Benjamin Hoffman 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)GiveWell
Facebook username benjamin.r.hoffman
LinkedIn username benjaminrhoffman
Websitehttp://benjaminrosshoffman.com/
LessWrong usernameBenquo
Effective Altruism Forum usernameBenHoffman
Effective Altruism Hub usernameben-hoffman
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 5 100 2,686 3 3 3 100 100 100 100 1,000 1,000 12,229 12,229
AI safety 3 100 4,111 3 3 3 3 100 100 100 12,229 12,229 12,229 12,229
1 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Life sciences 1 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
AI safety (filter this donor) 3 1 12,332.00 100.00 0.00 3.00 12,229.00 0.00
Life sciences (filter this donor) 1 1 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000.00
(filter this donor) 1 1 100.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 3 13,432.00 100.00 100.00 3.00 12,229.00 1,000.00

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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 2017 2015 2014 2012
AI safety 3 1 12,332.00 100.00 3.00 12,229.00 0.00
Life sciences 1 1 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000.00
Classified total 4 2 13,332.00 100.00 3.00 12,229.00 1,000.00
Unclassified total 1 1 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 3 13,432.00 100.00 3.00 12,229.00 1,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 12,332.00 100.00 0.00 3.00 12,229.00 0.00
Brain Preservation Foundation (filter this donor) 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000.00
Donor lottery (filter this donor) 100.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 13,432.00 100.00 100.00 3.00 12,229.00 1,000.00

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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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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (6 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Why I am no longer supporting REACH2018-11-15Benjamin Hoffman Compass Rose Berkeley REACH Third-party case against donationRationality communityHoffman gives an update to his previous post (which was in support of REACH). Hoffman accuses REACH of banning a close friend of his without detailing the conduct that resulted in the ban or the evidence for the ban. REACH founder Sarah Spikes responds in comments.
Humans need places2018-04-19Benjamin Hoffman LessWrong Berkeley REACH Third-party case for donationRationality communityHoffman brings up REACH in the context of one of his older posts, “Why I am not a Quaker (even though it often seems as though I should be)”, and presents a case for funding REACH.
Claim explainer: donor lotteries and returns to scale2016-12-30Benjamin Hoffman LessWrong Donor lottery Miscellaneous commentaryHoffman explains donor lotteries, explaining both the "selfish" and "greater good" reasons for entering donor lotteries
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
CFAR - Second Impression and a Bleg2013-12-26Benjamin Hoffman Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementReview of CFAR along with suggestion that people donate to it for its fundraiser. Also links to official CFAR funding ask http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ (published after original version of post was published
A First Impression Review of the CFAR NY Workshop2013-11-04Benjamin Hoffman Center for Applied Rationality Evaluator review of doneeRationality improvementInitial impressions of CFAR workshop. See http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/cfar-second-thoughts-and-a-bleg/ for updated thoughts

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Machine Intelligence Research Institute100.0032017AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20170204024838/https://intelligence.org/topdonors/--
Donor lottery100.0032016-12-24--http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_a_stepbystep_guide_for_mall/--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute3.0052015AI safetyhttps://web.archive.org/web/20150507195856/https://intelligence.org/donortools/topdonors.php--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute12,229.0012014AI safetyhttp://archive.today/2014.10.10-021359/http://intelligence.org/topdonors/--
Brain Preservation Foundation1,000.0022012Life scienceshttps://archive.is/2018.04.06-190728/http://www.brainpreservation.org/donors/-- Donation given specifically to the Evaluation Fund.

Similarity to other donors

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