High Impact Policy Engine donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee High Impact Policy Engine 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 2 40,000 50,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000
Effective altruism 2 40,000 50,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee High Impact Policy Engine

Donor Total 2019
Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund (filter this donee) 60,000.00 60,000.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donee) 40,000.00 40,000.00
Total 100,000.00 100,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund60,000.0012019-08-30Effective altruism/government policyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/4UBI3Q0TBGbWcIZWCh4EQVHelen Toner Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Alex Zhu Donation process: Grantee applied through the online application process, and was selected based on review by the fund managers. Helen Toner was the fund manager most excited about the grant, and responsible for the public write-up

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: According to the grant write-up: "This grant funds part of the cost of a full-time staff member for two years, plus some office and travel costs." Also: "HIPE’s primary activities are researching how to have a positive impact in the UK government; disseminating their findings via workshops, blog posts, etc.; and providing one-on-one support to interested individuals."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant write-up says: "Our reasoning for making this grant is based on our impression that HIPE has already been able to gain some traction as a volunteer organization, and on the fact that they now have the opportunity to place a full-time staff member within the Cabinet Office. [...] The fact that the Cabinet Office is willing to provide desk space and cover part of the overhead cost for the staff member suggests that HIPE is engaging successfully with its core audiences.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Explicit calculations for the amount are not included, but the grant write-up says that it funds "part of the cost of a full-time staff member for two years, plus some office and travel costs." At around the same time, the Meta Fund grants $40,000 to HIPE, also to cover these costs. It is likely that the combined $100,000 covers part or all of the cost.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.67%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as by the opportunity that has been opened by the potential for a two-year job in the UK civil service if HIPE secures funding
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The write-up says: "HIPE does not yet have robust ways of tracking its impact, but they expressed strong interest in improving their impact tracking over time. We would hope to see a more fleshed-out impact evaluation if we were asked to renew this grant in the future."

Other notes: Helen Toner, the fund manager most excited about the grant and the author of the grant write-up, writes: "I’ll add that I personally see promise in the idea of services that offer career discussion, coaching, and mentoring in more specialized settings. (Other fund members may agree with this, but it was not part of our discussion when deciding whether to make this grant, so I’m not sure.)". Affected countries: United Kingdom.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund40,000.0022019-08-23Effective altruism/government policyhttps://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 HIPE is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support HIPE in its fundraising efforts to cover salary and travel costs for one full-time employee for 2 years in the UK government.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "If HIPE can demonstrate value to the UK government department (e.g., through improving policy-making, staff wellbeing, or staff retention), HIPE believes they would have a reasonably strong chance of being made a permanent project fully funded by the government." Further: "This grant is made experimentally, largely on the promise of the idea and the reputation of the two founding volunteers"

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount less than, but contributing a nontrivial fraction to, the two-year salary and travel costs for one full-time employee that it is for
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 8.58%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as by the opportunity that has been opened by the potential for a two-year job in the UK civil service if HIPE secures funding
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "Any further funding will be sensitive to the strength of their team in the future." Affected countries: United Kingdom.