Donor lottery donations received

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Basic donee information


Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Donor lottery

Donor 2017 2016 Total
Timothy Telleen-Lawton (filter this donee) 0.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Gregory Lewis (filter this donee) 0.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Brandon Reinhart (filter this donee) 5,000.00 0.00 5,000.00
Brayden McLean (filter this donee) 0.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Howie Lempel (filter this donee) 0.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Jacob Steinhardt (filter this donee) 4,000.00 0.00 4,000.00
Rohin Shah (filter this donee) 0.00 2,800.00 2,800.00
Ian David Moss (filter this donee) 0.00 2,500.00 2,500.00
Helen Toner (filter this donee) 0.00 2,500.00 2,500.00
Ajeya Cotra (filter this donee) 0.00 2,200.00 2,200.00
Pablo Stafforini (filter this donee) 0.00 2,000.00 2,000.00
Rebecca Raible (filter this donee) 0.00 2,000.00 2,000.00
Glenn Willen (filter this donee) 500.00 0.00 500.00
Eric Herboso (filter this donee) 0.00 500.00 500.00
Catherine Olsson (filter this donee) 0.00 500.00 500.00
Nicole Ross (filter this donee) 0.00 500.00 500.00
Aaron Gertler (filter this donee) 0.00 500.00 500.00
Benjamin Hoffman (filter this donee) 0.00 100.00 100.00
Total 9,500.00 36,100.00 45,600.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Risk-neutral donors should plan to make bets at the margin at least as well as giga-donors in expectation2016-12-31Carl Shulman Effective Altruism Forum Donor lottery Miscellaneous commentaryCarl Shulman argues that using a "donate to a giga-donor or its marginal charities" approach, a donor should be able to do at least as well as a giga-donor, if risk-neutral. This post comes while Shulman has been promoting a donor lottery sponsored by Paul Christiano, which is inspired by thinking Shulman articulates in the post
Donations for 20162016-12-28Jacob Steinhardt Jacob Steinhardt Donor lottery GiveWell top charities GiveDirectly Blue Ribbon Study Panel Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Periodic donation list documentationBiosecurity and pandemic preparedness,International relations,Global health and global povertyExplanation for donation choices, also mention experimental funding of smaller projects
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Stone-Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Stone-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 Strong Minds 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
Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ2016-12-07Carl Shulman Effective Altruism ForumTimothy Telleen-Lawton Gregory Lewis Ajeya Cotra Rohin Shah Helen Toner Nicole Ross Howie Lempel Rebecca Raible Pablo Stafforini Aaron Gertler Brayden McLean Benjamin Hoffman Catherine Olsson Eric Herboso Ian David Moss Glenn Willen Jacob Steinhardt Brandon Reinhart Donor lottery Donee donation caseCarl Shulman announces a donor lottery coordinated/sponsored by Paul Christiano, and provides a FAQ discussing questions people might have for participating in the lottery

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (18 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Brandon Reinhart5,000.002017-01-08--
Jacob Steinhardt4,000.002017-01-04-- Shulman See for more context; the announcement was 2016-12-28, before the actual transaction.
Glenn Willen500.002017-01-02--
Eric Herboso500.002016-12-31--
Ian David Moss2,500.002016-12-31--
Catherine Olsson500.002016-12-26--
Brayden McLean5,000.002016-12-24--
Benjamin Hoffman100.002016-12-24--
Aaron Gertler500.002016-12-15-- See for more details.
Rebecca Raible2,000.002016-12-12--
Ajeya Cotra2,200.002016-12-07-- Reasoning explained more in (go to section for Ajeya Cotra).
Timothy Telleen-Lawton5,000.002016-12-07-- Reasoning explained more in (go to section for Timothy Telleen-Lawton).
Gregory Lewis5,000.002016-12-07--
Rohin Shah2,800.002016-12-07--
Helen Toner2,500.002016-12-07-- Reasoning explained more in (go to section for Helen Toner).
Nicole Ross500.002016-12-07--
Howie Lempel5,000.002016-12-07--
Pablo Stafforini2,000.002016-12-07-- See here for details.