Aaron Gertler donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Effective altruism)

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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 8 500 455 15 15 75 300 500 500 500 500 750 1,000 1,000
Effective altruism 8 500 455 15 15 75 300 500 500 500 500 750 1,000 1,000

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
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 8 4 3,640.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00
Total 8 4 3,640.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00

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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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Effective altruism/movement growth 7 3 3,140.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00
Effective altruism/fundraising 1 1 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 8 4 3,640.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 8 4 3,640.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donor) 2,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 840.00 0.00 0.00 750.00 90.00 0.00
The Life You Can Save (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth/fundraising FB Tw Site 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yale Effective Altruists (filter this donor) 300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300.00
Total -- -- 3,640.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 750.00 90.00 300.00

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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 (8 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 8)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
The Life You Can Save500.0032018-11-27Effective altruism/fundraisinghttps://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 $500. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund1,000.0012018-11-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://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 $1000. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund500.0032017-10-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund500.0032017-09-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Money to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead.
Centre for Effective Altruism750.0022016-12-15Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://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: 100.00%.
Centre for Effective Altruism75.0072015-06-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Donation to Giving What We Can, which is now under the Centre for Effective Altruism.
Centre for Effective Altruism15.0082015-01-21Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Annual matching fundraiser.
Yale Effective Altruists300.0062014-10-22Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://aarongertler.net/donations-all-years/-- Initial funds for a nonprofit founded by him. Spent on operating costs and advocacy work.

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 28 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
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 2 2 3 0.6667 0.8165 0.8834
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 2 2 3 0.6667 0.8165 0.8442
Kat Steiner 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Tyler John 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Per-Erik Milam 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Pablo Stafforini 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Michael Peyton Jones 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Mark Barnes 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Katerina Manoli 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Calum McClelland 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Jonathon Smith 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Huw Thomas 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Christopher Bryant 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
David Barry 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Grace King 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Harri Besceli 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Henry Cooksley 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
James Hudspeth 1 1 3 0.3333 0.5774 0.6269
Peter Hurford 6 2 7 0.2857 0.4714 0.0215
Lovkush Agarwal 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.3916
Cornelis Haupt 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.0155
Christopher O'Bleness 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.2269
Ross Reason 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.6147
Samuel Hilton 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.554
Saulius Šimčikas 2 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.0494
Haseeb Qureshi 3 1 5 0.2000 0.3333 0.2027
Open Philanthropy Project 4 1 6 0.1667 0.2887 0.5349
EA Giving Group 7 1 9 0.1111 0.2182