Ajeya Cotra donations made

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Open Philanthropy Project
Facebook username https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638572396
LinkedIn username ajeya-cotra-90942b8b
Websitehttps://ajeyac.wordpress.com
Donations URLno single location; https://eahub.org/user/ajeya-cotra, https://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/, http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_a_stepbystep_guide_for_mall/
Effective Altruism Hub usernameajeya-cotra
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
(filter this donor) 2 1 18,663.00 16,463.00 2,200.00
Politics (filter this donor) 1 1 2,700.00 0.00 2,700.00
Charity evaluator (filter this donor) 1 1 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 1 1 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 4 21,363.00 16,463.00 4,900.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2016
Politics 1 1 2,700.00 2,700.00
Charity evaluator 1 1 0.00 0.00
Global health/malaria 1 1 0.00 0.00
Classified total 3 3 2,700.00 2,700.00
Unclassified total 2 1 18,663.00 2,200.00
Total 5 4 21,363.00 4,900.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016
Donor lottery (filter this donor) 18,663.00 16,463.00 2,200.00
A political campaign (filter this donor) 2,700.00 0.00 2,700.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site TW 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 21,363.00 16,463.00 4,900.00

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

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2016
United States 1 1 2,700.00 2,700.00
Classified total 1 1 2,700.00 2,700.00
Unclassified total 4 3 18,663.00 2,200.00
Total 5 4 21,363.00 4,900.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (5 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Hiring analytical thinkers to help give away billions2018-03-30Ajeya Cotra MediumOpen Philanthropy Project Job advertisementOpen Philanthropy Project research analyst Ajeya Cotra speaks highly of the work there, and highlights the new research analyst positions the organization is hiring for. The post would be shared on Facebook by Claire Zabel at https://www.facebook.com/claire.zabel/posts/10216805589078395 and 80,000 Hours at https://www.facebook.com/80000Hours/posts/1703309639750767
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 20172017-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectHolden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationOpen Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post
How Will Hen Welfare Be Impacted by the Transition to Cage-Free Housing?2017-09-15Ajeya Cotra Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaignA followup to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms which described the original cage-free campaign funding strategy. This report compares aviaries (cage-free living environments) with cages for hens. It tempers original enthusiasm for cage-free by noting higher mortality rates, but continues to support the position that cage-free is likely better on net for hens. Described in blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-welfare-differences-between-cage-and-cage-free-housing that expresses regret for not investigating this more thoroughly earlier, and thanks Direct Action Everywhere for highlighting the issue. See https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/cnK5yNlYHuc for the announcement
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Donor lottery16,463.002017-12-16--https://app.effectivealtruism.org/lotteries/31553453298138-- Block 1, [135,374,500,302–316,387,099,581]. See https://app.effectivealtruism.org/lotteries for general background; see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ip/announcing_the_2017_donor_lottery/ for the blog post announcing this lottery. For an explanation by this donor of why she chose to participate in the donor lottery, see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2017#Ajeya. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Donor lottery2,200.002016-12-07--http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_a_stepbystep_guide_for_mall/-- Reasoning explained more in https://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/ (go to section for Ajeya Cotra). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 45.00%.
A political campaign2,700.002016-10Politicshttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/09/staff-members-personal-donations-giving-season-2016/-- Target of donation not specified, but this donation was in mid-October, in the runup to the November 2016 United States presidential and legislative elections. Also, amount not explicitly specified, but inferred from 55-45 split in donations and knowledge of donor lottery amount from http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_a_stepbystep_guide_for_mall/ Note also that political campaign donations are capped at 2700 USD in the United States. Affected countries: United States; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation--2013Global health/malariahttps://eahub.org/user/ajeya-cotra-- Old entry in EA Hub profile. No amount or other details specified. The donor would later join the Open Philanthropy Project (then still a part of GiveWell) as an employee, but as of the time of this donation was a student.
GiveWell--2013Charity evaluatorhttps://eahub.org/user/ajeya-cotra-- Old entry in EA Hub profile. No amount or other details specified. The donor would later join the Open Philanthropy Project (then still a part of GiveWell) as an employee, but as of the time of this donation was a student.

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