Ben Kuhn 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 (see his commits) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; please do not share this data without consulting with Vipul Naik. We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username ben.s.kuhn
LinkedIn username benskuhn
Websitehttp://www.benkuhn.net/
Donations URLhttp://www.benkuhn.net/ea/
Twitter usernamebenskuhn
LessWrong usernamebenkuhn
Effective Altruism Hub usernameben-kuhn
GitHub usernamebenkuhn
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 2016 2015 2014 2013
(filter this donor) 9 6 60,453.00 26,000.00 18,333.00 10,000.00 6,120.00
Global health (filter this donor) 2 2 280.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 280.00
Total 11 8 60,733.00 26,000.00 18,333.00 10,000.00 6,400.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2016 2015 2014 2013
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 26,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 6,000.00
EA Giving Group (filter this donor) Existential risk/far future/trajectory improvement Site 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics (filter this donor) 6,333.00 0.00 6,333.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell top charities (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 5,000.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 2,000.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 1,120.00 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 120.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200.00
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 80.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Total -- -- 60,733.00 26,000.00 18,333.00 10,000.00 6,400.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer 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.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2016 2015
Nick Beckstead 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
GiveWell 2 2 15,000.00 5,000.00 10,000.00
Classified total 3 3 35,000.00 25,000.00 10,000.00
Unclassified total 8 6 25,733.00 1,000.00 8,333.00
Total 11 8 60,733.00 26,000.00 18,333.00

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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
Where I gave and why in 2016 2017-01-06Ben Kuhn Effective Altruism ForumBen Kuhn EA Giving Group GiveWell GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global povertyOriginally posted at http://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 and cross-posted to Effective Altruism Forum due to evidence that people like donation write-ups
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global poverty, AI riskJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (11 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveDirectly1,000.002016-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveWell top charities5,000.002016-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell See http://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 for more context.
EA Giving Group20,000.002016-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/Nick Beckstead See http://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 for more context. Employer match: Wave matched 10,000.00.
GiveWell10,000.002015-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell Employer match: Wave matched 10,000.00.
Charity Entrepreneurship2,000.002015-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics6,333.002015-06-07--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveWell10,000.002014-12-31--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveWell6,000.002013-11-22--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveDirectly120.002013-07-06--http://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative80.002013-07-06Global health/deworminghttp://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Against Malaria Foundation200.002013-07-06Global health/malariahttp://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--

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
Alexander Berger 5 5 8 0.625 0.7906
Cullen O'Keefe 5 4 9 0.4444 0.6325 0.7012
Kyle Lackinger 5 4 9 0.4444 0.6325 0.6923
Elie Hassenfeld 6 4 10 0.4 0.5774
Oliver Base 6 4 10 0.4 0.5774 0.1738
adam baker 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.5269
Andrew Kokemoor 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.5805
Dan Munro 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.7141
Matthew Dahlhausen 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.0247
Nora Koci 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.3193
Robert Flatow 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.016
Tom Lucena 3 3 8 0.375 0.6124 0.0135
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 6 17 0.3529 0.5477 0.1856
Adam Nightingale 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0131
Alfredo Parra 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0108
Håkon Harnes 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.013
Holden Karnofsky 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303
Isabel Juniewicz 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0177
Josh Rosenberg 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303
Luca Masters 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0352
Luke Freeman 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0101
Peter O'Brien 4 3 9 0.3333 0.5303 0.0086
David Barry 9 4 13 0.3077 0.4714 0.2802
Alexandre Zani 5 3 10 0.3 0.4743 0.1311
Christopher O'Bleness 5 3 10 0.3 0.4743 0.0278
Jason Harner 5 3 10 0.3 0.4743 0.1465
Jay Feldman 5 3 10 0.3 0.4743 0.0159
Max Broad 6 3 11 0.2727 0.433 0.0763
Alexandra Rastad 2 2 8 0.25 0.5 0.0327
Anders Kuvaas Herting 2 2 8 0.25 0.5 0.0076