Ben Kuhn donations made

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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

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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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
(filter this donor) 12 7 120,453.00 60,000.00 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 0.00 280.00
Total 14 9 120,733.00 60,000.00 26,000.00 18,333.00 10,000.00 6,400.00

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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 2013
Global health/malaria 1 1 200.00 200.00
Global health/deworming 1 1 80.00 80.00
Classified total 2 2 280.00 280.00
Unclassified total 12 7 120,453.00 6,120.00
Total 14 9 120,733.00 6,400.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund (filter this donor) 46,000.00 46,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site TW 27,400.00 1,400.00 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 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell top charities (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 17,600.00 12,600.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics (filter this donor) 6,333.00 0.00 0.00 6,333.00 0.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 1,120.00 0.00 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 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 0.00 80.00
Total -- -- 120,733.00 60,000.00 26,000.00 18,333.00 10,000.00 6,400.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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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 11 8 85,733.00 1,000.00 8,333.00
Total 14 9 120,733.00 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 (4 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Where, why and how I donated in 20172018-02-01Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global povertyKuhn describes his decision to allocate money between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year
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 80,000 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
CFAR workshop review2013-07-01Ben Kuhn Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of workshop attended; credence in workshop being actually valuable rose significantly

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (14 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell1,400.002017-12-30--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/-- See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2017 for more context.
GiveWell top charities12,600.002017-12-30--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/-- See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2017 for more context.
Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund46,000.002017-12-28--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/-- See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2017 for more context. Employer match: Wave matched 10,000.00.
GiveDirectly1,000.002016-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveWell top charities5,000.002016-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 for more context.
EA Giving Group20,000.002016-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/Nick Beckstead See https://www.benkuhn.net/giving-2016 for more context. Employer match: Wave matched 10,000.00.
GiveWell10,000.002015-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/GiveWell Employer match: Wave matched 10,000.00.
Charity Entrepreneurship2,000.002015-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Effective Altruism Policy Analytics6,333.002015-06-07--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/-- See https://www.benkuhn.net/eapa for more context.
GiveWell10,000.002014-12-31--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveWell6,000.002013-11-22--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
GiveDirectly120.002013-07-06--https://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative80.002013-07-06Global health/deworminghttps://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--
Against Malaria Foundation200.002013-07-06Global health/malariahttps://www.benkuhn.net/ea/--

Similarity to other donors

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