The Seasteading Institute donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information


Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520
Alternate governance 1 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520 520

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee The Seasteading Institute

Donor Total 2011
Vipul Naik (filter this donee) 520.00 520.00
Total 520.00 520.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 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 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Vipul Naik520.0012011-05-31Alternate governance/seasteading initiative Donation process: According to the donation page: "On April 30, 2011, I sent an email to The Seasteading Institute expressing interest in making a donation and asking some questions. I had further email back-and-forth in the thread with Randolph Hencken of the Seasteading Institute, as well as a long phone conversation."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Funds to be used by The Seasteading Institute for its general purpose of promoting seasteading

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donation page says: "My interest in The Seasteading Institute began with my general interest in alternate governance and experimentation in government; I learned of seasteading as part of the general cluster of ideas and work financed by Peter Thiel. [...] I found The Seasteading Institute's work generally interesting, but was not totally convinced that they should get a large donation."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The donation page says: "I found The Seasteading Institute's work generally interesting, but was not totally convinced that they should get a large donation. I made my $520 donation on May 31, 2011 primarily as a form of compensation for the effort that they put into answering my questions and connecting me with other resources. I computed the $520 amount as $500 + an estimated transaction overhead of $20."