Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters donations received

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Basic donee information

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Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 4 25,000 31,395 2,499 2,499 2,499 25,000 25,000 25,000 28,082 28,082 70,000 70,000 70,000
Global catastrophic risks 2 2,499 15,291 2,499 2,499 2,499 2,499 2,499 2,499 28,082 28,082 28,082 28,082 28,082
Existential risk 1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
1 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017
Donor lottery (filter this donee) 70,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Grants (filter this donee) 28,082.21 0.00 0.00 28,082.21
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donee) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00
Patrick Brinich-Langlois (filter this donee) 2,499.00 0.00 2,499.00 0.00
Total 125,581.21 25,000.00 72,499.00 28,082.21

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (13 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
ALLFED 2019 Annual Report and Fundraising Appeal (GW, IR)2019-11-23Aron Mill Alliance to Feed the Earth in DisastersBerkeley Existential Risk Initiative Donor lottery Effective Altruism Grants Open Philanthropy Project Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Future of Humanity Institute Donee donation caseAlternative foodsAron Mill provides a summary of the work of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) in 2019. He lists key supporters as well as partners that ALLFED worked with during the year. The blog post proceeds to make an appeal and a case for fundraising ALLFED. Sections of the blog post include: (1) research output, (2) preparedness and alliance-building, (3) ALLFED team, (4) current projects, and (5) projects in need of funding.
EA orgs are trying to fundraise ~$10m - $16m (GW, IR)2019-01-06Hauke Hillebrandt Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Sentience Institute Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Rethink Priorities EA Hotel 80,000 Hours Rethink Charity Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post links to and discusses the spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10zU6gp_H_zuvlZ2Vri-epSK0_urbcmdS-5th3mXQGXM/edit which tabulates various organizations and their fundraising targets, along with quotes and links to fundraising posts. The blog post itself has three points, the last of which is that the EA community is relatively more funding-constrained again
EA Giving Tuesday Donation Matching Initiative 2018 Retrospective (GW, IR)2019-01-06Avi Norowitz Effective Altruism ForumAvi Norowitz William Kiely Against Malaria Foundation Malaria Consortium GiveWell Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Effective Animal Advocacy Fund The Humane League The Good Food Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Faunalytics Wild-Aniaml Suffering Research GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Effective Altruism Foundation Cool Earth Schistosomiasis Control Initiative New Harvest Evidence Action Centre for Effective Altruism Animal Equality Compassion in World Farming USA Innovations for Poverty Action Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Future of Life Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Sightsavers The Life You Can Save One Step for Animals Helen Keller International 80,000 Hours Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Vegan Outreach Encompass Iodine Global Network Otwarte Klatki Charity Science Mercy For Animals Coalition for Rainforest Nations Fistula Foundation Sentience Institute Better Eating International Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Raising for Effective Giving Clean Air Task Force The END Fund Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post describes an effort by a number of donors coordinated at https://2018.eagivingtuesday.org/donations to donate through Facebook right after the start of donation matching on Giving Tuesday. Based on timestamps of donations and matches, donations were matched till 14 seconds after the start of matching. Despite the very short time window of matching, the post estimates that $469,000 (65%) of the donations made were matched
Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) Progress Report & Giving Tuesday Appeal (GW, IR)2018-11-20David Denkenberger Effective Altruism Forum Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donee donation caseAlternative foodsDavid Denkenberger, founder of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), provides a progress report of the organization, which was founded a year ago. He also seeks funding, in particular suggesting that donors use the Facebook/Giving Tuesday matching event on November 27, and explains in detail how the organization expects to be able to use additional funding
Cost-Effectiveness of Foods for Global Catastrophes: Even Better than Before? (GW, IR)2018-11-19David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Review of current state of cause areaAlternative foods|AI safetyAs part of research funded by Effective Altruism Grants, Denkenberger updates his estimate of a year ago at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/7XRjb3Tx8j36AcBpb/should-we-be-spending-no-less-on-alternate-foods-than-ai-now comparing alternative foods and AI safety. His new estimate is that alternative foods give between 3 and 300 times more return for the 100 millionth dollar invested than AI safety does. The author thanks Ozzie Gooen for developing Guesstimate, Oxford Prioritisation Project for the AI model, and Joshua Pearce, Anders Sandberg and Owen Cotton-Barratt for reviewing content. The work is not an official publication of ALLFED, but should be understood as somewhat linked because of Denkenberger being the driving force behind ALLFED
2017 Donor Lottery Report (GW, IR)2018-11-12Adam Gleave Effective Altruism ForumDonor lottery Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Global Catastrophic Risk Institute AI Impacts Wild-Animal Suffering Research Single donation documentationA write-up that documents Adam Gleave’s decision process for where he donated the money for the 2017 donor lottery. (Adam won one of the two blocks of $100,000 for 2017.)
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20172017-12-21Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Nick Beckstead Daniel Dewey Center for International Security and Cooperation Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Good Call Court Watch NOLA Compassion in World Farming USA Wild-Animal Suffering Research Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Donor lottery Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Criminal justice reformOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups
How you can save expected lives for $0.20-$400 each and reduce X risk (GW, IR)2017-11-26David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters LaunchAlternative foodsThe blog post announces the formation of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). Funding through an Effective Altruism Grants grant, and a teaching release and funding for three students from Tennessee State University, Denkenberger's employer, is acknowledged
Should we be spending no less on alternate foods than AI now? (GW, IR)2017-10-29David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Review of current state of cause areaAlternative foods|AI safetyAs part of research funded by Effective Altruism Grants, Denkenberger compares alternative foods and AI safety in terms of how they can effectively use funding, arguing that both causes are important, but for the next $100 million of funding, allocating it to alternative foods would generate more return. He advocates that x-risk-focused donors consider spending on alternative foods as part of their budget that is not already allocated to AI safety
Saving expected lives at $10 apiece? (GW, IR)2016-12-14David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Review of current state of cause areaAlternative foodsDavid Denkenberger announces the publication of his paper http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-016-0097-2 showing striking cost-effectiveness of preparing for global food catastrophes. The paper was referenced, while in the works, in previous posts https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/sfAZgN8DQth9BhbSN/advice-wanted-on-expanding-an-ea-project and https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CAoEMopMv3EMNiKKC/my-cause-selection-dave-denkenberger
Advice Wanted on Expanding an EA Project (GW, IR)2016-04-23David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Alternative foodsIn this blog post, Denkenberger seeks thoughts on how to best achieve his goal of helping the world prepare for global food catastrophes by investing in alternative foods. The post includes nine alternatives, and comments are invited weighing the alternatives
Essay Competition on Preparation for Global Food Catastrophes (GW, IR)2016-03-16David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Review of current state of cause areaAlternative foodsThis sponsored essay contest is an indicator of early interest by Denkenberger in alternative foods and recovery from global food catastrophes. This interest would eventually lead him to the formation of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED)
My Cause Selection: Dave Denkenberger (GW, IR)2015-08-16David Denkenberger Effective Altruism ForumDavid Denkenberger Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Broad donor strategyAlternative foodsThis blog post by David Denkenberger is one of the early indicators of his interest in alternative foods and his assessment that it is the most promising of causes among global catastrophic risks and at large. This research was an early precursor leading to the formation of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED)

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative25,000.0032019-03-12Existential riskhttp://web.archive.org/web/20190623203105/http://existence.org/grants/--
Patrick Brinich-Langlois2,499.0042018-11-27Global catastrophic riskshttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/--
Donor lottery70,000.0012018-11-12--https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/SYeJnv9vYzq9oQMbQ/2017-donor-lottery-report (GW, IR)Adam Gleave The blog post explaining the donation contains an extensive discussion of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), and also includes a response statement from ALLFED founder David Denkerberger. Gleave writes in the post: "I am somewhat more excited about ALLFED than GCRI since their research agenda seems more directly impactful and there is a clearer pathway for growth. However, I see more downside risks to ALLFED, and in particular would expect GCRI to be in a better position to work productively with governments. ALLFED has a large team of volunteers, which increases reputational risks. I view support for ALLFED at this stage as mostly a test of the tractability of R&D in this area, and to enable them to continue to build relevant collaborations." Earlier in the post, he writes: "If I had an additional $100k to donate, I would first check AI Impacts current recruitment situation; if there are promising hires that are bottlenecked on funding, I would likely allocate it there. Otherwise, I would split it equally between ALLFED and GCRI. In particular, I recommend a proportionally greater allocation to GCRI than I made. My donation to ALLFED increased their 2018 revenue by 50%: although they have capacity to utilize additional funds, I expect there to be some diminishing returns.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Grants28,082.2122017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Writing two papers on alternative foods that could be scaled up in time to feed everyone in the case of a global catastrophe. This research is predicated on there being an ~80% chance this century of a 10% global food shortfall, and a ~10% chance of agricultural collapse. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.