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 as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) 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 2019. See the about page for more details.

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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 URLhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/
Regularity with which donor updates donations datairregular
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: The funds are a program of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). Thecreation of the funds was inspired by the success of the EA Giving Group donor-advised fund run by Nick Beckstead, and also by the donor lottery run in December 2016 by Paul Christiano and Carl Shulman (see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/14d/donor_lotteries_demonstration_and_faq/ for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/174/introducing_the_ea_funds/ and launched on 2017-02-28 in the post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17v/ea_funds_beta_launch/ The first round of allocations was announced on 2017-04-20 at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/ The funds allocation information appears to have next been updated in November 2017; see https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1606722932717391/ for more

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: There are four EA Funds, each with its own focus area and own fund manager: Global Health and Development (Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell), Animal Welfare (Lewis Bollard of the Open Philanthropy Project), Long Term Future and EA Community (both managed by Nick Beckstead of the Open Philanthropy Project)

Notes on grant decision logistics: Grants are decided separately within each of the four funds, by the manager of that fund. Allocation of the money may take about a month after the grant decision. Fund managers generally allocate multiple grants together with a bunch of money collected over the last few months

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant details are published on the EA Funds website, and linked to from the page on the specific Fund. Grants allocated together are generally published together on a single page

Notes on grant financing: Finances for each of the funds are maintained separately: individual donors can donate to a specific fund, or to all funds in a specific proportion specified by them. Only money explicitly donated to a fund can be granted out from that fund. Other money of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is not granted out through the Funds

This entity is also a donee.

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 2018 2017
Global health (filter this donor) 2 2 1,831,126.00 1,500,000.00 331,126.00
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 33 26 1,080,000.00 900,000.00 180,000.00
Seasonal intracountry migration (filter this donor) 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 1 1 83,264.00 83,264.00 0.00
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 1 14,838.02 0.00 14,838.02
Total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02

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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 2018 2017
Global health/deworming 1 1 1,500,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming 19 17 690,000.00 690,000.00 0.00
Global health/malaria 1 1 331,126.00 0.00 331,126.00
Animal welfare 8 8 170,000.00 0.00 170,000.00
Animal welfare/wild-animal suffering 2 1 150,000.00 150,000.00 0.00
Seasonal intracountry migration 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 1 1 83,264.00 83,264.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free 2 2 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
AI safety/other global catastrophic risks 1 1 14,838.02 0.00 14,838.02
Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 1 1 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Classified total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 1,500,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 331,126.00 0.00 331,126.00
No Lean Season (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Wild-Animal Suffering Research (filter this donor) 150,000.00 150,000.00 0.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal (filter this donor) 90,000.00 70,000.00 20,000.00
Sentient Media (filter this donor) 85,000.00 85,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Sweden (filter this donor) 83,264.00 83,264.00 0.00
Sentience Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 80,000.00 80,000.00 0.00
Sinergia Animal (filter this donor) 70,000.00 70,000.00 0.00
ProVeg International (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
The Intercept (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Dharma Voices for Animals (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Encompass (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site 40,000.00 10,000.00 30,000.00
Compassion in World Farming USA (filter this donor) 40,000.00 30,000.00 10,000.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00
Effective Altruism Foundation (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Tw Site 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00
New Harvest (filter this donor) WP 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00
Animal Welfare Media (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00
Animal Nepal (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Rights Center of Japan (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Kingdom Foundation (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Asociación Para el Rescate Y Bienestar Animal (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Friends Jogja (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donor) AI safety/other global catastrophic risks Site TW 14,838.02 0.00 14,838.02
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Otwarte Klatki (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries (filter this donor) WP 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer 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.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017
Elie Hassenfeld 3 3 1,981,126.00 1,500,000.00 481,126.00
Lewis Bollard 33 26 1,080,000.00 900,000.00 180,000.00
Nick Beckstead 2 2 98,102.02 83,264.00 14,838.02
Classified total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

If you hover over a cell for a given country 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.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017
Bangladesh 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
United States 4 3 120,000.00 80,000.00 40,000.00
Brazil 3 1 90,000.00 70,000.00 20,000.00
Sweden 1 1 83,264.00 83,264.00 0.00
China 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Argentina|Brazil|Chile|Colombia 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Sri Lanka 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Taiwan 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Chile|Argentina|Colombia 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Indonesia 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Nepal 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Peru 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Philippines 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
South Korea 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Japan 1 1 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Germany 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Poland 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Classified total 22 18 803,264.00 573,264.00 230,000.00
Unclassified total 16 14 2,355,964.02 1,910,000.00 445,964.02
Total 38 31 3,159,228.02 2,483,264.00 675,964.02

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Update on Partnerships with External Donors2018-05-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Future Justice Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryCriminal justice reform,Animal welfareThe Open Philanthropy Project describes how it works with donors other than Good Ventures (the foundation under Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna that accounts for almost all Open Phil grantmaking). The blog post reiterates that the long-term goal is to inform many different funders, but that is not a short-term priority because the Open Philanthropy Project is not moving enoguh money to even achieve the total spend that Good Ventures is willing to go up to. The post mentions that Chloe Cockburn, the program officer for criminal justice reform, is working with other funders in criminal justice reform, and they have created a separate vehicle, the Accountable Justice Action Fund, to pool resources. Also, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, who previously worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, now have their own criminal justice-focused Future Justice Fund, and are getting help from Cockburn to allocate money from the fund. For causes outside of criminal justice reform, the role of Effective Altruism Funds (whose grantmaking is managed by Open Philanthropy Project staff members) is mentioned. Also, Lewis Bollard is said to have moved ~10% as much money through advice to other donors as he has moved through the Open Philanthropy Project
How to improve EA Funds2018-04-04Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismHenry Stanley echoes thoughts expressed in his previous post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1k9/ea_funds_hands_out_money_very_infrequently_should/ and argues for regular disbursement, holding funds in interest-bearing assets, and more clarity about fund manager bandwidth. Comments also discuss Effective Altruism Grants
Where, why and how I donated in 20172018-02-01Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global povertyKuhn describes his decision to allocate money between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year
EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried?2018-01-31Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismHenry Stanley expresses concern that the Effective Altruism Funds hands out money very infrequently. Commenters include Peter Hurford (who suggests a percentage-based approach), Elie Hassenfeld, the manager of the global health and development fund, and Evan Gaensbauer, a person well-connected in effective altruist social circles
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant2017-12-10Ben West Effective Altruism Facebook groupEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare,global health,AI risk,global catastrophic risks,effective altruismBen West, wondering whether to donate to the Effective Altruism Funds for his end-of-year donation, wonders whether the Funds are dormant, since no donations from the fund have been announced since April. In the comments, Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism reports that the Funds pages have been updated to include some recent donations, and West updates his post to note that
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 (38 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Bollard excited about expanding the farm animal advocacy movement in East Asia, and impressed by the group’s leader, Wu Hung, and heard positive things about the group from a number of people I trust. Grantee organization has made progress in securing labeling of eggs by method of production. Affected countries: Taiwan; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
ProVeg International50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Despite having a lot of cash and growing quickly, Bollard believes grantee has room for funding. Funding would help with an initiative to enter China. Affected countries: China; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Sinergia Animal50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Small budget ($100K/year) outside of funding from the Open Wing Alliance and this grant. Not prioritizing Open Phil funding due to the small size of the grant. Affected countries: Argentina|Brazil|Chile|Colombia; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for corporate campaigns in Brazil. Affected countries: Brazil; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Dharma Voices for Animals50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grantee is a Buddhist animal advocacy group that engages religious leaders in promoting veganism. This grant would support its new project in Sri Lanka, where ~70% of people are Theravada Buddhists and the group seems to have impressive connections. Bollard hopes that if this project succeeds, it could be replicated in Thailand or Myanmar, where ~90% of the population is Theravada Buddhist. Affected countries: Sri Lanka; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Asociación Para el Rescate Y Bienestar Animal20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for corporate campaigns in Peru. Grantee, though traditionally focused on non-farm animal work, recently participated in Open Wing Alliance training and is eager to launch corporate campaigns in Peru. It is constrained by a small budget (~$25K/year) and the grant is as large as Bollard thinks can usefully be absorbed. Affected countries: Peru; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Animal Rights Center of Japan20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grantee is the primary group working on factory farming in Japan. Grant amount is small because Bollard does not know much about the grantee. Affected countries: Japan; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Animal Friends Jogja20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant made based on suggestion by Chetana Mirle, the former director of Humane Society International’s farm animal work. Grant amount is small because Bollard does not know much about the grantee. Affected countries: Indonesia; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Animal Kingdom Foundation20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant made based on suggestion by Chetana Mirle, the former director of Humane Society International’s farm animal work. Grant amount is small because Bollard does not know much about the grantee. Affected countries: Philippines; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Animal Nepal20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grantee is the only group of its kind in its country, and Bollard has received two positive review. Grantee felt they could achieve a lot of $10K, but Bollard is taking a chance with $20K. Affected countries: Nepal; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth20,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Bollard wants grantee (CARE) to take advantage of the window of opportunity to push for animal welfare improvements, after http://koreabizwire.com/home-improvements-for-chickens-as-govt-pushes-for-better-factory-farming-standards/108738 -- recent announcements of animal welfare standards by the South Korean government. Affected countries: South Korea; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.67%.
Sentient Media85,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for new farm animal-focused media group. This will support the formation of a new group with the goal “to create and sustain salience and urgency about animal suffering and its causes, especially factory farming,” through generating more earned media. Bollard believes in the promise, similar to the success of The Marshall Project and Inside Climate News. The group is founded by Mikko Jarvenpaa, who has previously worked with the media industry as CEO of two startups (Infogram, Vuact) and has skin in the game — he’s funding most of the initial work himself. This grant will enable Mikko to rapidly scale up this group and sustain it for nine months — enough to validate the concept. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 11.30%.
The Intercept50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for video stories promoting awareness of factory farming. Grantee has recently produced some video series, such as https://theintercept.com/2018/03/02/consumers-are-revolting-against-animal-cruelty-so-the-poultry-industry-is-lobbying-for-laws-to-force-stores-to-sell-their-eggs/ and https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald/ Co-founder Glenn Greenwald seems committed. The funding is to produce three longer, deeply reported video stories on factory farming. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Animal Welfare Media25,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grantee produces ideos to promote awareness of factory farming. Bollard is impressed by Animal Welfare Media’s low cost ($12K/video) and reach (its prior farm video videos seem to have generated 500K-3M views each across platforms based on my count). Given $12K would cover printing and distributing ~40K leaflets in the most efficient programs, the viral videos could be equally cost-effective even if they were >10X less effective per view (even assuming everyone who gets a leaflet is a “view”). This grant will enable Animal Welfare Media to produce two videos focused on factory farming, likely one for Faunalytics and one for a more advocacy-focused group. I view this as a test for potential greater funding of this in future. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.33%.
Wild-Animal Suffering Research100,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant will provide continued support for the research of Persis Eskander, Ozy Brennan, and Georgia Ray into the subjective experiences of wild animals, and how we could improve them. Grant made for same reasons as outlined in previous writeup: https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOE. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.33%.
Sentience Institute70,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for building the EA animal movement. Bollard is impressed with grantee for: (1) generating relevant empirical data, like its survey on US opinion on factory farming and its compilation of global factory farming stats, (2) producing relevant case studies for EA animal advocates, e.g. on the British anti-slavery movement and the adoption of nuclear power, and (3) publishing thought pieces to advance ideas within EA circles, like Jacy’s recent post on prioritizing moral circle expansion over AI alignment. This sum is intended to be enough for the Sentience Institute to support one researcher for a year, though it has total discretion in how to use these funds. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 9.33%.
Encompass50,000.002018-04-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2ENqwtVsfWAw22eogwS4cGLewis Bollard Grant for building a more racially inclusive, equitable, and diverse farm animal movement. Grant made due to clear room for more funding, and to support somebody Bollard thinks highly of: Aryenish Birdie. Viewed as an exploratory grant till Bollard learns more about the area. Affected countries: United States; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative1,500,000.002018-04-30Global health/deworminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/6os9pZr9kcMaCgmMiUwMcUElie Hassenfeld Grant made for the same reasons as the GiveWell discretionary regrant https://blog.givewell.org/2018/04/06/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2017/ made concurrently. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Wild-Animal Suffering Research50,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard is happy with the way the April grant enabled Ozy Brennan, Persis Eskander, and Georgia Ray to launch Wild-Animal Suffering Research under the Effective Altruism Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 33.33%.
Compassion in World Farming USA30,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard is impressed with the track record of the grantee at corporate outreach, including the launch of EggTrack to push companies to fulfill cage-free pledges, and also has a high opinion of the leader, Leah Garces, and their focused approach. Open Phil already accounts for 50% of their budget, so will not fund more; moreover, its lack of an ACE recommendation and its welfarist focus mean it is unlikely to raise a lot of other money, hence the donation. Affected countries: United States; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.00%.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal20,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard is impressed with their success in securing cage-free policies throughout Latin America, including the success with the Latin American operations of Subway and Kraft-Heinz. Open Phil already accounts for 50% of their budget, so will not fund more for now, and is unlikely to make a major grant to it soon, and its other fundraising options are more consrained given the challenging fundraising environment of Brazil. Affected countries: Brazil; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.33%.
Sinergia Animal20,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard The grantee focuses on farm animal welfare through hard-hitting campaigns in Chile, Argentina, and Colombia. These countries are relatively neglected compared to Mexico and Brazil, but still have a huge number of farm animals. The new group is led by Carolina Macedo Galvani, whose work at the Fórum Nacional impressed Bollard, and in its first few months it helped secure a pledge from a Chilean restaurant company with 320 locations to eliminate cages and crates from its supply chain. Since it is outside the United States and relatively new, it would have trouble raising a lot of funds initially, so Bollard thinks this grant would be valuable to it. Affected countries: Chile|Argentina|Colombia; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.33%.
Sentience Institute10,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard The grantee has conducted a survey https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/animal-farming-attitudes-survey-2017 related to US attitudes toward farmed animals, that Bollard finds impressive, and it has immediate funding needs. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
The Humane League10,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard The grant is for grassroots campaigning and movement-building. Bollard is impressed with what the grantee has accomplished on this front, e.g., through the Open Wing Alliance. Not recommending more funding because he expects the funding gap to be mostly met. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
The Good Food Institute10,000.002018-01-14Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Bollard impressed with long-term goals of the grantee which he considers promising. Not recommending more because he expects that most of the funding gap will be filled. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%.
Effective Altruism Sweden83,264.002018-01-14Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1EjFHdfk3GmIeIaqquWgQINick Beckstead After the EA Grants Team made its selections, I discussed some applications that barely missed the cut with Will MacAskill. MacAskill recommended funding EA Sweden by Markus Anderljung given his track record of community-building at Cambridge and in Sweden, as well as a conversation that MacAskill had with Anderljung. Affected countries: Sweden; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
No Lean Season150,000.002017-10-17Seasonal intracountry migrationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/3xW9fK4U7YqMsKaQgGG8SoElie Hassenfeld Elie Hassenfeld recommended No Lean Season on 2017-09-27 after receiving a phone call from Karen Levy saying that No Lean Season had failed to raise funds to meet the unexpectedly high demand for money from borrowers. Hassenfeld recommended the grant amount because Levy told him that would enable the program to continue operating uninterrupted. This was before No Lean Season became a GiveWell top charity. Affected countries: Bangladesh; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation331,126.002017-06-27Global health/malariahttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/5usCuBFHQk2UcQ0WYOIUEkElie Hassenfeld Grant discussed at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/ along with reasoning, though the amount at the time was not the full amount (just $311,562). 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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
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; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.60%.
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; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.60%.
Animal Charity Evaluators10,000.002017-04-20Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttp://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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.60%.
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; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.60%.
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; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 16.67%.
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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 16.67%.
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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 16.67%.
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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 16.67%.
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; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 11.11%.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative14,838.022017-04AI safety/other global catastrophic riskshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/OzIQqsVacUKw0kEuaUGgINick Beckstead Grant discussed at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/19d/update_on_effective_altruism_funds/ along with reasoning. 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. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.

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
Michael Sesser 7 5 33 0.1515 0.3394 0.3853
Grace King 8 5 34 0.1471 0.3175 0.123
Saulius Šimčikas 8 5 34 0.1471 0.3175 0.0203
Max Broad 6 4 33 0.1212 0.2933 0.503
Michael Dickens 6 4 33 0.1212 0.2933 0.006
Catherine Low 7 4 34 0.1176 0.2715 0.2249
Vidur Kapur 7 4 34 0.1176 0.2715 0.2311
David Barry 9 4 36 0.1111 0.2395 0.2943
Denis Drescher 3 3 31 0.0968 0.3111 0.1212
Paulina Widmer 3 3 31 0.0968 0.3111 0.2087
Alfredo Parra 4 3 32 0.0938 0.2694 0.2525
Jay Feldman 5 3 33 0.0909 0.241 0.371
Josh Jacobson 5 3 33 0.0909 0.241 0.0245
Peter Hurford 29 5 55 0.0909 0.1668 0.0863
JP Addison 6 3 34 0.0882 0.22 0.1551
Oliver Base 6 3 34 0.0882 0.22 0.5389
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 3 43 0.0698 0.1391 0.1956
Arvind Raghavan 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.2101
Eli Nathan 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.1538
Harry Greenwell 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.2086
Joshua Kissel 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.0106
Jørgen Ljønes 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.9498
Max Carpendale 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.974
Nicholas Goldowsky-Dill 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.1538
peter janicki 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.8255
Will Hastings 2 2 31 0.0645 0.254 0.7061
Andrew Kokemoor 3 2 32 0.0625 0.2074 0.2309
Carol Thomas 3 2 32 0.0625 0.2074 0.2246
Catherine Hollander 3 2 32 0.0625 0.2074
Holly Elmore 3 2 32 0.0625 0.2074 0.3203