Ben West donations made

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Basic donor information

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Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 1 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800 5,800

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness (filter this donor) 1 1 5,800.00
Total 1 1 5,800.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 1 1 5,800.00
Classified total 1 1 5,800.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00
Total 1 1 5,800.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total
Carrick Flynn for Congress (filter this donor) 5,800.00
Total -- -- 5,800.00

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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
Andrew Snyder-Beattie 1 1 5,800.00
Classified total 1 1 5,800.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00
Total 1 1 5,800.00

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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 doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
How frequently do ACE and Open Phil agree about animal charities? (GW, IR)2019-12-17Ben West Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming International Animal Ethics Faunalytics Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfareBen West compares the grantees of the Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil) in its focus area of farm animal welfare against the charities recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE). He finds a substantial overlap: Open Phil has made grants to all charities that ACE has ever given top charity status, about half of the charities ACE has ever given standout charity status, and only one charity that ACE reviewed but did not recommend. Also, "5% of the charities ACE did an "exploratory" review of received a grant, as did 3% of the ones they "considered" but did not review." A spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NRSVnSgg33vtOByfYwCFhB6VrytZGYeJ/edit with the data is linked. The post also notes: "Three charities which were named “Standout Charities” by ACE but did not receive Open Phil grants did receive grants from the Centre for Effective Altruism’s Animal Welfare Fund (Animal Ethics, Faunalytics, and Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira)."
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant2017-12-10Ben West Effective Altruism Facebook groupEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismBen West, wondering whether to donate to the Effective Altruism Funds for his end-of-year donation, wonders whether the Funds are dormant, since no donations from the fund have been announced since April. In the comments, Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism reports that the Funds pages have been updated to include some recent donations, and West updates his post to note that

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 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 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Carrick Flynn for Congress5,800.0012022-02-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention?commentId=MdasAWLWhPjzhLAtc (GW, IR)Andrew Snyder-Beattie Donor reason for selecting the donee: The announcement of the donation by Ben West is on Andrew Snyder-Beattie's post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) advocating that people donate to the cause. The comment says: "I also donated $5,800. Thanks Andrew for making this post – this seems like a somewhat rare opportunity for <$10k donations to be unusually impactful." This suggests that West was influenced by some of the reasons articulated in the post.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Donations to United States political campaigns are limited to $2,900 per donor per campaign. The limit applies separately to the primary and the general election, resulting in an effective limit of $5,800.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of https://www.carrickflynnfororegon.com/ (the political campaign). The comment announcing the donation happens shortly before the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) is published.

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