International Refugee Assistance Project donations received

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Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page RefugeeAssist
Donate page
Twitter usernameRefugeeAssist
Open Philanthropy Project grant review
Key peopleBecca Heller
Launch date2008

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 5 75,000 355,020 0 0 0 100 100 75,000 75,000 700,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Refugee assistance 1 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
FIXME 1 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000
Migration policy 2 700,000 850,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee International Refugee Assistance Project

Donor Total 2019 2017 2016
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 1,700,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 700,000.00
Unbound Philanthropy (filter this donee) 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Elizabeth Van Nostrand (filter this donee) 100.00 0.00 100.00 0.00
Isabel Arjmand (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 1,775,100.00 1,000,000.00 75,100.00 700,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (5 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Staff - 20192019-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Michelle Crentsil Amanda Hungerfold Lewis Bollard Persis Eskander Alexander Berger Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Claire Zabel National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Life Comes From It Worth Rises Wild Animal Initiative Sinergia Animal Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project California YIMBY Engineers Without Borders 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Future of Humanity Institute Global Priorities Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Ought Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism|AI safetyContinuing an annual tradition started in 2015, Open Philanthropy Project staff share suggestions for places that people interested in specific cause areas may consider donating. The sections are roughly based on the focus areas used by Open Phil internally, with the contributors to each section being the Open Phil staff who work in that focus area. Each recommendation includes a "Why we recommend it" or "Why we suggest it" section, and with the exception of the criminal justice reform recommendations, each recommendation includes a "Why we haven't fully funded it" section. Section 5, Assorted recomendations by Claire Zabel, includes a list of "Organizations supported by our Committed for Effective Altruism Support" which includes a list of organizations that are wiithin the purview of the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The section is approved by the committee and represents their views.
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20182018-12-20Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Alexander Berger Luke Muelhhauser National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Texas Organizing Project Effective Altruism Funds The Humane League Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project Donor lottery Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruismOpen 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. The post continues a tradition of similar posts published once a year.
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20182018-12-10Catherine Hollander GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Devin Jacob Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Christian Smith Isabel Arjmand James Snowden Dan Brown Olivia Larsen Amar Radia GiveWell top charities Donor lottery GiveDirectly International Refugee Assistance Project RAICES National Immigration Law Center CALmatters Center for Investigative Reporting ProPublica Malaria Consortium Against Malaria Foundation StrongMinds Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cool Earth Causa Justa::Just Cause Initiate Justice Sorea Te Land Trust No Means No Worldwide Stonewall (UK) Afrinspire Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff members describe where they are donating in 2018. The majority are donating most of their money to GiveWell top charities (i.e., to GiveWell for discretionary regranting). A few explicitly donate to Malaria Consortium, Against Malaria Foundation, and GiveDirectly. Many staff members announce intent to donate a small fraction of their donation budget for animal welfare charities, but explicit names of animal welfare charities are not included. A number of donors mention donating small amounts to charities focused on justice-related themes and local causes. Not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
[GUEST POST] The International Refugee Assistance Project2017-02-02Elizabeth Van Nostrand Slate Star CodexElizabeth Van Nostrand International Refugee Assistance Project Single donation documentationMigration policy/refugee assistanceDiscusses 100 dollar donation to International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in light of the executive order by Donald Trump on 2017-01-27 banning entry of people from 7 countries. Highlights value of strong existing capacity in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that allowed for a quick response, and help from the IRAP in doing so. ACLU is well-funded, but IRAP has just gotten off the ground with a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, so donating to that
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 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 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy1,000,000.0012019-01Migration policy/refugee migration Berger Grant renews May 2016 grant Grantee plans to expand its work to Europe, focusing on family reunification, asylum, and humanitarian visas. In the grant writeup, the donor notes: "our immigration policy work has not focused much on refugee resettlement, which we had assumed would be more crowded than other aspects of immigration policy with funders aimed at supporting increased opportunities for people to move to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons. While we continue to believe that is directionally correct, our increased interest in supporting advocacy around refugee resettlement is partially based on learning more about the fairly limited foundation funding for advocacy around refugee resettlement.". Announced: 2019-03-30.
Unbound Philanthropy75,000.0032017-12-05FIXME FIXME. Affected regions: FIXME; affected countries: United States.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand100.0042017-02-02Refugee assistance/capacity building/fighting executive excess Cites need to have capacity to fight back against excesses of Donald Trump.
Isabel Arjmand----2016-12-09-- One of a few organizations supported with the 1/3 of the charitable donation budget reserved for donations outside of GiveWell recommendations.
Open Philanthropy700,000.0022016-05Migration policy/refugee migration Grant references for background. Followup conversation with Becca Heller of grantee organization at on 2016-05-09 and again at on 2016-07-06. Announced: 2016-06-16.