Jeff Kaufman is a software engineer who, along with his wife Julia, has made the decision to give half their collective income away to alleviate suffering around the world. Over the last seven years, Jeff and Julia together have consistently given a great deal of money to support charities that most reduce worldwide suffering, including those that fight childhood malaria. Jeff is an advocate for effective altruism, the notion that those with wealth should give with an eye towards making the greatest impact in the world. Jeff works at Google and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
Matt Croasmun interviews Jeff about the importance of giving away a large portion of his income in his vision of a life worth living. Jeff discusses why, for him as an Effective Altruist, relieving suffering, particularly in cases like childhood malaria, is so important, as well as how he thinks one’s place in life affects the best way to make a difference in the world.