Founders Pledge donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

Country United Kingdom
Facebook page FoundersPledge
Twitter usernamefounderspledge
Wikipedia page
Open Philanthropy Project grant review
Key peopleDavid Goldberg
Launch date2015-06-10

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 6 16,000 777,590 0 0 0 0 16,000 16,000 393,939 1,032,947 1,032,947 3,222,653 3,222,653
Effective altruism 6 16,000 777,590 0 0 0 0 16,000 16,000 393,939 1,032,947 1,032,947 3,222,653 3,222,653

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Founders Pledge

Donor Total 2018 2016
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 4,255,600.00 3,222,653.00 1,032,947.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donee) 409,939.00 409,939.00 0.00
EA Giving Group (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4,665,539.00 3,632,592.00 1,032,947.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds16,000.0032018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growth Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay The grant write-up talks about how Founders Pledge has a huge amount of money pledged and has successfully moved a lot of money, with a rapid growth rate. The grant money will support their 2019 plans to expand their US operations and further develop their methodology to evaluate and support high-impact interventions. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 12.40%.
Effective Altruism Funds393,939.0042018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growth Beckstead Funding from the Effective Altruism Community Fund. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 74.89%.
Open Philanthropy Project3,222,653.0062018-02Effective altruism/donor pledges Beckstead Total across two grants for general support over three years, representing a renewal of the 2016 grant Since the previous grant, Founders Pledge has increased its pledge commitments and a large percentage of donations made by founders taking their pledge have been to organizations that prioritize an evidence based approach with respect to their interventions. However, its expansion into other parts of Europe has been more limited than anticipated. Instead, FP has shifted its primary expansion focus to the United States and Canada. Announced: 2018-04-05.
Open Philanthropy Project1,032,947.0052016-09Effective altruism/donor pledges Grant made over two years, via the Centre for Effective Altruism, to enable expansion to Germany, France, and Sweden, and hire a developer. Affected countries: Germany|France|Sweden; announced: 2016-10-31.
EA Giving Group----2016Effective altruism/movement growth Beckstead Actual date range: December 2015 to February 2016. Exact date, amount, or fraction not known, but it is the donee with the highest amount donated out of six donees in this period.
EA Giving Group----2015Effective altruism/movement growth Beckstead Actual date range: December 2014 to December 2015. Exact date, amount, or fraction not known, but it is the donee with the fifth highest amount donated out of eight donees in this period.