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.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Facebook username ben.s.kuhn
LinkedIn username benskuhn
Donations URL
Twitter usernamebenskuhn
LessWrong usernamebenkuhn
Effective Altruism Hub usernameben-kuhn
GitHub usernamebenkuhn

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

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 donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2016 2015 2014 2013
GiveWell 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 Existential risk/far future/trajectory improvement Site 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics 6,333.00 0.00 6,333.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell top charities Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 5,000.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship 2,000.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 1,120.00 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 120.00
Against Malaria Foundation Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200.00
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative 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

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 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 areaURLInfluencerEmployer matchNotes
GiveWell top charities5,000.002016-12-31-- for more context
EA Giving Group20,000.002016-12-31-- Beckstead10,000.00See for more context
Charity Entrepreneurship2,000.002015-12-31--
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics6,333.002015-06-07--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative80.002013-07-06Global health/deworming
Against Malaria Foundation200.002013-07-06Global health/malaria