Rethink Charity donations received

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Basic donee information

Facebook page
Donate page
Donation case page
Key peoplePeter Hurford|Tom Ash
Launch date2014-01-05

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 38 386 2,005 0 13 40 90 192 386 500 1,643 5,000 5,377 12,650
Effective altruism 34 239 1,920 0 13 36 79 90 239 500 1,150 4,000 5,377 12,650
4 500 2,725 400 400 400 500 500 500 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Rethink Charity

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 39,076.00 164.00 119.00 11,508.00 20,677.00 6,000.00 608.00
Haseeb Qureshi (filter this donee) 17,950.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,650.00 5,300.00 0.00
Patrick Brinich-Langlois (filter this donee) 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
Pierre Zakarauskas (filter this donee) 3,022.59 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,022.59 0.00 0.00
Samuel Hilton (filter this donee) 2,957.80 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,957.80 0.00 0.00
Lovkush Agarwal (filter this donee) 1,643.22 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,643.22 0.00
Aaron Gertler (filter this donee) 900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900.00 0.00 0.00
Catherine Low (filter this donee) 385.96 0.00 0.00 0.00 385.96 0.00 0.00
Aahan Rashid (filter this donee) 238.63 0.00 0.00 0.00 238.63 0.00 0.00
EA Giving Group (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 76,174.20 164.00 119.00 11,508.00 50,831.98 12,943.22 608.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (8 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
RC Forward 2018 Year in Review2019-05-31Siobhan Brenton Effective Altruism Forum Rethink Charity Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/fundraisingRethink Charity provides an update on RC Forward. The four areas covered are: Our Year in Numbers, Early Difficulties, Responding to Feedback, and Plans Moving Forward. The "Our Year In Numbers" section gives the gross total raised by each nonprofit, and includes credit card fees. It also mentions money moved from the RC Funds
Local Effective Altruism Network's New Focus for 20192019-03-30Michal Trzesimiech Effective Altruism Forum Rethink Charity Centre for Effective Altruism Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post announces a new strategy being followed bny the Local Effective Altruism Network (LEAN), a subsidiary of Rethink Charity. It announes that LEAN is stepping back from its role of directly helping local groups get off the ground, with CEA taking on more of that role with the introduction of EA Community-Building Grants. The two areas where LEAN intends to continue working are: (1) Empirical research including the Effective Altruism Survey and Local Groups Survey, (2) Safe and essential technology, such as the EA Hub which is being relaunched, and technology for local groups. The latter may be eventually transitioned to CEA or private groups. The post also mentions a $50,000 grant from the Centre for Effective Altruism to help LEAN with these goals
EA orgs are trying to fundraise ~$10m - $16m2019-01-06Hauke Hillebrandt Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Sentience Institute Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Rethink Priorities EA Hotel 80,000 Hours Rethink Charity Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post links to and discusses the spreadsheet which tables various organizations and their fundraising targets, along with quotes and links to fundraising posts. The blog post itself has three points, the last of whichis that the EA community is relatively more funding constrained again
Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 20182017-12-12Peter Hurford Effective Altruism ForumPeter Hurford Charity Science Health Rethink Charity Sentience Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Donation suggestion listPeter Hurford makes the case to donate to four organizations that he plans to donate to in 2018, based on the promise of their programs as well as their room for more funding
Rethink Charity Forward: Giving Platform for Canadian Donors2017-12-09Baxter Bullock Effective Altruism Forum Rethink Charity LaunchEffective altruism/fundraisingRethink Charity announces the launch of RC Forward, to help Canadian donors make tax-deductible contributions to a wide range of charities in domains ranging from global health and development to animal welfare. This is a successor to Charity Science Outreach (CSO). The parent nonprofit for CSO, Charity Science, has moved to focus on Charity Science Health and related programs and is therefore handing over the donation processing piece to RC Forward, which is started by two former Charity Science employees
2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Quantitative Findings2017-12-08Richenda Herzig Effective Altruism Forum Rethink Charity Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growthFirst document in the 2017 Lean Impact Assessment Series, an evaluation of Local Effective Altruism Network (LEAN), a project of Rethink Charity. The document covers results from the 2017 Local Group Survey, conducted in collaboration with Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF) and the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA)
.impact is now Rethink Charity2017-05-30Tee Barnett Rethink Charity Rethink Charity Status changeEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post announces the merging of .impact and Students for High Impact Charity (SHIC) under a new brand called Rethink Charity. Prioritized projects of Rethink Charity include Local Effective Altruism Network (LEAN), peer-to-peer campaigns, and SHIC. Other projects include the EA Hub and EA Survey
Introducing CEA’s Guiding Principles2017-03-07William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Foundation Rethink Charity Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Effective Altruism Foundation Foundational Research Institute Future of Life Institute Raising for Effective Giving The Life You Can Save Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruismWillam MacAskill outlines CEA's understanding of the guiding principles of effective altruism: commitment to others, scientific mindset, openness, integrity, and collaborative spirit. The post also lists other organizations that voice their support for these definitions and guiding principles, including: .impact, 80,000 Hours, Animal Charity Evaluators, Charity Science, Effective Altruism Foundation, Foundational Research Institute, Future of Life Institute, Raising for Effective Giving, and The Life You Can Save. The following individuals are also listed as voicing their support for the definition and guiding principles: Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, Holden Karnofsky of GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, Toby Ord of the Future of Humanity Institute, Nate Soares of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and Peter Singer. William MacAskill worked on the document with Julia Wise, and also expresses gratitude to Rob Bensinger, Jeff Alstott, and Hilary Mayhew for their comments and wording suggestions. The post also briefly mentions an advisory panel set up by Julia Wise, and links to for more detail

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (38 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 38)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Peter Hurford164.00242019-01-09Effective altruism/movement growth Donation covers tech fees.
Peter Hurford31.00332018-06-01Effective altruism/movement growth
Peter Hurford74.00292018-04-11Effective altruism/movement growth
Peter Hurford14.00342018-02-28Effective altruism/movement growth Web hosting.
Peter Hurford13.00352017-11-29Effective altruism/movement growth For a domain name.
Peter Hurford1,000.00142017-10-31Effective altruism/movement growth Support to send Tee Barnett to EA London on behalf of Rethink Charity.
Peter Hurford1,150.00132017-09-01Effective altruism/movement growth Grant intended for Students for High Impact Charity, part of a $10,000 grant decision announced on 2016-09-27. See for more context. The first $4,000 of the grant amount was sent on 2017-01-13 and the next $5,030 was sent 2017-06-30.
Peter Hurford255.00212017-07-31Effective altruism/movement growth Covers $255 out of $306 of annual SurveyMonkey subscription cost. Remaining $51 covered by the Center for Effective Altruism.
Peter Hurford5,000.0062017-06-30Effective altruism/movement growth Grant intended for Students for High Impact Charity, part of a $10,000 grant decision announced on 2016-09-27. See for more context. The first $4,000 of the grant amount was sent on 2017-01-13.
Peter Hurford90.00252017-03-01Effective altruism/movement growth For fees.
Peter Hurford4,000.0092017-01-13Effective altruism/movement growth Grant originally made to Students for High Impact Charity before it merged with .impact to form Rethink Charity. See for the explanation; the remaining amount would be granted later.
Peter Hurford13.00352016-11-28Effective altruism/community project coordination Domain name purchase.
Peter Hurford90.00252016-08-28Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford500.00162016-08-24Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford192.00232016-08-07Effective altruism/community project coordination
Aaron Gertler400.00192016-06-26-- The donation was to .impact, which is now Rethink Charity. 40% of the donations that day; the other 60% went to Against Malaria Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Peter Hurford12,000.0022016-05-01Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford7,792.0032016-04-20Effective altruism/community project coordination
Patrick Brinich-Langlois5,000.0062016-03-21--
Peter Hurford90.00252016-03-01Effective altruism/community project coordination
Patrick Brinich-Langlois5,000.0062016-02-01--
Aaron Gertler500.00162016-01-15-- The donation was to .impact, which is now Rethink Charity. 40% of donations made that day. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Pierre Zakarauskas3,022.59102016Effective altruism/Community project coordination
Catherine Low385.96202016Effective altruism/Community project coordination
Samuel Hilton2,957.80112016Effective altruism/Community project coordination
Aahan Rashid238.63222016Effective altruism/Community project coordination
Haseeb Qureshi12,650.0012016Effective altruism/movement growth Highlighted its projects including the Effective Altruism Forum. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Peter Hurford5,377.0042015-12-23Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford47.00302015-09-03Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford500.00162015-09-03Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford40.00312015-08-14Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford36.00322015-04-20Effective altruism/community project coordination
Lovkush Agarwal1,643.22122015Effective altruism/Community project coordination
EA Giving Group----2015Effective altruism/movement growth Beckstead Actual date range: December 2014 to December 2015. Exact date, amount, or fraction not known, but it is the donee with the sixth highest amount donated out of eight donees in this period. Grant originally to the Local Effective Altruism Network (LEAN) which is now part of Rethink Charity.
Haseeb Qureshi5,300.0052015Effective altruism/movement growth Highlighted work creating EA Forum and EA Hub and new project of LEAN. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Peter Hurford13.00352014-11-25Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford516.00152014-09-30Effective altruism/community project coordination
Peter Hurford79.00282014-09-07Effective altruism/community project coordination