.

Our Strategy:

A lot of us want to create a positive impact while we are at college, and we believe that it’s possible to make a tremendous difference for others while being a college student. However, at YEA, we also realize that it matters a lot how you choose to spend the 80,000 hours you will have in your career, just like it matters how you choose to spend your lifetime income. Given this realization, we at YEA prioritize inspiring, encouraging, and educating people in the hopes that they will pursue high-impact careers and work on the world’s most pressing problems.

Our Activities: One of our flagship projects is the YEA Fellowship, an intensive and rewarding semester-long program for students to deeply engage with ideas & strategies for effectively improving the world. In the Fall 2018 semester, the fellowship includes the Impact Challenge, a project where fellows engage in research and discussion to figure out where to donate a grant of $3,000. In addition to the fellowship, we host public speaker events, workshops, discussion groups, and social events. Every November, we launch a campaign to raise awareness about the Giving What We Can pledge, where we advocate for students to pledge a portion of their income to effective charities. You can see a list of last year’s activities at the bottom of this page.

Our Community: Perhaps most importantly, Yale Effective Altruism is a community of like-minded individuals. We come from all over the world and study all kinds of different subjects, but we have one thing in common: A desire to make the world a much better place. Being part of YEA means that you belong to a society of friends who care deeply about the same issues as you. Together, we have weekly social dinners, we go on hikes and hang out during the weekend. In addition, we also have an annual Weekend Retreat for our members! Additionally, we provide connections to a global network of students and professionals with common goals. These connections can often lead to internships, mentoring, and job opportunities in fields where you can have a large positive impact. In YEA, we hope you can find support and inspiration to become the best version of yourself that you can be.

Your Involvement: There are many different ways to get involved with YEA. First of all, you can attend our public events. Past events include a debate on the ethics of eating meat featuring John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, and talks given by Julia Wise, President of Giving What We Can. Another option, for those who really want to commit to learning more about how to increase their impact, is to attend our discussion groups and workshops. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for news about these opportunities. In the beginning of the semester, you can also apply for our Fellowship. Finally, if you want to be part of organizing events on campus, you should join the YEA board! Contact yaleeas@gmail.com for more info about joining the board.

Our Philosophy:

Most of us want to make a difference. We see suffering, injustice and death, and are moved to do something about them. But working out what that ‘something’ is, let alone actually doing it, is a difficult problem. Effective Altruism is social movement and a philosophy focused on figuring out how to help others as much as possible. In doing this, we aim to employ Critical Thinking, Open-Mindedness, and Global Empathy.

Critical Thinking

Applying evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world.





Considering all causes and actions, and then acting in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact.



Global Empathy 

Valuing all sentient life, regardless of nationality, creed, ancestry, religion, or species.