Brian Tomasik 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. See the about page for more details.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Foundational Research Institute
Facebook username brian.tomasik
LinkedIn username briantomasik
Websitehttp://briantomasik.com/
Donations URLhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/
Twitter usernamereducesuffering
Effective Altruism Hub usernamebrian-tomasik
GitHub usernameBrian-Tomasik
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 6 3 48,000.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 0.00
AI risk (filter this donor) 3 1 14,010.00 2,000.00 10.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00
Total 9 4 62,010.00 2,000.00 10.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Vegan Outreach (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Leafleting FB Tw WP Site 36,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI risk FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 14,010.00 2,000.00 10.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Charity evaluation FB Tw WP Site 12,000.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Natural Resources Defense Council (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 62,010.00 2,000.00 10.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00

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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 2015 2013 2012
Nick Cooney 2 2 24,000.00 0.00 12,000.00 12,000.00
Luke Muehlhauser 1 1 2,000.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00
Vegan Outreach 1 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 4 3 26,000.00 2,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00
Unclassified total 5 3 36,010.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 4 62,010.00 2,000.00 12,000.00 12,000.00

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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 donations in reverse chronological order (9 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Machine Intelligence Research Institute2,000.002015AI risk--Luke Muehlhauser Thank you for a helpful conversation with outgoing director Luke Muehlhauser; information conveyed via private communication and published with permission.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute10.002014AI risk---- Part of a donation drive; information conveyed via private communication and published with permission.
Animal Charity Evaluators12,000.002013Animal welfare/factory farming/charity evaluatorhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/Nick Cooney Called Effective Animal Activism (EAA) at the time; switch from Vegan Outreach to this was because of belief in higher leverage per dollar. Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.
Vegan Outreach12,000.002012Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/Nick Cooney Asked for donation to be used in online vegan ads research; inspired by conversation with Nick Cooney of The Humane League. Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.
Vegan Outreach12,000.002011Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/-- Same reasons as in 2010. Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.
Vegan Outreach12,000.002010Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/-- Stopped MIRI donations due to concern of insufficient suffering focus; excited about Vegan Outreach for long-term benefits of raising profile of animal suffering. Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute12,000.002009AI risk/suffering reductionhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/-- Donation earmarked for suffering reduction work that woud not have happened counterfactually; at the time, the organization was called the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI). Employer match: Microsoft matched 12,000.00.
Vegan Outreach--2005Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/Vegan Outreach Monthly donations from 2005 to 2007.
Natural Resources Defense Council--2004Animal welfare/environmentalismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/-- Donations to this and similar organizations environmentalist orgs; belief that environment/natural preservation is related to animal welfare; since repudiated.

Similarity to other donors

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
Kyle Bogosian 2 2 4 0.5 0.7071 0.3479
Marcello Herreshoff 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Mick Porter 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Michal Pokorný 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Michael Sadowsky 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Michael Dickens 6 2 8 0.25 0.4082 0.027
Michael Cohen 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Michael Blume 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Max Kesin 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Mathieu Roy 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Mikko Rauhala 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Luke Stebbing 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Leif K-Brooks 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Kevin Fischer 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Joshua Fox 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Jonathan Weissman 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
John Salvatier 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Loren Merritt 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Misha Gurevich 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Nhat Anh Phan 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Nicolas Tarleton 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Paul Rhodes 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Peter Scott 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Phil Hazelden 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Robin Powell 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Sam Eisenstat 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Scott Dickey 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Scott Siskind 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Scott Worley 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463
Sebastian Hagen 1 1 4 0.25 0.5 0.3463