Sightsavers donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page sightsaversUK
Websitehttp://www.sightsavers.org/
Twitter usernameSightsavers
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sightsavers
Instagram usernamesightsavers

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 2,950,000 3,970,304 600,000 600,000 2,148,448 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,950,000 4,906,514 4,906,514 4,987,166 9,700,000 9,700,000
Global health 7 2,950,000 3,970,304 600,000 600,000 2,148,448 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,950,000 4,906,514 4,906,514 4,987,166 9,700,000 9,700,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Sightsavers

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities (filter this donee) 15,150,000.00 9,700,000.00 2,500,000.00 2,950,000.00 0.00 0.00
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (filter this donee) 12,642,127.50 0.00 0.00 2,748,448.00 4,906,514.00 4,987,165.50
Total 27,792,127.50 9,700,000.00 2,500,000.00 5,698,448.00 4,906,514.00 4,987,165.50

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Recommendation to Open Philanthropy for Grants to Top Charities2019-11-26GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Sightsavers Against Malaria Foundation END Fund GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispenses for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentThe document details GiveWell's recommendation in 2019 for grants by Good Ventures (via the Open Philanthropy Project) to GiveWell top and standout charities. The overall amount of money recommended for allocation is $54.6 million, and the document explains that Open Phil's calculation that it may make sense to spend down more slowly was the reason for reducing the allocation from last year. It discusses the principles used for allocation: (1) Put significant weight on cost-effectiveness estimates, (2) Consider additional information not explicitly modeled about the organization, (3) Consider additional information not explicitly modeled about the funding gap, (4) Assess funding gaps at the margin, (5) Default to not imposing restrictions on charity spending, (6) Default to funding on a 3-year horizon, and (7) Ensure charities are incentivized to engage with the process. The three charities that get significant grants are Malaria Consortium for its SMC program ($33.9 million), Helen Keller International ($9.7 million), and Sightsavers ($2.7 million). Against Malaria Foundation, END Fund, and GiveDirectly receive the minimum "incentive grant" amount of $2.5 million that all top charities should receive. The top charity Deworm the World Initiative is not given an incentive grant because it received a previous grant through GiveWell discretionary grant that more than covers the incentive grant amount. 8 standout charities get $100,000 each
Announcing our 2019 top charities2019-11-26Catherine Hollander GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Against Malaria Foundation Helen Keller International Deworm the World Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and developmentGiveWell annual top charrities list. As in previous years, GiveWell recomemnds that donors donate to GiveWell to regrant to top charities at its discretion, but also provides its current ranked list of top charities to help donors make an informed decision. Its ranked list (from best to worst) is: Malaria Consortium (seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program), Against Malaria Foundation, Helen Keller International (vitamin A suppplementation), charities that treat parasitic worm infections (Evidence Action's Deworm the World Initiative, Sightsavers, END Fund), and GiveDirectly. From the perspective of cause areas, the rank is: malaria > vitamin A supplementation > deworming > cash transfers. This is consistent with, and highly influenced by, the cost-effectiveness estimates that GiveWell uses. The post highlights Malaria Consortium as the charity to select for donors who want to give directly to a charity. The post links to a number of more in-depth write-ups explaining the charity ranking, as well as to https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/2019/open-philanthropy-recommendation which describes the recommendation to Open Philanthropy Project (and indirectly, to Good Ventures) on how to allocate funding to the top charities in 2019
EA Giving Tuesday Donation Matching Initiative 2018 Retrospective (GW, IR)2019-01-06Avi Norowitz Effective Altruism ForumAvi Norowitz William Kiely Against Malaria Foundation Malaria Consortium GiveWell Effective Altruism Funds Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Effective Animal Advocacy Fund The Humane League The Good Food Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Machine Intelligence Research Institute Faunalytics Wild-Aniaml Suffering Research GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Effective Altruism Foundation Cool Earth Schistosomiasis Control Initiative New Harvest Evidence Action Centre for Effective Altruism Animal Equality Compassion in World Farming USA Innovations for Poverty Action Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Future of Life Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Sightsavers The Life You Can Save One Step for Animals Helen Keller International 80,000 Hours Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Vegan Outreach Encompass Iodine Global Network Otwarte Klatki Charity Science Mercy For Animals Coalition for Rainforest Nations Fistula Foundation Sentience Institute Better Eating International Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research Raising for Effective Giving Clean Air Task Force The END Fund Miscellaneous commentaryThe blog post describes an effort by a number of donors coordinated at https://2018.eagivingtuesday.org/donations to donate through Facebook right after the start of donation matching on Giving Tuesday. Based on timestamps of donations and matches, donations were matched till 14 seconds after the start of matching. Despite the very short time window of matching, the post estimates that $469,000 (65%) of the donations made were matched
Our updated top charities for giving season 20182018-11-26Catherine Hollander GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Against Malaria Foundation Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and developmentGiveWell annual top charities list. GiveWell recommends that donors donate to GiveWell to regrant to top charities at its discretion, but also provides details on the individual top charities so that people can make an informed decision. In addition, the amounts determined for GiveWell discretionary regranting and for donation by Good Ventures are also included, though details of the amount recommended to Good Ventures are in a separate blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-recommendation-to-good-ventures/
Our recommendation to Good Ventures2018-11-26Andrew Martin Catherine Hollander Elie Hassenfeld James Snowden Josh Rosenberg GiveWellGood Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Against Malaria Foundation Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentThe document explains, along with a detailed rationale, the amounts that GiveWell is recommending to Good Ventures to grant to each of its top charities for the 2018 end-of-year giving season. The corresponding acknowledgement post from the Open Philanthropy Project was published on 2018-12-12 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/2018-allocation-givewell-top-charities
Our top charities for giving season 20172017-11-27Natalie Crispin GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Malaria Consortium Deworm the World Initiative Helen Keller International Sightsavers END Fund No Lean Season GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispensers for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and developmentGiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added two new top charities
Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later (2016 Update)2016-12-28Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyGood Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Reasoning supplementGlobal health and developmentExplanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities
Our updated top charities for giving season 20162016-11-28Natalie Crispin GiveWellGood Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and developmentGiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added three new top charities

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 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 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities9,700,000.0012019-01Global health/deworminghttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/sightsavers-deworming-programs-january-2019GiveWell Donation process: The grant is based on GiveWell's recommendation. GiveWell made the recommendations as part of its end-of-year recommendations to Good Ventures, along with allocations to other GiveWell top and standout charities. The total budget is based on guidelines set by the Open Philanthropy Project. GiveWell explains the process in detail at https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-recommendation-to-good-ventures/ Charity status updates in 2018 are at https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/updates-in-november-2018#Sightsavers-_deworming_program

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support deworming programs, which have GiveWell top charity status; see https://www.givewell.org/charities/sightsavers More specifically, these programs include advocating for, funding, and monitoring programs that treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) (deworming)

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell recommends the Sightsavers deworming program for the following reasons: (1) Strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness. (2) Moderately strong monitoring process. (3) Standout transparency. (4) Room for more funding. The full GiveWell review is at https://www.givewell.org/charities/sightsavers and the top charity selection is at https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-updated-top-charities-for-giving-season-2018/

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): GiveWell explains the principles affecting its decision of how much money to allocate to each charity in https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-recommendation-to-good-ventures/ (1) Put significant weight on our cost-effectiveness estimates. (2) Consider additional information about an organization that we have not explicitly modeled. (3) Assess charities’ funding gaps at the margin, i.e., where they would spend additional funding, where possible. (4) Default towards not imposing restrictions on charity spending. (5) Fund on a three-year horizon, unless we are particularly uncertain whether we will want to continue recommending a program in the future. (6) Ensure charities are incentivized to engage with our process. Ultimately, GiveWell decides to allocate $6-10 million two of its deworming charities and to Helen Keller International; Sightsavers ends up getting $9.7 million

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Part of GiveWell's end-of-year recommendations for Good Ventures, so the timing is determined by the timing of end-of-year recommendations (which is usually the week after Thanksgiving in the United States). The grant is made by Good Ventures shortly after the recommendations

Other notes: Even accounting for this grant, GiveWell identifies a remaining funding gap of $1.6 million for Sightsavers deworming programs. The grant page on the Open Philanthropy Project website is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/miscellaneous/sightsavers-deworming-2019.
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities2,500,000.0052018-01Global health/deworminghttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/sightsavers-deworming-programs-january-2018GiveWell Grant restricted to the deworming program. It is the $2.5 million minimum for being a top charity. Grant announced on 2017-11-27 at https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/ along with GiveWell top and standout charities list.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation2,148,448.0062017-11-13Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop the technical and operational bases for conducting onchocerciasis elimination mapping in low transmission settings in Africa; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation600,000.0072017-11-06Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the World Health Organization’s 2020 Roadmap on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the London Declaration on NTDs, with coordination, communication, reporting, advocacy, and logistical support to key stakeholder groups who are committed to ; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities2,950,000.0042017-01Global health/deworminghttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/sightsavers-dewormingGiveWell Grant for deworming program, a 2016 GiveWell top charity program. Grant announced on 2016-11-28 at https://blog.givewell.org/2016/11/28/updated-top-charities-giving-season-2016/#Sec3a along with GiveWell top and standout charities list.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation4,906,514.0032016-10-21Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop advocacy capacity and resource mobilization efforts toward achieving the London Declaration goals for Neglected Tropical Diseases and the WHO 2020 Roadmap; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation4,987,165.5022014-11-06Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the World Health Organization’s 2020 Roadmap on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the London Declaration on NTDs, with coordination, communication, reporting, advocacy, and logistical support to key stakeholder groups who are committed to ; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.