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.

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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)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

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

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Vegan Outreach 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 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 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 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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (9 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerEmployer matchNotes
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 Cooney12,000.00Called Effective Animal Activism (EAA) at the time; switch from Vegan Outreach to this was because of belief in higher leverage per dollar
Vegan Outreach12,000.002012Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/Nick Cooney12,000.00Asked for donation to be used in online vegan ads research; inspired by conversation with Nick Cooney of The Humane League
Vegan Outreach12,000.002011Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/--12,000.00Same reasons as in 2010
Vegan Outreach12,000.002010Animal welfare/diet change/veganismhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/--12,000.00Stopped MIRI donations due to concern of insufficient suffering focus; excited about Vegan Outreach for long-term benefits of raising profile of animal suffering
Machine Intelligence Research Institute12,000.002009AI risk/suffering reductionhttp://reducing-suffering.org/my-donations-past-and-present/--12,000.00Donation 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)
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