Our Mission and History

Careers that make a difference

80,000 Hours was founded in October 2011 to help people like you have a career that makes a difference * We provide free one-on-one career advice sessions. * We share world class research and information on ethical careers. * We have a global community of enthusiastic members who want to make the world a better place.

Our Vision

We want to change the world by helping millions of people make more difference with their careers.

Our Mission

We aim to be the world’s number one source for advice on pursuing a career that makes a difference in an effective way. We will do this by providing in-depth, evidence-based and personalised advice, and by fostering the growth of a global network of thousands of dedicated and successful people, who are working together to make the world as good a place as it can be.

Our Goals

Over the next six months, our focus is on developing our careers advice content and bringing it to universities across the world.

Our Team

We have 6 full time staff and more than 10 volunteers. A short bio of our key staff can be found here.

Our Relationship to the Centre for Effective Altruism

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) comprises both 80,000 Hours and Giving What We Can. It is based in Oxford and co-ordinates the logistical support and fundraising efforts for the two charities. CEA exists to promote, discover, and support evidence-based projects for the benefit of humanity.

CEA is also affiliated with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. The Centre strongly supports the vision and aims of CEA. However, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics does not have any formal involvement with or responsibility for CEA.

Our Funding

As of February 2013, our funding comes entirely from individuals who believe in our mission, and expect us to deliver a large positive impact with their donations. We don’t accept any money from other companies or organisations, and nor do we charge for any of our services. If you’re interested in donating to us, please visit this page.

Our History

80,000 Hours began when Will Crouch and Benjamin Todd gave a lecture on how to make the most difference with your career in Oxford, February 2011. Will and Ben had met through Giving What We Can, and felt that it was important to bring GWWC’s twin ideas of giving more and giving better into ethically-motivated career choice. The first lecture inspired Richard Batty, Matt Gibb, Robbie Shade and Niel Bowerman to team up with Ben and Will in forming an organisation to promote this project.

In October 2011 we launched as 80,000 Hours, with Ben as Executive Director and Will as President. We quickly grew in Oxford and beyond. In November 2011 we were featured in the BBC. By the end of the year, we had recruited over 140 members.

By summer 2012, 80,000 Hours had become a registered charitable company as part of the Centre for Effective Altruism. Ben was made the first full-time employee. Tom Ash was also hired to run Operations for Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours. We also took on several full-time interns, including Richard Batty, in addition to over 20 volunteers. In 2013, we expect to have a budget of over £100,000.

To see what we’re up to now, see Our Community and meet the team. To become part of our story, go here.

The Effective Altruist Movement

We see ourselves as part of a group of effective altruist organisations, which take an evidence-based approach to doing good. This includes our sister organisations, Giving What We Can and The Life You Can Save, as well as organisations like Givewell and The Gates Foundation.