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. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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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). The creation 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 managers: Global Health and Development (Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell), Animal Welfare (Lewis Bollard of the Open Philanthropy Project as Chair, Toni Adleberg of Animal Charity Evaluators, Natalie Cargill of Effective Giving, and Jamie Spurgeon of Animal Charity Evaluators), Long Term Future (Matt Fallshaw as Chair, Oliver Habryka, Helen Toner, Matt Wage, and Alex Zhu; Nick Beckstead and Jonas Vollmer serve as advisors), and EA Community (also known as EA Meta) (Luke Ding as Chair, Alex Foster, Tara Mac Aulay, Denise Melchin, and Matt Wage; Nick Beckstead serves as advisor)

Notes on grant decision logistics: Grants are decided separately within each of the four funds, by the managers 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. For all funds except the Gloabl Health and Development Fund, the target months for making grant decisions are November, February, and June. For the Global Health and Development Fund, the target months are December, March and July. Actual grant decision months may be one or two months later than the target 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.

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 125 30,000 74,022 1,000 10,000 17,900 20,000 25,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 1,500,000
Animal welfare 66 30,000 46,530 1,000 10,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 80,000 500,000
AI safety 20 30,000 50,412 4,500 10,000 14,838 20,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 488,994
Rationality community 3 20,000 25,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Effective altruism 18 45,000 70,363 10,000 10,000 15,000 16,000 18,000 45,000 56,061 80,000 91,450 170,000 393,939
Cause prioritization 5 18,000 53,707 10,000 10,000 10,000 14,000 14,000 18,000 18,000 64,000 64,000 162,537 162,537
Charity incubation 1 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000 14,000
Forecasting 3 70,000 53,333 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 1 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250 26,250
Rationality improvement 4 30,000 95,505 28,000 28,000 28,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 150,000 150,000 174,021 174,021 174,021
Seasonal intracountry migration 1 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Global health 2 331,126 915,563 331,126 331,126 331,126 331,126 331,126 331,126 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Global health and development 1 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

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 2019 2018 2017
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 66 50 3,071,000.00 445,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00
Global health (filter this donor) 2 2 1,831,126.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 331,126.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 18 11 1,266,532.00 470,000.00 796,532.00 0.00
AI safety (filter this donor) 20 17 1,008,232.02 428,900.00 564,494.00 14,838.02
Global health and development (filter this donor) 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 4 3 382,021.00 208,000.00 174,021.00 0.00
Cause prioritization (filter this donor) 5 5 268,537.00 92,000.00 176,537.00 0.00
Forecasting (filter this donor) 3 2 160,000.00 140,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Seasonal intracountry migration (filter this donor) 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00
Rationality community (filter this donor) 3 3 75,000.00 70,000.00 5,000.00 0.00
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness (filter this donor) 1 1 26,250.00 26,250.00 0.00 0.00
Charity incubation (filter this donor) 1 1 14,000.00 0.00 14,000.00 0.00
Total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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 2019 2018 2017
Global health/deworming 1 1 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming 32 28 1,285,000.00 265,000.00 1,020,000.00 0.00
Global health and development 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety 10 7 747,394.00 182,900.00 564,494.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 7 4 684,264.00 120,000.00 564,264.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator 2 1 510,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 10,000.00
Animal welfare/wild-animal suffering 7 5 390,000.00 100,000.00 290,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth/career counseling 4 1 382,268.00 170,000.00 212,268.00 0.00
Rationality improvement 4 3 382,021.00 208,000.00 174,021.00 0.00
Global health/malaria 1 1 331,126.00 0.00 0.00 331,126.00
Cause prioritization 5 5 268,537.00 92,000.00 176,537.00 0.00
Animal welfare 10 10 230,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 170,000.00
Forecasting 3 2 160,000.00 140,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/Cause prioritization 3 1 160,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00
Seasonal intracountry migration 1 1 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00
Effective altruism/talent pipeline 2 2 98,000.00 98,000.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety/deconfusion research 3 3 90,000.00 90,000.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety/forecasting 3 3 77,000.00 77,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives/surveys 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Rationality community 3 3 75,000.00 70,000.00 5,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pig 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/charity incubation 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/long-termism 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free 2 2 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
AI safety/content creation/video 1 1 39,000.00 39,000.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism/fundraising 2 2 32,000.00 32,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 3 3 31,000.00 0.00 31,000.00 0.00
Classified total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Innovation in Government Initiative (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 578,994.00 50,000.00 528,994.00 0.00
Founders Pledge (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 519,939.00 110,000.00 409,939.00 0.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator FB Tw WP Site TW 510,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 10,000.00
80,000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 382,268.00 170,000.00 212,268.00 0.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 331,126.00 0.00 0.00 331,126.00
Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 324,021.00 150,000.00 174,021.00 0.00
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 250,000.00 90,000.00 160,000.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 233,598.00 0.00 233,598.00 0.00
Wild-Animal Suffering Research (filter this donor) 180,000.00 0.00 180,000.00 0.00
Sinergia Animal (filter this donor) 155,000.00 85,000.00 70,000.00 0.00
No Lean Season (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 140,000.00 100,000.00 10,000.00 30,000.00
Lucius Caviola (filter this donor) 130,000.00 130,000.00 0.00 0.00
Encompass (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Foretold (filter this donor) 90,000.00 70,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 90,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 20,000.00
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 89,000.00 0.00 89,000.00 0.00
Sentient Media (filter this donor) 85,000.00 0.00 85,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Sweden (filter this donor) 83,264.00 0.00 83,264.00 0.00
Sentience Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 80,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00
Essere Animali (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Action Lab (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Animal Ethics (filter this donor) WP 70,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00
Faunalytics (filter this donor) 70,000.00 50,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Metaculus (filter this donor) 70,000.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00
Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 64,000.00 64,000.00 0.00 0.00
Ought (filter this donor) AI safety Site 60,000.00 50,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira (filter this donor) 60,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00
Utility Farm (filter this donor) Wild animal suffering Site 60,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00
The Intercept (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Wild Animal Initiative (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Vegans of Shanghai (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Animal Liberation Translation Fund (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
ProVeg International (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Dharma Voices for Animals (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Cellular Agriculture Society (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Kocherga (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Bangladesh Animal Welfare Society (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Anima International (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Charles He (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Compassion in World Farming USA (filter this donor) Animal welfare/corporate campaigns FB Tw Site 40,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 10,000.00
Shahar Avin (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Robert Miles (filter this donor) 39,000.00 39,000.00 0.00 0.00
New Harvest (filter this donor) WP 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
Tegan McCaslin (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Nikhil Kunapuli (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
Alex Turner (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Eli Tyre (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Andrzej Skowron (filter this donor) 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Foundation (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Tw Site 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
David Girardo (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Anand Srinivasan (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Russia (filter this donor) 28,000.00 28,000.00 0.00 0.00
Jacob Lagerros (filter this donor) 27,000.00 27,000.00 0.00 0.00
Tessa Alexanian (filter this donor) 26,250.00 26,250.00 0.00 0.00
Obraz (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
AI Safety Camp (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Media (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
Vege Project (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
AI summer school (filter this donor) 21,000.00 0.00 21,000.00 0.00
Animal Nepal (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Rights Center of Japan (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Lauren Lee (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00
Asociación Para el Rescate Y Bienestar Animal (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Kingdom Foundation (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Carmen Tong (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Friends Jogja (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Connor Flexman (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00
Hong Kong Veg Society (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
One Planet (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Modern Agriculture Foundation (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Geneva (filter this donor) 18,000.00 18,000.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Norway (filter this donor) 18,000.00 18,000.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Zürich (filter this donor) 17,900.00 17,900.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Netherlands (filter this donor) 17,000.00 17,000.00 0.00 0.00
One for the World (filter this donor) 15,000.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donor) AI safety/other global catastrophic risks Site TW 14,838.02 0.00 0.00 14,838.02
Global Priorities Institute (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 14,000.00 0.00 14,000.00 0.00
Let's Fund (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
The Life You Can Save (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth/fundraising FB Tw Site 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Raising for Effective Giving (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Orpheus Lummis (filter this donor) 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
Otwarte Klatki (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries (filter this donor) Animal welfare WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Berkeley REACH (filter this donor) Rationality community FB Site 5,000.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00
AI Safety Unconference (filter this donor) 4,500.00 0.00 4,500.00 0.00
CellAG UK (filter this donor) 1,000.00 0.00 1,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02

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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 2019 2018 2017
Lewis Bollard 48 39 2,285,000.00 0.00 2,105,000.00 180,000.00
Elie Hassenfeld 3 3 1,981,126.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 481,126.00
Nick Beckstead 9 7 1,540,922.02 0.00 1,526,084.00 14,838.02
James Snowden 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Natalie Cargill|Toni Adleberg|Jamie Spurgeon|Lewis Bollard 18 16 786,000.00 445,000.00 341,000.00 0.00
Oliver Habryka|Alex Zhu|Matt Wage|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw 15 15 649,000.00 649,000.00 0.00 0.00
Luke Ding|Alex Foster|Denise Melchin|Matt Wage|Tara MacAulay 18 16 641,000.00 512,000.00 129,000.00 0.00
Matt Wage|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Alex Zhu|Oliver Habryka 4 4 166,250.00 166,250.00 0.00 0.00
Alex Zhu|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Matt Wage|Oliver Habryka 5 5 95,500.00 0.00 95,500.00 0.00
Alex Zhu|Matt Wage|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Oliver Habryka 3 3 90,000.00 90,000.00 0.00 0.00
Helen Toner|Matt Wage|Matt Fallshaw|Alex Zhu|Oliver Habryka 1 1 17,900.00 17,900.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02

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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 2019 2018 2017
United States 6 4 210,000.00 40,000.00 130,000.00 40,000.00
Bangladesh 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 150,000.00
Brazil 4 2 150,000.00 0.00 130,000.00 20,000.00
United Kingdom 2 2 101,000.00 100,000.00 1,000.00 0.00
China 2 2 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Brazil|Chile|Colombia|Argentina 1 1 85,000.00 85,000.00 0.00 0.00
Sweden 1 1 83,264.00 0.00 83,264.00 0.00
Italy 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Sri Lanka 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Argentina|Brazil|Chile|Colombia 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Taiwan 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
China|Brazil 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Russia 1 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Japan 2 2 45,000.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00
Poland 2 2 40,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 10,000.00
United Kingdom|Denmark|Norway|Poland|Ukraine|Lithuania|Estonia|Belarus|Russia 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Hong Kong 2 2 40,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00
Czech Republic 1 1 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
Chile|Argentina|Colombia 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Ukraine 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Nepal 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
South Korea 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Philippines 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Peru 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Israel 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Indonesia 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Netherlands 1 1 17,000.00 17,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 42 35 1,631,264.00 382,000.00 1,019,264.00 230,000.00
Unclassified total 83 61 7,621,434.02 2,498,150.00 4,677,320.00 445,964.02
Total 125 94 9,252,698.02 2,880,150.00 5,696,584.00 675,964.02

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (23 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Thoughts on the EA Hotel2019-04-25Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds EA Hotel Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingWith permission from Greg Colbourn of the EA Hotel, Habryka publicly posts the feedback he sent to the EA Hotel, who was rejected from the April 2019 funding round by the Long Term Future Fund. Habryka first lists three reasons he is excited about the Hotel: (a) Providing a safety net, (b) Acting on historical interest, (c) Building high-dedication cultures. He articulates three concrete models of concerns: (1) Initial overeagerness to publicize the EA Hotel (a point he now believes is mostly false, based on Greg Colbourn's response), (2) Significant chance of the EA Hotel culture becoming actively harmful for residents, (3) No good candidate to take charge of long-term logistics of running the hotel. Habryka concludes by saying he thinks all his concerns can be overcome. At the moment, he thinks the hotel should be funded for the next year, but is unsure of whether they should be given money to buy the hotel next door. The comment replies include one by Greg Colbourn, giving his backstory on the media attention (re: (1)) and discussing the situation with (2) and (3). There are also other replies, including one from casebash, who stayed at the hotel for a significant time
This is the most substantial round of grant recommendations from the EA Long-Term Future Fund to date, so it is a good opportunity to evaluate the performance of the Fund after changes to its management structure in the last year2019-04-17Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Third-party coverage of donor strategyGlobal catastrophic risks/AI safety/far futureEvan Gaensbauer reviews the grantmaking of the Long Term Future Fund since the management structure change in 2018 (with Nick Beckstead leaving). He uses the jargon "counterfactually unique" for grant recommendations that, without the Long-Term Future Fund, individual donors nor larger grantmakers like the Open Philanthropy Project would have identified or funded. Based on that measure, he calculates that 20 of 23, or 87%, grant recommendations, worth $673,150 of $923,150, or ~73% of the money to be disbursed, are counterfactually unique. After excluding the grants that people have expressed serious concerns about in the comments, he says: "16 of 23, or 69.5%, of grants, worth $535,150 of $923,150, or ~58%, of the money to be disbursed, are counterfactually unique and fit into a more conservative, risk-averse approach that would have ruled out more uncertain or controversial successful grant applicants." He calls these numbers "an extremely significant improvement in the quality and quantity of unique opportunities for grantmaking the Long-Term Future Fund has made since a year ago." and considers the grants and the grant report an overall success. In a reply comment, Milan Griffes thanks him for the comment, which he calls an "audit"
You received almost 100 applications as far as I'm aware, but were able to fund only 23 of them. Some other projects were promising according to you, but you didn't have time to vet them all. What other reasons did you have for rejecting applications?2019-04-08Risto Uuk Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Third-party coverage of donor strategyThe question by Risto Uuk is answered by Oliver Habryka giving the typical factors that might cause the Long Term Future Fund to reject an application. Of the factors listed, one that generates a lot of discussion is when the fund managers have no way of assessing the applicant without investing significant amounts of time, beyond what they have available. This is considered concerning because it creates a bias toward grantees who are better networked and known to the funders. The need for grant amounts that are big enough to justify the overhead costs leads to further discussion of the overhead costs of the marginal and average grant. Conversation participants include Oliver Habryka, Peter Hurford, Ben Kuhn, Michelle Hutchinson, Jonas Vollmer, John Maxwell IV, Jess Whittlestone, Milan Griffes, Evan Gaensbauer, and others
Major Donation: Long Term Future Fund Application Extended 1 Week2019-02-16Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risksThe blog post announces that the EA Long-Term Future Fund has received a large donation, which doubles the amount of money available for granting to ~$1.2 million. It extends the deadline for applications at at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDTbCDbnIN11vcgHM3DKq6M0cZ3itAy5GIPK17uvTXcz8ZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link by 1 week, to 2019-02-24 midnight PST. The application form was previously annonced at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/oFeGLaJ5bZBBRbjC9/ea-funds-long-term-future-fund-is-open-to-applications-until and supposed to be open till 2019-02-07 for the February 2019 round of grants. Cross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ZKsSuxHWNGiXJBJ9Z/major-donation-long-term-future-fund-application-extended-1
My 2018 donations2019-01-20Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Effective Altruism Funds Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund GiveWell GiveWell top charities Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentKuhn describes his decision to allocate his donation amount ($70,000, calculated as 50% of his income for the year) between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses how he has been out of the loop of the latest developments in effective altruism, which is part of the reason his grants for this year are so boring. However, he is happy with recent management changes and increased grantmaking activity from the Effective Altruism Funds, and they are currently his default choice of where to allocate money from his donor-advised fund in 2019, if he does not find a better donation target. Kuhn also discusses some logistical aspects of his donation, such as: need to make some of his 2018 donations in 2019 and use of the donor-advised fund to channel his donation to GiveWell
EA Funds: Long-Term Future fund is open to applications until Feb. 7th2019-01-17Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risksCross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/dvGE8JSeFHtmHC6Gb/ea-funds-long-term-future-fund-is-open-to-applications-until The post seeks proposals for the Long-Term Future Fund. Proposals must be submitted by 2019-02-07 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDTbCDbnIN11vcgHM3DKq6M0cZ3itAy5GIPK17uvTXcz8ZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link to be considered for the round of grants being announced mid-February. From the application, excerpted in the post: "We are particularly interested in small teams and individuals that are trying to get projects off the ground, or that need less money than existing grant-making institutions are likely to give out (i.e. less than ~$100k, but more than $10k). Here are a few examples of project types that we're open to funding an individual or group for (note that this list is not exhaustive)"
EA Meta Fund: we are open to applications2019-01-05Denise Melchin Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsEffective altruismThe post announces the existence of a form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeID5kjD9zsvlwgqB3hlX54EINg6_pY6sYl4hm7s-bYuDGiwA/viewform through which one can apply for consideration for receiving a grant from the EA Meta Fund. Submissions made by midnight GMT on January 20 will be considered for the grant distribution to be announced in mid-February, but applications made after this date will be considered for future rounds
EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 20182018-12-19Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Donee AMAEffective altruismThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Effective Altruism Meta Fund. The questions and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including alexherwix, Luke Muehlhauser, Tee Barnett,and Peter Hurford. Answers are provided by Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, and Alex Foster, three of the five people managing the fund. The other two, Luke Ding and Tara MacAulay, do not post any comment replies, but are referenced in some of the replies. The questions include how the meta fund sees its role, how much time they expect to spend allocating grants, what sort of criteria they use for evaluating opportunities, and what data inform their decisions
Animal Welfare Fund AMA2018-12-19Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Donee AMAAnimal welfareThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Animal Welfare Fund. The questions and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including Tee Barnett, Peter Hurford, Halstead, Josh You, and Kevin Watkinson. Answers are provided by Lewis Bollard, Jamie Spurgeon, and Natalie Cargill, three of the four managers of the fund. The fourth manager, Toni Adleberg, does not particulate directly, but is referenced in the other answers. Questions cover the risks of lack of diversity due to dominance by Open Philanthropy Project and Animal Charity Evaluators, learning plans from the seemingly "hits-based giving" approach, the relation with the Effective Animal Advocacy Fund managed by ACE, the amount of time spent evaluating grants, criteria for evaluating grants, and research that would help the team.
Long-Term Future Fund AMA2018-12-18Helen Toner Oliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Fallshaw Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Donee AMAAI safety|Global catastrophic risksThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Long-Term Future Find. The question and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including Luke Muehlhauser, Josh You, Peter Hurford, Alex Foster, and Robert Jones. Fund managers Oliver Habryka, Matt Fallshaw, Helen Toner, and Alex Zhu respond in the comments. Fund manager Matt Wage does not appear to have participated. Questions cover the amount of time spent evaluating grants, the evaluation criteria, the methods of soliciting grants, and research that would help the team
EA Funds: Long-Term Future fund is open to applications until November 24th (this Saturday)2018-11-20Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risksThe post seeks proposals for the CEA Long-Term Future Fund. Proposals must be submitted by 2018-11-24 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf46ZTOIlv6puMxkEGm6G1FADe5w5fCO3ro-RK6xFJWt7SfaQ/viewform in order to be considered for the round of grants to be announced by the end of November 2018
Announcing new EA Funds management teams2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe post announces the transition of the Effective Altruism Funds manaagement to teams, with a chair, team members, and advisors. The EA Community Fund is renamed the EA Meta Fund, and has chair Luke Ding and team Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, Alex Foster, and Tara MacAulay, with advisor Nick Beckstead. The long-term future fund has chair Matt Fallshaw, and team Helen Toner, Oliver Habryka, Matt Wage, and Alex Zhu, with advisors Nick Beckstead and Jonas Vollmer. The animal welfare fund has chair Lewis Bollard (same as before) and team Jamie Spurgeon, Natalie Cargill, and Toni Adleberg. The global development fund continues to be solely managed by Elie Hassenfeld. The granting schedule will be thrice a year: November, February, and June for all funds except the Global Development Fund, which will be in December, March, and July.
EA Funds - An update from CEA2018-08-07Marek Duda Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismMarek Duda gives an update on work on the EA Funds donation platform, the departure of Nick Beckstead from managing the EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds, and the experimental creation of "Junior" Funds
The EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds Lack Transparency and Accountability2018-07-23Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare|global health|AI safety|global catastrophic risks|effective altruismEvan Gaensbauer builds on past criticism of the EA Funds by Henry Stanley at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1k9/ea_funds_hands_out_money_very_infrequently_should/ and http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1mr/how_to_improve_ea_funds/ Gaensbauer notes that the Global Health and Development Fund and the Animal Welfare Fund have done a better job of paying out and announcing payouts. However, the Long-Term Future Fund and EA Community Fund, both managed by Nick Beckstead, have announced only one payout, and have missed their self-imposed date for announcing the remaining payouts. Some comments by Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism (the parent of EA Funds) are also discussed
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 enough 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 safety|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 developmentKuhn describes his decision to allocate his donation amount ($60,000, calculated as 50% of his income for the year) 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 safety|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 safety|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 safety|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 safety|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 safety|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 safety|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 (125 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 125)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Zürich (Earmark: Alex Lintz)17,900.001012019-04-07AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlHelen Toner Matt Wage Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: A two-day workshop by Alex Lintz and collaborators from EA Zürich for effective altruists interested in AI governance careers, with the goals of giving participants background on the space, offering career advice, and building community.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor writes: "We agree with their assessment that this space is immature and hard to enter, and believe their suggested plan for the workshop looks like a promising way to help participants orient to careers in AI governance."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 1.93%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed
Intended funding timeframe in months: 1

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Helen Toner and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Tessa Alexanian26,250.00752019-04-07Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlMatt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: A one day biosecurity summit, immediately following the SynBioBeta industry conference.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.84%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed
Intended funding timeframe in months: 1

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Shahar Avin40,000.00542019-04-07AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlMatt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Hiring an academic research assistant and other miscellaneous research expenses, for scaling up scenario role-play for AI strategy research and training.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor writes: "We think positively of Shahar’s past work (for example this report), and multiple people we trust recommended that we fund him." The linked report is https://maliciousaireport.com/

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 4.33%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Lucius Caviola50,000.00342019-04-07Effective altruism/long-termismhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlMatt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted). Donee also applied to the EA Meta Fund (another of the Effective Altruism Funds) and the total funding for the donee was split between the funds

Intended use of funds (category): Living expenses during research project

Intended use of funds: Part of the costs for a 2-year postdoc at Harvard working with Professor Joshua Greene. Grantee plans to study the psychology of effective altruism and long-termism. The funding from the Long Term Future Fund is roughly intended to cover the part of the costs that corresponds to the work on long-termism

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Total funding requested by the donee appears to be $130,000. Of this, $80,000 is provided by the EA Meta Fund in their March 2019 grant round https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b to cover the donee's work on effective altruism, while the remaining $50,000 is provided through this grant by the Long Term Future Fund, and covers the work on long-termism. The reason for splitting funding in this way is not articulated
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.42%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed. However, the write-up for the $80,000 grant provided by the EA Meta Fund https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b calls the grant a "time-bounded, specific opportunity that requires funding to initiate and explore" and similar reasoning may also apply to the $50,000 Long Term Future Fund grant
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Ought50,000.00342019-04-07AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlMatt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Organization financial buffer

Intended use of funds: No specific information is shared on how the funds will be used at the margin, but the general description gives an idea: "Ought is a nonprofit aiming to implement AI alignment concepts in real-world applications"

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor is explicitly interesting in diversifying funder base for donee, who currently receives almost all its funding from only two sources and is trying to change that. Othewise, same reason as with last round of funds https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi namely "We believe that Ought’s approach is interesting and worth trying, and that they have a strong team. [...] Part of the aim of the grant is to show Ought as an example of the type of organization we are likely to fund in the future."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): In write-up for previous grant at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi of $10,000, donor says: "Our understanding is that hiring is currently more of a bottleneck for them than funding, so we are only making a small grant." The amount this time is bigger ($50,000) but the general principle likely continues to apply
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.42%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): In the previous grant round, donor had said "Part of the aim of the grant is to show Ought as an example of the type of organization we are likely to fund in the future." Thus, it makes sense to donate again in this round

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Nikhil Kunapuli30,000.00602019-04-07AI safety/deconfusion researchhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlAlex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Living expenses during research project

Intended use of funds: Grantee is doing independent deconfusion research for AI safety. His approach is to develop better foundational understandings of various concepts in AI safety, like safe exploration and robustness to distributional shift, by exploring these concepts in complex systems science and theoretical biology, domains outside of machine learning for which these concepts are also applicable.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Fund manager Alex Zhu says: "I recommended that we fund Nikhil because I think Nikhil’s research directions are promising, and because I personally learn a lot about AI safety every time I talk with him."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.25%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: Alex Zhu, in his grant write-up, says that the quality of the work will be assessed by researchers at MIRI. Although it is not explicitly stated, it is likely that this evaluation will influence the decision of whether to make further grants

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Alex Zhu and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Anand Srinivasan30,000.00602019-04-07AI safety/deconfusion researchhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlAlex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Living expenses during research project

Intended use of funds: Grantee is doing independent deconfusion research for AI safety. His angle of attack is to develop a framework that will allow researchers to make provable claims about what specific AI systems can and cannot do, based off of factors like their architectures and their training processes.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grantee worked with main grant influencer Alex Zhu at an enterprise software company that they cofounded. Alex Zhu says in his grant write-up: "I recommended that we fund Anand because I think Anand’s research directions are promising, and I personally learn a lot about AI safety every time I talk with him."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.25%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: Alex Zhu, in his grant write-up, says that the quality of the work will be assessed by researchers at MIRI. Although it is not explicitly stated, it is likely that this evaluation will influence the decision of whether to make further grants

Other notes: The quality of grantee's work will be judged by researchers at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. The grant reasoning is written up by Alex Zhu and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
Effective Altruism Russia (Earmark: Mikhail Yugadin)28,000.00732019-04-07Rationality improvementhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to Mikhail Yugadin for Effective Altruism Russia to give copies of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality to the winners of EGMO 2019 and IMO 2020.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: In the grant write-up, Oliver Habryka explains his evaluation of the grant as based on three questions: (1) What effects does reading HPMOR have on people? (2) How good of a target group are Math Olympiad winners for these effects? (3) Is the team competent enough to execute on their plan?

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee). The comments include more discussion of the unit economics of the grant, and whether the effective cost of $43/copy is reasonable
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.03%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed. The need to secure money in advance of the events for which the money will be used likely affected the timing of the application

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions There is a lot of criticism and discussion of the grant in the comments.
Alex Turner30,000.00602019-04-07AI safety/agent foundationshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted)

Intended use of funds (category): Living expenses during research project

Intended use of funds: Grant for building towards a “Limited Agent Foundations” thesis on mild optimization and corrigibility. Grantee is a third-year computer science PhD student funded by a graduate teaching assistantship; to dedicate more attention to alignment research, he is applying for one or more trimesters of funding (spring term starts April 1).

Donor reason for selecting the donee: In the grant write-up, Oliver Habryka explains that he is excited by (a) Turner's posts to LessWrong reviewing many math textbooks useful for thinking about the alignment problem, (b) Turner not being intimidated by the complexity of the problem, and (c) Turner writing up his thoughts and hypotheses in a clear way, seeking feedback on them early, and making a set of novel contributions to an interesting sub-field of AI Alignment quite quickly (in the form of his work on impact measures, on which he recently collaborated with the DeepMind AI Safety team).

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely to be the amount requested by the donee in the application (this is not stated explicitly by either the donor or the donee)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.25%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. No specific timing-related considerations are discussed
Intended funding timeframe in months: 4

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions The comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
David Girardo30,000.00602019-04-07AI safety/deconfusion researchhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlAlex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Oliver Habryka Grantee is doing independent deconfusion research for AI safety. His angle of attack is to elucidate the ontological primitives for representing hierarchical abstractions, drawing from his experience with type theory, category theory, differential geometry, and theoretical neuroscience. Tsvi Benson-Tilsen, a MIRI researcher, has also recommended that grantee get funding. The grant reasoning is written up by Alex Zhu and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Orpheus Lummis10,000.001092019-04-07AI safety/upskillinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant for upskilling in contemporary AI techniques, deep RL and AI safety, before pursuing a ML PhD. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions The comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Tegan McCaslin30,000.00602019-04-07AI safety/forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant for independent research projects relevant to AI forecasting and strategy. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka's reasons for the grant include: (1) It's easier to relocate someone who has already demonstrated trust and skills than to find someone completely new, (2.1) It's important to give good researchers runway while they find the right place. Habryka notes: "my brief assessment of Tegan’s work was not the reason why I recommended this grant, and if Tegan asks for a new grant in 6 months to focus on solo research, I will want to spend significantly more time reading her output and talking with her, to understand how these questions were chosen and what precise relation they have to forecasting technological progress in AI." The comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant, but a grant to Lauren Lee that includes somewhat similar reasoning (providing people runway after they leave their jobs, so they can explore better) attracts some criticism. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Metaculus (Earmark: Anthony Aguirre)70,000.00272019-04-07Forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to Anthony Aguirre to expand the Metaculus prediction platform along with its community. Metaculus.com is a fully-functional prediction platform with ~10,000 registered users and >120,000 predictions made to date on more than >1000 questions. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Part of Habryka's grant reasoning also applies to the grants made to Ozzie Gooen and Jacob Lagerros in the same round of grants. He also mentions that the requested grant amount was $150,000, but he did not feel comfortable granting the full amount. The comments discuss this and the other forecasting grants, and include the question "why are you acting as grant-givers here rather than as special interest investors?" It is also included in a list of potentially concerning grants in a portfolio evaluation comment https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions#d4YHzSJnNWmyxf6HM by Evan Gaensbauer. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Lauren Lee20,000.00812019-04-07Rationality communityhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant for working to prevent burnout and boost productivity within the EA and X-risk communities. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka describes his grant reasoning as follows: "In sum, this grant hopefully helps Lauren to recover from burning out, get the new rationality projects she is working on off the ground, potentially identify a good new niche for her to work in (alone or at an existing organization), and write up her ideas for the community." He also qualifies the likelihood of giving another grant as follows: "I think that she should probably aim to make whatever she does valuable enough that individuals and organizations in the community wish to pay her directly for her work. It’s unlikely that I would recommend renewing this grant for another 6 month period in the absence of a relatively exciting new research project/direction, and if Lauren were to reapply, I would want to have a much stronger sense that the projects she was working on were producing lots of value before I decided to recommend funding her again." The grant receives criticism in the comments, including 'This is ridiculous, I'm sure she's a great person but please don't use the gift you received to provide sinecures to people "in the community"'. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Foretold (Earmark: Ozzie Gooen)70,000.00272019-04-07Forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to Ozzie Gooen mainly for Foretold, a forecasting application available at https://www.foretold.io/ (currently needs one to contact Gooen for early access). Foretold that handles full probability distributions. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions His reasons for the grant include: (1) confusion about what counts as progress and what specific problems need solving, (2) need for many people to collaborate on solving problems and to document the progress they have made so far, (3) low-hanging fruit in designing better online platforms for making intellectual progress (which is why I chose to work on LessWrong + AI Alignment Forum + EA Forum) -- Habryka works on LessWrong 2.0 for that reason, and Gooen has past experience in the space with his building of Guesstimate, (4) promise and tractability for forecasting platforms in particular (for instance, work by Philip Tetlock and work by Robin Hanson), (5) Even though some platforms, such as Predictionbook and Guesstimate, did not get the traction they expected, others like the Good Judgment Project have been successful, so one should not overgeneralize from a few failures, (6) Habryka has a positive impression of Gooen both in in-person interaction and in online writing. The reasoning for the grant is similar to the reasoning for the grants to Anthony Aguirre (Metaculus) and Jacob Lagerros made in the same round. The comments discuss this and the other forecasting grants, and include the question "why are you acting as grant-givers here rather than as special interest investors?" It is also included in a list of potentially concerning grants in a portfolio evaluation comment https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions#d4YHzSJnNWmyxf6HM by Evan Gaensbauer. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
AI Safety Camp (Earmark: Johannes Heidecke)25,000.00762019-04-07AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grantee in the grant document is listed as Johannes Heidecke, but the grant is for the AI Safety Camp. Grant is for supporting aspiring researchers of AI alignment to boost themselves into productivity. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Grant decision was coordinated with Effective Altruism Grants (specifically, Nicole Ross of CEA) who had considered also making a grant to the camp. Effective Altruism Grants ultimately decided against making the grant, and the Long Term Future Fund made it instead. Reasons for the grant include a positive impression of AI Safety Camp and the people involved, despite not knowing the organizers well. Another reason is a lack of opportunities for people in Europe to productively work on AI Alignment related problems. Concerns include the difficulty of organizing long in-person events, and frictions between attendees and organizers driving people away from AI safety. Similar concerns were also expressed by Nicole Ross in the evaluation by EA Grants. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Kocherga (Earmark: Vyacheslav Matyuhin)50,000.00342019-04-07Rationality communityhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to Vyacheslav Matyuhin for Kocherga, an offline community hub for rationalists and EAs in Moscow. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka notes that the Russian rationality community has been successful, with projects such as https://lesswrong.ru (Russian translation of LessWrong sequences), kickstarter to distribute copies of HPMOR, and Kocherga, a financially self-sustaining anti-cafe in Moscow that hosts a variety of events for roughly 100 attendees per week. The grant is to the team working on Kocherga. The grant reasoning references the LessWrong post https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/WmfapdnpFfHWzkdXY/rationalist-community-hub-in-moscow-3-years-retrospective by Kocherga. The grant is being made by the Long Term Future Fund because the EA Meta Fund decided not to make it. Affected countries: Russia; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Jacob Lagerros27,000.00742019-04-07AI safety/forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to build a private platform where AI safety and policy researchers have direct access to a base of superforecaster-equivalents. Lagerros previously received two grants to work on the project: a half-time salary from Effective Altruism Grants, and a grant for direct project expenses from Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka notes the same object-level reasons for the grant as for grants to Ozzie Gooen (for Foretold) and Anthony Aguirre (for Metaculus). He also mentions Lagerros being around the community for 3 years, and having done useful owrk and received other funding. Habryka mentions he did not assess the grant in detail; the main reason for granting from the Long Term Future Fund was due to logistical complications with other grantmakers (FHI and BERI), who already vouched for the value of the project. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Connor Flexman20,000.00812019-04-07AI safety/forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to perform independent research in collaboration with John Salvatier. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka was the primary person on whose recommendation the grant was made. He has two other reservations: potential conflict of interest because he lives in the same house as the recipient, and lack of concrete, externally verifiable evidence of competence. The grant was originally requested by John Salvatier, as a grant to Salvatier to hire Flexman to help him. But Habryka ultimately decided to give the money to Flexman to give him more flexibility to switch if the work with Salvatier does not go well. Despite the reservations, Habryka considers significant negative consequences. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Eli Tyre30,000.00602019-04-07Rationality improvementhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to support projects for rationality and community building interventions. The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Example projects: facilitating conversations between top people in AI alignment, organization advanced workshops on double crunx, doing independent research projects such as https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/tj8QP2EFdP8p54z6i/historical-mathematicians-exhibit-a-birth-order-effect-too (evaluating burth order effects in mathematicians), providing new EAs and rationalists with advice and guidance on how to get traction on working on important problems, and helping John Salvatier develop techniques around skill transfer. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Robert Miles39,000.00592019-04-07AI safety/content creation/videohttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Grant to create video content on AI alignment. Grantee has a YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLB7AzTwc6VFZrBsO2ucBMg (average 20,000 views per video) and also creates videos for the Computerphile channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TYT1QfdfsM&t=2s (often more than 100,000 views per video). The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Reasons Habryka favors the grant: (1) Grantee explains AI alignment as primarily a technical problem, not a moral or political problem, (2) Grantee does not politicize AI safety, (3) Grantee's goal is to create interest in these problems from future researchers, and not to simply get as large of an audience as possible. Habryka notes that the grantee is the first skilled person in the X-risk community working full-time on producing video content. Being the very best we have in this skill area, he is able to help the community in a number of novel ways (for example, he’s already helping existing organizations produce videos about their ideas). In the previous grant round, the grantee had requested funding for a collaboration with RAISE to produce videos for them, but Habryka felt it was better to fund the grantee directly and allow him to decide which organizations he wanted to help with his videos. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute50,000.00342019-04-07AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions Habryka believes that MIRI is making real progress in its approach of "creating a fundamental piece of theory that helps humanity to understand a wide range of powerful phenomena" He notes that MIRI started work on the alignment problem long before it became cool, which gives him more confidence that they will do the right thing and even their seemingly weird actions may be justified in ways that are not yet obvious. He also thinks that both the research team and ops staff are quite competent. Despite these, Habryka recommends a relatively small grant to MIRI, because they are already relatively well-funded and are not heavily bottlenecked on funding. However, he ultimately decides to grant some amount to MIRI, giving some explanation. He says he will think more about this before the next funding round. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Center for Applied Rationality150,000.00102019-04-07Rationality improvementhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlOliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw The grant reasoning is written up by Oliver Habryka and is available at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions The grant is for general support and is the largest grant in this round of grants from the Long Term Future Fund. The grant fills in a dire funding gap that CFAR faces because they did not run a fundraiser in 2018, a decision they made because they felt that running a fundraiser would be in bad taste after what they considered a messup on their part in the Brent Dill situation. Habryka also thinks that CFAR intro workshops have been very valuable, both in terms of improving epistemic norms in the EA and rationality community and in terms of helping grow interest in AI safety. Habryka also thinks that CFAR is in a tough spot right now, with many of its founding employees having left, difficulty attracting top talents, and a dilution of the original truth-seeking focus. Habryka concludes by saying: "I didn’t have enough time this grant round to understand how the future of CFAR will play out; the current grant amount seems sufficient to ensure that CFAR does not have to take any drastic action until our next grant round. By the next grant round, I plan to have spent more time learning and thinking about CFAR’s trajectory and future, and to have a more confident opinion about what the correct funding level for CFAR is." In the comments, Milan Griffes asks why such a large, unrestricted grant is being made to CFAR despite these concerns, and also what Habryka hopes to learn about CFAR before the next grant round. There are replies from Peter McCluskey and Habryka, with some further comment back-and-forth. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
80,000 Hours170,000.0082019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Reasons for grant: (1) High impact per dollar, (2) Highly impactful and cost-effective in the past, for same reasons as discussed in https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW (previous grant), (3) Undergoing significant growth, (4) Not yet filled funding gap, (5) Big potential upside is reducing talent bottlenecks in cause areas that are crucial and highly technically challenging. Other than (5), all the other reasons are shared as stated with another simultaneous grant made to Founders Pledge. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Founders Pledge110,000.00122019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Reasons for grant: (1) High impact per dollar, (2) Highly impactful and cost-effective in the past, for same reasons as discussed in https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW (previous grant), (3) Undergoing significant growth, (4) Not yet filled funding gap, (5) Big potential upside is long-lasting positive effect on the culture of smart major philanthropy. Other than (5), all the other reasons are shared as stated with another simultaneous grant made to 80,000 Hours. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Lucius Caviola80,000.00202019-03-07Effective altruism/talent pipelinehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Reasons for grant: (1) Lucius Caviola is a well-respected PhD-level academic, with a focus on effective altruism and long-termism, (2) Lucius has been accepted to work for two years as a postdoc researcher in psychology with the highly renowned professor Joshua Greene at Harvard University, on the condition that he can bring his own research funding, (3) Donor believes that very high-quality academic research is a highly impactful activity in expectation, (4) Psychology at the higher levels has been very influential, (5) Donor believes that where foundational researchers focusing on effective altruism have displayed excellence, they should not be bottlenecked on funding considerations wherever possible, (6) This is a time-bounded, specific opportunity that requires funding to initiate and explore, and donor believes both that the value of information from this speculative grant is high, and that the project could have a large potential upside through increasing the quality and quantity of information available to address the world’s biggest problems. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research64,000.00312019-03-07Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donor believes that academic research is a high-impact but high-investment way to expand the frontiers of discussion and explore complex, nuanced topics. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Norway18,000.00992019-03-07Effective altruism/talent pipelinehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to run an Operations Camp in Oslo, with the aim of upskilling promising talent and providing opportunities to test fit in key operations roles. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Geneva18,000.00992019-03-07Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to run a policy research project to determine what prioritization models are appropriate to run under what circumstances. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Netherlands17,000.001022019-03-07Effective altruism/fundraisinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to help 35 charities that are either GiveWell-recommended or have received grants from the Open Philanthropy Project to achieve tax-deductible status in the Netherlands. Affected countries: Netherlands; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
One for the World15,000.001042019-03-07Effective altruism/fundraisinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to support the creation and growth of chapters at undergraduate, MBA and law schools. Chapter leaders and student ambassadors encourage their classmates to commit to donating a percentage of their income upon graduation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Rethink Priorities10,000.001092019-03-07Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grantee is currently focused on how to apply cost-effectiveness frameworks to uncertain domains, interventions aimed at animals welfare and understanding EA movement growth. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
The Life You Can Save10,000.001092019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to support the tenth anniversary relaunch of Peter Singer's book The Life You Can Save; grantee is the eponymous organization. Project has an immediate, one-off funding requirement and donor believes it has high upside, judging from the impact that the original book had. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
The Humane League100,000.00132019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for the United Kingdom branch, through two positions focused on coordinating members of the Open Wing Alliance. The UK is an important location for these roles, as most OWA members are based in Europe, and the timezone allows for improved coordination between USA, Europe, and East Asia. Affected countries: United Kingdom; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Sinergia Animal85,000.00162019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Sinergia Animal is a new organization founded in Brazil in October 2017 and operating in four Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina). They plan to expand their work into Asia in 2019. The group works exclusively to reduce farmed animal suffering and to decrease the consumption of animal products by learning from the successes of corporate campaigns in the US. By applying these strategies in countries with relatively young animal advocacy movements, the marginal impact of such additional work may be relatively high. Sinergia Animal has a significant reported funding gap for 2019 and this grant will help them to expand their team and to start their work in Asia. Affected countries: Brazil|Chile|Colombia|Argentina; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Rethink Priorities80,000.00202019-03-06Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for research into animal welfare interventions. Follows up on previous grants to Rethink Priorities made in https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayW (2018-12-30) and https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E (2018-07-31). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Wild Animal Initiative50,000.00342019-03-06Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for research on tractable interventions to help wild animals. Two recipients of previous grants from the Animal Welfare Fund — Wild-Animal Suffering Research and Utility Farm — have recently merged to form a new group: Wild Animal Initiative. Under the direction of Abraham Rowe, Wild Animal Initiative will focus on research prioritization, academic outreach, and research on potential near-term interventions. Over the next year, they plan to expand their research and communications staff. They are also looking into funding early-career academics to do research that is aligned with their goals. Donors think that wild animal suffering is a relatively large-scale and neglected problem, so they are happy to support one of the few organizations currently working in that space. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Faunalytics50,000.00342019-03-06Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant to complete existing studies on effective animal advocacy research and potentially hire a new researcher. Faunalytics works to connect animal advocates with information. This mostly involves creating independent research, working directly with client organizations on various research projects, and providing resources for individual advocates through the content library they host on their website. Grantee reports a significant funding gap for 2019. Their base budget for 2019 includes funding to complete existing studies on corporate commitments to cage-free eggs, social norms for vegan/vegetarian advocacy, and effective labelling for plant-based foods, as well as "meta" topics like increasing donations to animals and supporting lapsed advocates. Beyond this, Faunalytics would use any additional resources to increase their research capacity with 1-2 new staff members, allowing them to complete up to four additional studies in 2019. These studies will focus on supporting new vegans/vegetarians/reducetarians, more work on corporate commitments to farmed animal welfare, and tentatively attitudes toward farmed animals in China or Brazil. Affected countries: China|Brazil; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Charles He40,000.00542019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Charles He, an economist and AI scientist, has created a prototype algorithm that identifies the exact location and number of animals in each Iowa egg farm based on Google Earth data. He now wants to verify the algorithm is over 90% accurate, create an online version of the Map, and share the data and code for use by others. Donor considers this a high-risk project with high upside potential. Affected countries: United States; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Anima International40,000.00542019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Anima International is a new organization formed in 2018 through the merging of existing animal rights organizations including Otwarte Klatki, that donor has a high opinion of. Donor thinks Eastern Europe is currently a particularly promising location for animal advocacy work, since its animal agriculture industry is relatively large and its animal advocacy movement is relatively small. Affected countries: United Kingdom|Denmark|Norway|Poland|Ukraine|Lithuania|Estonia|Belarus|Russia; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Innovation in Government Initiative1,000,000.0022019-01-29Global health and developmenthttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/39NNV4WFeKGsbrbHMZboHNJames Snowden Grant recommended by GiveWell Incubation Grants in December 2018 https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/innovation-in-government-initiative/december-2018-grant It is not listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants on the Donations List Website because the grant is not financed by the typical funding source of GiveWell Incubation Grants (namely, Good Ventures). Rather, it was financed by the Effective Altruism Funds. The grant is of a more exploratory nature than GiveWell Incubation Grants generally are. Grantee was (from 2015 to December 2018) known as the Government Partnership Initiative (GPI). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Charity Entrepreneurship75,000.00232018-12-30Animal welfare/charity incubationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant to support the incubation of promising new animal welfare charities. In 2019, the Charity Entrepreneurship incubation program will be focused on the broad cause area of animal welfare. They aim to connect talented individuals with high-impact charity opportunities, and provide them with the means to fulfill these opportunities. Currently, they are funded to award ~3 grants of ~$50k. They are able to give out up to $500k (5 $100k grants) in the best case but forecast giving out $300k on more realistic timelines. They claim that larger seed grants will increase the number of applicants and will also provide them with a more preferable level of stability, allowing them to focus more heavily on long-term impact and prioritise planning over fundraising. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Encompass50,000.00342018-12-30Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant to build a more racially inclusive, equitable, and diverse farmed animal movement. Encompass is working to make the US farmed animal advocacy movement more reflective of the diversity of the United States, and inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Encompass is seeking funding to hire their first staff member in 2019 in order to build their mentorship program and other movement-building trainings and events. Affected countries: United States; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Rethink Priorities75,000.00232018-12-30Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for prioritization and research into animal welfare interventions. Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis are leading the team at Rethink Priorities with an increased focus on researching animal advocacy interventions. For example, they plan to vet claims about the efficacy of corporate campaigns and assess plausibly impactful work on wild animal welfare. They have recently scaled up, hiring several new researchers, and they are in need of funding to support specific research projects as well as their general operations. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Faunalytics20,000.00812018-12-30Animal welfare/survey researchhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for effective animal advocacy research. Faunalytics conducts original research on a broad range of topics related to effective animal advocacy. They use their research to support other animal charities by connecting them with information. Faunalytics conducts independent research like impact evaluations, opinion polls, surveys, and focus groups. They also work with client organizations on various research projects and they provide resources for individual advocates through the content library they host on their website. Faunalytics has published some important work, like their study on veg recidivism, and they have several promising projects in their pipeline. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Utility Farm20,000.00812018-12-30Animal welfare/wild animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for researching tractable interventions to improve wild animal welfare. Utility Farm is a research organization that takes a practical approach, prioritizing the research of potentially tractable interventions. For example, they published a report on humane insecticides and they are currently research interventions to reduce the suffering of birds and small mammals caused by feral and free-ranging cats. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
New York University10,000.001092018-12-30Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for incentivising academic work to end factory farming. $10,000 has been recommended for an NYU academic award(s) for student or early career work related to ending factory farming. The NYU faculty committee will take a wide approach to candidate and project eligibility for the award(s) (i.e. not restricting the award to M.A / M.S students or any particular academic field). This grant aims to expand the academic community working in this neglected space and increase the quality of the work produced. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Andrzej Skowron30,000.00602018-12-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for undercover investigations and factory farm photography in Poland. Skowron, an employee of Otwarte Klatki, takes powerful photos of factory farms. The funds are to help him buy a new car and possibly hire a part time assistant to take care of publicity and research, so he can spend more time taking photos. Affected countries: Poland; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
One Planet20,000.00812018-12-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for movement building and anti-fur advocacy in Ukraine. Ukraine has 220M land farm animals and perhaps 45M more farmed fish, but very little organized factory farming advocacy. Although the group is focused on fur, which the donors consider a lower-impact form of advocacy, they consider it important to help grow the nascent animal welfare movement in Ukraine. Affected countries: Ukraine; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Carmen Tong20,000.00812018-12-30Animal welfare/diet changehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for institutional meat reduction outreach. Carmen Tong, a professor at Hong Kong University, is working with Mercy For Animals to promote meat-free Mondays in local schools. The grant is to boost animal welfare advocacy in Hong Kong, which is significant due to its connection with China, which has the world's highest meat consumption. Affected countries: Hong Kong; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Modern Agriculture Foundation20,000.00812018-12-30Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for promoting clean and plant-based meats in Israel. The foundation is similar to The Good Food Institute, but has a much more limited track record. The grant is being viewed as a trial grant. Affected countries: Israel; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
CellAG UK1,000.001252018-12-30Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWNatalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Grant for coordinating and connecting individuals working or interested in cellular agriculture in the UK. CellAG UK is a new and small organisation who hope to help people connect with established organisations, promising individuals, and upcoming opportunities in the cellular agriculture and clean meat space in the UK. This grant will support the organisation’s events in 2019: CellAG UK currently expect to organise roughly 3-4 higher profile speaker events, alongside some more intimate networking and discussion groups for those interested in cellular agriculture. Affected countries: United Kingdom; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute40,000.00542018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSiAlex Zhu Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund. Donor believes that the new research directions outlined by donee at https://intelligence.org/2018/11/22/2018-update-our-new-research-directions/ are promising, and donee fundraising post suggests it could productively absorb additional funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Ought10,000.001092018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSiAlex Zhu Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Grant made to implement AI alignment concepts in real-world applications. Donee seems more hiring-constrained than fundraising-constrained, hence only a small amount, but donor does believe that donee has a promising approach. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
AI summer school21,000.00802018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSiAlex Zhu Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Grant to fund the second year of a summer school on AI safety, aiming to familiarize potential researchers with interesting technical problems in the field. Last year’s iteration of this event appears to have gone well, per https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/bXLi3n2jrfqRwoSTH/human-aligned-ai-summer-school-a-summary and private information available to donor. Donor believes that well-run education efforts of this kind are valuable (where “well-run” refers to the quality of the intellectual content, the participants, and the logistics of the event), and feels confident enough that this particular effort will be well-run. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Foretold (Earmark: Ozzie Gooen)20,000.00812018-11-29Forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSiAlex Zhu Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Ozzie Gooen sought funding to build an online community of EA forecasters, researchers, and data scientists to predict variables of interest to the EA community. Ozzie proposed using the platform to answer a range of questions, including examples like “How many Google searches will there be for reinforcement learning in 2020?” or “How many plan changes will 80,000 hours cause in 2020?”, and using the results to help EA organizations and individuals to prioritize. The grant decision was made based on past success by Ozzie Gooen with Guesstimate https://www.getguesstimate.com/ as well as belief both in the broad value of the project and the specifics of the project plan. The project would later be named Foretold, and receive a followup grant of $70,000 in the April 2019 round of grants https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvl from the Long Term Future Fund; see also https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions for more detail. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
AI Safety Unconference4,500.001242018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSiAlex Zhu Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Orpheus Lummis and Vaughn DiMarco are organizing an unconference on AI Alignment on the last day of the NeurIPS conference, with the goal of facilitating networking and research on AI Alignment among a diverse audience of AI researchers with and without safety backgrounds. Based on interaction with the organizers and some participants, the donor feels this project is worth funding. However, the donee is still not sure if the unconference will be held, so the grant is conditional to the donee deciding to proceed. The grant would fully fund the request. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
80,000 Hours45,000.00532018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay The grant write-up gives a number of factors that influence the grant decision. These include the excellent track record of 80,000 Hours, including cost-effectiveness and rapid growth, the planned 2019 expansion of 80,000 Hours, and the importance of the work 80,000 Hours is doing. The write-up concludes: "At the margin, this grant is expected to contribute towards the budget for their expanded team. A typical marginal hire could give one-on-one advice to around 300 additional people per year, which 80,000 Hours estimates will produce around 400 impact-adjusted plan changes over the following two years. This seems like a highly effective use of funding.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Founders Pledge16,000.001032018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay The grant write-up talks about how Founders Pledge has a huge amount of money pledged and has successfully moved a lot of money, with a rapid growth rate. The grant money will support their 2019 plans to expand their US operations and further develop their methodology to evaluate and support high-impact interventions. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Centre for Effective Altruism15,000.001042018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant write-up talks of the strong track record of the CEA and their success at introducing EA concepts to a large number of people. The write-up concludes: "CEA is aiming to raise $3 million for their 2019 budget, and currently has significant room for more funding due to expansion efforts. At the margin, this grant is expected to contribute towards CEA’s expansion of their events, technology and community health teams.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Global Priorities Institute14,000.001072018-11-29Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant write-up notes that donee (Global Priorities Institute) is solving an important problem of spreading EA-style ideas in the academic and policy worlds, and has shown impressive progress in its first year. The write-up concludes: "This grant is expected to contribute to GPI’s plans to grow its research team, particularly in economics, in order to publish a strong initial body of papers that defines their research focus. GPI also plans to sponsor DPhil students engaging in global priorities research at the University of Oxford through scholarships and prizes, and to give close support to early career academics with its summer visiting program.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Charity Entrepreneurship14,000.001072018-11-29Charity incubationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant to support the incubation of new charities, which the donor believes to be highly valuable. The write-up concludes: "Marginal donations will allow Charity Entrepreneurship to expand the number of applicants they can accept to the program and give larger seed grants. The latter is likely to increase both the number of people applying and the level of stability at which the new charities start off, allowing them to focus more on long-term impact rather than short-term fundraising.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Raising for Effective Giving10,000.001092018-11-29Effective altruism/meta/fiundraisinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant write-up talks of the huge fundraising multiplier of the donee (which is a fundraising organization) as well as its significant growth in recent years. The donor was also impressed by the KPI tracking and estimation of the donee, as well as their directing significant funds to organizations focused on the long-term future. The write-up concludes by saying that the donee "will use this grant to expand their HNW advisory work in 2019. At the margin, this funding will likely enable them to build their research capacity and provide more effective advice to their HNW audience. This will allow them to better target their fundraising for effective organisations.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Let's Fund10,000.001092018-11-29Effective altruismhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant write-up notes that both the idea and the team are potentially promisingm and the quality of initial work is good. It concludes: "Let’s Fund will use additional capital to increase their fundraising ratio through careful outreach and marketing. In the future, they aim to undertake more and better research, especially into global catastrophic risk reduction, and have it evaluated and peer-reviewed by other researchers.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Berkeley REACH5,000.001232018-11-29Rationality communityhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Grant is to provide funds to support the panel for dispute resolution, as the donor "would like the panel to succeed in becoming a trusted resource for the local community, and want to ensure they have the capacity to engage in training or seek professional advice where this could be useful." The grant write-up concludes: "This grant will provide the panel with readily available funding in the event that they wish to seek legal counsel, the services of an independent investigator, or other professional support, particularly if they are faced with a time-sensitive matter.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
80,000 Hours91,450.00152018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund; an accompanying grant of $75,818 from the Effective Altruism Community Fund was also made. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Centre for Effective Altruism162,537.0092018-08-14Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund; an accompanying grant of $56,061 from the Effective Altruism Commmunity FUnd was also made. Beckstead recommended. CEA will use the LTF funding to support a new project whose objective is to expand global priorities research in academia, especially related to issues around longtermism. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Center for Applied Rationality174,021.0072018-08-14Rationality improvementhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute488,994.0042018-08-14AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
80,000 Hours75,818.00222018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/6M8SQFdecEm0WuAYweO2UQNick Beckstead Funding from the Effective Altruism Community Fund; an accompanying payment from the Long-Term Future Fund of $91,450 was also made. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Centre for Effective Altruism56,061.00332018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/6M8SQFdecEm0WuAYweO2UQNick Beckstead Funding from the Effective Altruism Community Fund; an accompanying payment from the Long-Term Future Fund of $162,537 was also made. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Founders Pledge393,939.0052018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/6M8SQFdecEm0WuAYweO2UQNick Beckstead Funding from the Effective Altruism Community Fund. Beckstead recommended that the grantee spend the money to save time and increase productivity of employees (for instance, by subsidizing childcare or electronics). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Charity Evaluators500,000.0032018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Reason for the large grant is that Bollard thinks ACE: (1) serves a critical role in the farm animal movement in promoting EA values (transparency, use of data, constant reflection on what works), (2) has room for more funding and good plans for spending additional funds, and (3) will raise more funds for its recommended charities if it can wrap up fundraising for itself earlier in the year, which it will do once it hits its self-imposed cap of $1.25M to support ACE’s operations. Bollard is also ok with the marginal extra funds being reallocated to its top charities: The Humane League, Animal Equality, and the Good Food Institute. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Rethink Priorities85,000.00162018-07-31Animal welfare/Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant to support trial project http://rethinkpriorities.org/ to generate actionable new insights across EA causes; budget at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYaIpc-E112CMOcFHzq9UQAdWKnsDK8QeZTS85sk1RU/edit Bollard considers the project worthwhile but his main reason is his high opinion of the people involved http://rethinkpriorities.org/team/staff/ (mainly Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Welfare Action Lab75,000.00232018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives/surveyshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant to support replication on a larger, more reliable platform two recent M-Turk surveys by Eva Vivalt and Bobbie MacDonald: https://osf.io/4dczh/ (impact of clean meat on ethical beliefs) and https://osf.io/ndtr2/ (how to overcome naturalistic resistance to clean meat). Bollard is excited because he thinks (a) we need more data on potential acceptance and impacts of clean meat, (b) the researchers have a track record of good research that follows best practices (e.g., pre-registration, open data), and (c) replication on different platforms is useful for assessing the robustness of findings. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Liberation Translation Fund50,000.00342018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant to support translation of Animal Liberation by Peter Singer into other languages. Singer has offered to waive royalties for any publishers interested in translating, and is in talks with publishers interested in translating the work into Hindi, Ukrainian, Romanian, Georgian, and Swahili (Animal Liberation has already been translated into more common languages like Mandarin and Spanish). This fund will cover costs of translating the work whenever Peter approves its translation — the first $2K will pay to translate the work into Icelandic. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Cellular Agriculture Society50,000.00342018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant to support building the field of academic research on clean meat. Bollard is impressed with the work of others like The Good Food Institute and New Harvest, but thinks there is scope for a variety of approaches. Despite some concerns, he is impressed with the team assembled by the Cellular Agriculture Society and thinks they deserve funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Ethics70,000.00272018-07-31Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant proposed along with two other grants related to the wild animals space; the amount of the grant was chosen based on the estimated room for more funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Utility Farm40,000.00542018-07-31Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant proposed along with two other grants related to the wild animals space; the amount of the grant was chosen based on the estimated room for more funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Wild-Animal Suffering Research30,000.00602018-07-31Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Grant proposed along with two other grants related to the wild animals space; the amount of the grant was chosen based on the estimated room for more funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Essere Animali75,000.00232018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pighttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Bollard is impressed with the publicity the grantee (an Italian membership group with fees of ~€270/year) has got for its investigations into the abuse of pigs for parma ham and octopus fishing. He is also impressed with the work of Animal Equality in Italy, but thinks multiple groups would be good given the scale of factory farming (~260 million land farm animals, and ~150 million farmed fish). These funds would allow Essere Animali to hire corporate campaigners on fish farming and gestation crates for a year, as well as supporting campaign costs. Essere Animali proposed three more roles it wanted funded, but Bollard did not want to overcommit; he thinks the Open Philanthropy Project, where he is the Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, may be interested in funding the organization if it does well. Affected countries: Italy; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira60,000.00322018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Bollard was recommended this organization, which was claimed to have played a role in Meatless Monday pledges that are claimed to have led to 47 million more vegetarian meanls served in 2017. The funding will cover some combination of expanding the institutional Meatless Monday campaigns and hiring a fundraiser; budget at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18H8SXLkfu7Loh2nk-i4gTXW0LyvySPdBKBajhVSmc9k/edit. Affected countries: Brazil; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Vegans of Shanghai50,000.00342018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Eve Samyuktha Thyagarajan launched this group to promote veganism in China’s commercial capital. She says she has worked with 30+ restaurants to replace some non-vegan items with vegan items on their menus. Although unable to directly verify, Bollard has heard positive things about Eve. He sees value in suppporting all the promising activists he can find. The funds would pay for outreach expenses and Eve’s time (she currently self-funds from her full-time job). Affected countries: China; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Bangladesh Animal Welfare Society50,000.00342018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Given the population of Bangladesh and the rising urban middle class, there is a huge absolute amount of, and rapid growth in, land farm animals (13th highest in world) and farmed fish (5th highest in the world). The animal welfare movement is quite nascent. Bollard is interested in funding it, in particular the Bangladesh Animal Welfare Society, which is shifting focus from street dog welfare to farmed animal welfare nad veg advocacy. Affected countries: Bangladesh; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Vege Project25,000.00762018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Haruko Kawano leads this effort to build a grassroots vegan advocacy movement in a country that has the world’s third-highest level of egg consumption and ninth-highest level of fish consumption per capita (though low meat consumption rates). Her group has created a VegeMap for Kyoto and is preparing one for Tokyo, has organized community events to showcase vegan food, and is trying to work with institutions and restaurants to increase vegan options. The funds would allow Haruko to hire her first paid employee to help her. Affected countries: Japan; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Obraz25,000.00762018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard This grassroots Czech group appears to have achieved significant traction in the last two years: successfully lobbying for a national ban on fur farming, securing national news coverage(link in Czech) for its investigations into battery cage operations, and securing cage-free pledges from major retailers. Its corporate campaigns and investigations are already funded, but it’s seeking funding to convert a volunteer organizer into a full-time organizer. The Czech Republic is not a high priority due to its size (11M people and 31M land farm animals alive at any time). Affected countries: Czech Republic; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Hong Kong Veg Society20,000.00812018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Hong Kong is a relatively small region to target (7.3M people) with few farm animals (1.7M land animals). But it has the world’s highest rate of meat and seafood consumption and, as part of China, offers an opening into the most important country in the world for the future of farm animal welfare. The grant will help a group recommended by several people familiar with the Hong Kong scene to extend its grassroots activism. Affected countries: Hong Kong; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
ProVeg International50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Sinergia Animal50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Dharma Voices for Animals50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Asociación Para el Rescate Y Bienestar Animal20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Rights Center of Japan20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Friends Jogja20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Kingdom Foundation20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Nepal20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth20,000.00812018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Sentient Media85,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
The Intercept50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Welfare Media25,000.00762018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Wild-Animal Suffering Research100,000.00132018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Sentience Institute70,000.00272018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Encompass50,000.00342018-04-30Animal 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: 100.00%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative1,500,000.0012018-04-30Global 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 Research50,000.00342018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
Compassion in World Farming USA30,000.00602018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal20,000.00812018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
Sinergia Animal20,000.00812018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
Sentience Institute10,000.001092018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
The Humane League10,000.001092018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
The Good Food Institute10,000.001092018-01-14Animal 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: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Sweden83,264.00192018-01-14Effective 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 Season150,000.00102017-10-17Seasonal 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 Foundation331,126.0062017-06-27Global 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%.
The Humane League30,000.00602017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Equality30,000.00602017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
New Harvest30,000.00602017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Foundation30,000.00602017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal20,000.00812017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Compassion in World Farming USA10,000.001092017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries10,000.001092017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Animal Charity Evaluators10,000.001092017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Otwarte Klatki10,000.001092017-04-20Animal 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: 100.00%.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative14,838.021062017-04AI 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%.

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