California YIMBY donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee California YIMBY in our system.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 500,000 950,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Land use reform 3 500,000 950,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee California YIMBY

Donor Total 2019 2018
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 2,850,000.00 2,000,000.00 850,000.00
Total 2,850,000.00 2,000,000.00 850,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Staff - 20192019-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Michelle Crentsil Amanda Hungerfold Lewis Bollard Persis Eskander Alexander Berger Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Claire Zabel National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Life Comes From It Worth Rises Wild Animal Initiative Sinergia Animal Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project California YIMBY Engineers Without Borders 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Future of Humanity Institute Global Priorities Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Ought Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism|AI safetyContinuing an annual tradition started in 2015, Open Philanthropy Project staff share suggestions for places that people interested in specific cause areas may consider donating. The sections are roughly based on the focus areas used by Open Phil internally, with the contributors to each section being the Open Phil staff who work in that focus area. Each recommendation includes a "Why we recommend it" or "Why we suggest it" section, and with the exception of the criminal justice reform recommendations, each recommendation includes a "Why we haven't fully funded it" section. Section 5, Assorted recomendations by Claire Zabel, includes a list of "Organizations supported by our Committed for Effective Altruism Support" which includes a list of organizations that are wiithin the purview of the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The section is approved by the committee and represents their views

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project2,000,000.0012019-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-2019-- Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the funds are to be used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grantee "reports that they will use our support to continue work on organizing, communications, digital outreach, data and analytics, and finance and operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page gives the following reasons for seeing California housing policy changes as promising philanthropy: (1) large share of US population and half of expensive metro population, (2) cost-effectiveness of state-level advocacy, as observed in criminal justice reform grantmaking, (3) wider scope of housing markets than the geographic range in which housing approvals are allocated (e.g., people search for houses outside city limits), (4) widespread consensus that California should be building more homes

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The implicit funding of $1 million/year is similar to the funding in 2018 of $850,000 ($500,000 initial grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support in April 2018 + $350,000 matching funds https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support in August 2018) with a slight increase possibly accounting for the organization's expansion

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by it being one year since the last full general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support of $500,000 in April 2018 (though there was a coupled matching grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-august-2018 in August 2018, it is likely that the expected total of the two grants was expected to last one year from April 2018)
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24 Affected countries: Alexander Berger; affected states: United States; affected cities: California; announced: 2019-07-22.
Open Philanthropy Project350,000.0032018-08Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-august-2018-- Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the funds are to be used for lobbying. This is a matching grant and the amount is therefore contingent on the amount raised by the grantee from other sources

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grantee works on strengthening the California Housing Accountability Act. The grant page for the previous general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support says that the grantee "reports that they will use our support to hire several additional staff members to focus on organizing, communications, digital outreach, data and analytics, and finance and operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page for the previous related grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support says gives the following reasons for seeing California housing policy changes as promising philanthropy: (1) large share of US population and half of expensive metro population, (2) cost-effectiveness of state-level advocacy, as observed in criminal justice reform grantmaking, (3) wider scope of housing markets than the geographic range in which housing approvals are allocated (e.g., people search for houses outside city limits), (4) widespread consensus that California should be building more homes

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Since this is a matching grant, the amount is likely determined by the amount of money raised by the grantee from other sources

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the timing of completion of raising matching funds. The previous grant post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support had a deadline of September 1 for raising matching funds

Donor retrospective of the donation: A further general support grant would be made in 2019; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-2019 This renewed support, with essentially the same reasoning, suggests that the donor would remain satisfied with the outcome of the grant Affected countries: Alexander Berger; affected states: United States; affected cities: California; announced: 2018-09-28.
Open Philanthropy Project500,000.0022018-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-- Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the funds are to be used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grantee works on strengthening the California Housing Accountability Act. The grant page says that the grantee "reports that they will use our support to hire several additional staff members to focus on organizing, communications, digital outreach, data and analytics, and finance and operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page gives the following reasons for seeing California housing policy changes as promising philanthropy: (1) large share of US population and half of expensive metro population, (2) cost-effectiveness of state-level advocacy, as observed in criminal justice reform grantmaking, (3) wider scope of housing markets than the geographic range in which housing approvals are allocated (e.g., people search for houses outside city limits), (4) widespread consensus that California should be building more homes

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No specific reason for amount given, but the grant page says: "We also recommended a smaller matching grant for funding California YIMBY raises from other sources before September 1, which we will write up separately when the match is complete and the amount is finalized."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the launch of the new organization

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "We also recommended a smaller matching grant for funding California YIMBY raises from other sources before September 1, which we will write up separately when the match is complete and the amount is finalized."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The matching grant would be made in August 2018; see ttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-august-2018 A further general support grant would be made in 2019; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-2019 This renewed support, with essentially the same reasoning, suggests that the donor would remain satisfied with the outcome of the grant

Other notes: Grantee is a new organization founded by people that Open Phil previously funded at CaRLA (California Renters Legal Advocacy Fund): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform who successfully sponsored legislation in 2017 to strengthen California’s Housing Accountability Act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Housing_Accountability_Act and who subsequently saw sufficient opportunity and need for statewide legislative advocacy to justify a new organization. Affected countries: Alexander Berger; affected states: United States; affected cities: California; announced: 2018-05-24.