Rethink Priorities donations received

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Table of contents

Basic donee information

Country United States
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 7 26,000 41,220 37 37 10,000 12,500 12,500 26,000 75,000 75,000 80,000 85,000 85,000
Effective altruism 2 37 6,269 37 37 37 37 37 37 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500
Cause prioritization 2 10,000 18,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 26,000 26,000 26,000 26,000 26,000
Animal welfare 3 80,000 80,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 85,000 85,000 85,000 85,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Rethink Priorities

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donee) 250,000.00 90,000.00 160,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Foundation Fund (filter this donee) 26,000.00 0.00 26,000.00 0.00
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 12,537.00 0.00 12,500.00 37.00
Total 288,537.00 90,000.00 198,500.00 37.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
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
Rethink Priorities Plans for 20192018-12-17Peter Hurford Effective Altruism Forum 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
Reducing Wild Animal Suffering Ecosystem & Directory2018-10-31Evan 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 (7 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds10,000.0062019-03-07Cause prioritization Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grantee is currently focused on how to apply cost-effectiveness frameworks to uncertain domains, interventions aimed at animals welfare and understanding EA movement growth. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 1.95%.
Effective Altruism Funds80,000.0022019-03-06Animal welfare/cause prioritization Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for research into animal welfare interventions. Follows up on previous grants to Rethink Priorities made in (2018-12-30) and (2018-07-31). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 17.98%.
Effective Altruism Funds75,000.0032018-12-30Animal welfare/cause prioritization Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for prioritization and research into animal welfare interventions. Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis are leading the team at Rethink Priorities with an increased focus on researching animal advocacy interventions. 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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.99%.
Effective Altruism Foundation Fund26,000.0042018-11-28Cause prioritization/population ethics
Effective Altruism Funds85,000.0012018-07-31Animal welfare/Cause prioritization Bollard Grant to support trial project to generate actionable new insights across EA causes; budget at Bollard considers the project worthwhile but his main reason is his high opinion of the people involved (mainly Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 7.05%.
Peter Hurford12,500.0052018-01-08Effective altruism/cause prioritization See for more background and thinking.
Peter Hurford37.0072017-04-18Effective altruism Research materials.