Effective Altruism Community Building Grants donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Effective Altruism Community Building Grants 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 1 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000
Effective altruism 1 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Effective Altruism Community Building Grants

Donor Total 2019
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donee) 120,000.00 120,000.00
Total 120,000.00 120,000.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
A single person decides about funding for community builders world-wide (GW, IR)2019-10-22Jan Brauner Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Community Building Grants Effective Altruism Community Building Grants Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post notes that a large share of funding for community builders in the effective altruism (EA) space is through the Effective Altruism Community Building Grants (CBG) program run by the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), and further, that it looks like just one person, Harri Besceli, is in charge of decisions. The post expresses concern about centralizing all the decisionmaking power in the hands of one person. Besceli responds in the comments, noting that he does consult others at CEA, and also arguing that at the current scale (disbursement of about $1 million/year, and the equivalent of one full-time worker doing granmaking) it makes sense to have the work primarily handled by one person. His main reason is the value of specialization given the narrow domain of grantmaking.
EA Community Building Grants - Recent Grants Made and Changes to the Application Process (GW, IR)2019-10-07Harri Besceli Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Community Building Grants Effective Altruism Community Building Grants Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post describes changes made to Effective Altruism Community Building Grants (EA CBG) made since the last update https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/RZrikMAuTwt4e9Fs4/ea-community-building-grants-update (GW, IR) provided in October 2018. The post talks about CBG's commitment to renewing funding for past grantees, and lists some grantees that have received and accepted offers for renewed funding. Changes include: (1) a switch to rolling applications instead of grant rounds, (2) introduction of an "expression of interest" form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_05IyYJ4fwP1YXytyKrIQMf8mH10Aappq5Dkh5H0Z6a3Ziw/viewform?usp=sf_link for prospective applicants, (3) more tailored process to the needs of different grantees. The blog post also notes that the bar for successful applicants is being raised; reasons include: (1) increasing th focus on the best grantmaking opportunities, based on learnings from the last year of grantmaking, (2) leaving room for future changes to the programme, (3) limited available funding (since funding will rely more on external donors now), (4) prioritising other aspects of the programme, (5) increasing financial reserves, (6) increased quality of granting opportunities.
EA Community Building Grants Update (GW, IR)2018-11-26Katie Glass Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Community Building Grants Effective Altruism Community Building Grants Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post provides an update on Effective Altruism Community Building Grants (CBG) that was first advertised on the EA Forum in March 2018. The blog post lists grant offers made so far and also describes evaluation criteria for further grants as well as future plans for CBG.

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

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund120,000.0012019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." However, it is not clear if Effective Altruism Community Building Grants submitted an application, it may well be one of the two grantees that did not.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The money will add to the pot of money available to Effective Altruism Community Building Grants to disburse

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "This is an early-stage grant; we expect the experimental value to be greater than the direct impact of the grant." Specifically, community building grants seem impotant, and the EA Meta Fund committee believes that decisions on how to allocate community building grants are best handled by the Effective Altruism Community Building Grants. Also: "While the program is relatively new, having been launched 18 months ago, the team has carried out some initial impact assessment; so far, the results seem to be positive."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is likely chosen keeping in mind the "early-stage grant" nature
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 26.90%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as relative maturity of EA CBG and completion of its initial impact assessment

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "In the future, if we continue to support EA CBG, we plan to dig deeper into their individual grant outcomes and to further discuss the evaluation process and evidence of impact with the CBG team."

Other notes: The grant page says: "As part of our decision to write this grant, we have referred all our highest-potential community building grants to EA CBG.".