START A GROUP

Get Support and Start Your Group

Published 20th September 2019

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Guidance from the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA)

Once you have decided you want to start a group, contact the groups team at CEA. They are happy to schedule calls with aspiring group organisers to share advice and point them towards resources. You can reach them at groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org. They are the best people to talk to for general group advice.

Groups Newsletter

CEA sends out a monthly EA Groups newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter, and read some of the previous group newsletters.

You can also check out the Groups Support Page for other people to contact if you need support for particular topics such as running introductory presentations, issues within the group, or running fellowships.

Register Your Group

Register your group on the Effective Altruism Hub website. The EA Hub hosts the official list of EA groups.

Get an Email Address and Cloud Storage for Your Group

To ensure your current or future co-organisers can access emails and files for your group, it is very useful to have a group email address and a place to store files. Some uni groups can be given an official university email, but most groups choose to create a group gmail account which includes a Google drive. It is also possible to get a more official-looking email address.

By making an email address you are committing to check this email address regularly—if it is more convenient for you it is possible to funnel mail sent to multiple email addresses through to a single inbox. For instance, use these instructions to get your emails to go to a single gmail account.

Set up Social Media and an Email List

EA groups usually use Facebook as their main social media platform, so it is important to create a Facebook group or page for your group. Modifiable cover images and ideas you could use are here.

More information about using social media, Meetup, and mailing lists is on the page on how to publicise your group.

Connect with Other Group Organisers

Talking to people that have done this before can be super helpful for finding answers, reassurance, and tips you may not have come across yet.

The EA Group Organizers Facebook group is a great place to ask questions. There is also an EA Groups Slack workspace, where you can share resources and ask questions. Ask the CEA Groups Team, or a fellow EA group organiser to invite you to the workspace.

More seasoned organisers are often excited to learn about new groups and happy to provide mentoring even if you haven’t met before.

Here are some ways to find other groups to ask if they’d be willing to give you a hand:

  • Search on the EA Hub
  • Search for “[nearby city or university] Effective Altruism” on Facebook

If you are running a uni group, it’s also a good idea to talk to some organisers of other clubs at your university. They might be able to give you a sense of how to navigate policies, publicise events, and tailor general club-running advice to your university in particular.

Register with Your University and Utilise Available Resources (Uni Groups)

Each university has different requirements around groups. Read our guide to registering as an official group and how to use the university’s resources.

Find Resources

EA Resource Hub has an extensive list of resources to help you run your group or put on events.

Optional: Apply for Funding

If your group is a registered uni group, you can apply for funding through your Student Association. For funding city groups, or if your uni group needs additional funding, you can apply to CEA. Group support funding can be used for printing, running events, supplying food at events, travel expenses for speakers, and group projects.

Optional: Get a Website and an EA Email Address

Most groups get by using only Facebook, Meetup.com, and a Gmail address for their group, so new groups should carefully consider whether they need a website or an official-looking email address. If your group is part of a national group, you could also see whether it’s possible to have a page on your national group’s website, and to have email addresses using the national group’s domain.

Remember, by creating a website and email addresses you are committing to keeping your website up to date and checking your email regularly and responding to any messages.

CEA can help groups with websites and email addresses. Check out these instructions to see the different options.


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