GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund 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 March 2023. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page GiveWell.org
Websitehttps://www.givewell.org
Donate pagehttps://secure.givewell.org/
Donation case pagehttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/11/28/updated-top-charities-giving-season-2016/
Donation statistics pagehttps://www.givewell.org/about/impact
Twitter usernamegivewell
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GiveWell#Top-rated_charities
Key peopleHolden Karnofsky|Elie Hassenfeld

This entity is also a donor.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 31 0 7,261 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,550 4,250 6,443 13,000 70,000
Global health and cash transfers 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Global health and development 5 2,500 16,180 100 100 100 2,000 2,000 2,500 2,500 6,300 6,300 70,000 70,000
9 12,600 16,023 1,550 1,550 4,250 5,000 6,443 12,600 12,600 13,000 31,000 57,763 57,763

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund

Donor Total 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2010
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise (filter this donee) 153,006.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 68,456.00 14,550.00 0.00
Eric Friedman (filter this donee) 31,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 31,000.00
Ben Kuhn (filter this donee) 30,200.00 0.00 0.00 12,600.00 0.00 12,600.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Jacob Steinhardt (filter this donee) 8,800.00 6,300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vipul Naik (filter this donee) 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tomo Kazahaya (filter this donee) 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Alexander Berger (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Andrew Martin (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Chelsea Tabart (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Christian Smith (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Elie Hassenfeld (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Holden Karnofsky (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Isabel Arjmand (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Josh Rosenberg (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Natalie Crispin (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rebecca Raible (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 225,106.00 6,300.00 70,000.00 12,600.00 2,100.00 12,600.00 7,500.00 68,456.00 14,550.00 31,000.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
‘I give away half to three-quarters of my income every year’ Allan Saldanha, 41, on how he achieved financial security and now hopes to help save lives2019-11-09Suzanne Bearne The GuardianAllan Saldanha GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Against Malaria Foundation Malaria Consortium Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal healthAllan Saldanha, an "earning to give" practitioner, describes how in 2014 he learned of the Giving What We Can (GWWC) pledge to donate 10% of one's income every year, and how he increased his giving percentage frrom 10% to 20% to 50%, and now aims to give awy 75% of his income to charity. Saldanha donates mainly to GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund through the Effective Altruism Funds. He first donated to Against Malaria Foundation in 2014, and in 2018, he donated to Malaria Consortium and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.
Listen: Software Engineer Jeff Kaufman '08 on Effective Altruism2017-04-28Jeff Kaufman Swarthmore CollegeJeff Kaufman and Julia Wise GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Against Malaria Foundation Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal healthIn this talk with transcript, Jeff Kaufman, an alumnus of Swarthmore College, describes the "earning to give" practiced by him and his wife Julia Wise, as well as their membership in the effective altruism community. Kaufman also talks about his transition from Google to Wave, in order to have a direct impact in the mobile money space.
Couple donates half of income every year to treat world health2015-10-23Alexandra Zaslow TodayJeff Kaufman and Julia Wise GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Against Malaria Foundation Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal healthThe article describes the Boston-based couple Julia Wise and Jeff Kaufman, who give away half their income to charity every hour. It includes some quotes from Julia Wise about her motivation to give, excitement about the amount given so far, and values that she and her husband hope to instill in their children.
Family Gives Away Half Their Income To Help Others2015-10-13Paul Burton CBS BostonJeff Kaufman and Julia Wise GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal healthThe article discusses the "earning to give" of Boston-based couple Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise, who give more than half their income to charity. It includes quotes from both Wise and Kaufman about how they see their giving and what trade-offs they make to sustain that level of giving.
Earning to Give vs. Altruistic Career Choice Revisited (GW, IR)2013-06-01Jonah Sinick Jonah Sinick Willam MacAskill Eliezer Yudkowsky Against Malaria Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal health|AI safetyJonah Sinick gives a number of arguments against the view that earning to give is likely to be the most socially valuable path. For contrast, he considers direct work in nonprofits and in other high-impact careers. He talks about the value of direct feedback and the significant difference between what a skilled person and a less skilled person can accomplish with direct work. Sinick draws extensively on his experience working at GiveWell where he evaluated the cost-effectiveness of charities.
Join Wall Street. Save the world.2013-03-31Dylan Matthews Washington PostJason Trigg Matt Wage Peter Singer Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal healthThe Washington Post article introduces the concept of "earning to give" to the general public, taking the examples of Jason Trigg and Matt Wage, who deliberately chose careers in finance in order to earn more, to give more. It discusses the philosophy of Peter Singer which has been inspirational to these individuals. The Boston-based couple Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise, who donate a large amount of money every year to charity, are also discussed.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (31 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 31)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Jacob Steinhardt6,300.0082021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/GiveWell Intended use of funds (category): Regranting

Intended use of funds: The GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund regrants money quarterly to GiveWell top charities based on which ones have the most cost-effective and time-sensitive funding need.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development donations: 12% to the EA Funds (Global Health and Development Fund). The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development allocation: 12% to the EA Funds (Global Health and Development Fund). The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research." It also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 14.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The donation post suggests that the donor will not be granting to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund any more, saying: "In retrospect, I think a better allocation would have been 40% to GHDF and 5% to GiveWell. The reason is that GHDF is actively managed by someone who I trust, who has similar goals than me, and who is significantly more informed than I am, so I would expect whatever allocation Elie chooses to be better than what I chose above. In addition, I have grown more comfortable with higher-risk donations; I was already fairly comfortable with them, allocating ~80% to high-risk/high-reward opportunities, but I'd now feel okay with up to ~90%."
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise70,000.0012020-12-16Global health and developmenthttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donor allocates 50% of their Giving Season donation each year to GiveWell-recommended charities, usually the Maximum Impact Fund or the top charity. These donations to the Maximum Impact Fund make up the remainder of the amount the donor intended to donate after accounting for the amount successfully donated on Giving Tuesday and before.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This final donation seems intended to reach the donor's intended target for total 2020 donations in this area.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 26.44%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This donation is made 15 days after Giving Tuesday, by which time the donor likely has more complete information on how many donations were successfully processed and how much more to donate to meet the intended donation target.
Ben Kuhn12,600.0052019-01-20--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2018 for more context. Although the donation was made in January 2019, it is considered part of the donation for 2018; the reason for making the donation in 2019 was due to fewer liquid finances in December to make the donation. The total donation amount for the year of $70,000 was calculated as 50% of total income for the year. The allocation of $12,600 was calculated as 18% of the total donation amount. Logistics-wise, the donation was made via the donor-advised fund, and along with the donation of $1,400 to GiveWell (i.e., a donation of $14,000 was made to GiveWell with 10% marked as an unrestricted donation to GiveWell). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 18.00%.
Vipul Naik2,000.00122018-12-22Global health and developmenthttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations (GW, IR)GiveWell Donation process: Part of a set of year-end donations made in 2018

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Money to GiveWell for regranting to its top charities (through GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund) based on GiveWell's assessment of which charity can make the best use of funds at the margin

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#The_selection_of_recipients (GW, IR) goes into detail on this, comparing GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund with Effective Altruism Funds and various rising stars. The summary says: "For the money directly allocated by me, GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund won as a default baseline because the alternatives were not yet compelling enough."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#My_reason_for_choosing_this_amount_to_donate (GW, IR) goes into detail on this. It works out the total amount of $3,000 ($2,000 direct + $1,000 donated based on recommendations from Issa Rice) based on a few heuristics; $500/year for 6 years, 1% of income, and the right size where it justifies transaction costs
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#My_reason_for_donating_now_rather_than_earlier_or_later (GW, IR) goes into detail on this. It talks about how the author stopped making donations after 2012, to focus on building a savings buffer and funding contract work, and how the situation has recently changed enough to make it worth considering a standard charity donation

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#Summary (GW, IR) says: "I hope to continue working on projects like the Donations list website on my personal time and through contract work. I also hope to get a clearer picture of a number of things that might lead to more interesting donation decisions in the future."

Other notes: Employer match: LiftIgniter matched 100.00.
Tomo Kazahaya100.00142018-11-27Global health and development--Vipul Naik Donation on Giving Tuesday with donee informed by Vipul Naik, and donation timing influenced by match from LiftIgniter Giving Initiative. Employer match: LiftIgniter matched 1.00; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Ben Kuhn12,600.0052017-12-30--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2017 for more context. The total donation amount of $60,000 was calculated as 50% of total income for the year. The intended allocation to GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund was 18% (which would be $10,800) but due to a miscalculation, a little more was allocated. After accounting for the employer match of $10,000 for another donations, the donation amount worked out to 18% of the total donation (including employer match) for the year. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.00%.
Alexander Berger----2017-12-18Global health and cash transfershttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2017#AlexanderGiveWell Same allocation as in 2016, for same reasons. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 80.00%.
Josh Rosenberg----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#JoshGiveWell Believes that these are among the most effective ways to help people, and knows the team has intensely scrutinized these giving opportunities. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 80.00%.
Natalie Crispin----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#Natalie-- Crispin notes: "I continue to believe that GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund are the best option for impact-focused giving for individuals and I plan to give my annual gift this year to GiveWell for granting at its discretion to top charities. I am grateful for all the work, thoughtfulness, and hours of debate that my colleagues put into the recommendations, and I believe that the recommendations are as strong as they’ve ever been. I am excited to support the most effective charities I know of.".
Christian Smith----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#ChristianGiveWell Donor decided to grant to GiveWell for regranting, and believes more strongly in the research process of GiveWell and the importance of the funding gaps. Donor also considered animal welfare and the far future, but ultimately decided to focus on supporting causes in global health and development. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Isabel Arjmand----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#IsabelGiveWell Donation of 75% of the charity budget allocated based on the GiveWell headline recommendation: giving to GiveWell for discretionary regranting to top charities. Donor considered giving directly to Malaria Consortium, as she believes its funding gap to be the highest-impact among the top charities, but ultimately decided to trust GiveWell with the money instead. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 75.00%.
Andrew Martin----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#AndrewGiveWell Donor decided to grant to GiveWell for regranting, rather than directly donating to top charities, because of his belief in the importance of the flexibility GiveWell gets to provide funding to whichever charities have the most pressing funding needs. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Elie Hassenfeld----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#ElieGiveWell Donation to GiveWell for discretionary regranting; this is what GiveWell recommends to donors. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Chelsea Tabart----2017-12-11Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/11/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2017/#Chelsea-- Donor decided to grant to GiveWell for regranting, and believes more strongly in the research process of GiveWell as a result of seeing it firsthand on the inside as a GiveWell employee. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Ben Kuhn5,000.0092016-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 for more context.
Jacob Steinhardt2,500.00112016-12-28Global health and developmenthttps://jsteinhardt.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/donations-for-2016/GiveWell Although donation was announced on this day we do not know when it was made. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 25.00%.
Josh Rosenberg----2016-12-09Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/GiveWell Believed in collective wisdom of GiveWell. Rather than dissent by donating elsewhere, considered it more productive to raise issues in debate and have combined wisdom of fellow staffers. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 65.00%.
Natalie Crispin----2016-12-09Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/-- Crispin notes: "I continue to believe that GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund are the best option for impact-focused giving for individuals and I plan to give most of my annual gift this year to GiveWell for regranting at its discretion to top charities. I am grateful for all the work, thoughtfulness, and hours of debate that my colleagues put into the recommendations, and I believe that the recommendations are as strong as they’ve ever been. I am excited to support the most effective charities I know of.".
Alexander Berger----2016-12-09Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/GiveWell Less than the 90% last year. Partly because of less urgency around top charities, and optimism regarding better opportunities to be found by the Open Philanthropy Project. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 80.00%.
Elie Hassenfeld----2016-12-09Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/GiveWell This donation covered all the end-of-year giving, and all giving left from after the donation to "a political campaign".
Rebecca Raible----2015-12-09Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2015/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-for-giving-season-2015/GiveWell Although the GiveWell recommendation is to donate to the Against Malaria Foundation, donor believes that giving to GiveWell for regranting allows for more flexibility in the use of funds based on new information. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 80.00%.
Rebecca Raible----2015-01Global health and cash transfershttps://eahub.org/user/rebecca-raibleGiveWell Old entry in EA Hub profile. For reasoning, see https://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/17/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2014/. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise6,443.0072014-12-31--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise57,763.0022014-12-20--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Josh Rosenberg----2014-12-17Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/17/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2014/GiveWell More convinced of GiveWell allocation recommendation, so following that. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Natalie Crispin----2014-12-17Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/17/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2014/-- Crispin notes: "I plan to follow GiveWell’s recommended allocation this year by giving a gift to GiveWell for regranting to top charities at its discretion. Allocating funding between charities involves complicated trade-offs on many different dimensions: program cost-effectiveness, confidence in the organization’s ability to carry out the program, confidence in the organization’s ability to spend funds in the near term, judgements about the upside and risks of helping an organization scale up, etc.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Holden Karnofsky----2014-12-17Global health and cash transfershttps://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/17/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2014/GiveWell Giving opportunities in 2014 better than 2013, so giving a bit but to regrant to top charities. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise4,250.00102014-02-01--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise13,000.0042013-12-28--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise1,550.00132013-12-09--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Eric Friedman31,000.0032010--https://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Relevant quote: Eventually, we decided that there was one fundamental principle we should apply: giving was primarily about helping the less fortunate, not our friendships or personal interests. Breaking up with Freedom from Hunger would be hard. I explained our reasoning and they took it in stride, demonstrating that they care more about the less fortunate than their own institutional growth. They are a good group. But in 2010, we gave about $31,000 to GiveWell’s donor advised fund to ultimately be distributed as they recommended.