Rethink Priorities donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttp://rethinkpriorities.org/
Key peopleMarcus A. Davis|Peter Hurford
Launch date2018-03-02

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 17 75,000 156,691 37 10,000 12,500 22,492 26,000 75,000 85,000 100,000 248,300 495,685 910,000
Effective altruism 4 12,500 12,314 37 37 37 12,500 12,500 12,500 14,228 14,228 22,492 22,492 22,492
Cause prioritization 5 26,000 70,660 10,000 10,000 10,000 12,000 12,000 26,000 26,000 57,000 57,000 248,300 248,300
Animal welfare 7 100,000 252,214 75,000 75,000 80,000 85,000 85,000 100,000 200,000 200,000 315,500 910,000 910,000
AI safety 1 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685 495,685

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Rethink Priorities

Donor Total 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 1,921,185.00 811,185.00 910,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund (filter this donee) 340,000.00 0.00 0.00 180,000.00 160,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund (filter this donee) 284,528.00 262,528.00 0.00 22,000.00 0.00 0.00
Jaan Tallinn (filter this donee) 57,000.00 0.00 57,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Foundation Fund (filter this donee) 26,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 26,000.00 0.00
Patrick Brinich-Langlois (filter this donee) 22,492.00 0.00 22,492.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 12,537.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,500.00 37.00
Total 2,663,742.00 1,073,713.00 989,492.00 402,000.00 198,500.00 37.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (11 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
2021 AI Alignment Literature Review and Charity Comparison (GW, IR)2021-12-23Ben Hoskin Effective Altruism ForumBen Hoskin Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Survival and Flourishing Fund FTX Foundation Future of Humanity Institute Future of Humanity Institute Centre for the Governance of AI Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk OpenAI Google Deepmind Anthropic Alignment Research Center Redwood Research Ought AI Impacts Global Priorities Institute Center on Long-Term Risk Centre for Long-Term Resilience Rethink Priorities Convergence Analysis Stanford Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative 80,000 Hours Survival and Flourishing Fund Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyCross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/C4tR3BEpuWviT7Sje/2021-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison (GW, IR) This is the sixth post in a tradition of annual blog posts on the state of AI safety and the work of various organizations in the space over the course of the year; the post is structured similarly to the previous year's post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/K7Z87me338BQT3Mcv/2020-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison (GW, IR) but has a few new features. The author mentions that he has several conflicts of interest that he cannot individually disclose. He also starts collecting "second preferences" data this year for all the organizations he talks to, which is where the organization would like to see funds go, other than itself. The Long-Term Future Fund is the clear winner here. He also announces that he's looking for a research assistant to help with next year's post given the increasing time demands and his reduced time availability. His final rot13'ed donation decision is to donate to the Long-Term Future Fund so that sufficiently skilled AI safety researchers can make a career with LTFF funding; his second preference for donations is BERI. Many other organizations that he considers to be likely to be doing excellent work are either already well-funded or do not provide sufficient disclosure.
Rethink Priorities - 2021 Impact and 2022 Strategy (GW, IR)2021-11-15Peter Hurford Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risks|Global health and developmentIn this post, originally published at https://rethinkpriorities.org/news/2021-impact-and-2022-strategy on the Rethink Priorities website, the Rethink Priorities team goes into detail on what they've accomplished in 2021 as well as budgets for 2022 and 2023, with a breakdown by cause area, under three scenarios: low, high, and maximally ambitious.
Rethink Priorities 2020 Impact and 2021 Strategy (GW, IR)2020-11-25Marcus A. Davis Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risksIn this post, originally published at https://rethinkpriorities.org/news/rethink-priorities-2020-impact-and-2021-strategy on the Rethink Priorities website, the Rethink Priorities team goes into detail on what they've accomplished in 2020 and their 2021 plans. Several pieces of public output are listed for 2020, and Rethink Priorities also announces that it became legally independent from Rethink Charity.
Where ACE Staff Are Giving In 2019 and Why2019-12-26Erika Alonso Animal Charity EvaluatorsHeather Herrell Erika Alonso Gina Stuessy Jamie Spurgeon Melissa Guzikowski Cash Callaghan Marianne van der Werf Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Effective Animal Advocacy Fund Farm Sanctuary StrongMinds The Good Food Institute Rethink Priorities The Humane League Wild Animal Initiative Fish Welfare Initiative Aquatic Life Institute Faunalytics Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations Essere Animali Christopher Sebastian McJetters Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2019. The list differs from the previous year: almost all the donations are in the animal welfare space (with none in the domains of AI safety, other global catastrophic risks, or GiveWell-style global health and development). Donation amounts are not disclosed, likely by policy
We're Rethink Priorities. AMA. (GW, IR)2019-12-12Peter Hurford Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee AMACause prioritization|Animal welfareThis is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) conducted by Rethink Priorities on the Effective Altruism Forum. People on the Rethink Priorities replying in this AMA include Saulius Šimčikas, Jason Schukraft, Nell Dullaghan, Peter Hurford, Marcus A. Davis, David Moss, and Luisa Rodriguez. Questions asked include topics like the purpose of having the Rethink Priorities umbrella, the interaction with academia, the work on nuclear threat, counterfactuals, interactions with animal welfare advocacy groups, short-term and long-term impact, choice of the EA Forum for distributing research, and more
Where are you donating this year and why – in 2019? Open thread for discussion. (GW, IR)2019-12-11weeatquince Effective Altruism Forumweeatquince Michael St. Jules Happier Lives Institute Effective Altruism Funds: Infrastructure Fund Let's Fund Rethink Priorities Against Malaria Foundation Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Charity Entrepreneurship RC Forward Sentience Politics Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and development|Animal welfareIn this open thread, donors describe where they plan to donate in 2019. The thread has donation descriptions by weeatquince (the post author) as well as Michael St. Jules.
Rethink Priorities 2019 Impact and Strategy (GW, IR)2019-12-02Peter Hurford Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risksPeter Hurford describes the work and impact in 2019 of Rethink Priorities, an organization he co-founded. For impact, he links to a previously published post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/qmtLQfrZjbrYWXafi/rethink-priorities-impact-survey (GW, IR) giving the results of an impact survey conducted by Rethink Priorities. He also lists key initiatives that Rethink Priorities may take on in 2020. Regarding funding, the post says: "We are heavily funding constrained and have the management capacity and hiring pool to quickly grow if given more money. Our budget for 2020-2021 is between $1,174,000 and $2,384,000 over two years. If funded at the minimum level, we would cover our existing operations through 2021, pay for necessary operational support and buy 10 more hours a week working time from our existing research team." More detailed budget estimates are included in the post
Rethink Priorities Impact Survey (GW, IR)2019-11-21Neil Dullaghan Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risksNeil Dullaghan reports the results of a Rethink Priorities survey conducted by Rethink Priorities to get feedback from decisionmakers and donors on the impact that Rethink Priorities research had on them. The two research pieces the survey identified as having changed beliefs most were the EA survey work https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/SnE9FpArs2uXJsRtB/ea-survey-2018-series-donation-data (GW, IR) and the invetebrate sentience work https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/AMFuSWrsutBFraZtE/invertebrate-sentience-a-useful-empirical-resource (GW, IR) whereas the research piece the survey identified has having affected donations most was the work on corporate campaigns https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/XdekdWJWkkhur9gvr/will-companies-meet-their-animal-welfare-commitments (GW, IR)
EA orgs are trying to fundraise ~$10m - $16m (GW, IR)2019-01-06Hauke 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 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10zU6gp_H_zuvlZ2Vri-epSK0_urbcmdS-5th3mXQGXM/edit which tabulates various organizations and their fundraising targets, along with quotes and links to fundraising posts. The blog post itself has three points, the last of which is that the EA community is relatively more funding-constrained again
Rethink Priorities Plans for 2019 (GW, IR)2018-12-17Peter Hurford Rethink Priorities Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risksPeter Hurford outlines the budget and plans for the priorities research group Rethink Priorities for 2019. The budget is $447,000, of which $153,000 has been raised already. The blog post discusses the sort of research that Rethink Priorities plans to conduct: analysis of the impact of ballot initiatives on animal welfare, understanding corporate campaigns for animal welfare, identifying ways to improve wild animal welfare, doing surveys and polling, understanding EA movement growth, understanding mental health interventions, analysis of catastrophic risk reduction. See https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yq8M5aorCLSq8JjvC/rethink-priorities-2019-impact-and-strategy (GW, IR) for the 2019 follow-up post that reports on work and impact in 2019 and plans for 2020
Reducing Wild Animal Suffering Ecosystem & Directory (GW, IR)2018-10-31Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism Forum Effective Altruism Foundation Wild-Animal Suffering Research Animal Ethics Utility Farm Rethink Priorities The Hedonistic Imperative The Abolitionist Project Qualia Research Institute Sentience Politics Sentience Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/wild animal welfareThe post covers the current state of the ecosystem of efforts to reduce wild-animal suffiering. It includes a diagram depicting the relations between organizations mentioned in the post

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (17 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 17)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy495,685.0022021-07AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/rethink-priorities-ai-governanceLuke Muehlhauser Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research projects on topics related to AI governance."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe that Rethink Priorities’ research outputs may help inform our AI policy grantmaking strategy."
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund14,228.00132021-07Effective altruism/research guidancehttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichelle Hutchinson Michael Aird Max Daniel Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Donation process: Part of a set of grants that were decided between May and August 2021. This includes grant applications from the Q2 grant cycle as well as rolling applications since then; the exact timing of this particular grant is not stated.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Michelle Hutchinson's writeup on the grant on the grant page says: "In the last round, we partially funded Rethink Priorities’ internship programme. They had a stronger applicant pool than expected and wanted to take on more people, so this grant is a small top-up to our previous grant."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Likely the same reasons apply as for the original grant, that https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants#rethink-priorities-248300 documents.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is decided based on the funds needed for hiring the additional interns over the original budget.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 0.84%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the internship application process and identification of promising applications.
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund248,300.0042021-04-01Cause prioritizationhttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Max Daniel Ben Kuhn Donation process: Part of the April 2021 EA Infrastructure Fund grants round (based on applications in Q1 2021). The grant page says: "Total grants: $1,221,178 (assuming all grantees accept the full grants); Number of grants: 26; Number of applications (excluding desk rejections): 58. [...] This is the first grant round led by the EAIF’s new committee, consisting of Buck Shlegeris, Max Daniel, Michelle Hutchinson, and Ben Kuhn as a guest fund manager, with Jonas Vollmer temporarily taking on chairperson duties, advising, and voting consultatively on grants."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Rethink Priorities is a research organization working on (largely empirical) questions related to how to do the most good, including questions like what moral weights we should assign to different animal species, or understanding what the current limitations of forecasting mean for longtermism. Roughly half of this grant supports 9 interns (7 FTE), with the main aim of training them in empirical impact-focused research. [...] The second half of the grant goes toward growing Rethink’s capacity to conduct research on EA movement strategy. The team focuses on running surveys, aimed both at EAs and the broader public. The types of research this funding will enable include getting a better sense of how many people in the broader public are aware of and open to EA."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our perception is that it would be useful to have more of this research done and that there currently aren’t many mentors who can help people learn to do it. Rethink Priorities has some experience of successfully supporting EA researchers to skill up. The case study of Luisa Rodriguez seemed compelling to us: she started out doing full-time EA research for Rethink Priorities, went on to become a research assistant for William MacAskill's forthcoming book about longtermism, and plans to work as a researcher at 80,000 Hours. Luisa thinks it's unlikely she would have become a full-time EA researcher if she hadn't received the opportunity to train up at Rethink Priorities. [For the second purpose of the grant] This research seems useful for planning how much and what kinds of EA outreach to do. For example, a number of people we asked found RP’s survey on longtermism useful."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A small top-up grant of $14,228 is announced at https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants as part of the May to August 2021 grants.

Other notes: The grant page says, talking of the EA-related surveys portion of the grant: "a funding model we considered suggesting was EAIF paying for specific pieces of research ‘commissioned’ by groups such as CEA. This model would have the benefit that the group commissioning the research would be responsible for applying for the funding, and so the onus would be on them to make sure they would use the research generated. On the other hand, we hope that this type of research will be useful to many different groups, including ones like local groups who typically don’t have much funding. We therefore decided in favor of approving this funding application as is. We’d still be interested in continued close collaborations between RP and the groups who will be using the research, such as CEA and local EA groups.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.33%.
Open Philanthropy315,500.0032021-03Animal welfare/moral patienthood/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-moral-patienthood-moral-weight-researchLuke Muehlhauser Lewis Bollard Donation process: The donation process is not explicitly described, but hints are provided. One of the grant investigators is Luke Muehlhauser, who is not usually involved with animal welfare grants, but had previously produced a report https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood on consciousness and moral patienthood that the grant page links to.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research related to moral patienthood and moral weight."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe the research outputs may help us compare future opportunities within farm animal welfare, prioritize across causes, and update our assumptions informing our worldview diversification work." It links to the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/worldview-diversification from 2016.

Other notes: This is a total across two grants. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Jaan Tallinn57,000.00102020-12-23Cause prioritizationhttps://jaan.online/philanthropy/donations.htmlSurvival and Flourishing Fund Oliver Habryka Eric Rogstad Donation process: Part of the Survival and Flourishing Fund's 2020 H2 grants https://survivalandflourishing.fund/sff-2020-h2-recommendations based on the S-process (simulation process) that "involves allowing the Recommenders and funders to simulate a large number of counterfactual delegation scenarios using a spreadsheet of marginal utility functions. Recommenders specified marginal utility functions for funding each application, and adjusted those functions through discussions with each other as the round progressed. Similarly, funders specified and adjusted different utility functions for deferring to each Recommender. In this round, the process also allowed the funders to make some final adjustments to decide on their final intended grant amounts."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; this is SFF's fourth grant round and the first with a grant to the grantee.

Other notes: Although the Survival and Flourishing Fund and Jed McCaleb also participate as funders in this grant round as funders, neither of them makes any grants to this grantee. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 0.21%.
Patrick Brinich-Langlois22,492.00122020-11-01Effective altruismhttps://www.patbl.com/misc/other/donations/-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The donations page says: "Restricted to longtermism and meta/movement-building."
Open Philanthropy910,000.0012020-01Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support farm animal research. This funding is intended to help Rethink Priorities continue to produce research on potential and existing interventions, including analyzing public support for various types of reform and producing survey results that inform future farm animal welfare policy proposals."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe more high-quality research in this area would help us and other farm animal welfare funders compare future opportunities."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A later grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-moral-patienthood-moral-weight-research from Open Phil to Rethink Priorities suggests continued satisfaction with the grantee, though the intended use of funds of the later grant is quite different.

Other notes: This is a total across two grants. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund12,000.00152019-08-23Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." From the description, it appears that Rethink Priorities is one of the 7 grantees who applied

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant covers two projects: (1) geopolitical implications of climate change on mass migration (2) cost-effectiveness of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page references the March 2019 grant https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b and says: "we believe the reasons behind this grant still stand." Further: "We noted in the previous round that we expect there is particular value in Rethink Priorities undertaking commissioned research into areas that are neglected by other researchers. In this round, Rethink Priorities applied for funding to support two specific research projects, both of which were suggested by researchers at other high-impact organizations, and require collaboration with those researchers. We view this as an indication that these projects will provide value."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely based on amount requested by donee and needed for the two projects
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.70%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, also by the readiness of these projects to be funded
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund100,000.0062019-08-23Animal welfare/wild-animal suffering/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/6RriulfZ0A4OB6BpirdYe8Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Karolina Saerk Alexandria Beck Kieran Greig Donation process: Part of the July 2019 grant round disbursing $440,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "With this additional funding, they plan to research and publish on (i) ballot initiatives as an approach to help animals in the USA, (ii) finding concrete interventions in policy and invertebrate welfare with room for more funding, and (iii) wild animal welfare interventions and refining their wild animal welfare agenda."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Rethink Priorities has received grants from the Animal Welfare Fund in the last three grant rounds, and has used the funding to produce work on corporate outreach and invertebrate suffering. The grant page says: "Our decision was mainly informed by our reasoning that (a) research is relevant to funders in evaluating grant opportunities, and to organizations in prioritizing which interventions to engage in, (b) funding for animal research has grown greatly in more recent years but still makes up a relatively small % of overall animal funding, and (c) Rethink Priorities has a track record in providing high-quality research on neglected causes."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No specific reasons for amount given, but the amount is similar to amounts given in the last three grant rounds of $85,000, $75,000, and $80,000 respectively
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 22.73%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; Rethink Priorities has received grants from the Animal Welfare Fund in each of the three previous grant rounds
Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund10,000.00162019-03-07Cause prioritization/Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: This is part of the March 2019 grant round from the EA Meta Fund, comprising "a mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to fund both younger organizations and specific projects." The grant to 80,000 Hours falls under "younger organizations"

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "They [Rethink Priorities] intend to continue their focus on animal welfare research in 2019, and cover other areas such as improving mental health, strengthening the EA movement, reducing catastrophic risks, and improving the long-term future."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor lists these reasons on the grant page: (1) Well-executed cause prioritisation research is very valuable. (2) Neutral-to-positive impression of published research by Rethink Priorities (RP). (3) Positive impression of adaptiveness and responsiveness to feedback of RP. (4) Exploratoryr value to encourage fund managers and others to investigate RP work. (5) Positive impression of RP's idea of "undertaking commissioned research into neglected areas, where there is a specific need for independent evaluation." (6) Potential for RP to "act as a talent pipeline and provide valuable training, especially as future capacity for EA philanthropic advisory." (7) Unfilled funding gap of $120k for 2019

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is much less than the funding gap of $120,000 for 2019. It is likely selected to be this small based on the experimental nature of the grant
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 1.95%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as grantee's trajectory (it has only recently started publishing research)

Donor retrospective of the donation: The donor would make a followup grant of $12,000 in the July 2019 grant round, and continue to stand by the reasoning motivating the first grant
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund80,000.0082019-03-06Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the March 2019 grant round disbursing $445,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says that the research agenda "includes projects on the impact of ballot initiatives and corporate campaigns, as well as research into improving wild animal welfare."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "While they have a limited track record in animal advocacy research as an organization, we are taking a bet on their team and strategy. Led by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis, they are now a team of 10 researchers, incorporating a broad range of experience including research into animal advocacy issues."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount similar to the amounts of previous grants: https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayW ($75,000) and https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E ($85,000)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 17.98%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Rethink Priorities received a similar grant in the previous two grant rounds, so the grantee was likely considered for a followup grant

Donor retrospective of the donation: The grantee would receive a followup grant in the next grant round (July 2019)
Open Philanthropy200,000.0052019-03Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "This funding is intended to help Rethink Priorities produce research on potential and existing interventions like evaluating the efficacy of corporate campaigns and analyzing public support for various types of reform."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe more high-quality research in this area would help us and other farm animal welfare funders compare future opportunities."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020 and the continued endorsement on the grant page suggests that Open Phil would be satisfied with the success of the grant.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-07-18.
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund75,000.0092018-12-30Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the December 2018 grant round disbursing $341,000. Specifically, this is part of the set of grants made in the "EAA research" category in the grant round, which totals $125,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "For example, they plan to vet claims about the efficacy of corporate campaigns and assess plausibly impactful work on wild animal welfare. They have recently scaled up, hiring several new researchers, and they are in need of funding to support specific research projects as well as their general operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "we are taking a bet on their team and strategy. Many of their researchers have significant experience in other fields, and we believe they can bring a fresh and critical eye to new animal advocacy interventions."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount similar to the amount of the previous grant https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E ($85,000)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.99%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Rethink Priorities received a similar grant in the previous grant round, so the grantee was likely considered for a followup grant

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to Rethink Priorities in both the next two rounds
Effective Altruism Foundation Fund26,000.00112018-11-28Cause prioritization/population ethicshttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Nns9DhL9bpzswitNu/launching-the-eaf-fund (GW, IR)--
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund85,000.0072018-07-31Animal welfare/Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the June 2018 grant round disbursing $1,205,000. Specifically, this is part of the set of grants made in the "Research and EA movement building" category in the grant round, which totals $760,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis want to assess current and potential animal welfare interventions as part of their trial project to generate actionable new insights across EA causes. For example, they want to vet claims about the efficacy of corporate campaigns and assess plausibly impactful work on wild animal welfare." Budget is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYaIpc-E112CMOcFHzq9UQAdWKnsDK8QeZTS85sk1RU/edit

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "I think these projects are worthwhile, but this is more a bet on the people [Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis] and their method than on specific projects: I see value to two experienced EA researchers approaching existing and new animal welfare interventions with a fresh and critical eye."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined both by total funds available for granting and by budget submitted by grantee at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYaIpc-E112CMOcFHzq9UQAdWKnsDK8QeZTS85sk1RU/edit#gid=0 This lists a main budget of $62,109 and an expansion budget of $101,309
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 7.05%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as the fact that the Rethink Priorities project is just getting started

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to Rethink Priorities in each of the next three grant rounds
Peter Hurford12,500.00142018-01-08Effective altruism/cause prioritizationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- See https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/EgCiFPbcQqbphv4Pv/four-organizations-eas-should-fully-fund-for-2018 (GW, IR) for more background and thinking.
Peter Hurford37.00172017-04-18Effective altruismhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Research materials.