The Wilson Center donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page woodrowwilsoncenter
Websitehttps://www.wilsoncenter.org/
Twitter usernamethewilsoncenter
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson_International_Center_for_Scholars
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series
Launch date1968

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 400,000 421,660 368,440 368,440 368,440 368,440 400,000 400,000 400,000 496,540 496,540 496,540 496,540
AI safety 3 400,000 421,660 368,440 368,440 368,440 368,440 400,000 400,000 400,000 496,540 496,540 496,540 496,540

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee The Wilson Center

Donor Total 2020 2018
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 1,264,980.00 864,980.00 400,000.00
Total 1,264,980.00 864,980.00 400,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 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 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy496,540.0012020-06AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series-june-2020Luke Muehlhauser Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to organize additional in-depth AI policy seminars as part of its seminar series."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says "We continue to believe the seminar series can help inform AI policy discussions and decision-making in Washington, D.C., and could help identify and empower influential experts in those discussions, a key component of our AI policy grantmaking strategy."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No reason is given for the amount. The grant is a little more than the original $368,440 two-year grant so it is likely that the additional amount is expected to double the frequency of AI policy seminars.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is a top-up rather than a renewal; the previous two-year grant was made in February 2020. No specific reasons for timing are given.
Open Philanthropy368,440.0032020-02AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series-february-2020Luke Muehlhauser Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to continue support for a series of in-depth AI policy seminars."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grat page says: "We continue to believe the seminar series can help inform AI policy discussions and decision-making in Washington, D.C., and could help identify and empower influential experts in those discussions, a key component of our AI policy grantmaking strategy."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is similar to the previous grant of $400,000 over a similar time period (two years).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made almost two years after the original two-year grant, so its timing is likely determined by the original grant running out.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series-june-2020 suggests that the donor was satisfied with the outcome of the grant.
Open Philanthropy400,000.0022018-07AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-seriesLuke Muehlhauser Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a series of in-depth AI policy seminars."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe the seminar series can help inform AI policy discussions and decision-making in Washington, D.C., and could help identify and empower influential experts in those discussions, a key component of our AI policy grantmaking strategy."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series-february-2020 and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/wilson-center-ai-policy-seminar-series-june-2020 suggest that the donor was satisfied with the outcome of the grant.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2018-08-01.