Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research donations received

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Basic donee information

Country United Kingdom
Donate page
Key peopleWilliam MacAskill|Laura Pomarius
Launch date2018-12-04

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000
Cause prioritization 1 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research

Donor Total 2019
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund (filter this donee) 64,000.00 64,000.00
Total 64,000.00 64,000.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Britain’s youngest self-made billionaire is giving away his fortune — to people who don’t exist yet. The case for charity to benefit the far future.2019-05-29Kelsey Piper VoxBen Delo Center for Human-Compatible AI Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Broad donor strategyGlobal catastrophic risks|Effective altruismKelsey Piper reports that Ben Delo, co-founder of cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX, has signed the Giving Pledge, and will focus his giving on the long term. Piper includes arguments in favor of Delo's choice of focus, and describes the role the effective altruism movement played in influencing him.
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 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 Giving Tuesday Donation Matching Initiative 2018 Retrospective (GW, IR)2019-01-06Avi Norowitz Effective Altruism ForumAvi Norowitz William Kiely Against Malaria Foundation Malaria Consortium GiveWell Effective Altruism Funds Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Effective Animal Advocacy Fund The Humane League The Good Food Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Faunalytics Wild-Aniaml Suffering Research GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Effective Altruism Foundation Cool Earth Schistosomiasis Control Initiative New Harvest Evidence Action Centre for Effective Altruism Animal Equality Compassion in World Farming USA Innovations for Poverty Action Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Future of Life Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Sightsavers The Life You Can Save One Step for Animals Helen Keller International 80,000 Hours Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Vegan Outreach Encompass Iodine Global Network Otwarte Klatki Charity Science Mercy For Animals Coalition for Rainforest Nations Fistula Foundation Sentience Institute Better Eating International Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Raising for Effective Giving Clean Air Task Force The END Fund Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post describes an effort by a number of donors coordinated at to donate through Facebook right after the start of donation matching on Giving Tuesday. Based on timestamps of donations and matches, donations were matched till 14 seconds after the start of matching. Despite the very short time window of matching, the post estimates that $469,000 (65%) of the donations made were matched
Announcing the new Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research (GW, IR)2018-12-04William MacAskill Effective Altruism Forum Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Global Priorities Institute Centre for Effective Altruism LaunchCause prioritizationThe blog post announces the launch of the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research. The planned total budget for 2019 and 2020 is £1.12 million - £1.47 million, and a breakdown is provided in the post. The project will be incubated by the Centre for Effective Altruism, and its work is intended to complement the work of the Global Priorities Institute

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 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 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund64,000.0012019-03-07Cause prioritization Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donor believes that academic research is a high-impact but high-investment way to expand the frontiers of discussion and explore complex, nuanced topics. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 12.50%.