The Good Food Institute donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page thegoodfoodinstitute
Websitehttp://www.gfi.org/
Donate pagehttps://www.gfi.org/donate
Donation case pagehttp://www.gfi.org/why
Twitter usernameGoodFoodInst
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Food_Institute
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support
Launch date2016-02

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 16 526 160,213 0 20 75 100 500 526 1,000 10,000 21,000 1,000,000 1,500,000
Animal welfare 16 526 160,213 0 20 75 100 500 526 1,000 10,000 21,000 1,000,000 1,500,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee The Good Food Institute

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2015
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 2,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Michael Dickens (filter this donee) 26,400.00 0.00 26,400.00 0.00 0.00
Robert Yaman (filter this donee) 21,000.00 0.00 0.00 21,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donee) 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Robin Polding (filter this donee) 2,629.16 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,629.16
Michael Sesser (filter this donee) 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000.00 0.00
Neil Sinhababu (filter this donee) 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000.00 0.00
Christopher Bryant (filter this donee) 525.83 0.00 0.00 525.83 0.00
JP Addison (filter this donee) 500.00 0.00 0.00 500.00 0.00
Eli Nathan (filter this donee) 131.46 0.00 0.00 131.46 0.00
Max Broad (filter this donee) 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00
Catherine Low (filter this donee) 74.51 0.00 0.00 74.51 0.00
Nicholas Goldowsky-Dill (filter this donee) 35.00 0.00 0.00 35.00 0.00
Grace King (filter this donee) 19.72 0.00 0.00 19.72 0.00
Jeremy Le Van (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 2,563,415.68 10,000.00 1,526,400.00 1,024,386.52 2,629.16

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (22 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Giving Tuesday Donation Matching Initiative 2018 Retrospective2019-01-06Avi 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
Where ACE Staff Are Giving In 2018 and Why2018-12-21Erika Alonso Animal Charity EvaluatorsSofia Davis-Fogel Toni Adleberg Erika Alonso Gina Stuessy Kathryn Asher Jamie Spurgeon Trent Grassian Melissa Guzikowski Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Otwarte Klatki Animal Equality Encompass Sinergia Animal Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA The Humane League L214 International Rescue Committee New York Public Library Give Power Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund The Good Food Institute Effective Animal Advocacy Fund StrongMinds Global Catastrophic Risk Institute New Harvest We Animals Against Malaria Foundation GiveWell top charities Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Beckley Foundation Christopher Sebastian Animal Aid GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare|Global catastrophic risks|Global health and developmentAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2017. Donation amounts are not disclosed, likely by policy
Announcing Our 2018 Charity Recommendations2018-11-26Toni Adleberg Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality The Good Food Institute The Humane League Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries ProVeg Sinergia Animal Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira Otwarte Klatki Compassion in World Farming The Nonhuman Rights Project L214 Faunalytics Cellular Agriculture Society The Humane Society of the United States The Save Movement Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Evaluator consolidated recommendation listAnimal welfareThe blog post, published a day before Giving Tuesday, lists the top and standout charities, as well as lists updated reviews of other charities that did not make it to the top or standout charity list. It ends by plugging the ACE Recommended Charity Fund, which disburses funds twice a year. There is an accompanying blog post https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/comparison-of-our-2018-recommended-charities/ that links to a comparison chart and provides more explanation of how to compare top charities. Also accompanying it is the blog post https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/the-process-leading-to-our-2018-recommendations/ that provides more insight into the process leading up to ther choice of recommendations
Updates on our Top Charities’ Room for Funding2018-07-23Kieran Grieg Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality The Good Food Institute The Humane League Evaluator update on doneeAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluator confirms that its 2017 end-of-year top charities still have sufficient room for funding and so it is not advising donors to stop funding these charities. Its estimates are based on reports from the charities of the amount of money they raised till the end of May, as well as known grant commitments from the Open Philanthropy Project
Thinking behind 2017 donations to reduce animal use2017-12-31Jason Ketola New Harvest The Good Food Institute Plant Based Foods Association Wild-Animal Suffering Research Single donation documentationAnimal welfareThe document describes recent developments with The Good Food Institute, New Harvest, and other organizations, and why the author decided to donate to New Harvest
Where the ACE Staff Members Are Giving in 2017 and Why2017-12-26Allison Smith Animal Charity EvaluatorsJon Bockman Allison Smith Toni Adleberg Sofia Davis-Fogel Kieran Greig Jamie Spurgeon Erika Alonso Eric Herboso Gina Stuessy Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Vegan Outreach A Well-Fed World Better Eating International Encompass Direct Action Everywhere Animal Charity Evaluators Recommended Charity Fund Against Malaria Foundation Animal equality The Nonhuman Rights Project AnimaNaturalis Internacional The Humane League GiveDirectly Food Empowerment Project Mercy For Animals New Harvest StrongMinds Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Funds Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donor lottery Sentience Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare|AI safety|Global health and development|Effective altruismAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2017. Donation amounts are not disclosed, likely by policy
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 20172017-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectHolden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationOpen Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post
Updated Charity Recommendations: December 20172017-11-27Jon Bockman Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality The Good Food Institute The Humane League Faunalytics Vegan Outreach ProVeg Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Compassion in World Farming USA The Humane Society of the United States L214 Nonhuman Rights Project Otwarte Klatki Evaluator consolidated recommendation listAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators publishes its top charity and standout charity recommendations for year-end 2017. Top charities are Animal Equality, The Good Food Institute, and The Humane League. Standout charities of general interest are Compassion in World Farming USA, L214, and Otwarte Klatki. Standout charities of special interest are Faunalytics and Nonhuman Rights Project
How to end animal agriculture as soon as possible2017-09-27Robert Wiblin Lewis Bollard 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Humane Society International The Good Food Institute Animal Equality Animal Charity Evaluators Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingPodcast with interview of Lewis Bollard (Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer at the Open Philanthropy Project) by Robert Wiblin of 80000 Hours, along with transcript. The podcast covers the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project. 80000 Hours is an Open Philanthropy Project grant recipient and Wiblin was also on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, an animal welfare-focused grant recipient that is discussed in the podcast
Should EAs think twice before donating to GFI?2017-08-31Kevin Watkinson Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project The Good Food Institute Third-party case against donationAnimal welfareThe post argues against donations to The Good Food Institute, noting its limited track record as well as the huge amount of funding it is already receiving from the Open Philanthropy Project. This post is made shortly after an exchange between the post author (Kevin Watkinson) and Holden Karnofsky of the Open Philanthropy Project in http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/march-2017-open-thread?page=1#comment-305 (the open thread of the Open Philanthropy Project). The post also critiques Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) for a positive assessment of GFI, and comments include a response from an ACE employee and an ACE board member (neither in an official capacity)
Updates on selected recommended charities’ room for more funding2017-06-14Toni Adleberg Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals The Humane League Animal Equality Evaluator consolidated recommendation listAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators reports results of a check-in with all its 2016 top charities and one standout charity (Animal Equality) that had previously been a top charity. It verifies that all of them still have room for more funding, therefore continues to recommend them
Modelling the Good Food Institute2017-04-18Dominik Peters Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project The Good Food Institute Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare/meat alternativesThe summary says: "We have attempted to build a quantitative model to estimate the impact of the Good Food Institute (GFI). We have found this exceptionally difficult due to the diversity of GFI’s activities and the particularly unclear counterfactuals. In this post, I explain some of the modelling approaches we tried, and why we are not satisfied with them."
Final decision: Version 02017-03-01Tom Sittler Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Against Malaria Foundation Machine Intelligence Research Institute The Good Food Institute StrongMinds Reasoning supplementVersion 0 of a decision process for what charity to grant 10,000 UK pouds to. Result was a tie between Machine Intelligence Research Institute and StrongMinds. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/187/oxford_prioritisation_project_version_0/ for a cross-post with comments
Where the ACE Staff Members are Giving in 2016 and Why2016-12-23Leah Edgerton Animal Charity EvaluatorsAllison Smith Jacy Reese Toni Adleberg Gina Stuessy Kieran Grieg Eric Herboso Erika Alonso Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality Vegan Outreach Act Asia Faunalytics Farm Animal Rights Movement Sentience Politics Direct Action Everywhere The Humane League The Good Food Institute Collectively Free Planned Parenthood Future of Life Institute Future of Humanity Institute GiveDirectly Machine Intelligence Research Institute The Humane Society of the United States Farm Sanctuary StrongMinds Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare|AI safety|Global catastrophic risksAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2016. Donation amounts are not disclosed, likely by policy
Our recommendations of The Good Food Institute and New Harvest2016-12-21Allison Smith Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute New Harvest Reasoning supplementAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators gives more of its reasoning on why it gave top charity status to the relatively new organization The Good Food Institute (GFI) while keeping the similar but more long-standing organization, New Harvest, in standout charity status
Responses to common critiques2016-12-21Jon Bockman Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Equality The Good Food Institute New Harvest The Humane League Mercy For Animals Evaluator retrospectiveAnimal welfareThis post is written in response to criticism of Animal Charity Evaluators, largely criticism that came in as part of and after Harrison Nathan's post https://medium.com/@harrisonnathan/the-actual-number-is-almost-surely-higher-92c908f36517 Bockman agrees that the leafleting report is inaccurate and of low quality, and says that ACE was focused this year on new research and not on updating the outdated reports. He also explains the position taken by ACE on cost-effectiveness, the lack of diversity in recommendations, and concerns about diverting resources from other groups
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
The Actual Number is Almost Surely Higher: An Evaluation of Effective Animal Activism2016-12-09Harrison Nathan Animal Charity Evaluators The Humane League Mercy For Animals Vegan Outreach The Good Food Institute The Humane Society of the United States Faunalytics Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfareHarrison Nathan is critical of Animal Charity Evaluators and their top charities, in particular, the way the organizations justify their programs. He calls their approach pseudoscientific, and also believes the effective altruist movement has blind spots and is easily co-opted by industry, not sensitive on matters related to wild-animal suffering, and has too many conflicts of interest
Updated Recommendations: December 20162016-11-28Jon Bockman Animal Charity Evaluators Mercy For Animals The Humane League The Good Food Institute VEBU Animal Equality The Humane Society of the United States Vegan Outreach Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Evaluator consolidated recommendation listAnimal welfareMercy For Animals and The Humane League remain top charities, and The Good Food Institute added to the list; Animal Equality moved from top charity to standout charity; VEBU added to standout charities
Where I Am Donating in 20162016-11-01Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumMichael Dickens Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Raising for Effective Giving Single donation documentationAnimal welfare, AI riskDickens described his evaluation of each of the four finalists and the reasoning behind his (tentatively) final decision to give to The Good Food Institute
THE GOOD FOOD INSTITUTE. Archived Version: November, 20162016-11-01Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) publishes its first detailed review of The Good Food Institute (GFI). Previously, the then-nascent GFI was mentioned in an ACE review of Mercy For Animals in December 2015 https://animalcharityevaluators.org/charity-review/mercy-for-animals/2015-dec/ Given that GFI has been around since only February 2016, both the strengths and weaknesses are speculative. The strengths hinge around the promise of the domain that GFI is working on, as well as its leadership and strategic vision. The weaknesses center around the short track record and the expected long timeframe needed to achieve the ambitious goal of animal-free alternatives
MERCY FOR ANIMALS. Archived Version: December, 20152015-12-01Animal Charity Evaluators Mercy For Animals The Good Food Institute Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfareAnimal Charity Evaluators (ACE) publishes an updated review of MFA. The review includes a caveat stating lower confidence about the marginal value of additional donations, in particular the parts spent on "easily expanded" activities like online ads. Room for more funding estimates are also updated, with an estimate of $300,000 for usable funding. The review also talks about the possible launch of The Good Food Institute using some of this funding

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 16)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds10,000.0052018-01-14Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard impressed with long-term goals of the grantee which he considers promising. Not recommending more because he expects that most of the funding gap will be filled. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jeremy Le Van----2017-12-13Animal welfare/meat alternatives/climate change mitigationhttps://staging.founderspledge.com/news/is-silicon-valley-solving-the-problems-that-really-matter-jeremy-le-van-- As the blog post explains, the donor is trying to solve the problem of climate change. He is donating in two ways: first, a systemic approach, and second, a mitigation-focused approach. The Good Food Institute, which is working on meat alternatives, is the chosen charity for the systemic approach.
Open Philanthropy Project1,500,000.0012017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Renewal of previous grant of $1,000,000 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support Lewis Bollard considers GFI to be the leading nonprofit promoting meat alternatives, and is impressed with its strategic support for early-stage companies producing plant-based products, such as Good Dot and Good Catch. Announced: 2018-01-05.
Michael Dickens26,400.0032017-02Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttp://mdickens.me/donations/-- See http://mdickens.me/2016/10/31/where_i_am_donating_in_2016/ for a full explanation of the reasons for donation. Note that the donation was for 2016 but was made in 2017 for personal finance and tax reasons. Employer match: Affirm Inc matched 20,000.00; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Neil Sinhababu1,000.0072016-12-30Animal welfare/Meat alternativeshttp://neilsinhababu.blogspot.com/2016/12/2016-utilitarian-financial-activity.html-- Hasten the era of clean meat, see blog post for more.
Open Philanthropy Project1,000,000.0022016-09Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-supportLewis Bollard Announced: 2016-10-25.
Michael Sesser1,000.0072016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Christopher Bryant525.8392016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Eli Nathan131.46112016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Robert Yaman21,000.0042016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Nicholas Goldowsky-Dill35.00142016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
JP Addison500.00102016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Grace King19.72152016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Catherine Low74.51132016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Max Broad100.00122016Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--
Robin Polding2,629.1662015Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://github.com/peterhurford/ea-data/--