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Table of contents

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United Kingdom
Websitehttps://eahotel.org/
Donate pagehttps://eahotel.org/fundraiser/
Donation case pagehttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MeTrGqRXJQzoLoDia/ea-hotel-fundraiser-1-the-story
Key peopleGreg Colbourn
Launch date2018-06-04

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 21 52 6,628 6 13 13 26 38 52 129 194 1,877 21,000 61,000
Effective altruism 21 52 6,628 6 13 13 26 38 52 129 194 1,877 21,000 61,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research

Donor Total 2021 2020 2019
Jaan Tallinn (filter this donee) 111,000.00 61,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Jed McCaleb (filter this donee) 21,000.00 21,000.00 0.00 0.00
Vipul Naik (filter this donee) 4,167.10 0.00 0.00 4,167.10
Zachary Weems (filter this donee) 1,876.88 0.00 0.00 1,876.88
Marko Baštovanović (filter this donee) 264.10 0.00 0.00 264.10
Saulius Simcikas (filter this donee) 194.16 0.00 0.00 194.16
Greg Colbourn (filter this donee) 191.06 0.00 0.00 191.06
Joeri Kooimans (filter this donee) 129.44 0.00 0.00 129.44
Josh You (filter this donee) 97.63 0.00 0.00 97.63
Chrissie Colbourn (filter this donee) 89.99 0.00 0.00 89.99
Derek McComiskey (filter this donee) 39.81 0.00 0.00 39.81
Liam Donovan (filter this donee) 36.54 0.00 0.00 36.54
Joshua You (filter this donee) 32.36 0.00 0.00 32.36
David Kristoffersson (filter this donee) 25.89 0.00 0.00 25.89
Anonymous (filter this donee) 13.04 0.00 0.00 13.04
Felix Bechtoldt (filter this donee) 12.94 0.00 0.00 12.94
Orpheus Lummis (filter this donee) 12.74 0.00 0.00 12.74
Jaime Sevilla (filter this donee) 6.47 0.00 0.00 6.47
Total 139,190.15 82,000.00 50,000.00 7,190.15

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (25 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
What should CEEALAR be called? (GW, IR)2021-06-15Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Request for reviews of doneeEffective altruism/housingThe Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (CEEALAR), formerly known as the EA Hotel, seeks suggestions for alternative names for itself, in response to criticism of the name including the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/54R2Masg3C9g2GxHq/announcing-naming-what-we-can-1 (GW, IR) that satirically juxtaposes this renaming with several hypothetical renamings that overall seem like a bad idea.
CEEALAR Fundraiser 9: Concrete outputs after 29 months (GW, IR)2020-11-27Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the ninth in a series of posts about the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (CEEALAR) fundraiser. CEEALAR was previously known as the EA Hotel. The post provides a summary of total expenses, person-hours spent, and concrete outputs. It also provides a list of concrete outputs since the last summary https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/8sEbWSwxSa3wQkDGY/ea-hotel-fundraiser-6-concrete-outputs-after-17-months (GW, IR) -- the incremental months covered are from November 2019 to October 2020.
Updates from the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (GW, IR)2020-11-27Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/housingIn this blog post, CEEALAR (formerly the EA Hotel) announces some updates: it is now registered as a charity at https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/5148547/charity-overview and donations made from 6th December 2019 onward by UK taxpayers are eligible for Gift Aid. It also talks of job advertisements for two positions and reopening to new applicants after temporarily halting applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A fundraising update talks about a $50,000 donation from Jaan Tallinn. The final section is from a resident describing life at CEEALAR this year and how the residents are dealing with the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illegible impact is still impact (GW, IR)2020-02-13G. Gordon Worley III Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruismThe blog post discusses how "illegible impact" -- impact that may not feel very legible and visible -- could still be important. Consumption-style activities are included as examples: reading the EA Forum, LessWrong, the Alignment Forum, EA Facebook, EA Reddit, EA Twitter, EA Tumblr, etc., voting on, liking, and sharing content on and from those places, helping a depressed/anxious/etc. (EA) friend, going to EA meetups, conferences, etc. to be a member in the audience, talking to others about EA, simply being counted as part of the EA community. Of the EA Hotel / CEEALAR, he says: "one of the things I really appreciated about it from my fortnight stay there was that it provided a space for EA-aligned folks to work on things without the pressure to produce legible results. This to me seems extremely valuable because I believe many types of impact are quantized such that no impact is legible until a lot of things fall into place and you get a "windfall" of impact all at once and that there is also a large amount of illegible, "dark" impact being made in EA that goes largely unacknowledged but without which EA would not be as successful."
The EA Hotel is now the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (CEEALAR) (GW, IR)2020-01-29Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Status changeEffective altruism/housingThe blog post announces that the EA Hotel is being rebranded as the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (CEEALAR), and is in the process of registering as a charity in England & Wales with the Charity Commission. Existing domains https://eahotel.org/ and https://eablackpool.org/ will redirect to https://ceealar.org (thee new website).
EA Hotel Fundraiser 8: Life at the EA Hotel, and Testimonials (GW, IR)2020-01-27Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the eighth in a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser. The post says: "Here we showcase, in 100 pictures and 1000 words, what life is like in and around the hotel. We then follow with some testimonials. The aim is to give people more of an idea of what the project is like on a human level."
EA Hotel Fundraiser 7: Pitch focusing on case studies with counterfactuals (GW, IR)2019-11-22Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the seventh in a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser. The post includes three highlighted case studies and thirteen other case studies are included in Appendix A. The post also provides details of what various additional levels of funding would achieve. The lowest listed amount is "£15,000 (3 months funding) would allow us to run a hiring round for a Community & Projects Manager, which could in turn bring in money from EA Grants/CEA, who are interested in providing funding for this role conditional on us finding an excellent candidate for it."
EA Hotel Fundraiser 6: Concrete outputs after 17 months (GW, IR)2019-10-31Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the sixth in a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser; it is published 6 days after the previous post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/uyvc6p99vsWFMPZiz/ea-hotel-fundraiser-5-out-of-runway (GW, IR) It is similar to the fourth post in the series https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dLGM88JRE96iHd7z4/ea-hotel-fundraiser-4-concrete-outputs-after-10-months (GW, IR) with the main difference being that it covers concrete outputs by hotel residents over the first 17 months; the previous post only covered the first 10 months.
EA Hotel Fundraiser 5: Out of runway! (GW, IR)2019-10-25Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the fifth in a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser; this post is being published about 7 months after the previous post in the series. The post is a quick announcement that the EA Hotel is almost out of runway and seeks donations urgently to keep its doors open. The post includes an update on top from November 5, that says that the runway has now been extended to the beginning of February, thanks to ~£9,500 in donations and a further ~£4000 in backdated payments from residents made since the post
TAISU 2019 Field Report (GW, IR)2019-10-14G. Gordon Worley III LessWrong Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingThe blog post reviews the Learning-by-doing AI Safety Workshop and the Technical AI Safety Unconference (TAISU) that happened in mid-August 2019 at the EA Hotel. It also includes a review of the EA Hotel. The post says: "Most of the folks at the Hotel are doing work that is difficult to measure, but spending time with them I can tell they all have a powerful intention to make the world a better place and to do so in ways that are effective and impactful." Further: "When I was there it was easy to imagine myself staying there for a few months to work on projects without the distraction of a day job."
Thoughts on the EA Hotel (GW, IR)2019-04-25Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingWith permission from Greg Colbourn of the EA Hotel, Habryka publicly posts the feedback he sent to the EA Hotel, who was rejected from the April 2019 funding round by the Long Term Future Fund. Habryka first lists three reasons he is excited about the Hotel: (a) Providing a safety net, (b) Acting on historical interest, (c) Building high-dedication cultures. He articulates three concrete models of concerns: (1) Initial overeagerness to publicize the EA Hotel (a point he now believes is mostly false, based on Greg Colbourn's response), (2) Significant chance of the EA Hotel culture becoming actively harmful for residents, (3) No good candidate to take charge of long-term logistics of running the hotel. Habryka concludes by saying he thinks all his concerns can be overcome. At the moment, he thinks the hotel should be funded for the next year, but is unsure of whether they should be given money to buy the hotel next door. The comment replies include one by Greg Colbourn, giving his backstory on the media attention (re: (1)) and discussing the situation with (2) and (3). There are also other replies, including one from casebash, who stayed at the hotel for a significant time
The Case for the EA Hotel (GW, IR)2019-03-31Matt Goldenberg Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingThe author has been staying at the EA Hotel for 3 months and will be staying for another 3 months. The post introduction says its goal is to make a strong case for the EA Hotel, rather than a balanced one; with the balance being provided by the comments on https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ek299LpWZvWuoNeeg/usd100-prize-to-best-argument-against-donating-to-the-ea (GW, IR) The post's main points: (1) There is a huge chasm in the EA talent pipeline, between talented people who strongly identify as EAs, and projects with strong evidence from such people, due to the missing middle step of lots of people actually trying out their projects. (2) Funding the EA Hotel is a better way to fill this chasm than trying to directly fund individuals. Some of the good things listed about the hotel: no rent, cheap cost of living and low standard of living, propinquity and collaboration, superconnecting and status building. (3) The EA Hotel is an effective incubator. Some of the good things listed: correct acceptance standards (bar not too high), removing trivial inconveniences, a productivity culture, a growth culture, a support culture, and consistent improvement. Goldenberg, who has previously lived in the group houses Event Horizon and Milivia House, and cofounded Gentle Mesa, compares the environment of the EA Hotel favorably to them. The post is cross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/tCHsm5ZyAca8HfJSG/the-case-for-the-ea-hotel (GW, IR)
My Q1 2019 EA Hotel donation (GW, IR)2019-03-31Vipul Naik Effective Altruism ForumVipul Naik Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Single donation documentationEffective altruism/housingThe post documents the author's reasons for making a donation to the EA Hotel. The bulk of the post gives the author's general assessment of the EA Hotel, but the last section gives more details on how the donation decision was made. The author says he likes the idea of the EA Hotel, likes the skin-in-the-game of key players, likes the execution so far, and finds the value of marginal donations high and easy to grasp. He also explains why the lack of interest from other donors does not dissuade him
EA Hotel fundraiser 4: concrete outputs after 10 months (GW, IR)2019-03-30Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the fourth in a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser, the first three being at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MeTrGqRXJQzoLoDia/ea-hotel-fundraiser-1-the-story (GW, IR) https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/j7xz4rQidfRgFo6KC/ea-hotel-fundraiser-2-current-guests-and-their-projects (GW, IR) and https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Q5G8NgfBXTwsmFsxK/ea-hotel-fundraiser-3-estimating-the-relative-expected-value (GW, IR) This particular post has been added into the series based on feedback offered in response to the question of why the EA Hotel fundraiser is not going well; see https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BNQbxX7bFRrgv8Yds/why-is-the-ea-hotel-having-trouble-fundraising#hKjqSkH3cF7Gx42KK (GW, IR) for an example of such feedback
$100 Prize to Best Argument Against Donating to the EA Hotel (GW, IR)2019-03-27Morgan Sinclaire Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/housingThe author, who has booked a stay in the EA Hotel for later in the year, but is not otherwise affiliated with the EA Hotel, asks in the post why the EA Hotel is having trouble with fundraising. It is a followup to the question https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BNQbxX7bFRrgv8Yds/why-is-the-ea-hotel-having-trouble-fundraising (GW, IR) asked by Milan Griffes, but unlike the question posed by Griffes, Slinky's post includes more detail of possible hypotheses. The comments include a lot of interesting discussion
Why is the EA Hotel having trouble fundraising? (GW, IR)2019-03-26Milan Griffes Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/housingThis is a question post on the Effective Altruism Forum asking for thoughts on why the EA Hotel is having trouble meeting its fundraising goals, as judged from Patreon and GoFundMe. The comments have a lot of interesting discussion. This also leads to another post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/ek299LpWZvWuoNeeg/usd100-prize-to-best-argument-against-donating-to-the-ea (GW, IR) offering a $100 prize for the best argument against donating to the EA Hotel
EA Hotel Fundraiser 3: Estimating the relative Expected Value of the EA Hotel (Part 1) (GW, IR)2019-03-11Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the third of a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser, the first two being at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MeTrGqRXJQzoLoDia/ea-hotel-fundraiser-1-the-story (GW, IR) and https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/j7xz4rQidfRgFo6KC/ea-hotel-fundraiser-2-current-guests-and-their-projects (GW, IR) and the fourth being at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dLGM88JRE96iHd7z4/ea-hotel-fundraiser-4-concrete-outputs-after-10-months (GW, IR) The post attempts to provide a formal mathematical framework for estimating the expected value of the EA Hotel relative to other EA organisations. Although a formal framework is provided, no explicit numbers are included; the plugging in of numbers is left to part 2
EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: current guests and their projects (GW, IR)2019-02-04Greg Colbourn Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the second of a series of posts about the EA Hotel fundraiser, the first being at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MeTrGqRXJQzoLoDia/ea-hotel-fundraiser-1-the-story (GW, IR) and the third and fourth being at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Q5G8NgfBXTwsmFsxK/ea-hotel-fundraiser-3-estimating-the-relative-expected-value (GW, IR) and https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dLGM88JRE96iHd7z4/ea-hotel-fundraiser-4-concrete-outputs-after-10-months (GW, IR) The post lists most of the people currently or previously living in the EA Hotel along with descriptions of each person and the work they are doing (the information is available on the website; the post simply provides a snapshot as of the time of writing the post). The post also includes statistics summarizing the former EA engagement, educational background, and cause areas of the hotel residents
EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story (GW, IR)2018-12-27Toon Alfrink Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/housingThis is the first of a series of posts accompanying the December 2018/January 2019 fundraiser for the EA Hotel. The fundraiser is at https://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel The next three posts in the series are at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/j7xz4rQidfRgFo6KC/ea-hotel-fundraiser-2-current-guests-and-their-projects (GW, IR) https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Q5G8NgfBXTwsmFsxK/ea-hotel-fundraiser-3-estimating-the-relative-expected-value (GW, IR) and https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dLGM88JRE96iHd7z4/ea-hotel-fundraiser-4-concrete-outputs-after-10-months (GW, IR)
Hotel with free B&B (for guests who save humanity)2018-09-15Gabriella Swerling The Sunday Times Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/housingThe article covers the recently acquired and opened EA Hotel, based on exclusive access inside the hotel. The full article is paywalled. Corrections by the EA Hotel are included at https://eahotel.org/media/ "(For the record: – “solve cancer”, “eradicate malaria”, and “use gravitational waves to renew cells such that ageing becomes a thing of history” were on a flipboard sheet left over from a retreat, which was from a blue-skies anything-goes brainstorm, definitely not for public consumption, and not a to-do list for the hotel! – Most of the rooms are doubles. – The purchase price of the hotel was £130,000, not £100,000.)"
“Effective altruists” aim to change the world from a Blackpool hotel. Low costs and high survival chances in a catastrophic event have attracted them to the Lancashire coast2018-09-06The Economist Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/housingThe article in The Economist talks about the recently acquired and opened EA Hotel in Blackpool. It talks of Greg Colbourn's motivation for starting the hotel, and of his inspiration being the Chelsea Hotel in New York, which “produced billions of dollars’ worth of art, despite many guests not paying rent.” Correction by the EA Hotel is included at https://eahotel.org/media/ "(For the record re “noisy fuckers”: it was a one-off party at the weekend. Generally the hotel is surprisingly quiet for so many people.)" The full article is paywalled
Practically-a-book review: EA Hotel2018-08-20Scott Alexander Slate Star Codex Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingScott Alexander covers the EA Hotel (which has just started accepting bookings) and explains why he finds the project endearing. He writes: "I have no idea if this project is a good use of anyone’s time or money, but I find it endearing. Part of this is of course the giant middle finger raised at Henry VIII – undissolution of the English monasteries and all that. But it’s also how I picture a near-term future where everything goes better than expected. A modest basic income could give everyone the opportunity to live a spartan but generally pleasant lifestyle in a friendly and meaningful community of intellectually-aligned people."
Matt's Thoughts In Between - Issue #18. Section: EA Hotel: you can check in, but you can never pay2018-06-12Matt Clifford Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/housingMatt Clifford links to the EA Hotel's EA Forum post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/JdqHvyy2Tjcj3nKoD/ea-hotel-with-free-accommodation-and-board-for-two-years (GW, IR) and highlights a few remarkable aspects: extremely low cost per person, and the relatively remote location. He says that the experiment is an interesting datapoint for the importance of universal basic income, and also the extent to which remote work technology can reduce the downside of working in a remote location
EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years (GW, IR)2018-06-04Greg Colbourn Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research LaunchEffective altruism/housingThe blog post by Colbourn describes the details of how the EA Hotel in Blackpool will function, and addresses a number of questions regarding the location, cost, and what Colbourn hopes and expects to see from the EA Hotel. An update on August 9, 2018 links to the hotel website https://eahotel.org/ and notes that booking and hotel information are available online.
EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for 2 years2017-10-03Greg Colbourn Facebook Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Pre-launch planningEffective altruism/housingThe Facebook post, in the "Coordination of Rationality/EA/SSC Housing Projects" Facebook group, moots the idea of buying a hotel in Blackpool for use by effective altruists. The poster, Greg Colbourn, would eventually execute on the idea and buy the hotel, leading to the EA Hotel, that would much later become the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research (CEEALAR).

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

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 21)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Jaan Tallinn61,000.0012021-04Effective altruism/housinghttps://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2021-h1-recommendationsSurvival and Flourishing Fund Ben Hoskin Katja Grace Oliver Habryka Adam Marblestone Donation process: Part of the Survival and Flourishing Fund's 2021 H1 grants based on the S-process (simulation process) that "involves allowing the Recommenders and funders to simulate a large number of counterfactual delegation scenarios using a spreadsheet of marginal utility functions. Recommenders specified marginal utility functions for funding each application, and adjusted those functions through discussions with each other as the round progressed. Similarly, funders specified and adjusted different utility functions for deferring to each Recommender. In this round, the process also allowed the funders to make some final adjustments to decide on their final intended grant amounts."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; this is SFF's fifth grant round and the first one with a grant to this grantee.

Other notes: The grant round includes a grant by Jed McCaleb ($21,000) to the same grantee (CEEALAR). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jed McCaleb21,000.0032021-04Effective altruism/housinghttps://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2021-h1-recommendationsSurvival and Flourishing Fund Ben Hoskin Katja Grace Oliver Habryka Adam Marblestone Donation process: Part of the Survival and Flourishing Fund's 2021 H1 grants based on the S-process (simulation process) that "involves allowing the Recommenders and funders to simulate a large number of counterfactual delegation scenarios using a spreadsheet of marginal utility functions. Recommenders specified marginal utility functions for funding each application, and adjusted those functions through discussions with each other as the round progressed. Similarly, funders specified and adjusted different utility functions for deferring to each Recommender. In this round, the process also allowed the funders to make some final adjustments to decide on their final intended grant amounts."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; this is SFF's fifth grant round and the first one with a grant to this grantee.

Other notes: The grant round includes a grant by Jaan Tallinn ($61,000) to the same grantee (CEEALAR). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jaan Tallinn50,000.0022020-09-28Effective altruism/housinghttps://jaan.online/philanthropy.html-- Donation process: Although most of Jaan Tallinn's public grantmaking during this period is through the Survival and Flourishing Fund's process (with https://survivalandflourishing.fund/ having the details), this particular grant was not made through the SFF process.

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Trs4FeTN3eYuPs3P9/updates-from-the-centre-for-enabling-ea-learning-and#Fundraising_ (GW, IR) says: "Recently we were fortunate to receive a generous donation of $50,000 from Jaan Tallinn. This was nominally for 6 months of operating expenses. However, with our reduced resident numbers, we expect it to last considerably longer."

Donor retrospective of the donation: Continued support from Jaan Tallinn for the donee in 2021, this time via the Survival and Flourishing Fund's S-process (see https://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2021-h1-recommendations for the 2021 H1 grant) suggests continued satisafction with the grantee.

Other notes: The exact month the grant was made was confirmed through private communication. The public announcement did not include the month. Intended funding timeframe in months: 6; announced: 2020-11-27.
Vipul Naik4,167.1042019-03-31Effective altruism/housinghttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation (GW, IR)-- Donation process: This was a spontaneous donation made based on extensive thinking and review of a somewhat time-sensitive donation opportunity, and not part of planned end-of-year giving.

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The money goes directly toward supporting the EA Hotel and extending its runway by a few weeks. https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation#I_find_the_value_of_marginal_donations_high_and_easy_to_grasp (GW, IR) says: "With this model of spending, I can concretely think of my donation of 3200 GBP as having added about 13 days to the hotel's runway.". Greg Colbourn comments with an updated estimate: "Note that costs have been lower recently (due to relying more on volunteer labour, and an increase in contributions from guests) - for an average over January-March your donation covers 20 days of costs, and for March alone it covers 27 days (and will likely be similar for April)."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The blog post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation (GW, IR) has a number of sections explaining reasons for the donation: "I like the idea of the EA Hotel; I like the skin-in-the-game of the key players; I like the execution so far; I see institutional risk reasons for lack of institutional funding: These reasons don't apply to individual donors, so I don't see the lack of institutional funding as a reason to dissuade me from donating; I have not been dissuaded by the reasons against donating that I have seen so far; I find the value of marginal donations high and easy to grasp." The last section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation#How_I_decided_to_donate_and_determined_the_donation_amount (GW, IR) goes into the personal thoughts of the donor and how he ultimately decided to make the donation.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation#How_I_decided_to_donate_and_determined_the_donation_amount (GW, IR) gives two reasons for donating this high an amount: (i) high savings of the author in the last few months, (ii) high overhead of donation made it seem worthwhile if it covered at least two weeks of operations. Reasons for not donating a higher amount: (i) need to build more personal savings long-term, (ii) interest in seeing how further donations play out.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation#How_I_decided_to_donate_and_determined_the_donation_amount (GW, IR) gives the following reasons for not waiting longer before donating: (i) the author felt he was "unlikely to get anything in the next few days that would change my stance significantly", (ii) sense of urgency since the existing runway was expected to last till May, (iii) weekend is a good time to make the donation and document it, because things are busier during the week.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 1

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation#How_I_decided_to_donate_and_determined_the_donation_amount (GW, IR) says: "Depending on how fundraising dynamics proceed, I may make one more donation."

Other notes: The amount listed as donated is based on Fixer.io currency conversion; the actual amount paid out by the donor was $4306.41 USD, including a foreign exchange fee.
Anonymous13.04172019-03-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 10.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-03-29 via Fixer.io).
Marko Baštovanović264.1062019-03-20Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 200.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-03-20 via Fixer.io).
Derek McComiskey39.81122019-03-19Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 30.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-03-19 via Fixer.io).
Liam Donovan10.65202019-03-15Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 8.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-03-15 via Fixer.io).
Josh You97.63102019-03Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 75.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-03-08 via Fixer.io).
Saulius Simcikas194.1672019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 150.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Chrissie Colbourn51.78112019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 40.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Felix Bechtoldt12.94182019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 10.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Joeri Kooimans129.4492019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 100.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Zachary Weems1,876.8852019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 1,450.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Joshua You32.36142019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 25.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Jaime Sevilla6.47212019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 5.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
David Kristoffersson25.89152019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 20.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Liam Donovan25.89152019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 20.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-02-08 via Fixer.io).
Orpheus Lummis12.74192019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 10.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-01-08 via Fixer.io).
Chrissie Colbourn38.21132019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 30.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-01-08 via Fixer.io).
Greg Colbourn191.0682019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel-- Currency info: donation given as 150.00 GBP (conversion done on 2019-01-08 via Fixer.io).