Tostan 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

Country United States
Donate page
Donors list page
Transparency and financials page
Twitter usernameTostan
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernametostaninc
Timelines wiki page
Key peopleMolly Melching|Susanne Bowles
Launch date1991

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 4 5,000 689,561 100 100 100 5,000 5,000 5,000 19,750 19,750 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395
Education 3 5,000 8,283 100 100 100 100 5,000 5,000 5,000 19,750 19,750 19,750 19,750
Global health 1 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395 2,733,395

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Tostan

Donor Total 2016 2015 2014
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (filter this donee) 2,733,395.00 0.00 0.00 2,733,395.00
Elizabeth Van Nostrand (filter this donee) 24,750.00 19,750.00 5,000.00 0.00
Ozy Brennan (filter this donee) 100.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
Total 2,758,245.00 19,850.00 5,000.00 2,733,395.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and development, AI riskJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees
Seeing Like A State, Flashlights, and Giving This Year2016-12-01Elizabeth Van Nostrand Personal blogElizabeth Van Nostrand Ozy Brennan Tostan Third-party case for donationEducationArgues that donations to things that build capacity could be more valuable than donations to things with directly measured impact. Recommends Tostan for its capacity-building. The post influenced others to donate to Tostan: see and

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 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 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Ozy Brennan100.0042016-12-22Education References; says: While I don’t have a firm opinion on the underlying issue, I think that not enough people do independent charity research, and in particular not enough global poverty effective altruists do independent charity research. While GiveWell is an amazing organization, it’s important not to have a single point of failure; a diversity of viewpoints means that we’re more likely to notice their mistakes and things they overlook. And since effective altruism has major talent gaps, it’s good for people to try to fill them. Therefore, I am giving to Tostan to encourage more people to do such research. I will probably give to other charities recommended by particularly impressive blog posts, until it seems like there is enough independent charity research.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand19,750.0022016-12-01Education Cites Gates Foundation connection, organic raising of issues around female genital cutting. Employer match: Wave matched 19,750.00; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand5,000.0032015-12-31Education Shared data with Gates Foundation; still working on getting numbers but promising.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation2,733,395.0012014-06-30Global health/Reproductive health care to support monitoring systems to improve community responsiveness, program effectiveness, and strategic planning within a leading integrated community-driven development model; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Senegal|Gambia (the)|Mali|Mauritania|Guinea-bissau|Equatorial guinea.