Machine Intelligence Research Institute 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 (see his commits) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; please do not share this data without consulting with Vipul Naik. We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

Table of contents

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page MachineIntelligenceResearchInstitute
Websitehttps://intelligence.org
Donate pagehttps://intelligence.org/donate/
Donors list pagehttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/
Transparency and financials pagehttps://intelligence.org/transparency/
Donation case pagehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/12n/miri_update_and_fundraising_case/
Twitter usernameMIRIBerkeley
Effective Altruism Hubmiri
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support
Charity Navigator pagehttps://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=582565917
Guidestar pagehttps://www.guidestar.org/profile/58-2565917
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Donor 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2009 Total
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 3,750,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,250,000.00
Jaan Tallinn (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 604,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 604,500.00
Loren Merritt (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Edwin Evans (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 409,530.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 409,530.00
Blake Borgeson (filter this donee) 0.00 300,000.00 50,460.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,460.00
Richard Schwall (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 307,608.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 307,608.00
Jonathan Weissman (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 131,290.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 131,290.00
Scott Dickey (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 119,520.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 119,520.00
Ethan Dickinson (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 76,008.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 76,008.00
Leif K-Brooks (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 67,216.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 67,216.00
Alexei Andreev (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 64,605.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 64,605.00
Ben Hoskin (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 62,728.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 62,728.00
Sebastian Hagen (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 52,203.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 52,203.00
Michael Blume (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 50,355.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,355.00
Brandon Reinhart (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 50,050.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,050.00
Peter Scott (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00
Gordon Irlam (filter this donee) 0.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00
Marcello Herreshoff (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 49,110.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 49,110.00
Misha Gurevich (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 47,370.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 47,370.00
Eric Rogstad (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 46,133.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 46,133.00
Luke Stebbing (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00
Michael Cohen (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 39,359.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 39,359.00
Mikko Rauhala (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 39,345.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 39,345.00
Robin Powell (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 36,160.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 36,160.00
Scott Worley (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 35,019.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 35,019.00
Michael Sadowsky (filter this donee) 0.00 9,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 34,000.00
Scott Siskind (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 28,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 28,500.00
Jeremy Schlatter (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 28,411.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 28,411.00
Johan Edström (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 23,680.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 23,680.00
Janos Kramar (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 22,811.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 22,811.00
Mick Porter (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 22,410.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 22,410.00
Kevin Fischer (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 20,230.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,230.00
Nicolas Tarleton (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 19,559.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 19,559.00
Alan Chang (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 18,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 18,000.00
John Salvatier (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 17,718.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 17,718.00
Benjamin Goldhaber (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 17,250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 17,250.00
Max Kesin (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 17,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 17,000.00
Brian Tomasik (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 10.00 0.00 12,000.00 14,010.00
William Morgan (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 13,571.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 13,571.00
Simon Safar (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 12,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,900.00
Sam Eisenstat (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 12,356.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,356.00
Emma Borhanian (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00
Michal Pokorný (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00
James Mazur (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 11,627.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11,627.00
Joshua Fox (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 11,214.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11,214.00
Jean-Philippe Sugarbroad (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 11,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11,200.00
Austin Peña (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 9,929.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 9,929.00
Tran Bao Trung (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 8,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,900.00
Nhat Anh Phan (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 7,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,000.00
Paul Rhodes (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 6,979.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,979.00
Phil Hazelden (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 5,559.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,559.00
Bryan Dana (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 5,463.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,463.00
Daniel Ziegler (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00
Robert Yaman (filter this donee) 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00
Raymond Arnold (filter this donee) 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00
JP Addison (filter this donee) 0.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500.00
Tim Bakker (filter this donee) 0.00 474.72 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 474.72
Kyle Bogosian (filter this donee) 0.00 135.00 250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 385.00
Jacob Falkovich (filter this donee) 0.00 300.00 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350.00
Nick Brown (filter this donee) 0.00 119.57 79.71 0.00 0.00 0.00 199.28
Mathieu Roy (filter this donee) 0.00 198.85 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 198.85
Johannes Gätjen (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 118.68 0.00 0.00 0.00 118.68
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 90.00 0.00 0.00 90.00
William Grunow (filter this donee) 0.00 37.49 37.49 0.00 0.00 0.00 74.98
Vegard Blindheim (filter this donee) 0.00 63.39 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 63.39
Alexandre Zani (filter this donee) 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00
Henry Cooksley (filter this donee) 0.00 38.12 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 38.12
Akhil Jalan (filter this donee) 0.00 31.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 31.00
Pablo Stafforini (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25.00 0.00 25.00
Michael Dickens (filter this donee) 0.00 20.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20.00
Total 3,750,000.00 842,968.14 3,362,371.88 100.00 25.00 12,000.00 7,967,465.02

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (34 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
MIRI’s 2017 Fundraiser2017-12-01Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI riskDocument provides cumulative target amounts for 2017 fundraiser ($625,000 Target 1, $850,000 Target 2, $1,250,000 Target 3) along with what MIRI expects to accomplish at each target level. Funds raised from the Open Philanthropy Project and an anonymous cryptocurrency donor (see https://intelligence.org/2017/07/04/updates-to-the-research-team-and-a-major-donation/ for more) are identified as reasons for the greater financial security and more long-term and ambitious planning
I’ve noticed that this misconception is still floating around2017-08-30Rob Bensinger Facebook Machine Intelligence Research Institute Reasoning supplementAI riskPost notes an alleged popular misconception that the reason to focus on AI risk is that it is low-probability but high-impact, but MIRI researchers assign a medium-to-high probability of AI risk in the medium-term future
My current thoughts on MIRI’s highly reliable agent design work2017-07-07Daniel Dewey Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskPost discusses thoughts on the MIRI work on highly reliable agent design. Dewey is looking into the subject to inform Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking to MIRI specifically and for AI risk in general; the post reflects his own opinions that could affect Open Phil decisions. See https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/long-term-world-improvement/FeZ_h2HXJr0 for critical discussion, in particular the comments by Sarah Constantin
Updates to the research team, and a major donation2017-07-04Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI riskMIRI announces a surprise $1.01 million donation from an Ethereum cryptocurrency investor (2017-05-30) as well as updates related to team and fundraising
Four quantiative models, aggregation, and final decision2017-05-20Tom Sittler Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project 80000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute StrongMinds Single donation documentationEffective altruism/career adviceThe post describes how the Oxford Prioritisation Project compared its four finalists (80000 Hours, Animal Charity Evaluators, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and StrongMinds) by building quantitative models for each, including modeling of uncertainties. Based on these quantitative models, 80000 Hours was chosen as the winner. Also posted to http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ah/four_quantiative_models_aggregation_and_final/ for comments
A model of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute2017-05-20Sindy Li Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskThe post describes a quantitative model of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, available at https://www.getguesstimate.com/models/8789 on Guesstimate. Also posted to http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ae/a_model_of_the_machine_intelligence_research/ for comments
2017 Updates and Strategy2017-04-30Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI riskMIRI provides updates on its progress as an organization and outlines its strategy and budget for the coming year. Key update is that recent developments in AI have made them increase the probability of AGI before 2035 by a little bit. MIRI has also been in touch with researchers at FAIR, DeepMind, and OpenAI
AI Safety: Is it worthwhile for us to look further into donating into AI research?2017-03-11Qays Langan-Dathi Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Review of current state of cause areaAI riskThe post concludes: "In conclusion my answer to my main point is, yes. There is a good chance that AI risk prevention is the most cost effective focus area for saving the most amount of lives with or without regarding future human lives."
Final decision: Version 02017-03-01Tom Sittler Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Against Malaria Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute The Good Food Institute StrongMinds Reasoning supplementVersion 0 of a decision process for what charity to grant 10,000 UK pouds to. Result was a tie between Machine Intelligence Research Institute and StrongMinds. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/187/oxford_prioritisation_project_version_0/ for a cross-post with comments
Konstantin Sietzy: current view, StrongMinds2017-02-21Konstantin Sietzy Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project StrongMinds Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeMental healthKonstantin Sietzy explains why StrongMinds is the best charity in his view. Also lists Machine Intelligence Research Institute as the runner-up
Daniel May: current view, Machine Intelligence Research Institute2017-02-15Daniel May Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskDaniel May evaluates the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and describes his reasons for considering it the best donation opportunity
Tom Sittler: current view, Machine Intelligence Research Institute2017-02-08Tom Sittler Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskTom Sittler explains why he considers the Machine Intelligence Research Institute the best donation opportunity. Cites http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence-philanthropic-opportunity http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14c/why_im_donating_to_miri_this_year/ http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14w/2017_ai_risk_literature_review_and_charity/ and mentions Michael Dickens model as a potential reason to update
Changes in funding in the AI safety field2017-02-01Sebastian Farquhar Centre for Effective Altruism Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Future of Life Institute Future of Humanity Institute OpenAI MIT Media Lab Review of current state of cause areaAI riskThe post reviews AI safety funding from 2014 to 2017 (projections for 2017). Cross-posted on EA Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/16s/changes_in_funding_in_the_ai_safety_field/
Belief status: off-the-cuff thoughts!2017-01-19Vipul Naik Facebook Machine Intelligence Research Institute Reasoning supplementAI riskThe post argues that (lack of) academic endorsement of the work done by MIRI should not be an important factor in evaluating MIRI, offering three reasons. Commenters include Rob Bensinger, Research Communications Manager at MIRI
The effective altruism guide to donating this giving season2016-12-28Robert Wiblin 80000 Hours Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Cool Earth Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Centre for Effective Altruism 80000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Strong Minds Ploughshares Fund Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Evaluator consolidated recommendation listBiosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Global health and global poverty,Animal welfare,AI risk,Global catastrophic risks,Effective altruism/movement growthRobert Wiblin draws on a number of annual charity evaluations and reviews, as well as staff donation writeups, from sources such as GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators, to provide an "effective altruism guide" for 2016 Giving Season donation
Where the ACE Staff Members are Giving in 2016 and Why2016-12-23Leah Edgerton Animal Charity EvaluatorsAllison Smith Jacy Reese Toni Adleberg Gina Stuessy Kieran Grieg Eric Herboso Erika Alonso Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality Vegan Outreach Act Asia Faunalytics Farm Animal Rights Movement Sentience Politics Direct Action Everywhere The Humane League The Good Food Institute Collectively Free Planned Parenthood Future of Life Institute Future of Humanity Institute GiveDirectly Machine Intelligence Research Institute The Humane Society of the United States Farm Sanctuary Strong Minds Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2016
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20162016-12-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Daniel Dewey Nick Beckstead Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute 80000 Hours Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare,AI risk,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Effective altruism,Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas
2017 AI Risk Literature Review and Charity Comparison2016-12-13Ben Hoskin Ben Hoskin Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute OpenAI Center for Human-Compatible AI Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Global Catastrophic Risks Institute Global Priorities Project AI Impacts Xrisks Institute X-Risks Net Center for Applied Rationality 80000 Hours Raising for Effective Giving Review of current state of cause areaAI riskThe lengthy blog post covers all the published work of prominent organizations focused on AI risk. References http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support#sources1007 for the MIRI part of it but notes the absence of information on the many other orgs
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global poverty, AI riskJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees
CEA Staff Donation Decisions 20162016-12-06Sam Deere Centre for Effective AltruismWilliam MacAskill Michelle Hutchinson Tara MacAulay Alison Woodman Seb Farquhar Hauke Hillebrandt Marinella Capriati Sam Deere Max Dalton Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Michael Page Stefan Schubert Pablo Stafforini Amy Labenz Centre for Effective Altruism 80000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Health New Incentives Project Healthy Children Deworm the World Initiative Machine Intelligence Research Institute Strong Minds Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Effective Altruism Foundation Sci-Hub Vote.org The Humane League Foundational Research Institute Periodic donation list documentationCentre for Effective Altruism (CEA) staff describe their donation plans. The donation amounts are not disclosed.
Why I'm donating to MIRI this year2016-11-30Owen Cotton-Barratt Owen Cotton-Barratt Machine Intelligence Research Institute Single donation documentationAI riskPrimary interest is in existential risk. Cited CoI and other reasons for not donating to own employer, Centre for Effective Altruism. Notes disagreements with MIRI, citing http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support#research but highlights need for epistemic humility
Crunch time!! The 2016 fundraiser for the AI safety group I work at, MIRI, is going a lot slower than expected2016-10-25Rob Bensinger Facebook Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI riskRob Bensinger, Research Communications Director at MIRI, takes to his personal Facebook to ask people to chip in for the MIRI fundraiser, which is going slower than he and MIRI expected, and may not meet its target. The final comment by Bensinger notes that $582,316 out of the target of $750,000 was raised, and that about $260k of that was raised after his post, so he credits the final push for helping MIRI move closer to its fundraising goals
Ask MIRI Anything (AMA)2016-10-11Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee AMAAI riskRob Bensinger, the Research Communications Manager at MIRI, hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Effective Altruism Forum during the October 2016 Fundraiser
MIRI’s 2016 Fundraiser2016-09-16Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI riskMIRI announces its single 2016 fundraiser (as opposed to previous years when it conducted two fundraisers, it is conducting just one this time, in the Fall)
Machine Intelligence Research Institute — General Support2016-09-06Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskOpen Phil writes about the grant at considerable length, more than it usually does. This is because it says that it has found the investigation difficult and believes that others may benefit from its process. The writeup also links to reviews of MIRI research by AI researchers, commissioned by Open Phil: http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/MIRI/consolidated_public_reviews.pdf (the reviews are anonymized). The date is based on the announcement date of the grant, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/XkSl27jBDZ8 for the email
Anonymized Reviews of Three Recent Papers from MIRI’s Agent Foundations Research Agenda (PDF)2016-09-06Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskReviews of the technical work done by MIRI, solicited and compiled by the Open Philanthropy Project as part of its decision process behind a grant for general support to MIRI documented at http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support (grant made 2016-08, announced 2016-09-06)
Concerning MIRI’s Place in the EA Movement2016-02-17Ozy Brennan Thing of Things Machine Intelligence Research Institute Miscellaneous commentaryAI riskThe post does not directly evaluate MIRI, but highlights the importance of object-level evaluation of the quality and value of the work done by MIRI. Also thanks MIRI, LessWrong, and Yudkowsky for contributions to the growth of the effective altruist movement
Where should you donate to have the most impact during giving season 2015?2015-12-24Robert Wiblin 80000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Giving What We Can GiveWell AidGrade Effective Altruism Outreach Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Raising for Effective Giving Center for Applied Rationality Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Ploughshares Fund Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Charity Science Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative GiveDirectly Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global poverty,Effective altruism/movement growth,Rationality improvement,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AI risk,Global catastrophic risksRobert Wiblin draws on GiveWell recommendations, Animal Charity Evaluators recommendations, Open Philanthropy Project writeups, staff donation writeups and suggestions, as well as other sources (including personal knowledge and intuitions) to come up with a list of places to donate
My Cause Selection: Michael Dickens2015-09-15Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumMichael Dickens Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Future of Life Institute Open Philanthropy Project Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Ethics Foundational Research Institute Giving What We Can Charity Science Raising for Effective Giving Single donation documentationAnimal welfare,AI risk,Effective altruismExplanation by Dickens of giving choice for 2015. After some consideration, narrows choice to three orgs: MIRI, ACE, and REG. Finally chooses REG due to weighted donation multiplier
MIRI Fundraiser: Why now matters2015-07-24Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI riskCross-posted at LessWrong and on the MIRI blog at https://intelligence.org/2015/07/20/why-now-matters/ -- this post occurs just two months after Soares takes over as MIRI Executive Director. It is a followup to https://intelligence.org/2015/07/17/miris-2015-summer-fundraiser/
MIRI’s 2015 Summer Fundraiser!2015-07-17Nate Soares Machine Intelligence Research Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee donation caseAI riskMIRI announces its summer fundraiser and links to a number of documents to help donors evaluate it. This is the first fundraiser under new Executive Director Nate Soares, just a couple months after he assumed office
Tumblr on MIRI2014-10-07Scott Alexander Slate Star Codex Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskThe blog post is structured as a response to recent criticism of MIRI on Tumblr, but is mainly a guardedly positive assessment of MIRI. In particular, it highlights the important role played by MIRI in elevating the profile of AI risk, citing attention from Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Gary Drescher, Max Tegmark, Stuart Russell, and Peter Thiel.
Thoughts on the Singularity Institute (SI)2012-05-11Holden Karnofsky LessWrong Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskPost discussing reasons Holden Karnofsky, co-executive director of GiveWell, does not recommend the Singularity Institute (SI), the historical name for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute
SIAI - An Examination2011-05-02Brandon Reinhart LessWrongBrandon Reinhart Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskPost discussing initial investigation into the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), the former name of Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), with the intent of deciding whether to donate. Final takeaway is that it was a worthy donation target, though no specific donation is announced in the post. See http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/5fo/siai_fundraising/ for an earlier draft of the post (along with a number of comments that were incorporated into the official version)

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (81 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project3,750,000.002017-10AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2017Nick Beckstead Grant over three years for general support. Represents a renewal and increase of the previous $500,000 grant in 2016 announced at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support -- the increase is due to a positive review by a leading researcher of the logical induction work by MIRI, and a general increase in Open Phil grants in AI risk making it less likely that a large grant to MIRI will be construed as too much of an endorsement of their approach. Donee (MIRI) also blogged this grant at https://intelligence.org/2017/11/08/major-grant-open-phil/. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Open Philanthropy Project500,000.002016-08AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-- The grant page describes grant process in detail; also links to commissioned reviews at http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/MIRI/consolidated_public_reviews.pdf The grant was also announced on the MIRI website at https://intelligence.org/2016/08/05/miri-strategy-update-2016/. Announced: 2016-09-06.
Michael Sadowsky9,000.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Mathieu Roy198.852016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Gordon Irlam25,000.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Tim Bakker474.722016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Henry Cooksley38.122016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
William Grunow37.492016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Michael Dickens20.002016-01--http://mdickens.me/donations/small.html--
Raymond Arnold2,000.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Blake Borgeson300,000.002016AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/2016/08/05/miri-strategy-update-2016/-- Second biggest donation in the history of MIRI, see also http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14u/eas_write_about_where_they_give/ for more context on overall donations for the year.
Jacob Falkovich300.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Akhil Jalan31.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Kyle Bogosian135.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Vegard Blindheim63.392016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Nick Brown119.572016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Alexandre Zani50.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Robert Yaman5,000.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
JP Addison500.002016AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Michael Sadowsky25,000.002015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Gordon Irlam10,000.002015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
William Grunow37.492015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Jaan Tallinn604,500.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Top donor to MIRI in 2015.
Brian Tomasik2,000.002015AI risk--Luke Muehlhauser Thank you for a helpful conversation with outgoing director Luke Muehlhauser; information conveyed via private communication and published with permission.
Loren Merritt500,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- 2nd highest donor to MIRI in 2015.
Edwin Evans409,530.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- 3rd highest individual donor to MIRI in 2015.
Richard Schwall307,608.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Blake Borgeson50,460.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Took total donation amount and subtracted known donation of 300000 for 2016.
Jonathan Weissman131,290.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Scott Dickey119,520.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Ethan Dickinson76,008.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Alexei Andreev64,605.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Ben Hoskin62,728.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015; see also post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14w/2017_ai_risk_literature_review_and_charity/ assessing research.
Sebastian Hagen52,203.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Michael Blume50,355.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Marcello Herreshoff49,110.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Brandon Reinhart50,050.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015; see also 2011 LessWrong post announcing reasoning for first MIRI donation: http://lesswrong.com/lw/5il/siai_an_examination/.
Misha Gurevich47,370.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Luke Stebbing40,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Jacob Falkovich50.002015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Michael Cohen39,359.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Mikko Rauhala39,345.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Gordon Irlam15,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Scott Worley35,019.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Scott Siskind28,500.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Jeremy Schlatter28,411.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Robin Powell36,160.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Janos Kramar22,811.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Johan Edström23,680.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Kevin Fischer20,230.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Nicolas Tarleton19,559.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Mick Porter22,410.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
John Salvatier17,718.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
William Morgan13,571.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Benjamin Goldhaber17,250.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Emma Borhanian12,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Jean-Philippe Sugarbroad11,200.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Simon Safar12,900.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Joshua Fox11,214.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Max Kesin17,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/-- Major donor to MIRI in 2015.
Leif K-Brooks67,216.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Peter Scott50,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Eric Rogstad46,133.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Alan Chang18,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Sam Eisenstat12,356.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Michal Pokorný12,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
James Mazur11,627.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Austin Peña9,929.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Tran Bao Trung8,900.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Nhat Anh Phan7,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Paul Rhodes6,979.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Phil Hazelden5,559.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Bryan Dana5,463.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Daniel Ziegler5,000.002015AI riskhttps://intelligence.org/topcontributors/-- Major donor to MIRI since 2015.
Kyle Bogosian250.002015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Johannes Gätjen118.682015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Nick Brown79.712015AI riskhttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Peter Hurford90.002014-05-06AI riskhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Brian Tomasik10.002014AI risk---- Part of a donation drive; information conveyed via private communication and published with permission.
Pablo Stafforini25.002013-08-29--http://www.stafforini.com/blog/donations/--
Brian Tomasik12,000.002009AI risk/suffering reductionhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/-- Donation earmarked for suffering reduction work that woud not have happened counterfactually; at the time, the organization was called the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI). Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.