EA Hotel donations received

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Table of contents

Basic donee information

Country United Kingdom
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 18 38 399 6 11 13 26 32 38 52 129 194 1,877 4,167
Effective altruism 18 38 399 6 11 13 26 32 38 52 129 194 1,877 4,167

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee EA Hotel

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

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (20 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Hotel Fundraiser 7: Pitch focusing on case studies with counterfactuals (GW, IR)2019-11-22EA Hotel Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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)2019-10-31EA Hotel Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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)2019-10-25EA Hotel Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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 rrunway 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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)2019-03-30EA Hotel Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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)2019-03-11EA Hotel Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 orgs are trying to fundraise ~$10m - $16m (GW, IR)2019-01-06Hauke Hillebrandt Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Sentience Institute Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Rethink Priorities EA Hotel 80,000 Hours Rethink Charity Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post links to and discusses the spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10zU6gp_H_zuvlZ2Vri-epSK0_urbcmdS-5th3mXQGXM/edit which tabulates various organizations and their fundraising targets, along with quotes and links to fundraising posts. The blog post itself has three points, the last of which is that the EA community is relatively more funding-constrained again
EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: the story (GW, IR)2018-12-27Toon Alfrink Effective Altruism Forum EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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 EA Hotel 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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (18 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 18)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Vipul Naik4,167.1012019-03-31Effective altruism/housinghttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BM2DYWpM6rSxyZ7AS/my-q1-2019-ea-hotel-donation (GW, IR)-- Donation process: Spontaneous donation made based on extensive thinking and review of a somewhat time-sensitive donation opportunity. 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

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 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

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.
Anonymous13.04142019-03-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Marko Baštovanović264.1032019-03-20Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Derek McComiskey39.8192019-03-19Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Liam Donovan10.65172019-03-15Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Josh You97.6372019-03Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Saulius Simcikas194.1642019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Chrissie Colbourn51.7882019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Felix Bechtoldt12.94152019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Joeri Kooimans129.4462019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Zachary Weems1,876.8822019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Joshua You32.36112019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Jaime Sevilla6.47182019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
David Kristoffersson25.89122019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Liam Donovan25.89122019-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Orpheus Lummis12.74162019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Chrissie Colbourn38.21102019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--
Greg Colbourn191.0652019-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.gofundme.com/ea-hotel--