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Playing Poker to Help the World: Adriano Mannino on Raising for Effective Giving and Meta-Charities

  • Emerson Hall 105, Harvard University 25 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 United States (map)

Adriano Mannino is Co-Founder and Chairman of Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a meta-charity that recommends the most effective charities to poker players wishing to make positive impacts on the world through donations of a substantial fraction of their winnings.

As a meta-charity, rather than helping people in need directly, REG instead seeks to promote charitable giving and rational, effectiveness-oriented decision-making in general – in order to multiply the impact of effective direct charities. Research in health economics has shown that the direct impact of various charities can differ by a factor of up to 1000. The goal of REG is to promote this idea of effective giving in the poker community and beyond. Adriano will also delve into the rationale behind targeting the poker community -  namely, that the rationality skills used for maximizing expected monetary value in poker transfer to the area of maximizing the expected impact of charitable donations.