Aaron Gertler donations made

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 December 2019. See the about page for more details.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username aaron.gertler
LinkedIn username aarongertler
Websitehttp://aarongertler.net/
Donations URLhttp://aarongertler.net/donations/
Twitter usernameaarongertler
LessWrong usernameaarongertler
Effective Altruism Forum usernameaarongertler
Effective Altruism Hub usernameaaron-gertler
GitHub usernameaarongertler
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
(filter this donor) 15 13 4,950.00 0.00 2,900.00 1,735.00 200.00 115.00
Charity evaluator (filter this donor) 19 2 4,525.00 700.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 7 2 4,220.00 1,200.00 3,000.00 20.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 6 3 2,140.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00 0.00
Cash transfers (filter this donor) 2 1 850.00 250.00 600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 1 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 1 1 100.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rationalty improvement (filter this donor) 1 1 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 0.00
Total 52 21 16,935.00 3,150.00 8,100.00 3,885.00 1,685.00 115.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014
Charity evaluator 19 2 4,525.00 700.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00
Global health/malaria 7 2 4,220.00 1,200.00 3,000.00 20.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 6 3 2,140.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00
Cash transfers 2 1 850.00 250.00 600.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety 1 1 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
Rationality improvement 1 1 100.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
Rationalty improvement 1 1 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00
Classified total 37 9 11,985.00 3,150.00 5,200.00 2,150.00 1,485.00
Unclassified total 15 13 4,950.00 0.00 2,900.00 1,735.00 200.00
Total 52 21 16,935.00 3,150.00 8,100.00 3,885.00 1,685.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 5,020.00 700.00 1,650.00 1,635.00 1,035.00 0.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 3,170.00 150.00 3,000.00 20.00 0.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 1,890.00 1,050.00 750.00 90.00 0.00 0.00
Evidence Action,GiveDirectly,Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) 1,515.00 0.00 0.00 1,515.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 1,000.00 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rethink Charity (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Community project coordination FB Site 900.00 0.00 900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 850.00 250.00 600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Donor lottery (filter this donor) 500.00 0.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global Priorities Project (filter this donor) 405.00 0.00 0.00 405.00 0.00 0.00
Against Malaria Foundation,Innovations for Poverty Action,Environmental Defense Fund (filter this donor) 350.00 0.00 350.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yale Effective Altruists (filter this donor) 300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300.00 0.00
Parsemus Foundation (filter this donor) WP 250.00 0.00 250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Evidence Action (filter this donor) 200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200.00 0.00
Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 150.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 50.00 0.00
Vittana (filter this donor) 115.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 115.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00
Charity Science (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Tw Site 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00
Seva,Possible (filter this donor) 50.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00
Seva (filter this donor) 30.00 0.00 0.00 30.00 0.00 0.00
Internet Archive (filter this donor) WP Site 20.00 0.00 0.00 20.00 0.00 0.00
Oxfam (filter this donor) 20.00 0.00 0.00 20.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 16,935.00 3,150.00 8,100.00 3,885.00 1,685.00 115.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ2016-12-07Carl Shulman Effective Altruism ForumTimothy Telleen-Lawton Gregory Lewis Ajeya Cotra Rohin Shah Helen Toner Nicole Ross Howie Lempel Rebecca Raible Pablo Stafforini Aaron Gertler Brayden McLean Benjamin Hoffman Catherine Olsson Eric Herboso Ian David Moss Glenn Willen Jacob Steinhardt Brandon Reinhart Donor lottery Donee donation caseCarl Shulman announces a donor lottery coordinated/sponsored by Paul Christiano, and provides a FAQ discussing questions people might have for participating in the lottery
Review: CFAR Workshop2014-05-09Aaron Gertler Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR workshop attended

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (52 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Centre for Effective Altruism1,050.002017-11-28Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 60% of donations made by Facebook on Giving Tuesday to qualify for matching by Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 60.00%.
GiveWell700.002017-11-28Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 40% of donations made by Facebook on Giving Tuesday to qualify for matching by Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds500.002017-10-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Effective Altruism Funds500.002017-09-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
GiveDirectly250.002017-08-15Cash transfershttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to support the basic income experiment.
Against Malaria Foundation150.002017-04-14Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/--
Donor lottery500.002016-12-15--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_a_stepbystep_guide_for_mall/ for more details. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Centre for Effective Altruism750.002016-12-15Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- End-of-year donation. $750 went to CEA, which runs a number of useful EA projects. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 60.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation,Innovations for Poverty Action,Environmental Defense Fund350.002016-12-06--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Share of donations from a Giving Game co-sponsored by The Life You Can Save.
GiveWell750.002016-09-10Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Operational funding.
Against Malaria Foundation500.002016-07-12Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- In support of a friend’s campaign.
Against Malaria Foundation600.002016-06-26Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 60% of the donations that day; the other 40% went to .impact. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 60.00%.
Rethink Charity400.002016-06-26--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- The donation was to .impact, which is now Rethink Charity. 40% of the donations that day; the other 60% went to Against Malaria Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation1,400.002016-04-17Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 70% of the donations that day; the other 30% went to GiveDirectly. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 70.00%.
GiveDirectly600.002016-04-17Cash transfershttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- The donation resulted from their basic income announcement, though I gave unrestricted funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 30.00%.
GiveWell900.002016-02-01--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Operational funding. 90% of the donations that day, the other 10% went to CFAR. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 90.00%.
Center for Applied Rationality100.002016-02-01Rationality improvementhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- 10% of the donations that day, the other 90% went to GiveWell. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.00%.
Rethink Charity500.002016-01-15--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- The donation was to .impact, which is now Rethink Charity. 40% of donations made that day. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Parsemus Foundation250.002016-01-15--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Gift to David Benatar. 20% of donations made that day. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation500.002016-01-15Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Matched a fundraiser from EA Adelaide. 40% of donations made that day. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Evidence Action,GiveDirectly,Against Malaria Foundation1,515.002015-11-23--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Two-thirds of this was matching funds for winter fundraisers by student EA groups. The other third went to sponsor a Giving Game.
GiveWell495.002015-10-16Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. 55% of total monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.00%.
Global Priorities Project405.002015-10-16Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. 45% of total monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 45.00%.
GiveWell500.002015-09-17Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Support for GiveWell operations. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell400.002015-08-09Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell100.002015-07-25Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Internet Archive20.002015-07-25--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Warm-and-fuzzy.
Centre for Effective Altruism75.002015-06-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Donation to Giving What We Can, which is now under the Centre for Effective Altruism.
GiveWell50.002015-05-23Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Seva,Possible50.002015-05-12--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/--
Against Malaria Foundation20.002015-05-04Global health/malariahttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Gift for a friend birthday.
Seva30.002015-03-12--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Yale Effective Altruists giving game.
Oxfam20.002015-03-12--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Yale Effective Altruists giving game.
Charity Science100.002015-02-20--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Annual matching fundraiser.
GiveWell40.002015-01-31Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- In memory of a friend.
GiveWell50.002015-01-27Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- In memory of a friend.
Centre for Effective Altruism15.002015-01-21Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Annual matching fundraiser.
Center for Applied Rationality50.002014-12-27Rationalty improvementhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Annual matching fundraiser.
Evidence Action100.002014-12-25--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Yale Effective Altruists winter fundraiser.
Evidence Action100.002014-12-23--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Yale Effective Altruists winter fundraiser.
GiveWell100.002014-12-02Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell100.002014-11-02Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Yale Effective Altruists300.002014-10-22Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Initial funds for a nonprofit founded by him. Spent on operating costs and advocacy work.
GiveWell125.002014-09-30Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell38.002014-09-07Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute100.002014-08-01AI safetyhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation.
GiveWell152.002014-07-23Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell150.002014-07-03Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell20.002014-06-05Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Gift for a friend.
GiveWell200.002014-05-29Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Birthday donation.
GiveWell150.002014-03-07Charity evaluatorhttp://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- First donation after becoming an effective altruist.
Vittana115.002012-12-24--http://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Christmas gifts for family.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 30 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Jacob Falkovich 4 4 21 0.1905 0.4364 0.085
Lovkush Agarwal 4 4 21 0.1905 0.4364 0.5458
Alexandre Zani 5 4 22 0.1818 0.3904 0.4532
Christopher O'Bleness 5 4 22 0.1818 0.3904 0.5111
Gwern Branwen 6 4 23 0.1739 0.3563 0.4657
Haseeb Qureshi 6 4 23 0.1739 0.3563 0.3699
JP Addison 6 4 23 0.1739 0.3563 0.4142
Nick Brown 6 4 23 0.1739 0.3563 0.2608
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 5 31 0.1613 0.2817 0.5304
Samuel Hilton 8 4 25 0.16 0.3086 0.3794
David Barry 9 4 26 0.1538 0.291 0.7075
adam baker 3 3 21 0.1429 0.378 0.8616
Dan Munro 3 3 21 0.1429 0.378 0.8208
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 11 4 28 0.1429 0.2632 0.1071
Aahan Rashid 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.4621
Ajeya Cotra 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.0742
Akhil Jalan 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.4783
Christopher Bryant 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.182
Luca Masters 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.4797
Peter Hurford 29 6 44 0.1364 0.2431 0.1507
Vitalik Buterin 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.0514
William Grunow 4 3 22 0.1364 0.3273 0.4557
Pablo Stafforini 21 5 37 0.1351 0.2381 0.0298
EA Giving Group 13 4 30 0.1333 0.2421 0
Alexander Berger 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928
Cullen O'Keefe 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928 0.8094
Henry Cooksley 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928 0.3038
Jason Harner 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928 0.5976
Josh Rosenberg 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928
Kyle Lackinger 5 3 23 0.1304 0.2928 0.829