Wild-Animal Suffering Research donations received

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Table of contents

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Wild-Animal Suffering Research in our system.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 5 30,000 37,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 5,000 5,000 30,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000
Animal welfare 4 30,000 45,625 2,500 2,500 2,500 30,000 30,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
1 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Wild-Animal Suffering Research

Donor Total 2018
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund (filter this donee) 180,000.00 180,000.00
Donor lottery (filter this donee) 5,000.00 5,000.00
Peter Hurford (filter this donee) 2,500.00 2,500.00
Total 187,500.00 187,500.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (12 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Effective Altruism Foundation: Plans for 2020 (GW, IR)2019-12-23Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism FoundationOpen Philanthropy Effective Altruism Foundation Raising for Effective Giving Wild-Animal Suffering Research Utility Farm Wild Animal Initiative Sentience politics Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growth/s-risk reductionThe document includes the 2019 review and plans for 2020 of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAD). Key highlights: EAD plans to change its name in 2020 as a rebranding effort to highlight its focus on s-risk reduction, rather than the effective altruism; as part of this, the Foundational Research Institute brand will also be deprecated. Wild-Animal Suffering Research and Utility Farm merged to form Wild Animal Initiative, which is now completely separate from EAF. Raising for Effective Giving and Sentience Politics continue to be housed under EAF. The post also describes communication guidelines developed along with Nick Beckstead of the Open Philanthropy Project (that also made a $1 million grant to EAF). The guidelines "recommend highlighting beliefs and priorities that are important to the s-risk-oriented community" and "recommend communicating in a more nuanced manner about pessimistic views of the long-term future by considering highlighting moral cooperation and uncertainty, focusing more on practical questions if possible, and anticipating potential misunderstandings and misrepresentations." The post also says the guidelines will soon be made public, and that it was a mistake to not announce the guidelines earlier; doing so might have addressed https://www.simonknutsson.com/problems-in-effective-altruism-and-existential-risk-and-what-to-do-about-them/ and related concerns
Announcing Wild Animal Initiative2019-01-25Abraham Rowe Persis Eskander Wild Animal Initiative Wild Animal Initiative Utility Farm Wild-Animal Suffering Research MergerAnimal welfare/wild animal sufferingThe post announces that two organizations focused on wild animals, namely Wild-Animal Suffering Research and Utility Farm, are merging into one organization called the Wild Animal Initiative. Cross-posted to https://was-research.org/blog/announcing-wild-animal-initiative/ on the Wild-Animal Suffering Research blog and to https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/jzikTHMSpckYg9ZPp/announcing-wild-animal-initiative (GW, IR) on the Effective Altruism Forum. See also the associated discussion on Reddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/EffectiveAltruism/comments/ajr27e/announcing_wild_animal_initiative_wildanimal/
2017 Donor Lottery Report (GW, IR)2018-11-12Adam Gleave Effective Altruism ForumDonor lottery Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Global Catastrophic Risk Institute AI Impacts Wild-Animal Suffering Research Single donation documentationGlobal catastrophic risks|AI safety|Animal welfareThe write-up documents Adam Gleave’s decision process for where he donated the money for the 2017 donor lottery. Adam won one of the two blocks of $100,000 for 2017
Reducing Wild Animal Suffering Ecosystem & Directory (GW, IR)2018-10-31Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism Forum Effective Altruism Foundation Wild-Animal Suffering Research Animal Ethics Utility Farm Rethink Priorities The Hedonistic Imperative The Abolitionist Project Qualia Research Institute Sentience Politics Sentience Institute Animal Charity Evaluators Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/wild animal welfareThe post covers the current state of the ecosystem of efforts to reduce wild-animal suffiering. It includes a diagram depicting the relations between organizations mentioned in the post
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 altruismContinuing an annual tradition started in 2016, Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) staff describe where they donated or plan to donate in 2017. Donation amounts are not disclosed, likely by policy
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20172017-12-21Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Nick Beckstead Daniel Dewey Center for International Security and Cooperation Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Good Call Court Watch NOLA Compassion in World Farming USA Wild-Animal Suffering Research Effective Altruism Funds Donor lottery Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Criminal justice reformOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups.
Why I am Donating to Wild Animal Suffering Research2017-12-21Zach Groff Zach Groff Wild-Animal Suffering Research Single donation documentationAnimal welfare/wild animal sufferingThe post describes why the donor is interested in wild animal suffering, and why he considers the donee organization particularly promising
Effective Altruism Foundation update: Plans for 2018 and room for more funding (GW, IR)2017-12-15Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism Foundation Effective Altruism Foundation Raising for Effective Giving Foundational Research Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Donee donation caseEffective altruism/movement growth/s-risk reductionThe document describes the 2018 plan and room for more funding of the Effective Altruism Foundation. Subsidiaries include Raising for Effective Giving, Foundational Research Institute, and Wild-Animal Suffering Research, Also cross-posted at https://ea-foundation.org/blog/our-plans-for-2018/ (own blog)
Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 20182017-12-12Peter Hurford Effective Altruism ForumPeter Hurford Charity Science Health Rethink Charity Sentience Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Donation suggestion listPeter Hurford makes the case to donate to four organizations that he plans to donate to in 2018, based on the promise of their programs as well as their room for more funding
Wild-Animal Suffering Research’s Plans for 2018 and RFMF2017-12-06Tobias Pulver Effective Altruism Forum Wild-Animal Suffering Research Donee donation caseAnimal welfare/wild animal sufferingThe post describes the planned activities of Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR) for the years 2018 to 2020, and estimates room for more funding for minimum and maximum growth of $100,173 and $161,205 respectively
Fear and Loathing at Effective Altruism Global 20172017-08-16Scott Alexander Slate Star CodexOpen Philanthropy GiveWell Centre for Effective Altruism Center for Effective Global Action Raising for Effective Giving 80,000 Hours Wild-Animal Suffering Research Qualia Research Institute Foundational Research Institute Miscellaneous commentaryScott Alexander describes his experience at Effective ALtruism Global 2017. He describes how the effective altruism movement has both the formal-looking, "suits" people who are in charge of large amounts of money, and the "weirdos" who are toying around with ideas that seem strange and are not mainstream even within effective altruism. However, he feels that rather than being two separate groups, the two groups blend into and overlap with each other. He sees this as a sign that the effective altruism movement is composed of genuinely good people who are looking to make a difference, and explains why he thinks they are succeeding

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 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 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Donor lottery5,000.0042018-11-12--https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/SYeJnv9vYzq9oQMbQ/2017-donor-lottery-report (GW, IR)Adam Gleave The blog post explaining the donation has some discussion of the grantee. Highlight: "Overall I think WASR is a well-run organisation with a clear strategy and a short but encouraging track record. I would encourage those with a near-term animal welfare centric worldview to support them. Under my own worldview, I did not find them competitive with the other organisations, and so recommended a small grant of $5,000.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund30,000.0032018-07-31Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant proposed along with two other grants related to the wild animals space; the amount of the grant was chosen based on the estimated room for more funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 24.90%.
Peter Hurford2,500.0052018-05-31Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- See https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/EgCiFPbcQqbphv4Pv/four-organizations-eas-should-fully-fund-for-2018 (GW, IR) for more background and thinking.
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund100,000.0012018-04-30Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant will provide continued support for the research of Persis Eskander, Ozy Brennan, and Georgia Ray into the subjective experiences of wild animals, and how we could improve them. Grant made for same reasons as outlined in previous writeup: https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOE. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.33%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund50,000.0022018-01-14Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard is happy with the way the April grant enabled Ozy Brennan, Persis Eskander, and Georgia Ray to launch Wild-Animal Suffering Research under the Effective Altruism Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 33.33%.