Aaron Gertler donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Charity evaluator)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Best overview URLhttps://aarongertler.net/donations/
Facebook username aaron.gertler
LinkedIn username aarongertler
Websitehttps://aarongertler.net/
Donations URLhttps://aarongertler.net/donations/
Twitter usernameaarongertler
LessWrong usernameaarongertler
Effective Altruism Forum usernameaarongertler
Effective Altruism Hub usernameaaron-gertler
GitHub usernameaarongertler
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datadays
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Aaron Gertler aims to donate 10% of his pre-tax income, at a roughly annual cadence, consistent with the Giving What We Can pledge, which he took in 2014. His shared reasons for giving, as noted at https://aarongertler.net/donations/ include: "I give because I want to share the results of my luck with the less fortunate." and "I already have a good, satisfying life, so I don’t need to buy more happiness. Instead, I can use money to help a lot of other people live happier lives."

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Aaron Gertler is interested primarily in charities that, loosely speaking, "help humans now". This is consistent with his alignment with Giving What We Can. Thus, he gives primarily to charities working in the global health and development space, and mostly to those recommended by GiveWell. He also donates directly to GiveWell and to the Centre for Effective Altruism (which manages the Giving What We Can pledge)

Miscellaneous notes: Aaron Gertler comments quite a bit on the Effective Altruism Forum, so it is instructive to read his comments at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/users/aarongertler and get more of an idea of his perspective on different things

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 20 150 329 20 38 50 100 100 150 152 400 495 750 2,000
Charity evaluator 20 150 329 20 38 50 100 100 150 152 400 495 750 2,000

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Charity evaluator (filter this donor) 20 2 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00
Total 20 2 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Charity evaluator 20 2 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00
Classified total 20 2 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 20 2 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00

Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site TW 6,170.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 1,635.00 1,035.00
Global Priorities Project (filter this donor) 405.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 405.00 0.00
Total -- -- 6,575.00 2,000.00 750.00 750.00 2,040.00 1,035.00

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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 donations in reverse chronological order (20 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 20)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell2,000.0012018-11-27Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Timed to coincide with matching funds from Facebook's Giving Tuesday event. The match was successful, so Facebook matched the full $2000. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell750.0022017-11-28Charity evaluatorhttps://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: 100.00%.
GiveWell750.0022016-09-10Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Operational funding.
GiveWell495.0052015-10-16Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. 55% of total monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Global Priorities Project405.0062015-10-16Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. 45% of total monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell500.0042015-09-17Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Support for GiveWell operations. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell400.0072015-08-09Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell100.00132015-07-25Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell50.00162015-05-23Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell40.00182015-01-31Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- In memory of a friend.
GiveWell50.00162015-01-27Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- In memory of a friend.
GiveWell100.00132014-12-02Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell100.00132014-11-02Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell125.00122014-09-30Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell38.00192014-09-07Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell152.0092014-07-23Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell150.00102014-07-03Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Monthly donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
GiveWell20.00202014-06-05Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Gift for a friend.
GiveWell200.0082014-05-29Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Birthday donation.
GiveWell150.00102014-03-07Charity evaluatorhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- First donation after becoming an effective altruist.

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 4 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
Ajeya Cotra 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071
Alexander Berger 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071
Elizabeth Van Nostrand 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9952
Ozy Brennan 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9952