Generation Pledge donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Generation Pledge in our system.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 37,000 119,333 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 291,000 291,000 291,000 291,000
Effective altruism 3 37,000 119,333 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 291,000 291,000 291,000 291,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Generation Pledge

Donor Total 2021 2020 2019
Jaan Tallinn (filter this donee) 291,000.00 291,000.00 0.00 0.00
Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donee) 37,000.00 0.00 37,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund (filter this donee) 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
Total 358,000.00 291,000.00 37,000.00 30,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 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 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Jaan Tallinn291,000.0012021-04Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2021-h1-recommendationsSurvival and Flourishing Fund Ben Hoskin Katja Grace Oliver Habryka Adam Marblestone Donation process: Part of the Survival and Flourishing Fund's 2021 H1 grants based on the S-process (simulation process) that "involves allowing the Recommenders and funders to simulate a large number of counterfactual delegation scenarios using a spreadsheet of marginal utility functions. Recommenders specified marginal utility functions for funding each application, and adjusted those functions through discussions with each other as the round progressed. Similarly, funders specified and adjusted different utility functions for deferring to each Recommender. In this round, the process also allowed the funders to make some final adjustments to decide on their final intended grant amounts."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; this is SFF's fifth grant round and the first with a grant to this grantee.

Donor retrospective of the donation: For the 2021 H2 grants, Zvi Mowshowitz's blog post about the grantmaking process, though not naming Generation Pledge, talks about an applicant doing something similar to Generation Pledge, and his concerns about the applicant: "These seemed deeply terrible. If you think the best use of funds, in a world in which we already have billions available, is to go trying to convince others to give away their money in the future, and then hoping it can be steered to the right places [...]. My expectation is that these people are seeking money and power, largely for themselves, via attempting to hijack that of others, especially for the one targeting heirs [...] it looked like there was willingness [among other recommenders] to be what I would view as the villain in the play, but that the calculations said that for our purposes this type of strategy didn’t pay even if you discount such concerns, and so the strategy was not funded, whatever anyone would have chosen to call it."

Other notes: Jed McCaleb, the other funder participating in the grant round, does not make any grant to the grantee. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.06%.
Survival and Flourishing Fund37,000.0022020-12-30Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://jaan.online/philanthropy/donations.htmlOliver Habryka Eric Rogstad Donation process: Part of the Survival and Flourishing Fund's 2020 H2 grants https://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2020-h2-recommendationsbased on the S-process (simulation process) that "involves allowing the Recommenders and funders to simulate a large number of counterfactual delegation scenarios using a spreadsheet of marginal utility functions. Recommenders specified marginal utility functions for funding each application, and adjusted those functions through discussions with each other as the round progressed. Similarly, funders specified and adjusted different utility functions for deferring to each Recommender. In this round, the process also allowed the funders to make some final adjustments to decide on their final intended grant amounts."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor retrospective of the donation: A followup grant https://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2021-h1-recommendations in 2021 H1 from Jaan Tallinn based on SFF's recommendation suggests continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Jaan Tallinn and Jed McCaleb also participate as funders in the grant round, but make no grants to the grantee. The grant is made via the Centre for Effective Altruism. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.69%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund30,000.0032019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether Generation Pledge is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Generation Pledge mirrors the Founders Pledge model, but working with next gens rather than founders. The world's ultra high net worth families collectively own $31.5 trillion. Several thousand next gens will inherit this wealth. Generation Pledge aims to support those next gens to maximise their social impact."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "[I]n the past few months they have grown their pledger community significantly. They have an expected pledge value of over $300 million, with a number of sensible discount factors applied. We think that these positive updates are enough to justify Generation Pledge being funded through to a later stage, where they will have the opportunity to prove they can turn these pledges into donations to effective charities."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "This grant will contribute towards Generation Pledge's immediate funding gap for 2019, giving them more runway to fundraise and further grow their pledger base."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.44%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as by the progress made by Generation Pledge in getting $300 million pledged

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page talks of a "later stage, where they will have the opportunity to prove they can turn these pledges into donations to effective charities." It is likely that Generation Pledge will be considered for further grants if it is able to turn donations to pledges