Future of Humanity Institute donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United Kingdom
Facebook page FHIOxford
Websitehttps://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/
Donate pagehttps://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/support-fhi/
Twitter usernameFHIOxford
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_Humanity_Institute
AI Watch pagehttps://aiwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Future+of+Humanity+Institute

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Future of Humanity Institute

Donor Total 2017 2016
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 2,109,652.00 1,994,000.00 115,652.00
Gordon Irlam (filter this donee) 120,000.00 0.00 120,000.00
Effective Altruism Grants (filter this donee) 20,097.00 20,097.00 0.00
Samuel Hilton (filter this donee) 82.16 0.00 82.16
Cedric Eveleigh (filter this donee) 23.86 0.00 23.86
Marius Hobbhahn (filter this donee) 23.74 0.00 23.74
Total 2,249,878.76 2,014,097.00 235,781.76

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Job opportunity at the Future of Humanity Institute and Global Priorities Institute2018-04-01Hayden Win Effective Altruism Forum Global Priorities Institute Future of Humanity Institute Job advertisementAI safetyThe blog post advertises a Senior Administrator position that would be shared between the Future of Humanty Institute and the Global Priorities Institute
Opportunities for individual donors in AI safety2018-03-12Alex Flint Effective Altruism Forum Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyAlex Flint discusses the history of AI safety funding, and suggests some heuristics for individual donors based on what he has seen to be successful in the past
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
2018 AI Safety Literature Review and Charity Comparison2017-12-20Ben Hoskin Effective Altruism ForumBen Hoskin Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk AI Impacts Center for Human-Compatible AI Center for Applied Rationality Future of Life Institute 80,000 Hours Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyThe lengthy blog post covers all the published work of prominent organizations focused on AI risk. It is an annual refresh of http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14w/2017_ai_risk_literature_review_and_charity/ -- a similar post published a year before it. The conclusion: "Significant donations to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Global Catastrophic Risks Institute. A much smaller one to AI Impacts."
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)
Tom Sittler: current view, Machine Intelligence Research Institute2017-02-08Tom Sittler Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI safetyTom Sittler explains why he considers the Machine Intelligence Research Institute the best donation opportunity. Cites http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence-philanthropic-opportunity http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14c/why_im_donating_to_miri_this_year/ http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14w/2017_ai_risk_literature_review_and_charity/ and mentions Michael Dickens model as a potential reason to update
Changes in funding in the AI safety field2017-02-01Sebastian Farquhar Centre for Effective Altruism Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Future of Life Institute Future of Humanity Institute OpenAI MIT Media Lab Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyThe post reviews AI safety funding from 2014 to 2017 (projections for 2017). Cross-posted on EA Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/16s/changes_in_funding_in_the_ai_safety_field/
The effective altruism guide to donating this giving season2016-12-28Robert Wiblin 80,000 Hours Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Cool Earth Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Centre for Effective Altruism 80000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative StrongMinds Ploughshares Fund Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Evaluator consolidated recommendation listBiosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Global health and global poverty,Animal welfare,AI risk,Global catastrophic risks,Effective altruism/movement growthRobert Wiblin draws on a number of annual charity evaluations and reviews, as well as staff donation writeups, from sources such as GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators, to provide an "effective altruism guide" for 2016 Giving Season donation
Where the ACE Staff Members are Giving in 2016 and Why2016-12-23Leah Edgerton Animal Charity EvaluatorsAllison Smith Jacy Reese Toni Adleberg Gina Stuessy Kieran Grieg Eric Herboso Erika Alonso Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality Vegan Outreach Act Asia Faunalytics Farm Animal Rights Movement Sentience Politics Direct Action Everywhere The Humane League The Good Food Institute Collectively Free Planned Parenthood Future of Life Institute Future of Humanity Institute GiveDirectly Machine Intelligence Research Institute The Humane Society of the United States Farm Sanctuary StrongMinds Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2016
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20162016-12-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Daniel Dewey Nick Beckstead Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute 80,000 Hours Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare,AI risk,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Effective altruism,Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas
2017 AI Risk Literature Review and Charity Comparison2016-12-13Ben Hoskin Effective Altruism ForumBen Hoskin Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute OpenAI Center for Human-Compatible AI Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Global Priorities Project AI Impacts Xrisks Institute X-Risks Net Center for Applied Rationality 80,000 Hours Raising for Effective Giving Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyThe lengthy blog post covers all the published work of prominent organizations focused on AI risk. References http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support#sources1007 for the MIRI part of it but notes the absence of information on the many other orgs. The conclusion: "The conclusion: "Significant donations to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Global Catastrophic Risks Institute. A much smaller one to AI Impacts."
CEA Staff Donation Decisions 20162016-12-06Sam Deere Centre for Effective AltruismWilliam MacAskill Michelle Hutchinson Tara MacAulay Alison Woodman Seb Farquhar Hauke Hillebrandt Marinella Capriati Sam Deere Max Dalton Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Michael Page Stefan Schubert Pablo Stafforini Amy Labenz Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Health New Incentives Project Healthy Children Deworm the World Initiative Machine Intelligence Research Institute StrongMinds Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Effective Altruism Foundation Sci-Hub Vote.org The Humane League Foundational Research Institute Periodic donation list documentationCentre for Effective Altruism (CEA) staff describe their donation plans. The donation amounts are not disclosed.
Where should you donate to have the most impact during giving season 2015?2015-12-24Robert Wiblin 80,000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Giving What We Can GiveWell AidGrade Effective Altruism Outreach Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Raising for Effective Giving Center for Applied Rationality Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Ploughshares Fund Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Charity Science Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative GiveDirectly Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global poverty,Effective altruism/movement growth,Rationality improvement,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AI risk,Global catastrophic risksRobert Wiblin draws on GiveWell recommendations, Animal Charity Evaluators recommendations, Open Philanthropy Project writeups, staff donation writeups and suggestions, as well as other sources (including personal knowledge and intuitions) to come up with a list of places to donate
My Cause Selection: Michael Dickens2015-09-15Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumMichael Dickens Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Future of Life Institute Open Philanthropy Project Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Ethics Foundational Research Institute Giving What We Can Charity Science Raising for Effective Giving Single donation documentationAnimal welfare,AI risk,Effective altruismExplanation by Dickens of giving choice for 2015. After some consideration, narrows choice to three orgs: MIRI, ACE, and REG. Finally chooses REG due to weighted donation multiplier

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Grants20,097.002017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research into biological risk mitigation with the Future of Humanity Institute. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program. Earmark: Gregory Lewis.
Open Philanthropy Project1,994,000.002017-03AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/future-humanity-institute-general-support-- Grant for general support. A related grant specifically for biosecurity work was granted in 2016-09, made earlier for logistical reasons. Announced: 2017-03-06.
Open Philanthropy Project115,652.002016-09Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/future-humanity-institute-biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness-- Conceptually part of a larger grant to the recipient, whose primary work area is AI risk reduction. More details in writeup for larger grant at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/future-humanity-institute-general-support. Announced: 2017-03-06.
Gordon Irlam120,000.002016Global catastrophic risks/AI risk/Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttp://www.gricf.org/2016-report.html--
Samuel Hilton82.162016Global catastrophic risks/AI risk/Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Cedric Eveleigh23.862016Global catastrophic risks/AI risk/Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Marius Hobbhahn23.742016Global catastrophic risks/AI risk/Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--