Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page biodefensestudy
Donors list page
Donation case page
Twitter usernameBiodefenseStudy
Wikipedia pagehttps//
Open Philanthropy Project grant review
Key peopleJohn Brennan
Launch date2014-12-04

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 5 500,000 937,732 500 500 500 300,000 300,000 500,000 500,000 1,300,000 1,300,000 2,588,162 2,588,162
World peace 1 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 4 500,000 1,172,041 300,000 300,000 300,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 1,300,000 1,300,000 2,588,162 2,588,162 2,588,162

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2015
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 4,688,162.00 2,588,162.00 500,000.00 1,300,000.00 300,000.00
Jacob Steinhardt (filter this donee) 500.00 0.00 0.00 500.00 0.00
Total 4,688,662.00 2,588,162.00 500,000.00 1,300,500.00 300,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
The effective altruism guide to donating this giving season2016-12-28Robert Wiblin 80,000 Hours Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Cool Earth Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Centre for Effective Altruism 80000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative StrongMinds Ploughshares Fund Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Evaluator consolidated recommendation listBiosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Global health and development,Animal welfare,AI risk,Global catastrophic risks,Effective altruism/movement growthRobert Wiblin draws on a number of annual charity evaluations and reviews, as well as staff donation writeups, from sources such as GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators, to provide an "effective altruism guide" for 2016 Giving Season donation
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20162016-12-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Daniel Dewey Nick Beckstead Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute 80,000 Hours Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project2,588,162.0012018-01Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness Yassif Grant for general support. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense advocates for improvements to U.S. biodefense policy through a variety of activities, including hosting public meetings, publishing reports, and conducting outreach to members of Congress and the executive branch. Represents a grant renewal of Announced: 2018-02-16.
Open Philanthropy Project500,000.0032017-01Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness Grant for general support. Top-up to previous grant of 1300000 in 2016-08 described at Announced: 2017-02-27.
Jacob Steinhardt500.0052016-12-28World peace Yassif Although donation was announced on this day we do not know when it was made. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Open Philanthropy Project1,300,000.0022016-08Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness Grant via Potomac Institute of Policy Studies. Second grant to the recipient; Open Phil was impressed with the progress made the the recipient since its previous 300,000 dollar grant in April 2015. Detailed writeup available. Announced: 2016-11-10.
Open Philanthropy Project300,000.0042015-04Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness The Panel convened four meetings and intended to release a report in October 2015 using this grant. The Open Philanthropy Project published a detailed writeup justifying the grant. Announced: 2015-10-27.