Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms donations received

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Basic donee information

Country Canada
Open Philanthropy Project grant review
Org Watch page
Key peopleYoshua Bengio
Launch date1993
NotesFounded in 1993 by Yoshua Bengio as Laboratoire d’Informatique des Systèmes Adaptatifs (LISA) and renamed to MILA around 2015

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 7,650 1,203,825 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
AI safety 2 7,650 1,203,825 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms

Donor Total 2017
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00
Effective Altruism Grants (filter this donee) 7,650.26 7,650.26
Total 2,407,650.26 2,407,650.26

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 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 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Grants7,650.2622017-09-29AI safety Initial research in Machine Learning undertaken at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and publication of these results. See for more context about the grant program. Currency info: donation given as 5,710.00 GBP (conversion done on 2017-09-29 via Bloomberg).
Open Philanthropy2,400,000.0012017-07AI safety Grant to support research to improve the positive long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society. Mainly due to star power of researcher Yoshua Bengio who influences many young ML/AI researchers. Detailed writeup available. See also for a Facebook share by David Krueger, a member of the grantee organization. The comments include some discussion about the grantee. Announced: 2017-07-19.