LessWrong 2.0 donations received

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Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page lesswrong2
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LessWrong
Key peopleOliver Habryka|Ben Pace|Raymond Arnold
Launch date2017-06-18

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 6 78,814 100,952 6,900 6,900 10,000 10,000 78,814 78,814 100,000 150,000 150,000 260,000 260,000
Rationality improvement 4 10,000 48,928 6,900 6,900 6,900 10,000 10,000 10,000 78,814 78,814 100,000 100,000 100,000
AI safety 1 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Global catastrophic risks 1 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000 260,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee LessWrong 2.0

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017
Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donee) 260,000.00 260,000.00 0.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donee) 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Grants (filter this donee) 85,713.71 0.00 0.00 85,713.71
Eric Rogstad (filter this donee) 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Total 605,713.71 260,000.00 250,000.00 95,713.71

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Forum 2.0 Initial Announcement2018-07-19Marek Duda Effective Altruism Forum LessWrong 2.0 LaunchEffective altruism/movement growthPost describes plans to move the Effective Altruism Forum to the same codebase and infrastructure as the new LessWrong (LessWrong 2.0, lesswrong.com). It describes the alternatives considered and the reasons for the decision
Announcing AlignmentForum.org Beta (GW, IR)2018-07-10Raymond Arnold LessWrong LessWrong 2.0 LaunchAI safetyPost describes the beta launch of alignmentforum.org, a forum devoted to questions of AI alignment, built on top of the same codebase and infrastructure as the new LessWrong. It is a natural successor to agentfoundations.org
LessWrong is hiring (GW, IR)2018-06-18Raymond Arnold LessWrong LessWrong 2.0 Job advertisementRationality improvementAnnouncement that LessWrong 2.0 is looking for somebody to fill a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. Criteria are experience as a programmer and excitement about the long-term vision. The salary range is $70,000 to $120,000, though higher salaries are possible. The post and comments also reveal that the current employees are Oliver Habryka, Raymond Arnold, and Ben Pace, and they all make $60,000 a year. Comments also reiterate previously documented funding sources: Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, EA Grants, and individual donors such as Eric Rogstad
LW Migration Announcement (GW, IR)2018-03-21Matthew Graves LessWrong LessWrong 2.0 Donee periodic updateRationality improvementAnnouncement that LessWrong 2.0 is coming out of beta and transitioning from lesserwrong.com to lesswrong.com, becoming the official LessWrong.
LW 2.0 Strategic Overview (GW, IR)2017-09-14Oliver Habryka LessWrongCentre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Grants Eric Rogstad LessWrong 2.0 Miscellaneous commentaryRationality improvementHabryka describes his plans for LessWrong 2.0 as its primary developer.
Welcome to Lesswrong 2.0 (GW, IR)2017-06-18Oliver Habryka LessWrong LessWrong 2.0 LaunchRationality improvementPost outlines thinking for LessWrong 2.0, covering in part changes to the codebase, moderation, discourse norms.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 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 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Survival and Flourishing Fund260,000.0012019-08Global catastrophic riskshttp://survivalandflourishing.org/Alex Flint Andrew Critch Eric Rogstad Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 29.55%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019. Also, it is likely that the timeframe previous BERI grant to LessWrong 2.0 (made September 2018) has ended Announced: 2019-08-29.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative150,000.0022018-09-04AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180921215949/http://existence.org/organization-grants/-- Given via the Center for Applied Rationality. To support the development of LessWrong 2.0. Announced at http://existence.org/2018/09/18/activity-update-july-and-august-2018.html.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative100,000.0032018-02-08Rationality improvementhttps://web.archive.org/web/20180731180958/http://existence.org:80/grants-- Grant via the Center for Applied Rationality for the support of activities to develop and improve the website LessWrong 2.0. See announcement at http://existence.org/2018/04/07/activity-update-february-and-march-2018.html.
Effective Altruism Grants6,899.9762017-09-29Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Work on in-person and/or online community infrastructure for the rationality and EA communities. This will primarily take the form of helping to develop the new version of the rationality forum LessWrong, with others projects, like Europeans workshops encouraging long-term collaboration between EAs, under consideration. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Effective Altruism Grants78,813.7442017-09-29Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Development of the new version of the rationality forum LessWrong. He and a partner will improve its moderation system, codebase and design, as well as incentivize top contributors to post on the new platform. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Eric Rogstad10,000.0052017-09-14Rationality improvementhttps://www.lesswrong.com/posts/rEHLk9nC5TtrNoAKT/lw-2-0-strategic-overview (GW, IR)--