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; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check 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.
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (no scripts used)|
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|
|AI risk (filter this donor)||4||1||50,050.00||25,050.00||15,000.00||10,000.00|
|(filter this donor)||1||1||5,000.00||5,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area 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.
|Subcause area||Number of donations||Number of donees||Total||2017||2016||2015|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor)||AI risk||FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW||50,050.00||25,050.00||15,000.00||10,000.00|
|Donor lottery (filter this donor)||5,000.00||5,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ||2016-12-07||Carl Shulman||Effective Altruism Forum||Timothy 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 case||Carl Shulman announces a donor lottery coordinated/sponsored by Paul Christiano, and provides a FAQ discussing questions people might have for participating in the lottery|
|SIAI - An Examination||2011-05-02||Brandon Reinhart||LessWrong||Brandon Reinhart||Machine Intelligence Research Institute||Evaluator review of donee||AI risk||Post discussing initial investigation into the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), the former name of Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), with the intent of deciding whether to donate. Final takeaway is that it was a worthy donation target, though no specific donation is announced in the post. See http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/5fo/siai_fundraising/ for an earlier draft of the post (along with a number of comments that were incorporated into the official version)|
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||5,000.00||AI risk||https://web.archive.org/web/20170627074344/https://intelligence.org/topcontributors/||--|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||20,050.00||AI risk||https://web.archive.org/web/20170204024838/https://intelligence.org/topdonors/||--|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||15,000.00||AI risk||https://web.archive.org/web/20160717181643/https://intelligence.org/donortools/topdonors.php||--|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||10,000.00||AI risk||https://web.archive.org/web/20150117213932/https://intelligence.org/donortools/topdonors.php||--||Major donor to MIRI in 2015; see also 2011 LessWrong post announcing reasoning for first MIRI donation: http://lesswrong.com/lw/5il/siai_an_examination/.|
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|
|Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative||1||1||2||0.5||0.7071||0.995|
|Cliff & Stephanie Hyra||1||1||2||0.5||0.7071||0.995|