Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund 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/funds/animal-welfare
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: This is one of four Effective Altruism Funds that 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 https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/WvPEitTCM8ueYPeeH/donor-lotteries-demonstration-and-faq for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/a8eng4PbME85vdoep/introducing-the-ea-funds and launched on 2017-02-28 in the post http://effective-ahttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/iYoSAXhodpxJFwdQz/ea-funds-beta-launch The first round of allocations was announced on 2017-04-20 at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MsaS8JKrR8nnxyPkK/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: As the name suggests, the Fund's focus area is animal welfare, but it includes both factory farming and wild animal welfare, and it has also funded opportunities for priorities research. At inception, the Fund had Lewis Bollard (Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare at Open Philanthropy Project) as its sole manager. In October 2018, https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yYHKRgLk9ufjJZn23/announcing-new-ea-funds-management-teams announces a new management team for the Fund, with Bollard staying on as chair of the management team, but with three new members Jamie Spurgeon, Natalie Cargill, and Toni Adleberg

Notes on grant decision logistics: Money from the fund is supposed to be granted about thrice a year, with the target months being November, February, and June. Actual grant months may differ from the target months. The amount of money granted with each decision cycle depends on the amount of money available in the Fund as well as on the available donation opportunities

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant details are published on the EA Funds website, and linked to from the Fund page. Each grant is accompanied by a brief description of the grantee's work (and hence, the intended use of funds) as well as reasons the grantee was considered impressive

Notes on grant financing: Money in the Animal Welfare Fund only includes funds explicitly donated for that Fund. In each grant round, the amount of money that can be allocated is limited by the balance available in the fund at that time

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 68 30,000 46,779 1,000 10,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 70,000 85,000 500,000
Animal welfare 68 30,000 46,779 1,000 10,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 70,000 85,000 500,000

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) 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00
Total 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00

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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
Animal welfare/factory farming 33 28 1,295,000.00 275,000.00 1,020,000.00 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
Animal welfare 10 10 230,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 170,000.00
Animal welfare/Cause prioritization 3 1 160,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/wild-animal suffering/cause prioritization 1 1 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pig 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives/surveys 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
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free 2 2 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 3 3 31,000.00 0.00 31,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/diet change 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/survey research 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/wild animal welfare 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
Classified total 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017
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
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 340,000.00 180,000.00 160,000.00 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
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
Encompass (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 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
Sentient Media (filter this donor) 85,000.00 0.00 85,000.00 0.00
Sentience Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 80,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 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
Faunalytics (filter this donor) 70,000.00 50,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Animal Ethics (filter this donor) WP 70,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 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
Bangladesh Animal Welfare Society (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Vegans of Shanghai (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
The Intercept (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
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (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
Animal Liberation Translation Fund (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 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
Anima International (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
New Harvest (filter this donor) WP 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00
Hong Kong Veg Society (filter this donor) 30,000.00 10,000.00 20,000.00 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
Andrzej Skowron (filter this donor) 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Media (filter this donor) 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
Obraz (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
Asociación Para el Rescate Y Bienestar Animal (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
Animal Rights Center of Japan (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 Nepal (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
Animal Kingdom Foundation (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
One Planet (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) 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
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
CellAG UK (filter this donor) 1,000.00 0.00 1,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00

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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
Lewis Bollard|Natalie Cargill|Toni Adleberg|Jamie Spurgeon 18 16 786,000.00 445,000.00 341,000.00 0.00
Lewis Bollard|Natalie Cargill|Karolina Saerk|Alexandria Beck|Kieran Greig 2 2 110,000.00 110,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
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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 5 3 180,000.00 40,000.00 130,000.00 10,000.00
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
Italy 1 1 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Bangladesh 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
Taiwan 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Sri Lanka 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Hong Kong 3 2 50,000.00 10,000.00 40,000.00 0.00
Argentina|Brazil|Chile|Colombia 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Japan 2 2 45,000.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00
United Kingdom|Denmark|Norway|Poland|Ukraine|Lithuania|Estonia|Belarus|Russia 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00
Poland 2 2 40,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 10,000.00
Czech Republic 1 1 25,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
Indonesia 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
Peru 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
South Korea 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
Chile|Argentina|Colombia 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
Germany 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Classified total 38 31 1,311,000.00 325,000.00 936,000.00 50,000.00
Unclassified total 30 21 1,870,000.00 230,000.00 1,510,000.00 130,000.00
Total 68 50 3,181,000.00 555,000.00 2,446,000.00 180,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (14 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
80,000 Hours Annual Review – December 20182019-05-07Benjamin Todd 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 80,0000 Hours Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growth/career counselingThis blog post is the annual self-review by 80,000 Hours, originally written in December 2018. Publication was deferred because 80,000 Hours was waiting to hear back on the status of some large grants (in particular, one from the Open Philanthropy Project), but most of the content is still from the December 2018 draft. The post goes into detail about 80,000 Hours' progress in 2018, impact and plan changes, and future expansion plans. Funding gaps are discussed (the funding gap for 2019 is $400,000, and further money will be saved for 2020 and 2021). Grants from the Open Philanthropy Project, BERI, and the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Meta Fund) are mentioned
My 2018 donations2019-01-20Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund GiveWell GiveWell top charities Ben Kuhn donor-advised fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
Animal Welfare Fund AMA2018-12-19Jamie Spurgeon Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund 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.
Announcing new EA Funds management teams2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
Update on Partnerships with External Donors2018-05-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Future Justice Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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 (68 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 68)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Rethink Priorities100,000.0022019-08-23Animal welfare/wild-animal suffering/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/6RriulfZ0A4OB6BpirdYe8Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Karolina Saerk Alexandria Beck Kieran Greig Donation process: Part of the July 2019 grant round disbursing $440,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "With this additional funding, they plan to research and publish on (i) ballot initiatives as an approach to help animals in the USA, (ii) finding concrete interventions in policy and invertebrate welfare with room for more funding, and (iii) wild animal welfare interventions and refining their wild animal welfare agenda."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Rethink Priorities has received grants from the Animal Welfare Fund in the last three grant rounds, and has used the funding to produce work on corporate outreach and invertebrate suffering. The grant page says: "Our decision was mainly informed by our reasoning that (a) research is relevant to funders in evaluating grant opportunities, and to organizations in prioritizing which interventions to engage in, (b) funding for animal research has grown greatly in more recent years but still makes up a relatively small % of overall animal funding, and (c) Rethink Priorities has a track record in providing high-quality research on neglected causes."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No specific reasons for amount given, but the amount is similar to amounts given in the last three grant rounds of $85,000, $75,000, and $80,000 respectively
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 22.73%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; Rethink Priorities has received grants from the Animal Welfare Fund in each of the three previous grant rounds

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Hong Kong Veg Society10,000.00592019-08-23Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/6RriulfZ0A4OB6BpirdYe8Lewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Karolina Saerk Alexandria Beck Kieran Greig Donation process: Part of the July 2019 grant round disbursing $440,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Veg outreach in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Veg Society works on a variety of programs, including their student ambassador program, online vegan challenge, and work to ensure that restaurants offer veg options."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grant page offers these reasons: (1) Possibly the highest rate of meat and seafood consumption worldwide. (2) Potential as a gateway into China, which may be the most important country in the wold for farmed animals. (3) Local philanthropy in Hong Kong is focused elsewhere, so there is a budget gap that the Animal Welfare Fund can fill

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No reason given for precise amount, but the grant page says: "With local philanthropic spending within Hong Kong focused elsewhere, there’s a gap in the Hong Kong Veg Society’s budget to which we are happy to contribute." The amount is likely determined based on the budget gap
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.27%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round

Other notes: Affected countries: Hong Kong.
Rethink Priorities80,000.0082019-03-06Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the March 2019 grant round disbursing $445,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says that the research agenda "includes projects on the impact of ballot initiatives and corporate campaigns, as well as research into improving wild animal welfare."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "While they have a limited track record in animal advocacy research as an organization, we are taking a bet on their team and strategy. Led by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis, they are now a team of 10 researchers, incorporating a broad range of experience including research into animal advocacy issues."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount similar to the amounts of previous grants: https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayW ($75,000) and https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E ($85,000)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 17.98%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Rethink Priorities received a similar grant in the previous two grant rounds, so the grantee was likely considered for a followup grant

Donor retrospective of the donation: The grantee would receive a followup grant in the next grant round (July 2019)

Other notes:
The Humane League100,000.0022019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the March 2019 grant round disbursing $445,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "We are providing funding for THL UK’s continued development of corporate campaign work globally, through two positions focused on coordinating members of the Open Wing Alliance. [...] THL UK is aiming to use these positions to ensure follow-through on all cage-free commitments that are scheduled to come into effect in 2020."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "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. [...] We think [ensuring follow-though on cage-free commitments] is a particularly important aspect of corporate campaigning, and may be crucial to get right early on."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined by the cost of the two positions in the UK. It is not clear how many months the two positions are being paid forr
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 22.47%

Other notes: Affected countries: United Kingdom.
Sinergia Animal85,000.0052019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Wild Animal Initiative50,000.00162019-03-06Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Faunalytics50,000.00162019-03-06Animal welfare/wild-animal sufferinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 He40,000.00312019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 International40,000.00312019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Rethink Priorities75,000.0092018-12-30Animal welfare/cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the December 2018 grant round disbursing $341,000. Specifically, this is part of the set of grants made in the "EAA research" category in the grant round, which totals $125,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "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."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "we are taking a bet on their team and strategy. Many of their researchers have significant experience in other fields, and we believe they can bring a fresh and critical eye to new animal advocacy interventions."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount similar to the amount of the previous grant https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E ($85,000)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.99%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Rethink Priorities received a similar grant in the previous grant round, so the grantee was likely considered for a followup grant

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to Rethink Priorities in both the next two rounds

Other notes:
Charity Entrepreneurship75,000.0092018-12-30Animal welfare/charity incubationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Encompass50,000.00162018-12-30Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Faunalytics20,000.00442018-12-30Animal welfare/survey researchhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 Farm20,000.00442018-12-30Animal welfare/wild animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 University10,000.00592018-12-30Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 Skowron30,000.00342018-12-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 Planet20,000.00442018-12-30Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 Tong20,000.00442018-12-30Animal welfare/diet changehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 Foundation20,000.00442018-12-30Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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 UK1,000.00682018-12-30Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/2uyvubn8KUCoqOQS6A4ayWLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon 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%.
Rethink Priorities85,000.0052018-07-31Animal welfare/Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the June 2018 grant round disbursing $1,205,000. Specifically, this is part of the set of grants made in the "Research and EA movement building" category in the grant round, which totals $760,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis want to assess current and potential animal welfare interventions as part of their trial project to generate actionable new insights across EA causes. For example, they want to vet claims about the efficacy of corporate campaigns and assess plausibly impactful work on wild animal welfare." Budget is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYaIpc-E112CMOcFHzq9UQAdWKnsDK8QeZTS85sk1RU/edit

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "I think these projects are worthwhile, but this is more a bet on the people [Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis] and their method than on specific projects: I see value to two experienced EA researchers approaching existing and new animal welfare interventions with a fresh and critical eye."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined both by total funds available for granting and by budget submitted by grantee at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYaIpc-E112CMOcFHzq9UQAdWKnsDK8QeZTS85sk1RU/edit#gid=0 This lists a main budget of $62,109 and an expansion budget of $101,309
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 7.05%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as the fact that the Rethink Priorities project is just getting started

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to Rethink Priorities in each of the next three grant rounds

Other notes:
Animal Welfare Action Lab75,000.0092018-07-31Animal 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 Fund50,000.00162018-07-31Animal 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 Society50,000.00162018-07-31Animal 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 Ethics70,000.00132018-07-31Animal 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 Farm40,000.00312018-07-31Animal 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 Research30,000.00342018-07-31Animal 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 Animali75,000.0092018-07-31Animal 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 Brasileira60,000.00152018-07-31Animal 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 Shanghai50,000.00162018-07-31Animal 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 Society50,000.00162018-07-31Animal 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 Project25,000.00412018-07-31Animal 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%.
Obraz25,000.00412018-07-31Animal 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%.
Animal Charity Evaluators500,000.0012018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the June 2018 grant round disbursing $1,205,000. Specifically, this is part of the set of grants made in the "Research and EA movement building" category in the grant round, which totals $760,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant to support ACE's operations. However, Bollard expects that ACE will hit its self-imposed limit of $1.25 million in funds raised, and will therefore redirect the excess funds to its top charities, which is also something Bollard is fine with

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "I think 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." Also: "And I see additional benefits to giving ACE greater financial security sooner and more influence over the distribution of funds in the movement."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "This is an unusually large and conventional grant for the EA Fund. But the EA Fund raised over $2M last year — thank you for your generosity! — and I don’t want it to sit idle while I identify more small and unique funding opportunities."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 41.49%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round

Other notes:
Hong Kong Veg Society20,000.00442018-07-31Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8ELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the June 2018 grant round disbursing $1,205,000. More specifically, it is part of $305,000 granted within the "International grassroots groups" category

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant for "Veg outreach in Hong Kong"

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "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. There are multiple groups working to promote veg eating and farm animal welfare in Hong Kong, and we plan to investigate them more thoroughly soon. In the meantime, this grant will help a group recommended by several people familiar with the Hong Kong scene to extend its grassroots activism."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "There are multiple groups working to promote veg eating and farm animal welfare in Hong Kong, and we plan to investigate them more thoroughly soon." This suggests the possibility that, after investigation, the Animal Welfare Fund may grant more to Hong Kong Veg Society, or may stop granting to it, supporting other groups instead

Donor retrospective of the donation: The donor would make a followup $10,000 grant in July 2019 https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/6RriulfZ0A4OB6BpirdYe8 and offer similar reasoning for the followup grant

Other notes: Affected countries: Hong Kong; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 International50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 Animal50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 Animal50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 Animals50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 Animal20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Japan20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Jogja20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Foundation20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Nepal20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Earth20,000.00442018-04-30Animal 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 Media85,000.0052018-04-30Animal 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 Intercept50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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 Media25,000.00412018-04-30Animal 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 Research100,000.0022018-04-30Animal 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 Institute70,000.00132018-04-30Animal 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%.
Encompass50,000.00162018-04-30Animal 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%.
The Humane League10,000.00592018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the November 2017 grant round disbursing $150,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page identifies two major activities of THL: "securing major corporate pledges to reduce the suffering of layer hens and broiler chickens" and "building a large grassroots movement for farm animals — especially through its international Open Wing Alliance"

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page mentions how Lewis Bollard, the fund manager, continues to be impressed by THL's performance in both areas where he expects the funds to be used

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "I’m not recommending more funding primarily because I expect Open Phil and other funders to fill most of what I perceive to be THL’s room for more funding this year."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round

Donor retrospective of the donation: Furthe grants from the Open Philanthropy Project to THL, as well as a followup grant from the Animal Welfare Fund to THL in 2019, suggest that Bollard would continue to stand by his positive impression of the grantee that motivated this grant

Other notes: The grant page provides more background: "To beat this benchmark, I think I need to identify groups that are potentially as or more promising than ACE’s top charities and have greater room for more funding (but not so much room for more funding that we’ll have invested time at the Open Philanthropy Project in making a large grant to them). Typically these groups will be small, esoteric, or high risk. [...] I’m also recommending a smaller sum to two ACE top charities that may have some capacity for extra funding — I view this as basically following the benchmark with the remainder of the funds. $10K to The Humane League $10K to the Good Food Institute".
Wild-Animal Suffering Research50,000.00162018-01-14Animal 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 USA30,000.00342018-01-14Animal 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 Animal20,000.00442018-01-14Animal 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 Animal20,000.00442018-01-14Animal 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 Institute10,000.00592018-01-14Animal 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 Good Food Institute10,000.00592018-01-14Animal 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%.
Animal Equality30,000.00342017-04-20Animal 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 Harvest30,000.00342017-04-20Animal 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 Foundation30,000.00342017-04-20Animal 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 Animal20,000.00442017-04-20Animal 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 USA10,000.00592017-04-20Animal 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 Contemporaries10,000.00592017-04-20Animal 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%.
Otwarte Klatki10,000.00592017-04-20Animal 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%.
The Humane League30,000.00342017-04-14Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/tI97LtH5AsIkgUa2IMCKiLewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the April 2017 grant round disbursing $180,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "THL is one of two key campaigning groups responsible for the major recent US corporate wins for layer hens and broiler chickens. [...] THL has also played a critical role in the global corporate campaign wins for layer hens, via the Open Wing Alliance, a grouping of 33 campaign groups that it organized."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "I’ve been consistently impressed by THL’s management, focus on staff and activist development, and wise use of funds across program areas. Open Phil already accounts for roughly half of THL’s budget, so dependence concerns may constrain our ability to fill its funding needs in future." Also: "The other is Mercy for Animals, which I’m not supporting via this Fund because I’m confident that major donors, including Open Phil, will fill its funding needs for now"

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, and also by The Humane League's progress with its corporate campaigns

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to The Humane League in two later grant rounds. Also, the Open Philanthropy Project would continue to make grants to THL on the recommendation of Lewis Bollard, so it seems that Bollard would consider the grant a success

Other notes: Explaining the general decisionmaking process behind the grant round, Bollard writes: "I want to signal to donors the sort of things I’m likely to recommend via this fund, and signal groups that I think have (a) additional room for more funding by individual donors and (b) Open Phil can’t fully fund because we already account for much of their budgets, e.g. The Humane League and Compassion in World Farming USA.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Charity Evaluators10,000.00592017-04-14Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/tI97LtH5AsIkgUa2IMCKiLewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the April 2017 grant round disbursing $180,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says that ACE works to "build a more effective farm animal movement through research, charity recommendations, and outreach to donors, researchers, and advocates."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: On the grrant page, Bollard says that he likes the work ACE does to "build a more effective farm animal movement through research, charity recommendations, and outreach to donors, researchers, and advocates." Moreover, at the time of making the grant recommendation, he was concerned that ACE will not fill its room for more funding this year

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined based on funds available, competing needs of other grrantees, and room for more funding of the grantee
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.60%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as funding situation of the grantee

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "I’m now more confident that funding gap will be filled by large funders, so it’s unlikely that I’ll direct more funds to ACE this year." This confidence is likely linked to a $500,000 grant from the Open Philanthropy Project (investigated by Bollard) that happens around the same time: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support

Donor retrospective of the donation: Bollard would recommend a $500,000 grant from the Open Philanthropy Project at around the same time: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support The Animal Welfare Fund would also make a $500,000 grant to ACE in 2018: https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/4Bianu30diUQeWGU2Oiq8E This suggests that Bollard would continue to stand by his positive assessment of ACE that motivated the grant

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