Effective Altruism Funds 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 Kingdom
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for Effective Altruism
Websitehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/
Donations URLhttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/

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
Global health (filter this donor) 1 1 311,562.00 311,562.00
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 9 9 180,000.00 180,000.00
AI risk (filter this donor) 1 1 14,838.02 14,838.02
Total 11 11 506,400.02 506,400.02

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017
Against Malaria Foundation Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 311,562.00 311,562.00
Animal Equality FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 30,000.00
Effective Altruism Foundation 30,000.00 30,000.00
New Harvest WP 30,000.00 30,000.00
The Humane League Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 30,000.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal 20,000.00 20,000.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative AI risk/other global catastrophic risks Site 14,838.02 14,838.02
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries WP 10,000.00 10,000.00
Animal Charity Evaluators Animal welfare/Charity evaluation FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 10,000.00
Compassion in World Farming USA 10,000.00 10,000.00
Otwarte Klatki 10,000.00 10,000.00
Total -- -- 506,400.02 506,400.02

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (4 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Discussion: Adding New Funds to EA Funds2017-06-01Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismKerry Vaughan of Effective Altruism Funds discusses the alternatives being considered regarding expanding the number of funds, and asks readers for opinions
Update on Effective Altruism Funds2017-04-20Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismKerry Vaughan provides a progress report on the beta launch of EA Funds, and says it will go on beyond beta. The post includes information on reception of EA Funds so far, money donated to the funds, and fund allocations for the money donated so far
EA Funds Beta Launch2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds LaunchAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismTara MacAulay of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), the parent of Effective Altruism Funds, describes the beta launch of the project. CEA will revisit within three months to decide whether to make the EA Funds permanent
Introducing the EA Funds2017-02-09William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds LaunchAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismWilliam MacAskill of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) proposes EA Funds, inspired by the Shulman/Christiano donor lottery from 2016-12, while also incorporating elements of the EA Giving Group run by Nick Beckstead

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (11 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
The Humane League30,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Bollard describes how grantee is a promising organization that played a major role in US corporate campaigns for chicken welfare. Open Phil accounts for 50% of funding, so Open Phil may choose to not donate more due to dependence concerns. Affected countries: United States.
Animal Equality30,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Bollard notes that grantee does grassroots activism, corporate campaigning, and undercover investigations across Europe, the Americas, and India. Bollard is impressed based on constant updating on evidence: moving from farm animal welfare work to a focus on corporate campaigns. Also impressed with co-founders.
New Harvest30,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grantee is a clean meat research group. Unlike The Good Food Institute, it may not attract enough in funding from big donors like Open Phil. Grant partly because Bollard believes that the funds invested right now will determine the pace of progress in the next 20-50 years.
Effective Altruism Foundation30,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grant will fund research on the welfare of wild animals done by researchers Ozy Brennan and Persis Eskander, which internal changes at EAF have resulted in a loss of funding for. Bollard is impressed with their recent research, which focuses on foundational questions like the best scientific methods for measuring the wellbeing of wild animals, and relatively non-controversial potential interventions, like more humane methods of pest control.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal20,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grantee is Brazil’s largest animal protection network with 120+ affiliated NGOs (mainly companion animal groups). Open Phil accounts for 50% of funding, so Open Phil may choose to not donate more due to dependence concerns. Affected countries: Brazil.
Compassion in World Farming USA10,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grantee has played a role in recent US corporate campaigns for chicken welfare. Open Phil accounts for 50% of funding, so Open Phil may choose to not donate more due to dependence concerns. Affected countries: United States.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries10,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grantee has played a role in corporate campaigns in Germany. Grantee has medium-term funding needs. Affected countries: Germany.
Animal Charity Evaluators10,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Bollard likes the work that ACE does to build a more effective farm animal movement through research, charity recommendations, and outreach to donors, researchers, and advocates. After recommending the grant, Bolalrd became more confident that funding gaps of grantee would be met and so is less likely to recommend for further grants.
Otwarte Klatki10,000.002017-04-20Animal welfarehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Lewis Bollard Grantee achieved corporate reforms in tough political environment on small budget. Has medium-term funding needs. Affected countries: Poland.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative14,838.022017-04-20AI risk/other global catastrophic riskshttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Nick Beckstead Grantee approached Nick Beckstead with a grant proposal asking for 50000 USD. Beckstead provided all the money donated already from the far future fund, and made up the remainder via the EA Giving Group and some personal funds.
Against Malaria Foundation311,562.002017-04-20Global health/malariahttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/Elie Hassenfeld Grant to AMF because Hassenfeld believes it is the highest expected value opportunity in the domain. Also, all funding opportunities in GiveWell Incubation Grants have been fully met to his satisfaction, so no need to use this fund for that money. Hassenfeld is allocating the money immediately as he does not expect the situation to change over the next six months.

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 18 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
Michael Dickens 6 3 14 0.2143 0.3693 0.0043
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 8 2 17 0.1176 0.2132 0.0139
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 14 2 23 0.0870 0.1612 0.6705
Sophie Monahan 2 1 12 0.0833 0.2132
GiveWell discretionary regranting 2 1 12 0.0833 0.2132 0.9708
Holden Karnofsky 4 1 14 0.0714 0.1508
Brian Tomasik 4 1 14 0.0714 0.1508 0.0093
Peter Hurford 19 2 28 0.0714 0.1383 0.0998
Josh Rosenberg 4 1 14 0.0714 0.1508
Haseeb Qureshi 4 1 14 0.0714 0.1508 0.4692
Neil Sinhababu 5 1 15 0.0667 0.1348 0.5567
Alexander Berger 5 1 15 0.0667 0.1348
Pablo Stafforini 21 2 30 0.0667 0.1316 0.0242
Elie Hassenfeld 6 1 16 0.0625 0.1231
Ben Kuhn 8 1 18 0.0556 0.1066 0.0058
Aaron Gertler 11 1 21 0.0476 0.0909 0.5303
Open Philanthropy Project 155 6 160 0.0375 0.1453 0.009
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities 18 1 28 0.0357 0.0711 0.6063