Lucius Caviola donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Lucius Caviola 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 50,000 58,118 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 50,000 50,000 50,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000
Existential risk 1 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353 44,353
Effective altruism 2 50,000 65,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Lucius Caviola

Donor Total 2019 2018
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donee) 80,000.00 80,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund (filter this donee) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donee) 44,353.00 0.00 44,353.00
Total 174,353.00 130,000.00 44,353.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund50,000.0022019-04-07Effective altruism/long-termism Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long-Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted). Donee also applied to the EA Meta Fund (another of the Effective Altruism Funds) and the total funding for the donee was split between the funds

Intended use of funds (category): Living expenses during research project

Intended use of funds: Part of the costs for a 2-year postdoc at Harvard working with Professor Joshua Greene. Grantee plans to study the psychology of effective altruism and long-termism. The funding from the Long-Term Future Fund is roughly intended to cover the part of the costs that corresponds to the work on long-termism

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Total funding requested by the donee appears to be $130,000. Of this, $80,000 is provided by the EA Meta Fund in their March 2019 grant round to cover the donee's work on effective altruism, while the remaining $50,000 is provided through this grant by the Long-Term Future Fund, and covers the work on long-termism. The reason for splitting funding in this way is not articulated
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.42%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed. However, the write-up for the $80,000 grant provided by the EA Meta Fund calls the grant a "time-bounded, specific opportunity that requires funding to initiate and explore" and similar reasoning may also apply to the $50,000 Long-Term Future Fund grant
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at (GW, IR) but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund80,000.0012019-03-07Effective altruism/talent pipeline Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Reasons for grant: (1) Lucius Caviola is a well-respected PhD-level academic, with a focus on effective altruism and long-termism, (2) Lucius has been accepted to work for two years as a postdoc researcher in psychology with the highly renowned professor Joshua Greene at Harvard University, on the condition that he can bring his own research funding, (3) Donor believes that very high-quality academic research is a highly impactful activity in expectation, (4) Psychology at the higher levels has been very influential, (5) Donor believes that where foundational researchers focusing on effective altruism have displayed excellence, they should not be bottlenecked on funding considerations wherever possible, (6) This is a time-bounded, specific opportunity that requires funding to initiate and explore, and donor believes both that the value of information from this speculative grant is high, and that the project could have a large potential upside through increasing the quality and quantity of information available to address the world’s biggest problems. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative44,353.0032018-12-27Existential risk Research on the psychology of existential risk.