Effective Altruism Funds donations received

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Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Effective Altruism Funds

Donor Total 2018 2017
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise (filter this donee) 174,000.00 103,000.00 71,000.00
Patrick Brinich-Langlois (filter this donee) 57,200.00 0.00 57,200.00
Aaron Gertler (filter this donee) 1,000.00 0.00 1,000.00
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 100.00 0.00 100.00
James Snowden (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Josh Rosenberg (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Morgan Davis (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 232,300.00 103,000.00 129,300.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (16 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Announcing new EA Funds management teams2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe post announces the transition of the Effective Altruism Funds manaagement to teams, with a chair, team members, and advisors. The EA Community Fund is renamed the EA Meta Fund, and has chair Luke Ding and team Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, Alex Foster, and Tara MacAulay, with advisor Nick Beckstead. The long-term future fund has chair Matt Fallshaw, and team Helen Toner, Oliver Habryka, Matt Wage, and Alex Zhu, with advisors Nick Beckstead and Jonas Vollmer. The animal welfare fund has chair Lewis Bollard (same as before) and team Jamie Spurgeon, Natalie Cargill, and Toni Adleberg. The global development fund continues to be solely managed by Elie Hassenfeld. The granting schedule will be thrice a year: November, February, and June for all funds except the Global Development Fund, which will be in December, March, and July.
EA Funds - An update from CEA2018-08-07Marek Duda Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismMarek Duda gives an update on work on the EA Funds donation platform, the departure of Nick Beckstead from managing the EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds, and the experimental creation of "Junior" Funds
The EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds Lack Transparency and Accountability2018-07-23Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare|global health|AI safety|global catastrophic risks|effective altruismEvan Gaensbauer builds on past criticism of the EA Funds by Henry Stanley at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1k9/ea_funds_hands_out_money_very_infrequently_should/ and http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1mr/how_to_improve_ea_funds/ Gaensbauer notes that the Global Health and Development Fund and the Animal Welfare Fund have done a better job of paying out and announcing payouts. However, the Long-Term Future Fund and EA Community Fund, both managed by Nick Beckstead, have announced only one payout, and have missed their self-imposed date for announcing the remaining payouts. Some comments by Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism (the parent of EA Funds) are also discussed
Update on Partnerships with External Donors2018-05-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Future Justice Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryCriminal justice reform,Animal welfareThe Open Philanthropy Project describes how it works with donors other than Good Ventures (the foundation under Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna that accounts for almost all Open Phil grantmaking). The blog post reiterates that the long-term goal is to inform many different funders, but that is not a short-term priority because the Open Philanthropy Project is not moving enoguh money to even achieve the total spend that Good Ventures is willing to go up to. The post mentions that Chloe Cockburn, the program officer for criminal justice reform, is working with other funders in criminal justice reform, and they have created a separate vehicle, the Accountable Justice Action Fund, to pool resources. Also, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, who previously worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, now have their own criminal justice-focused Future Justice Fund, and are getting help from Cockburn to allocate money from the fund. For causes outside of criminal justice reform, the role of Effective Altruism Funds (whose grantmaking is managed by Open Philanthropy Project staff members) is mentioned. Also, Lewis Bollard is said to have moved ~10% as much money through advice to other donors as he has moved through the Open Philanthropy Project
How to improve EA Funds2018-04-04Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismHenry Stanley echoes thoughts expressed in his previous post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1k9/ea_funds_hands_out_money_very_infrequently_should/ and argues for regular disbursement, holding funds in interest-bearing assets, and more clarity about fund manager bandwidth. Comments also discuss Effective Altruism Grants
Where, why and how I donated in 20172018-02-01Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentKuhn describes his decision to allocate money between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year
EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried?2018-01-31Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismHenry Stanley expresses concern that the Effective Altruism Funds hands out money very infrequently. Commenters include Peter Hurford (who suggests a percentage-based approach), Elie Hassenfeld, the manager of the global health and development fund, and Evan Gaensbauer, a person well-connected in effective altruist social circles
Where the ACE Staff Members Are Giving in 2017 and Why2017-12-26Allison Smith Animal Charity EvaluatorsJon Bockman Allison Smith Toni Adleberg Sofia Davis-Fogel Kieran Greig Jamie Spurgeon Erika Alonso Eric Herboso Gina Stuessy Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Vegan Outreach A Well-Fed World Better Eating International Encompass Direct Action Everywhere Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Against Malaria Foundation Animal equality The Nonhuman Rights Project AnimaNaturalis Internacional The Humane League GiveDirectly Food Empowerment Project Mercy For Animals New Harvest StrongMinds Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Funds Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donor lottery Sentience Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2017
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20172017-12-21Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Nick Beckstead Daniel Dewey Center for International Security and Cooperation Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Good Call Court Watch NOLA Compassion in World Farming USA Wild-Animal Suffering Research Effective Altruism Funds Donor lottery Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare,AI risk,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Effective altruism,Criminal justice reformOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 20172017-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectHolden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationOpen Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20172017-12-11Josh Rosenberg GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Sophie Monahan Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Chelsea Tabart Christian Smith Isabel Arjmand James Snowden GiveWell top charities Effective Altruism Funds No Lean Season Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Causa Justa::Just Cause Planned Parenthood ProPublica Earthjustice Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff describe where they are donating in 2017. Not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
AI: a Reason to Worry, and to Donate2017-12-10Jacob Falkovich Jacob Falkovich Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Life Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Future of Humanity Institute Effective Altruism Funds Single donation documentationAI safetyFalkovich explains why he thinks AI safety is a much more important and relatively neglected existential risk than climate change, and why he is donating to it. He says he is donating to MIRI because he is reasonably certain of the importance of their work on AI aligment. However, he lists a few other organizations for which he is willing to match donations up to 0.3 bitcoins, and encourages other donors to use their own judgment to decide among them: Future of Life Institute, Center for Human-Compatible AI, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, Future of Humanity Institute, and Effective Altruism Funds (the Long-Term Future Fund)
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant2017-12-10Ben West Effective Altruism Facebook groupEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismBen West, wondering whether to donate to the Effective Altruism Funds for his end-of-year donation, wonders whether the Funds are dormant, since no donations from the fund have been announced since April. In the comments, Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism reports that the Funds pages have been updated to include some recent donations, and West updates his post to note that
Update on Effective Altruism Funds2017-04-20Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismKerry Vaughan provides a progress report on the beta launch of EA Funds, and says it will go on beyond beta. The post includes information on reception of EA Funds so far, money donated to the funds, and fund allocations for the money donated so far
EA Funds Beta Launch2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds LaunchAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismTara MacAulay of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), the parent of Effective Altruism Funds, describes the beta launch of the project. CEA will revisit within three months to decide whether to make the EA Funds permanent
Introducing the EA Funds2017-02-09William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds LaunchAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismWilliam MacAskill of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) proposes EA Funds, inspired by the Shulman/Christiano donor lottery from 2016-12, while also incorporating elements of the EA Giving Group run by Nick Beckstead

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (14 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise103,000.002018-11-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation to the EA Community Fund.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois11,100.002017-12-29Global catastrophic risks/other long-term futurehttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Donation earmarked for the Long-Term Future Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois11,100.002017-12-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Donation earmarked for the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise66,000.002017-12-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more background on the donation decision. The total amount donated by the couple for 2017 is $142,000, out of which 50% ($71,000) is outside GiveWell-recommended charities. $5,000 of this was already donated to the EA Community Fund earlier in the year, leaving $66,000 which is donated in this donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 46.50%.
Morgan Davis--2017-12-18--https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2017#Morgan-- Split between the different funds: 5% for animal welfare, 5% for global development, 15% for EA Community, and 75% for the long-term future fund. Donor also considered donating to Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI), which she is impressed by, and sees a need for after encountering bureaucracy in academia while working as grant manager for the Open Philanthropy Project. However, she ultimately felt that the fund managers for Effective Altruism Funds would be able to make better decisions. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
James Snowden--2017-12-11Global health|Animal welfarehttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#James-- The plan is to donate 80% to the Global Health and Development Fund, and 10% to the Animal Welfare Fund.
Josh Rosenberg--2017-12-11Global catastrophic risks/other long-term futurehttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#Josh-- Money to the Long-Term Future Fund managed by Nick Beckstead. Believes money in the fund will be put to good use, and believes in the importance of future generations. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.00%.
Aaron Gertler500.002017-10-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Aaron Gertler500.002017-09-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois20,000.002017-08-28Global catastrophic risks/other long-term futurehttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Donation earmarked for the Long-Term Future Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise5,000.002017-06-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation earmarked for the Effective Altruism Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead. Employer match: Wave matched 5,000.00.
Peter Hurford100.002017-04-04Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- 25% to each fund, for informational purposes.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois7,500.002017-03-25Global catastrophic risks/other long-term futurehttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Donation earmarked for the Long-Term Future Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois7,500.002017-03-25Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Donation earmarked for the Effective Altruism Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.