Nuclear Threat Initiative donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page nti.org
Websitehttp://www.nti.org/
Twitter usernameNTI_WMD
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Threat_Initiative

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 19 476,859 1,403,643 51 23,600 100,000 170,000 250,000 476,859 1,000,000 1,500,000 2,500,000 6,000,000 6,000,000
FIXME 11 250,000 748,241 51 23,600 37,000 170,000 250,000 250,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 2,500,000
Initiatives 2 100,000 125,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Global health 1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 5 3,556,773 3,587,715 476,859 476,859 476,859 1,904,942 1,904,942 3,556,773 3,556,773 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Nuclear Threat Initiative

Donor Total 2020 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2008 2007 2004
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 17,938,574.00 6,000,000.00 5,461,715.00 6,476,859.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
MacArthur Foundation (filter this donee) 8,230,600.00 0.00 60,600.00 0.00 2,670,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 1,500,000.00 250,000.00 250,000.00
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (filter this donee) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Michael Dello-Iacovo (filter this donee) 51.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 51.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 26,669,225.00 6,000,000.00 5,522,315.00 6,726,859.00 2,670,000.00 51.00 1,500,000.00 150,000.00 1,100,000.00 1,000,000.00 1,500,000.00 250,000.00 250,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Pandemic preparedness orgs now on EA Funds (GW, IR)2020-04-09Sam Deere Effective Altruism Funds Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Nuclear Threat Initiative Biosecurity and pandemic preparednessIn response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), many people have asked the EA Funds for the best places to donate to for biosecurty and pandemic preparedness. Sam Deere reports that the EA Funds platform now supports donations to two organizations working in the space, one being the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and the other being the Nuclear Threat Initiative (for its biosecurity program). The addition of the two organizations makes it easy to donate to them via credit card, check, bank transfer, or cryptocurrency, and expands tax-deductibility for both orgs to the UK and the Netherlands

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (19 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 19)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project6,000,000.0012020-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support-2020Andrew Snyder-Beattie Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support NTI's biosecurity program. This includes "work to reduce Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, enhance biosecurity, and advance pandemic preparedness."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No reasons stated, but reasons likely similar to the previous three-year $6 million support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support#Case_for_the_grant lists these reasons for the previous grant: (1) "NTI’s track record of securing wins in the nuclear security and arms control space." (2) "Our confidence in Dr. Elizabeth Cameron". (3) "NTI appears open to considering work focused on GCR prevention." Also: "we consider biosecurity a neglected area, particularly with regard to GCRs, and this grant is part of a broader effort to fund influential organizations and individuals working in this space that we find credible and that share some of our priorities."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Both the amount and duration of the funding timeframe ($6 million over 3 years) are identical to the previous grant to support the program, made October 2017.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the three-year window of the previous grant coming to an end. However, the grant is made a little before the end of the three-year window.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36 Announced: 2020-04-10.
Open Philanthropy Project1,904,942.0052018-11Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-projects-to-reduce-global-catastrophic-biological-risksClaire Zabel Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support projects to reduce Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs). NTI intends to use these funds to support projects including, among others, strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention and reducing state biological threats and additional GCBRs through international dialogues." Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2018-12-13.
Open Philanthropy Project3,556,773.0032018-07Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-grantJaime Yassif Donation process: It's likely that the donation process relied mostly on the legwork done during the planning grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-planning-grant as well as the followup on that grant.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to create a Global Health Security Index in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Economist Intelligence Unit. NTI plans to use these funds to support the development of an index of national-level biosecurity and pandemic preparedness capacity in at least 194 countries. The project is modeled on NTI’s analogous Nuclear Materials Security Index."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Reasons not listed, but likely same as for the planning grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-planning-grant (1) "We are not aware of an existing comprehensive source for this type of information, nor a comprehensive international standard for national global health security capacity." (2) "The GHS Index would be independent and therefore much less likely to be subject to political pressure." (3) "We believe that these three organizations are exceptionally well-equipped to do this work." (4) "Our understanding is that some past examples of similar indexes, such as NTI’s Nuclear Security Index, have been successful at creating political pressure and impacting government decision-making."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by completion of the planning work that the planning grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-planning-grant (February 2017) had funded.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24 Announced: 2018-07-11.
MacArthur Foundation23,600.00182018FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- X-grant in support of a project on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear choices. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation37,000.00172018FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- X-grant in support of a project to effectively convey the restrictions in the Iran deal. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation250,000.00112017-10-31Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and publish a Global Health Security Index, which will benchmark and track national-level preparedness for pandemic threats; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Open Philanthropy Project6,000,000.0012017-10Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-supportJaime Yassif Donation process: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support#Our_process says: "Jaime [grant investigator] had several meetings with [Elizabeth] Cameron [leader of program being funded] and Deborah Rosenblum, Executive Vice President of NTI. She also reviewed and commented on NTI’s proposed budget and project concept notes.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support NTI's new biosecurity program being led by Dr. Elizabeth Cameron, who recently joined NTI. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support#Proposed_activities says this includes "biosecurity work in China, developing international norms for dual use bioscience research, and a project to develop innovative ideas in the biosurveillance space. Additionally, some funding is reserved for new project ideas generated during the grant period."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support#Case_for_the_grant lists these reasons for the grant: (1) "NTI’s track record of securing wins in the nuclear security and arms control space." (2) "Our confidence in Dr. Elizabeth Cameron". (3) "NTI appears open to considering work focused on GCR prevention." Also: "we consider biosecurity a neglected area, particularly with regard to GCRs, and this grant is part of a broader effort to fund influential organizations and individuals working in this space that we find credible and that share some of our priorities."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The renewal grant for the same amount ($6,000,000) over the same length of funding timeframe (3 years) suggests that Open Phil would be satisfied with the outcome of the grant. Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2018-01-09.
Open Philanthropy Project476,859.00102017-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-planning-grant-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the first phase of the creation of the Global Health Security (GHS) Index, a public report that will score countries on factors relevant to biosecurity and pandemic preparedness." NTI intends to partner with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (also an Open Phil grantee) and the Economist intelligence Unit. Planned activities include: (1) "Developing a draft framework for the Index based on information from literature reviews and expert interviews." (2) "Convening an international expert advisory group to refine the framework and generate a list of potential metrics and indicators." (3) "Determining the availability of data sets for each metric and indicator." (4) "Publishing a set of 20-30 metrics and indicators that can be used to measure global health security in an index."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Reasons listed for the grant include: (1) "We are not aware of an existing comprehensive source for this type of information, nor a comprehensive international standard for national global health security capacity." (2) "The GHS Index would be independent and therefore much less likely to be subject to political pressure." (3) "We believe that these three organizations are exceptionally well-equipped to do this work." (4) "Our understanding is that some past examples of similar indexes, such as NTI’s Nuclear Security Index, have been successful at creating political pressure and impacting government decision-making."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "The key open question for this grant is whether the proposed GHS Index can offer an improvement over the JEE in terms of how it measures capacity to prevent and respond to pandemics. An important related question is whether sufficient publicly available data exist to support an effective index. We recommended this planning grant to provide NTI, CHS and EIU with an opportunity to explore these questions by developing a preliminary set of categories for the Index and determining whether publicly available data exist in those categories."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-grant to create the Global Health Security index (i.e., to go beyond the planning grant to actual implementation) suggests that Open Phil would be satisfied with the results of the planning grant. Announced: 2017-03-07.
MacArthur Foundation170,000.00142016FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- in support of a conference to establish a highly enriched uranium-free region in Latin America. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation2,500,000.0042016FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- in support of general operations. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
Michael Dello-Iacovo51.00192015-12-06FIXMEhttp://www.michaeldello.com/donations-log/-- Affected regions: FIXME; affected countries: FIXME.
MacArthur Foundation1,500,000.0062014FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of general operations (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
Hewlett Foundation150,000.00152013-11-04Initiativeshttps://hewlett.org/grants/nuclear-threat-initiative-for-the-developing-spent-fuel-strategies-project-0/-- For The Developing Spent Fuel Strategies Project.
Hewlett Foundation100,000.00162012-11-13Initiativeshttps://hewlett.org/grants/nuclear-threat-initiative-for-the-developing-spent-fuel-strategies-project/-- For The Developing Spent Fuel Strategies Project.
MacArthur Foundation1,000,000.0082012FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To strengthen global nuclear materials security and reduce proliferation concerns, through a combination of catalyzing actions by individual states as well as by strengthening the global nuclear security system (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation1,000,000.0082010FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of general operations (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation1,500,000.0062008FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of The Nuclear Security Project, aimed at galvanizing global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for a world free of nuclear weapons (over 18 months). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation250,000.00112007FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of a project to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for a world free of nuclear weapons. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
MacArthur Foundation250,000.00112004FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of efforts to inform policymakers and the public about the nuclear terrorism threat. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..