Center for Applied Rationality donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page AppliedRationality
Websitehttp://rationality.org/
Donate pagehttp://rationality.org/donate
Donors list pagehttp://rationality.org/about/top-donors
Transparency and financials pagehttp://rationality.org/about/official-records
Donation case pagehttp://lesswrong.com/lw/n39/why_cfar_the_view_from_2015/
Twitter usernamecfarnews
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Applied_Rationality
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Center_for_Applied_Rationality
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Center+for+Applied+Rationality
Key peopleJulia Galef|Anna Salamon
Launch date2012

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Center for Applied Rationality

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 2,679,000.00 1,000,000.00 340,000.00 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donee) 1,200,000.00 1,100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donee) 174,021.00 174,021.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Future of Life Institute (filter this donee) 111,757.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 111,757.00 0.00
Blake Borgeson (filter this donee) 90,000.00 0.00 0.00 90,000.00 0.00 0.00
Richard Schwall (filter this donee) 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00
Loren Merritt (filter this donee) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00
Zvi Mowshowitz (filter this donee) 4,000.00 0.00 4,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Jacob Falkovich (filter this donee) 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00
Nick Brown (filter this donee) 558.00 0.00 0.00 398.57 159.43 0.00
Aaron Gertler (filter this donee) 150.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 50.00
Raymond Arnold (filter this donee) 150.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150.00 0.00
EA Giving Group (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4,376,636.00 2,274,021.00 444,000.00 1,506,498.57 112,066.43 40,050.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (27 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
CFAR 2017 Fundraiser2017-12-20Pete Michaud Center for Applied Rationality Center for Applied Rationality Donee donation caseRationality improvementCFAR gives an update on its plans and hopes for 2018, and asks supporters to donate. CFAR hopes to drive much greater impact by focusing on its summer programs -- the AI Summer Fellows Program (AISFP) and Workshops for AI Safety Strategy (WAISS), as well as more experimental x-risk workshops. The main uncertain variable in its plan is whether and when it will start being able to use its own dedicated venue to conduct events
CFAR 2017 Impact Report2017-12-20Dan Keys Center for Applied Rationality Center for Applied Rationality Donee periodic updateRationality improvementThe document is an impact report for CFAR in 2017. It breaks the impact question into two parts: what impact does CFAR have on people, and what impact do these people have on the world relative to the counterfactual, particularly in the domain of AI risk?
Alright so I just finished the CFAR workshop2017-05-08 Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop by somebody on Tumblr
Bay Area II: CFAR Workshop2017-04-30John Aslanides Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementWrite-up about experience at the Summer 2016 Workshop for AI Researchers run by CFAR
CFAR Workshop February 2017 Review2017-02-28Owen Shen Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop of somebody (unaffiliated with CFAR) who mentored at the workshop recently. Also mirrored at http://lesswrong.com/lw/ool/cfar_workshop_review_february_2017/ on LessWrong
Post-CFAR Workshop Compilation2017-02-18Owen Shen Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of post-CFAR experience by soembody who recently mentored at a CFAR workshop. Five parts, all in one PDF; also accessible separately on the web starting with https://mindlevelup.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/ontologies-and-operating-systems-post-cfar-1/
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and development, AI riskJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
An EA at a CFAR Rationality Workshop: Thoughts and Review2016-06-06Gleb Tsipursky Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop attended. See http://lesswrong.com/lw/nog/review_and_thoughts_on_current_version_of_cfar/ for a cross-post to LessWrong
Field notes from the CFAR workshop — Part 1 — Personal mythology and the spinning plates2016-05-26Tetiana Ivanova Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementPart 1 of review of CFAR workshop and of personal takeaway and impact. See https://medium.com/@tanyaivanova/field-notes-from-the-cfar-workshop-part-2-fifty-shades-of-focus-319429d73aa1 for part 2
Field notes from the CFAR workshop — Part 2 — fifty shades of focus2016-05-26Tetiana Ivanova Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementPart 2 of review of CFAR workshop and of personal takeaway and impact. See https://medium.com/@tanyaivanova/field-notes-from-the-cfar-workshop-part-1-personal-mythology-and-the-spinning-plates-489002354cf7 for part 1
CFAR 3 year retrospective2016-01-28Malcolm Ocean Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementThree-year retrospective from CFAR workshop attendee, who has applied techniques learned extensively and attended Alumni Workshops
Where should you donate to have the most impact during giving season 2015?2015-12-24Robert Wiblin 80,000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Giving What We Can GiveWell AidGrade Effective Altruism Outreach Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Raising for Effective Giving Center for Applied Rationality Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Ploughshares Fund Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Charity Science Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative GiveDirectly Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and development,Effective altruism/movement growth,Rationality improvement,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AI risk,Global catastrophic risksRobert Wiblin draws on GiveWell recommendations, Animal Charity Evaluators recommendations, Open Philanthropy Project writeups, staff donation writeups and suggestions, as well as other sources (including personal knowledge and intuitions) to come up with a list of places to donate
Why CFAR? The view from 20152015-12-23Pete Michaud Center for Applied Rationality Center for Applied Rationality Donee donation caseRationality improvementReports 2015 as a year of consolidation and streamlining. Fewer workshops, more efforts to streamline both workshops and continued research on improving rationality. Consolidated original three goals (Competence, Epistemic Rationality, and Do-Gooding) into single framework of applying epistemic rationality. Emphasis on concept of double crux
Unquantified Self2015-12-03Elizabeth Van Nostrand Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of experience at CFAR workshop and personal takeaways
The Boston CFAR alumni workshop2015-07-08Alex Altair Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR alumni workshop
Hamming questions and bottlenecks2015-05-17Victoria Krakovna Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementDiscussion of CFAR worshop and the Hamming question (about the most important things one is working on)
CFAR in 2014: Continuing to climb out of the startup pit, heading toward a full prototype2014-12-26Anna Salamon Center for Applied Rationality Center for Applied Rationality Donee donation caseRationality improvementCFAR reports better finances than 2013 (more stability), improvements to its curriculum, attempts to do a full prototype. There is a long discussion of how it redefined the way epistemic rationality fit into the curriculum (moving away from a separate low-rating module to something that is incorporated throughout the course through practical application). Comments are supportive, and include the first appearance of Gleb Tsipursky advertising Intentional Insights
CFAR workshop review2014-12-08Topher Brennan Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementDelayed review of CFAR workshop experience, mostly linking to and endorsing reviews http://kajsotala.fi/2014/11/event-report-cfars-rationality-workshop-england/ by Kaj Sotala and http://jesswhittlestone.com/blog/2014/11/25/becoming-more-rational-what-i-got-out-of-the-cfar-workshop by Jess Whittlestone
Becoming More Rational: What I got out of attending a CFAR workshop2014-11-27Jess Whittlestone Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of key lessons learned from a recently attended CFAR workshop
Event report: CFAR’s rationality workshop, England2014-11-26Kaj Sotala Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of key lessons learned from a recently attended CFAR workshop
Review: CFAR Workshop2014-05-09Aaron Gertler Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop attended
Why CFAR2013-12-28Anna Salamon Center for Applied Rationality Center for Applied Rationality Donee donation caseRationality improvementSalamon, the boss of CFAR, explains the long-term goal (Competence, Epistemic Rationality, and Do-Gooding), plan, and progress to date. This is the first year for CFAR as a standalone organization, after its spinoff from MIRI. Funding situation is dire, with an emergency loan currently taken out that is due in three months. Comments include a $40K donation and a number of other donations
CFAR - Second Impression and a Bleg2013-12-26Benjamin Hoffman Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR along with suggestion that people donate to it for its fundraiser. Also links to official CFAR funding ask http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ (published after original version of post was published
A First Impression Review of the CFAR NY Workshop2013-11-04Benjamin Hoffman Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementInitial impressions of CFAR workshop. See http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/cfar-second-thoughts-and-a-bleg/ for updated thoughts
CFAR workshop review2013-07-01Ben Kuhn Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of workshop attended; credence in workshop being actually valuable rose significantly
The Centre for Applied Rationality: a year later from a (somewhat) outside perspective2013-05-27Miranda Dixon-Luinenberg Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop attended, one year later

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (21 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds174,021.002018-08-14Rationality improvementhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 18.98%.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative300,000.002018-07-24AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180921215949/http://existence.org/organization-grants/-- General support. Announced at http://existence.org/2018/09/18/activity-update-july-and-august-2018.html and at http://www.rationality.org/resources/updates/2018/august-newsletter (CFAR lists $600,000 over two years as the amount).
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative800,000.002018-01-26AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180731180958/http://existence.org:80/grants https://web.archive.org/web/20180921215949/http://existence.org/organization-grants/-- General support for the purpose of a permanent venue for CFAR workshops. See announcement at http://existence.org/2018/02/08/activity-update-january-2018.html.
Open Philanthropy Project1,000,000.002018-01Rationality improvementhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support-2018Nick Beckstead Grant for general support. Grantee primarily organizes workshops and develops underlying material and tools to improve rationality. Grant is based on the belief that CFAR workshops help connect people better to the effective altruism movement and grow the talent pipeline in AI safety. Also, Open Phil considers CFAR to have met the milestones set with the 2016 grant. Announced: 2018-03-01.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative100,000.002017-12-27AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180731180958/http://existence.org:80/grants https://web.archive.org/web/20180921215949/http://existence.org/organization-grants/-- See announcement at http://existence.org/2018/01/11/activity-update-december-2017.html.
Zvi Mowshowitz4,000.002017-12-25Rationality improvementhttps://thezvi.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/the-story-cfar/-- The document explains the motivation to donate to CFAR in addition to the $10,000 donation to MIRI documented at https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/i-vouch-for-miri/ The reasons for donating to CFAR include: endorsement of rationality improvement, endorsement of CFAR as an organization and its approach to the problem, direct personal benefits, and an especially important time for CFAR because they need enough funding for a venue.
Open Philanthropy Project340,000.002017-05Rationality improvementhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-european-summer-program-rationalityNick Beckstead Grant for the European Summer Program on Rationality. Announced: 2017-09-27.
Open Philanthropy Project1,035,000.002016-07Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support-- Grant over two years. Usage split: 915000 will support workshops and organizational improvements, and 120000 will fund a pilot version of EuroSPARC, an eight-day summer program in Europe run by CFAR for mathematically gifted high school students, modeled on SPARC (see also https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc the separate grant to SPARC). Reasons for grants include value alignment, improving rationality, highlighting risks for advanced AI and other GCRs, successful pipeline-building to things like the effective altruism movement. Affected countries: United States|Europe; announced: 2016-09-06.
Open Philanthropy Project304,000.002016-05Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc-- Grant supports the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC), a two-week summer program for high school students. Students selected to participate in the program typically show exceptional ability in mathematics, with many scoring highly among US participants in national or international math competitions. Grant covers the program for two years, with 137000 for 2016 and 167000 for 2017. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-07.
Aaron Gertler100.002016-02-01Rationality improvementhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 10% of the donations that day, the other 90% went to GiveWell. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.00%.
Richard Schwall75,000.002016Rationalityhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
EA Giving Group--2016Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H2hF3SaO0_QViYq2j1E7mwoz3sDjdf9pdtuBcrq7pRU/editNick Beckstead Actual date range: December 2015 to February 2016. Exact date, amount, or fraction not known, but it is the donee with the fifth highest amount donated out of six donees in this period.
Jacob Falkovich2,000.002016Rationalityhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Blake Borgeson90,000.002016--http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14u/eas_write_about_where_they_give/-- Borgeson did not specify numerical amounts but gave percentages, combined these with other info of 300000 dollars to MIRI in https://intelligence.org/2016/08/05/miri-strategy-update-2016/. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 15.00%.
Nick Brown398.572016Rationalityhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Future of Life Institute111,757.002015-09-01AI safetyhttps://futureoflife.org/AI/2015awardees#Salamon-- A conference and education grant. Project title: Anna Salamon. Earmark: Anna Salamon.
Raymond Arnold150.002015Rationalityhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Nick Brown159.432015Rationalityhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Aaron Gertler50.002014-12-27Rationalty improvementhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Annual matching fundraiser.
Loren Merritt40,000.002014-01-07Rationality improvementhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ab0o-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ by Anna Salamon of CFAR, making the case for donating to it.
EA Giving Group--2014Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H2hF3SaO0_QViYq2j1E7mwoz3sDjdf9pdtuBcrq7pRU/editNick Beckstead Actual date range: December 2013 to December 2014. Exact date, amount, or fraction not known, but it is the donee with the second highest amount donated out of five donees in this period.