Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund donations received

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Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 4 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 25 25
Global health|Animal welfare 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Animal welfare 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Effective altruism 1 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund

Donor Total 2017
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 25.00 25.00
James Snowden (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00
Morgan Davis (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00
Ozy Brennan (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00
Total 25.00 25.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (15 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
The EA Animal Welfare Fund Has Significant Room For More Funding (GW, IR)2021-11-30Kieran Grieg Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Donee donation caseAnimal welfareThe blog post, written by the chair of the Animal Welfare Fund, argues that the Animal Welfare Fund has a lot of room for more funding. Reasons offered include a trend of doubling annual grantmaking, growth of grantees that increases their room for more funding, high growth in somem funded areas such as wild animal welfare, and some estimate of the current rate of fundraising.
Animal Welfare Fund: Ask us anything! (GW, IR)2021-05-07Kieran Grieg Alexandria Beck Marcus A. Davis Mikaela Saccoccio Karolina Sarek Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Donee AMAAnimal welfareThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Animal Welfare Fund, one of the EA Funds. Of the six fund managers, Lewis Bollard seems to be the only one to not answer any questions in the AMA. There are several questions, including many from Ben West and Michael Aird.
Giving What We Can & EA Funds now operate independently of CEA (GW, IR)2020-12-21Max Dalton Jonas Vollmer Luke Freemaan Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Grants Giving What We Can Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Giving What We Can Status changeAnimal welfare|Global health and development|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruism|LongtermismThis cross-post of https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/giving-what-we-can-and-ea-funds-now-operate-independently-of-cea/ announces that Giving What We Can (GWWC), operated by Luke Freeman, and the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Funds), operated by Jonas Vollmer, are now operated independent of the Centre for Effective Altruism. Also, Effective Altruism Grants (EA Grants) is now fully closed. The plan to close it had been announced in April 2020 at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/SX6vKhRQsFj8AjYrM/brief-update-on-ea-grants (GW, IR) but some existing grant commitments needed to be honored before fully closing the program out. The post includes growth, retention, and content plans for GWWC, and donor satisfaction, donation, and grantmaking data for EA Funds.
Effective Altruism Funds Project Updates (GW, IR)2019-12-20Sam Deere Effective Altruism FundsEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health and development|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post is by Sam Deere of the Centre for Effective Altruism, who is the project lead for Effective Altruism Funds (EA Funds). The blog post goes over the purpose of EA Funds, structure of fund management teams, the use of the EA Funds platform to directly donate to charities, and the project status and relationship with CEA. Regarding the last point: "Currently EA Funds is a project wholly within the central part of the Centre for Effective Altruism (as opposed to a satellite project housed within the same legal organization, like 80,000 Hours or the Forethought Foundation). However, we’re currently investigating whether this should change. This is largely driven by a divergence in organizational priorities – specifically, that CEA is focusing on building communities and spaces for discussing EA ideas (e.g. local groups, EA Global and related events, and the EA Forum), whereas EA Funds is primarily fundraising-oriented." The post also announces recent updates to the EA Funds website and the launch of a publicly-accessible dashboard for fund statistics https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/about/stats
Where are you donating this year and why – in 2019? Open thread for discussion. (GW, IR)2019-12-11weeatquince Effective Altruism Forumweeatquince Michael St. Jules Happier Lives Institute Effective Altruism Funds: Infrastructure Fund Let's Fund Rethink Priorities Against Malaria Foundation Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Charity Entrepreneurship RC Forward Sentience Politics Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and development|Animal welfareIn this open thread, donors describe where they plan to donate in 2019. The thread has donation descriptions by weeatquince (the post author) as well as Michael St. Jules.
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20192019-12-10Catherine Hollander GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Isabel Arjmand Nicole Zok Dan Brown Olivia Larsen Steph Stojanovic James Snowden Michael Eddy Kimberly Huynh Teryn Mattox Jim Bobowski GiveWell top charities Malaria Consortium GiveDirectly StrongMinds Cool Earth Clean Air Task Force ProPublica Sogorea Te Land Trust Stonewall (UK) Afrinspire Against Malaria Foundation One for the World Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention Young1ove Namati Astraea Foundation UHAI-EASHRI The Other Foundation Colombia Diversa The Trevor Project Médecins Sans Frontières Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Periodic donation list documentationContinuing an annual tradition started in 2013, GiveWell staff members describe where they are donating. Some of the main themes: staff members deciding whether to donate directly to specific GiveWell top charities or donate to GiveWell for regranting to top charities. While most people choose the latter, a few choose the former for reasons including tax advantages, opinion of other family members, and slightly different moral weights than those used by GiveWell. Donors also talk about setting aside small portions of their giving for other kinds of causes, including animal welfare, AI safety, climate change, mental health, social justice, and local philanthropy. Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
Animal Welfare Fund AMA (GW, IR)2018-12-19Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Donee AMAAnimal welfareThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Animal Welfare Fund. The questions and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including Tee Barnett, Peter Hurford, Halstead, Josh You, and Kevin Watkinson. Answers are provided by Lewis Bollard, Jamie Spurgeon, and Natalie Cargill, three of the four managers of the fund. The fourth manager, Toni Adleberg, does not particulate directly, but is referenced in the other answers. Questions cover the risks of lack of diversity due to dominance by Open Philanthropy Project and Animal Charity Evaluators, learning plans from the seemingly "hits-based giving" approach, the relation with the Effective Animal Advocacy Fund managed by ACE, the amount of time spent evaluating grants, criteria for evaluating grants, and research that would help the team.
Announcing new EA Funds management teams (GW, IR)2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe post announces the transition of the Effective Altruism Funds management 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 CEA (GW, IR)2018-08-07Marek Duda Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
How to improve EA Funds (GW, IR)2018-04-04Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried? (GW, IR)2018-01-31Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant2017-12-10Ben West Effective Altruism Facebook groupEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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 Funds (GW, IR)2017-04-20Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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 Launch (GW, IR)2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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 Funds (GW, IR)2017-02-09William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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 (4 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 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Ozy Brennan----2019-01-03Animal welfarehttps://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/donation-post-2018/-- Donation is to the Animal Welfare Fund (of the four Funds labeled Effective Altruism Funds). The donor, Ozy Brennan, had past experience interacting with Lewis Bollard, chair of the Animal Welfare Fund, at the time they were evaluating Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR), when Ozy used to work there. Ozy was impressed by Bollard's thoughtful approach during the grantmaking process, and continues to be impressed by the grants made by the Animal Welfare Fund, which are innovative, geographically diverse, and hard for small donors to find. Ozy identifies the following characteristics for other people who may be interested in donating to the Animal Welfare Fund: (a) People who prioritize animal welfare and do not think we should concentrate on persuading people to be vegan/vegetarian. (b) People who support "weird EA" animal causes.
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: 5.00%.
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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.00%.
Peter Hurford25.0012017-04-04Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- A total of $100 donated across the four EA Funds: 25% to each fund, for informational purposes.