Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund donations made

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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/ea-community
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 (GW, IR) for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/a8eng4PbME85vdoep/introducing-the-ea-funds (GW, IR) 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 (GW, IR) 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. This particular fund was previously called the Community Fund; in October 2018, the blog post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yYHKRgLk9ufjJZn23/announcing-new-ea-funds-management-teams (GW, IR) announced that it was renamed to the Meta Fund to more accurately reflect its use for funding activities (such as cause prioritization) that are "meta" but not necessarily tied to community-building

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: As the name suggests, the Fund's focus area is "meta" activities related to effective altruism. This includes some activities that directly and explicitly relate to effective altruism, as well as other activities that are related more broadly to promoting a culture of more and smarter philanthropy. It also covers cause prioritization and foundational research work. At inception, the Fund had Nick Beckstead of Open Philanthropy its sole manager. Beckstead stepped down in August 2018, and October 2018, https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yYHKRgLk9ufjJZn23/announcing-new-ea-funds-management-teams (GW, IR) announces a new management team for the Fund, comprising Luke Ding (chair), Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, Alex Foster, and Tara MacAulay as members, and Nick Beckstead as advisor

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. Grant applications can be submitted any time; any submitted applications will be considered prior to the next grant round (each grant round has a deadline by which applications must be submitted to be considered)

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 Meta 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 38 18,000 66,996 5,000 10,000 11,000 14,228 16,000 18,000 40,000 73,500 110,000 234,543 393,939
Rationality community 1 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Effective altruism 28 20,000 66,161 5,000 10,000 11,000 15,000 17,000 20,000 40,000 75,818 110,000 200,000 393,939
Cause prioritization 6 14,000 61,050 10,000 10,000 12,000 12,000 14,000 14,000 18,000 64,000 64,000 248,300 248,300
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 2 73,500 154,022 73,500 73,500 73,500 73,500 73,500 73,500 234,543 234,543 234,543 234,543 234,543

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 2021 2020 2019 2018
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 28 19 1,852,510.00 253,428.00 20,000.00 874,000.00 705,082.00
Cause prioritization (filter this donor) 6 4 366,300.00 248,300.00 0.00 104,000.00 14,000.00
Forecasting (filter this donor) 2 1 308,043.00 308,043.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Charity incubation (filter this donor) 1 1 14,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,000.00
Rationality community (filter this donor) 1 1 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00
Total 38 25 2,545,853.00 809,771.00 20,000.00 978,000.00 738,082.00

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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 2021 2020 2019 2018
Effective altruism/movement growth 11 7 854,264.00 0.00 0.00 290,000.00 564,264.00
Effective altruism/movement growth/career counseling 4 1 490,818.00 0.00 0.00 370,000.00 120,818.00
Cause prioritization 5 4 356,300.00 248,300.00 0.00 94,000.00 14,000.00
Forecasting 2 1 308,043.00 308,043.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism/research guidance 4 2 283,428.00 253,428.00 20,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/talent pipeline 2 2 98,000.00 0.00 0.00 98,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/fundraising 3 3 43,000.00 0.00 0.00 43,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/government policy 1 1 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/personal coaching 1 1 23,000.00 0.00 0.00 23,000.00 0.00
Charity incubation 1 1 14,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,000.00
Effective altruism/meta/fiundraising 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Effective altruism 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Cause prioritization/Animal welfare 1 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Rationality community 1 1 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00
Classified total 38 25 2,545,853.00 809,771.00 20,000.00 978,000.00 738,082.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 25 2,545,853.00 809,771.00 20,000.00 978,000.00 738,082.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2021 2020 2019 2018
Founders Pledge (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 519,939.00 0.00 0.00 110,000.00 409,939.00
80,000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 490,818.00 0.00 0.00 370,000.00 120,818.00
Metaculus (filter this donor) 308,043.00 308,043.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 284,528.00 262,528.00 0.00 22,000.00 0.00
Effective Thesis (filter this donor) 269,200.00 239,200.00 20,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Community Building Grants (filter this donor) 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Sweden (filter this donor) 83,264.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 83,264.00
Lucius Caviola (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 76,061.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 71,061.00
Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 64,000.00 0.00 0.00 64,000.00 0.00
High Impact Policy Engine (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00
Generation Pledge (filter this donor) 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
EA Coaching (filter this donor) 23,000.00 0.00 0.00 23,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Geneva (filter this donor) 18,000.00 0.00 0.00 18,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Norway (filter this donor) 18,000.00 0.00 0.00 18,000.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Netherlands (filter this donor) 17,000.00 0.00 0.00 17,000.00 0.00
One for the World (filter this donor) 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00
Rethink Charity (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Community project coordination FB Site 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 14,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,000.00
Global Priorities Institute (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 14,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,000.00
RC Forward (filter this donor) 11,000.00 0.00 0.00 11,000.00 0.00
Let's Fund (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Raising for Effective Giving (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
The Life You Can Save (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth/fundraising FB Tw Site 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Berkeley REACH (filter this donor) Rationality community FB Site 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00
Total -- -- 2,545,853.00 809,771.00 20,000.00 978,000.00 738,082.00

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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 2021 2019 2018
Luke Ding|Alex Foster|Denise Melchin|Matt Wage|Tara MacAulay 18 16 641,000.00 0.00 512,000.00 129,000.00
Nick Beckstead 4 4 609,082.00 0.00 0.00 609,082.00
Michael Aird|Max Daniel|Michelle Hutchinson|Buck Shlegeris|Chi Nguyen 3 2 547,243.00 547,243.00 0.00 0.00
Luke Ding|Alex Foster|Denise Melchin|Matt Wage 10 10 466,000.00 0.00 466,000.00 0.00
Michelle Hutchinson|Buck Shlegeris|Max Daniel|Ben Kuhn 1 1 248,300.00 248,300.00 0.00 0.00
Michelle Hutchinson|Michael Aird|Max Daniel|Buck Shlegeris|Chi Nguyen 1 1 14,228.00 14,228.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 37 25 2,525,853.00 809,771.00 978,000.00 738,082.00
Unclassified total 1 1 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 38 25 2,545,853.00 809,771.00 978,000.00 738,082.00

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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
Sweden 1 1 83,264.00 0.00 83,264.00
United Kingdom 1 1 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00
Netherlands 1 1 17,000.00 17,000.00 0.00
Classified total 3 3 140,264.00 57,000.00 83,264.00
Unclassified total 35 22 2,405,589.00 921,000.00 654,818.00
Total 38 25 2,545,853.00 978,000.00 738,082.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (30 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Infrastructure Fund: May–August 2021 grant recommendations (GW, IR)2021-12-24Max Daniel Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Michael Aird Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Jaan Tallinn Open Philanthropy Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Periodic donation list documentationEffective altruismIn this cross-post of https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants the EA Infrastructure Fund managers document grants made from May 2021 to August 2021, and also provide general updates about the fund's current state of operations, including estimates of grantmaking and funds received in 2021 as well as acceptance rate. It also mentions grants to the fund from Jaan Tallinn (based on the Survival and Flourishing Fund process) and Open Philanthropy. Ozzie Gooen offers a "quick take" in the comments.
Public reports are now optional for EA Funds grantees (GW, IR)2021-11-12Asya Bergal Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism|Animal welfare|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Global health and developmentThe blog post says: "Public reports are now explicitly optional for applicants to EA Funds." It further days: "If you are an individual applicant or a new organization, choosing not to have a public report will very rarely affect the chance that we fund you (and we will reach out to anyone for whom it would make a substantial difference). If you are an established organization, choosing not to have a public report may slightly decrease the chance that we fund you."
Things I often tell people about applying to EA Funds (GW, IR)2021-10-26Michael Aird Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism|Animal welfare|AI safety|Global catastrophic risksMichael Aird, currently serving as a guest manager on one of the EA Funds (the Infrastructure Fund) lists various things he often tells people about applying to the EA Funds: Your application can be quick and unpolished, Your application can leave some questions open, can suggest multiple possible scenarios, and can “start a dialogue”, Maybe think about pilots and proxies, Maybe think big, You can apply for a planning/exploration grant, Encourage other people to apply!, You should consider applying to both EA Funds and other funders, Decisions and transfers can be fast, There’s usually some flexibility in how the money is used, and sometimes a lot of flexibility, It doesn’t matter much whether you select EAIF or LTFF. The post also includes object-level suggestions.
Funds are available to fund non-EA-branded groups (GW, IR)2021-07-20Buck Shlegeris Claire Zabel Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Broad donor strategyEffective altruismBuck Shlegeris writes that he is "interested in evaluating applications from people who run groups (in-person or online, full-time or part-time) on a variety of related topics, as well as people who do or want to do work for existing groups, or group organizers who want funding to hire someone else to work with them. He says: "In cases where the project/expense isn’t a good fit for the EA Funds, but I think it’s worth supporting, I am likely able to offer alternative sources of funds."
What would you do if you had half a million dollars? (GW, IR)2021-07-17Patrick Brinich-Langlois Effective Altruism ForumDonor lottery Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Longview Philanthropy Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Longview Philanthropy Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Request for proposalsPatrick Brinich-Langlois announces that he won the 2020/2021 $500,000 donor lottery, and is looking for where best to donate. The post suggests that he is inclined to donating the money to an existing grantmaking body, such as the Long-Term Future Fund, Longview Philanthropy, the EA Infrastructure Fund, or the Patient Philanthropy Fund.
You can now apply to EA Funds anytime! (LTFF & EAIF only) (GW, IR)2021-06-17Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismTwo of the Effective Altruism Funds, the Long-Term Future Fund and Infrastructure Fund, announce that they are switching to rolling applications, and they "now aim to evaluate most grants within 21 days of submission (and all grants within 42 days), regardless of when they have been submitted." The post also says: "You can now suggest that we give money to other people, or let us know about ideas for how we could spend our money." And: "We fund student scholarships, career exploration, local groups, entrepreneurial projects, academic teaching buy-outs, top-up funding for poorly paid academics, and many other things. We can make anonymous grants without public reporting."
EA Infrastructure Fund: Ask us anything! (GW, IR)2021-06-02Jonas Vollmer Michelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Max Daniel Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Donee AMAEffective altruismThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund. The questions and answers are in the post comments. Questions include one on credit allocation for grant success (from Buck Shlegeris) and on funding past expenses (from Linchuan Zhang), and several from Michael Aird.
EA Funds has appointed new fund managers (GW, IR)2021-03-23Jonas Vollmer Sam Deere Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Status changeEffective altruism|Animal welfare|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|LongtermismIn this post, Jonas Vollmer and Sam Deere announce a new set of fund managers for three of the EA Funds: Animal Welfare Fund, Long-Term Future Fund, and EA Infrastructure Fund. The post says: "Existing fund managers were given the opportunity to re-apply if they wished, and new candidates were sourced through our networks. We received 66 applications from new candidates. Fund managers were appointed on the basis of their performance on work tests, their past experience in grantmaking or other relevant areas, and formal and informal references. These fund managers have been appointed for a two-year term, after which we will run a similar process again. [...] We’re also experimenting with a new system of guest fund managers, allowing people who might be a good fit to provide input to the fund for a single grant round. [...] We hope that these changes will substantially increase each fund’s capacity to evaluate grants."
EA Funds is more flexible than you might think (GW, IR)2021-03-05Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Broad donor strategyEffective altruism|Animal welfare|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|LongtermismIn this post, Jonas Vollmer, who leads EA Funds, explains ways that three of the EA Funds (the EA Infrastructure Fund, the Long-Term Future Fund, and the Animal Welfare Fund), are more flexible than many potential applicants might think. Some forms of flexibility listed are: long-term relationships, academic scholarships, teaching buy-outs, organization funding, large grants, off-cycle grants, anonymized grants, and forwarding to other funders.
Giving What We Can & EA Funds now operate independently of CEA (GW, IR)2020-12-21Max Dalton Jonas Vollmer Luke Freemaan Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 Giving What We Can Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Giving What We Can Status changeAnimal welfare|Global health and development|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruism|LongtermismThis cross-post of https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/giving-what-we-can-and-ea-funds-now-operate-independently-of-cea/ announces that Giving What We Can (GWWC), operated by Luke Freeman, and the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Funds), operated by Jonas Vollmer, are now operated independent of the Centre for Effective Altruism. Also, Effective Altruism Grants (EA Grants) is now fully closed. The plan to close it had been announced in April 2020 at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/SX6vKhRQsFj8AjYrM/brief-update-on-ea-grants (GW, IR) but some existing grant commitments needed to be honored before fully closing the program out. The post includes growth, retention, and content plans for GWWC, and donor satisfaction, donation, and grantmaking data for EA Funds.
The EA Meta Fund is now the EA Infrastructure Fund (GW, IR)2020-08-20Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Status changeEffective altruismIn the blog post, one of the Effective Altruism Funds, the (EA) Meta Fund, previously called the (EA) Community Fund, announces that it is renaming itself to the (EA) Infrastructure Fund. The blog post says the name change was prompted by a trademark infringement claim.
Long-Term Future Fund and EA Meta Fund applications open until June 12th (GW, IR)2020-05-15Alex Foster Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post links to the application forms for two of the EA Funds (Long-Term Future Fund and Meta Fund) and gives a deadline of June 12, 2020 for the next round for both. It also announces that the minimum allowed grant size is reduced from $10,000 to $5,000.
Brief update on EA Grants (GW, IR)2020-04-21Nicloe Ross Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Grants Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund ShutdownNicole Ross announces that EA Grants is no longer accepting new applications. Grantseekers are encouraged to apply to one of the EA Funds instead; the deadline for application for the upcoming round for the the EA Meta Fund, the Animal Welfare Fund, and the Long-Term Future Fund is June 15, 2020.
Long-Term Future Fund and EA Meta Fund applications open until January 31st (GW, IR)2020-01-06Alex Foster Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post links to the application forms for two of the EA Funds (Long-Term Future Fund and Meta Fund) and gives a deadline of January 31, 2020 for the next round for both. It also provides information on the kinds of grants that each fund is interested in giving. The EA Meta Fund description clarifies that projects related to community building should instead seek funding from Effective Altruism Community Building Grants, but local groups doing other kinds of projects can still apply to the EA Meta Fund.
Effective Altruism Funds Project Updates (GW, IR)2019-12-20Sam Deere Effective Altruism FundsEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 and development|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post is by Sam Deere of the Centre for Effective Altruism, who is the project lead for Effective Altruism Funds (EA Funds). The blog post goes over the purpose of EA Funds, structure of fund management teams, the use of the EA Funds platform to directly donate to charities, and the project status and relationship with CEA. Regarding the last point: "Currently EA Funds is a project wholly within the central part of the Centre for Effective Altruism (as opposed to a satellite project housed within the same legal organization, like 80,000 Hours or the Forethought Foundation). However, we’re currently investigating whether this should change. This is largely driven by a divergence in organizational priorities – specifically, that CEA is focusing on building communities and spaces for discussing EA ideas (e.g. local groups, EA Global and related events, and the EA Forum), whereas EA Funds is primarily fundraising-oriented." The post also announces recent updates to the EA Funds website and the launch of a publicly-accessible dashboard for fund statistics https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/about/stats
Which Community Building Projects Get Funded? (GW, IR)2019-11-13Anonymous Effective Altruism Grants Effective Altruism Community Building Grants Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Review of current state of cause areaEffective altruism/movement growthThe blog post is written by an anonymous author who "unsuccessfully attempted to get funding through one or more of the channels discussed below and could potentially benefit from changes to these grantmaking processes." The post says: "I show that all three of these grantmaking channels use processes that implicitly or explicitly restrict the number and type of CB projects that are considered. The outcome of these processes have been grants that primarily fund CB projects in close geographical proximity to the grantmakers." The post includes a lot of data on geographic distribution of grantees of EA Community Building Grants (CBG), EA Grants, and the EA Meta Fund, and it attracts a lot of comments discussion.
EA Meta Fund and Long-Term Future Fund are looking for applications again until October 11th (GW, IR)2019-09-13Denise Melchin Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post announces that two of the funds under Effective Altruism Funds, namely the Long-Term Future Fund and the EA Meta Fund, are open for rolling applications. The application window for the current round ends on October 11. This is a followup to a similar post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/wuKRAX9uD9akupTJ3/long-term-future-fund-and-ea-meta-fund-applications-open (GW, IR) for the previous grant round
Long Term Future Fund and EA Meta Fund applications open until June 28th (GW, IR)2019-06-10Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Request for proposalsAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe blog post announces that two of the funds under Effective Altruism Funds, namely the Long-Term Future Fund and the EA Meta Fund, are open for rolling applications. The application window for the current round ends on June 28. Response time windows will be 3-4 months (i.e., after the end of the corresponding application cycle). In rare cases, grants may be made out-of-cycle. Grant amounts must be at least $10,000, and will generally be under $100,000. The blog post gives guidelines on the kinds of applications that each fund will accept
EA Meta Fund: we are open to applications (GW, IR)2019-01-05Denise Melchin Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund 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 2018 (GW, IR)2018-12-19Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund 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
Announcing new EA Funds management teams (GW, IR)2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 management 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 CEA (GW, IR)2018-08-07Marek Duda Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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
The EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds Lack Transparency and Accountability (GW, IR)2018-07-23Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund 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
How to improve EA Funds (GW, IR)2018-04-04Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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
EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried? (GW, IR)2018-01-31Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 Funds (GW, IR)2017-06-01Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 Funds (GW, IR)2017-04-20Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 Launch (GW, IR)2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 Funds (GW, IR)2017-02-09William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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: Effective Altruism Infrastructure 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 (38 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 38)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Rethink Priorities14,228.00272021-07Effective altruism/research guidancehttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichelle Hutchinson Michael Aird Max Daniel Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Donation process: Part of a set of grants that were decided between May and August 2021. This includes grant applications from the Q2 grant cycle as well as rolling applications since then; the exact timing of this particular grant is not stated.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Michelle Hutchinson's writeup on the grant on the grant page says: "In the last round, we partially funded Rethink Priorities’ internship programme. They had a stronger applicant pool than expected and wanted to take on more people, so this grant is a small top-up to our previous grant."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Likely the same reasons apply as for the original grant, that https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants#rethink-priorities-248300 documents.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is decided based on the funds needed for hiring the additional interns over the original budget.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 0.84%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the internship application process and identification of promising applications.
Effective Thesis239,200.0032021-07Effective altruism/research guidancehttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichael Aird Max Daniel Michelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Donation process: Part of a set of grants that were decided between May and August 2021. This includes grant applications from the Q2 grant cycle as well as rolling applications since then; the exact timing of this particular grant is not stated.

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Michael Aird's writeup on the grant on the grant page says: "This grant is intended to cover 3 FTE of salaries for Effective Thesis employees (focused on management, content, and coaching), split among >3 people, as well as some other costs (like contractors)."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Michael Aird's grant write-up says: "Effective Thesis has been running for several years, though with fairly little funding. I consider its work and impact to date decent but not amazing. But I think that the need Effective Thesis aims to address is worth addressing, that their track record is reasonable given their low budget to date, and that their plans seem pretty good."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: Michael Aird's grant write-up says: "Whether I’d recommend funding them further, and at what level, will depend on their progress following this funding injection."

Other notes: In a quick take https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/pwnvva4AHfxYZmaGM/ea-infrastructure-fund-may-august-2021-grant-recommendations?commentId=YkLKFcrkLrYvPYbHL (GW, IR) Ozzie Gooen writes: "This surprised me. I like the idea of effective thesis, and haven't been keeping track of it closely. I'm curious how 3 FTE will be spent here. Mainly, I'm curious about just how effective this sort of intervention is, particularly at a larger scale.". Intended funding timeframe in months: 12; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 14.07%.
Metaculus234,543.0042021-07Forecastinghttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichael Aird Max Daniel Michelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Donation process: Part of a set of grants that were decided between May and August 2021. This includes grant applications from the Q2 grant cycle as well as rolling applications since then; the exact timing of this particular grant is not stated.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page lists the grant purpose as "Salaries for Metaculus staff to support EA-related forecasting, assessing the impact of their work, and other activities." Activities that might be funded by the grant include: "(1) Running ~10 forecasting tournaments on EA-relevant topics in partnership with relevant stakeholders, as part of their Forecasting Causes program. Examples of the topics these tournaments may focus on include biosecurity, animal welfare, artificial intelligence, climate change, and global poverty. (2) Improving Metaculus’s processes so that these tournaments get better results and require less work from the organizations with whom they partner. (3) Building features and tools to help forecasters make forecasts, and to help decision-makers interpret those forecasts. (4) Conducting and publishing an annual impact survey."

Other notes: Within two months of this grant, the Infrastructure Fund makes another grant to Metaculus for $73,500 (the order between the grants is not clear, but the grant page says they are separated by two months). In a quick take comment https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/pwnvva4AHfxYZmaGM/ea-infrastructure-fund-may-august-2021-grant-recommendations?commentId=YkLKFcrkLrYvPYbHL (GW, IR) Ozzie Gooen writes: "Seems pretty safe and I look forward to the results. One small point is that I think Metaculus might be a c-corp startup; if this is the case, it could be neat if future donations come with equity. (Mainly a concern if donations increase, and the investment is general-purpose)". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.79%.
Metaculus73,500.00122021-07Forecastinghttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichael Aird Max Daniel Michelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Chi Nguyen Donation process: Part of a set of grants that were decided between May and August 2021. This includes grant applications from the Q2 grant cycle as well as rolling applications since then; the exact timing of this particular grant is not stated.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant for "1-year salary for an EA Question Author + [$20,000 for] prize pools for EA-related competitions." The competitions include a fortified essay competition as https://metaculus.medium.com/aligning-incentives-for-forecast-accuracy-relevance-and-efficacy-a-new-paradigm-for-metaculus-26b0e79616cb describes. The EA Question Author's tasks include: "(1) Helping to determine which cause areas and topics to run tournaments on. (2) Developing EA-relevant forecasting questions. (3) Writing summaries and reports on EA-relevant forecasting questions developed by others. (4) Liaising with EA organizations and local groups."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is chosen as the sum of the cost of the two things being funded: the 1-year salary and the $20,000 prize pool.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 4.32%

Other notes: Within two months of this grant, the Infrastructure Fund makes another grant to Metaculus for $73,500 (the order between the grants is not clear, but the grant page says they are separated by two months). In a quick take comment https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/pwnvva4AHfxYZmaGM/ea-infrastructure-fund-may-august-2021-grant-recommendations?commentId=YkLKFcrkLrYvPYbHL (GW, IR) Ozzie Gooen writes: "Seems pretty safe and I look forward to the results. One small point is that I think Metaculus might be a c-corp startup; if this is the case, it could be neat if future donations come with equity. (Mainly a concern if donations increase, and the investment is general-purpose)". Intended funding timeframe in months: 12.
Rethink Priorities248,300.0022021-04-01Cause prioritizationhttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grantsMichelle Hutchinson Buck Shlegeris Max Daniel Ben Kuhn Donation process: Part of the April 2021 EA Infrastructure Fund grants round (based on applications in Q1 2021). The grant page says: "Total grants: $1,221,178 (assuming all grantees accept the full grants); Number of grants: 26; Number of applications (excluding desk rejections): 58. [...] This is the first grant round led by the EAIF’s new committee, consisting of Buck Shlegeris, Max Daniel, Michelle Hutchinson, and Ben Kuhn as a guest fund manager, with Jonas Vollmer temporarily taking on chairperson duties, advising, and voting consultatively on grants."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Rethink Priorities is a research organization working on (largely empirical) questions related to how to do the most good, including questions like what moral weights we should assign to different animal species, or understanding what the current limitations of forecasting mean for longtermism. Roughly half of this grant supports 9 interns (7 FTE), with the main aim of training them in empirical impact-focused research. [...] The second half of the grant goes toward growing Rethink’s capacity to conduct research on EA movement strategy. The team focuses on running surveys, aimed both at EAs and the broader public. The types of research this funding will enable include getting a better sense of how many people in the broader public are aware of and open to EA."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our perception is that it would be useful to have more of this research done and that there currently aren’t many mentors who can help people learn to do it. Rethink Priorities has some experience of successfully supporting EA researchers to skill up. The case study of Luisa Rodriguez seemed compelling to us: she started out doing full-time EA research for Rethink Priorities, went on to become a research assistant for William MacAskill's forthcoming book about longtermism, and plans to work as a researcher at 80,000 Hours. Luisa thinks it's unlikely she would have become a full-time EA researcher if she hadn't received the opportunity to train up at Rethink Priorities. [For the second purpose of the grant] This research seems useful for planning how much and what kinds of EA outreach to do. For example, a number of people we asked found RP’s survey on longtermism useful."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A small top-up grant of $14,228 is announced at https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants as part of the May to August 2021 grants.

Other notes: The grant page says, talking of the EA-related surveys portion of the grant: "a funding model we considered suggesting was EAIF paying for specific pieces of research ‘commissioned’ by groups such as CEA. This model would have the benefit that the group commissioning the research would be responsible for applying for the funding, and so the onus would be on them to make sure they would use the research generated. On the other hand, we hope that this type of research will be useful to many different groups, including ones like local groups who typically don’t have much funding. We therefore decided in favor of approving this funding application as is. We’d still be interested in continued close collaborations between RP and the groups who will be using the research, such as CEA and local EA groups.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.33%.
Effective Thesis (Earmark: David Janků)20,000.00192020-08-31Effective altruism/research guidancehttps://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/ea-infrastructure-fund-off-cycle-grants-2020-- Donation process: Part of a set of off-cycle grants made in August 2020 by the EA Infrastructure Fund. The grant page says: "While we generally encourage potential grantees to apply for funding in line with our triannual grant rounds, we are open to considering off-cycle grants when it seems particularly valuable for a project to be funded quickly rather than waiting until the next grant round."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "The key aim of this grant was to provide David Janků (the current project manager) with a 6-month exit grant, so that he could downscale Effective Thesis to a volunteer-led initiative or look for alternative sources of funding."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our core reasoning behind [the July 2019] grant still stands. [...] Providing students with thesis topic advice requires a small level of input from an experienced researcher, usually 1-3 hours per student. [...] As finding high-caliber coaches with enough available time seems to be the most significant hurdle for many coaching projects, we are impressed that Effective Thesis seems to have made good progress in this area. We decided to make this off-cycle grant to Effective Thesis as an exit grant to support organizational changes. While we have had a positive impression of many aspects of Effective Thesis and were excited for the idea to be tested out, our current view is that it might be more valuable for the project to be led by a network of volunteers rather than a single full-time project manager."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is chosen based on the scope of a 6-month exit grant to "downscale Effective Thesis to a volunteer-led initiative or look for alternative sources of funding."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made after enough time has passed for the evaluation of the results of the July 2019 grant.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 6

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant is intended as an exit grant, at least for the current iteration of Effective Thesis. The grant page says "it might be more valuable for the project to be led by a network of volunteers rather than a single full-time project manager"

Donor retrospective of the donation: A later grant https://funds.effectivealtruism.org/funds/payouts/may-august-2021-ea-infrastructure-fund-grants provides 1-year funding for 3 full-time employees, suggesting a change from the intentions with which the exit grant is made (to transition from full-time management to a volunteer network).
80,000 Hours200,000.0052019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." However, it is not clear if 80,000 Hours submitted an application, it may well be one of the two grantees that did not. It also seems that 80,000 Hours is considered as a grantee in each grant round; it received grants in all three previous grant rounds

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: 80,000 Hours plans to hirre 5 full-time equivalents (FTE) over 2019 and anothe 5 over 2020. The additional funding gives them the budget needed to pay for these hires

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor believes 80,000 Hours is one of the highest impact-per-dollar meta organizations, for reasons similar to those explained in previous grant rounds https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW (November 2018) and https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b (March 2019)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is similar to amounts granted in previous grant rounds; it is probably at the larger end of the amount the Meta Fund feels comfortable granting to a single organization in one grant round (the total amount granted in the grant round if $466,000, so this amount is around 43% of that total). Also, the amount ($200,000) fills half the funding shortfall of 80,000 Hours from the 2018 fundraiser (of $400,000)
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 42.90%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The EA Meta Fund team is excited to see 80,000 Hours expand headcount and operations. Currently, the expansion is bottlenecked on money: "Right now, they cannot fully commit to hiring in 2020 as their expansion budget has not been filled. Ideally, they would already be searching for those hires, so they are being somewhat slowed down by their lack of funding."
Rethink Priorities12,000.00302019-08-23Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." From the description, it appears that Rethink Priorities is one of the 7 grantees who applied

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant covers two projects: (1) geopolitical implications of climate change on mass migration (2) cost-effectiveness of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page references the March 2019 grant https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b and says: "we believe the reasons behind this grant still stand." Further: "We noted in the previous round that we expect there is particular value in Rethink Priorities undertaking commissioned research into areas that are neglected by other researchers. In this round, Rethink Priorities applied for funding to support two specific research projects, both of which were suggested by researchers at other high-impact organizations, and require collaboration with those researchers. We view this as an indication that these projects will provide value."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely based on amount requested by donee and needed for the two projects
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.70%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, also by the readiness of these projects to be funded
Effective Thesis10,000.00322019-08-23Effective altruism/research guidancehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether Effective Thesis is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Effective Thesis advises students on choosing an impactful research topic for their thesis by connecting them with experienced researchers." Further: "Providing students with thesis topic advice requires a small level of input from an experienced researcher, usually 1-3 hours per student." And: "Effective Thesis has a network of 44 coaches with the capacity to take on at least 2x as many students as they help now."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Since September 2018, Effective Thesis has received over 200 applications from students who want help with figuring out their thesis topic and provided 60 students with coaching. We share their expectation that a small number of cases likely account for the majority of the project's impact. The best cases so far appear to have been cases where students - who already planned to become researchers in the long-term - substantially changed their focus to higher-impact topics primarily because of their work with Effective Thesis."

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

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.15%.
Effective Altruism Community Building Grants120,000.0072019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." However, it is not clear if Effective Altruism Community Building Grants submitted an application, it may well be one of the two grantees that did not.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The money will add to the pot of money available to Effective Altruism Community Building Grants to disburse

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "This is an early-stage grant; we expect the experimental value to be greater than the direct impact of the grant." Specifically, community building grants seem impotant, and the EA Meta Fund committee believes that decisions on how to allocate community building grants are best handled by the Effective Altruism Community Building Grants. Also: "While the program is relatively new, having been launched 18 months ago, the team has carried out some initial impact assessment; so far, the results seem to be positive."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is likely chosen keeping in mind the "early-stage grant" nature
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 26.90%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as relative maturity of EA CBG and completion of its initial impact assessment

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "In the future, if we continue to support EA CBG, we plan to dig deeper into their individual grant outcomes and to further discuss the evaluation process and evidence of impact with the CBG team."

Other notes: The grant page says: "As part of our decision to write this grant, we have referred all our highest-potential community building grants to EA CBG.".
High Impact Policy Engine40,000.00162019-08-23Effective altruism/government policyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether HIPE is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support HIPE in its fundraising efforts to cover salary and travel costs for one full-time employee for 2 years in the UK government.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "If HIPE can demonstrate value to the UK government department (e.g., through improving policy-making, staff wellbeing, or staff retention), HIPE believes they would have a reasonably strong chance of being made a permanent project fully funded by the government." Further: "This grant is made experimentally, largely on the promise of the idea and the reputation of the two founding volunteers."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount less than, but contributing a nontrivial fraction to, the two-year salary and travel costs for one full-time employee that it is for. At around the same time, the Long Term Future Fund grants $60,000 to HIPE, also to cover these costs. It is likely that the combined $100,000 covers part or all of the cost.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 8.58%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as by the opportunity that has been opened by the potential for a two-year job in the UK civil service if HIPE secures funding
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "Any further funding will be sensitive to the strength of their team in the future."

Other notes: Affected countries: United Kingdom.
Generation Pledge30,000.00172019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether Generation Pledge is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Generation Pledge mirrors the Founders Pledge model, but working with next gens rather than founders. The world's ultra high net worth families collectively own $31.5 trillion. Several thousand next gens will inherit this wealth. Generation Pledge aims to support those next gens to maximise their social impact."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "[I]n the past few months they have grown their pledger community significantly. They have an expected pledge value of over $300 million, with a number of sensible discount factors applied. We think that these positive updates are enough to justify Generation Pledge being funded through to a later stage, where they will have the opportunity to prove they can turn these pledges into donations to effective charities."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "This grant will contribute towards Generation Pledge's immediate funding gap for 2019, giving them more runway to fundraise and further grow their pledger base."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.44%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as by the progress made by Generation Pledge in getting $300 million pledged

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page talks of a "later stage, where they will have the opportunity to prove they can turn these pledges into donations to effective charities." It is likely that Generation Pledge will be considered for further grants if it is able to turn donations to pledges
EA Coaching (Earmark: Lynette Bye)23,000.00182019-08-23Effective altruism/personal coachinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether EA Coaching is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grantee is a productivity coaching organization, currently with just one person, Lynette Bye. The grant page says: "This grant will allow Lynette to offer coaching calls to people working at high-impact organizations at a highly subsidized rate, offer free coaching for select referrals from 80,000 Hours, and hire contractors to help create materials to scale her coaching."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grant based on Lynette's impact evaluation https://effectivealtruismcoaching.com/results The grant page says: "Given the early-stage nature of her project, we found the results fairly compelling. A number of her clients working at high-impact organizations have reported significant increases in their hours of productive work." Also: "Lynette focuses on clients working in AI alignment and at high-impact "meta" organizations. She has previously worked with employees at FHI, the Open Philanthropy Project, CEA, CHAI, MIRI, DeepMind, and the Forethought Foundation, and she expects to continue to do so. Given that these organizations focus on particularly high-impact areas, we expect that increasing their productivity should be very valuable.

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

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 4.93%.
Rethink Charity15,000.00242019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether Rethink Charity is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to design and run an updated version ofthe EA Survey in 2019. The grant page says: "Rethink has been collaborating with CEA and other meta organizations to gather input on the 2019 survey. Like last year, Rethink will release anonymized data and summary survey output." There is an accompanying $5,000 grant to CEA, which will use the funding to pay Rethink for "bespoke analysis of the results."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "[I]it is valuable to generate more empirical data to inform movement-building strategy. In particular, we are aware that some high-impact organizations consistently collaborate with the researchers who analyze the survey, in order to inform their organizational and community-building strategies. [...] Maintaining a sufficiently large survey and in-depth analysis seems like one of the better methods to generate data and insights [about the broad effective altruism movement]."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Also, the grant page says: "We think part of the benefit of the survey is ensuring data that is collected on a regular basis to allow for consistent year-on-year comparisons. Funding at this stage will allow the survey and analysis to be carried out this year in line with the annual publishing cycle."
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.22%.
Centre for Effective Altruism5,000.00372019-08-23Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." CEA is not a direct grantee, but an intermediary for part of a grant; it did not apply in this application process

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant for CEA to use to pay Rethink Charity for "bespoke analysis of the results" of the 2019 EA Survey. This accompanies a separate $15,000 grant to Rethink Charity for the 2019 EA Survey.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "This financial structure is meant to ensure that a significant fraction of Rethink's analysis will be directly relevant to what CEA is looking to learn from the survey."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount of $5,000, compared to $15,000 directly granted to Rethink Charity to conduct the survey, probably reflects the nature of power balance that the Meta Fund managers want to engineer between CEA and Rethink Charity, in terms of the extent to which they control the priorities of the EA Survey
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 1.07%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Also, the grant page says: "We think part of the benefit of the survey is ensuring data that is collected on a regular basis to allow for consistent year-on-year comparisons. Funding at this stage will allow the survey and analysis to be carried out this year in line with the annual publishing cycle."
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12
RC Forward11,000.00312019-08-23Effective altruism/fundraisinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LKLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Donation process: Part of the July 2019 EA Meta Fund grants round. The grant page says: "7 of the 9 grantees in this round applied through this process." It is not clear whether RC Forward is one of the 7 that applied

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grantee, RC Forward, is a subsidiary of Rethink Charity that specializes in helping donors in Canada make tax-deductible donations. In 2018, it moved $3.3 million to 25 effective charities with just $50,000 in operational expenses

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "RC Forward still looks to be a relatively strong donation opportunity even when applying the most pessimistic estimates. In 2018, RC Forward is expected to have moved at least $3 for every $1 spent." Also: "Even if only 2% of the total money moved through the platform last year was directly caused by RC Forward, they would beat the break-even point." Further: "Although any potential scale-up is limited to the Canadian market, the platform could process many more donations within that market without a proportional rise in costs." It also links to RC Forward's own analysis at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/n2Y7z5wvjTuNn5TYg/cost-effectiveness-of-rc-forward (GW, IR)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "This grant will fill RC Forward's immediate remaining funding gap for 2019."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.36%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, and by RC Forward getting close to Giving Season 2019
Lucius Caviola80,000.00102019-03-07Effective 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: 15.63%.
Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research64,000.00132019-03-07Cause 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: 12.50%.
Effective Altruism Norway18,000.00202019-03-07Effective 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: 3.52%.
Effective Altruism Geneva18,000.00202019-03-07Cause 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: 3.52%.
Effective Altruism Netherlands17,000.00222019-03-07Effective 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: 3.32%.
One for the World15,000.00242019-03-07Effective 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: 2.93%.
The Life You Can Save10,000.00322019-03-07Effective 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: 1.95%.
80,000 Hours170,000.0062019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: This is part of the March 2019 grant round from the EA Meta Fund, comprising "a mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to fund both younger organizations and specific projects." The grant to 80,000 Hours is among the "larger grants to more established meta groups"

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: 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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing largely determined by timing of the grant round. Also, it is relevant that 80,000 Hours has not yet filled its funding gap

Donor retrospective of the donation: The following $200,000 grant in the July 2019 grant round https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LK suggests that this grant would be considered a success

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 33.20%.
Founders Pledge110,000.0082019-03-07Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: This is part of the March 2019 grant round from the EA Meta Fund, comprising "a mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to fund both younger organizations and specific projects." The grant to Founders Pledge is among the "larger grants to more established meta groups"

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: 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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round. Also relevant is the high room for more funding of the organization

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.48%.
Rethink Priorities10,000.00322019-03-07Cause prioritization/Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3bLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: This is part of the March 2019 grant round from the EA Meta Fund, comprising "a mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to fund both younger organizations and specific projects." The grant to 80,000 Hours falls under "younger organizations"

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "They [Rethink Priorities] intend to continue their focus on animal welfare research in 2019, and cover other areas such as improving mental health, strengthening the EA movement, reducing catastrophic risks, and improving the long-term future."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donor lists these reasons on the grant page: (1) Well-executed cause prioritisation research is very valuable. (2) Neutral-to-positive impression of published research by Rethink Priorities (RP). (3) Positive impression of adaptiveness and responsiveness to feedback of RP. (4) Exploratoryr value to encourage fund managers and others to investigate RP work. (5) Positive impression of RP's idea of "undertaking commissioned research into neglected areas, where there is a specific need for independent evaluation." (6) Potential for RP to "act as a talent pipeline and provide valuable training, especially as future capacity for EA philanthropic advisory." (7) Unfilled funding gap of $120k for 2019

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is much less than the funding gap of $120,000 for 2019. It is likely selected to be this small based on the experimental nature of the grant
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 1.95%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, as well as grantee's trajectory (it has only recently started publishing research)

Donor retrospective of the donation: The donor would make a followup grant of $12,000 in the July 2019 grant round, and continue to stand by the reasoning motivating the first grant
Centre for Effective Altruism15,000.00242018-11-29Effective 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: 11.63%.
Global Priorities Institute14,000.00282018-11-29Cause 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: 10.85%.
Charity Entrepreneurship14,000.00282018-11-29Charity 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: 10.85%.
Raising for Effective Giving10,000.00322018-11-29Effective 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: 7.75%.
Let's Fund10,000.00322018-11-29Effective 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: 7.75%.
Berkeley REACH5,000.00372018-11-29Rationality 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: 3.88%.
80,000 Hours45,000.00152018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: Part of the November 2018 grant round from the EA Meta Fund. This is among the "larger grants" of the "mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to younger organizations" that comprise the grant round. The grant page says: "We see this as our pilot round and hope this set of grants will signal the type of organizations to which the EA Meta Fund plans to donate."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Although the funding is unrestricted, the grant page says: "At the margin, this grant is expected to contribute towards the budget for their expanded team." It also says: "We think it’s likely that the Open Philanthropy Project will renew their funding of 80,000 Hours this year (although this isn’t confirmed), but their grant will be capped at 50-66% of the total amount raised. Because of this, there is a gap for other donors to fill, who will effectively receive 1:1 or 1:2 matching funding."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page lists 10 reasons: (1) Grantee has been impressive over the years. (2) Rapid growth of grantee since 2014. (3) Much larger budget for 2019 to support team expansion in 2019 and 2020. (4) Important work (supporting skilled people to pursue high-impact careers). (5) Carefully measured KPI to track their impact: impact-adjusted significant plan changes (IASPCs). (6) New focus on the highset priority career paths. (7) Excellent regular supporter updates (12 so far in 2018). (8) Great explanatory and advisory content that is helping people discover effective altruism. (9) Success at hiring and building a management team in 2018. (10) Marginal grants will go toward a new hire, which is particularly high-impact.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The total of $129,000 being distributed in this grant round from the EA Meta Fund is being distributed using a "mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to younger organizations. For the more established groups, we believe there is strong evidence of their past impact and cost-effectiveness, room for more funding, and high probability that they will have an even greater positive impact in the future." 80,000 Hours receives the single largest grant, and a little over 1/3 of the total money
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 34.88%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of the grant round. Also, the timing is particularly good for 80,000 Hours because of the historically large fundraising round 80,000 Hours has for 2019

Donor retrospective of the donation: Further grants in the next two grant rounds https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b and https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/3pxoLG7aRWtETC1lECC6LK suggest that this grant would be considered a success
Founders Pledge16,000.00232018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQWLuke Ding Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Tara MacAulay Donation process: Part of the November 2018 grant round from the EA Meta Fund. This is among the "larger grants" of the "mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to younger organizations" that comprise the grant round. The grant page says: "We see this as our pilot round and hope this set of grants will signal the type of organizations to which the EA Meta Fund plans to donate."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "This grant will support their 2019 plans to expand their US operations and further develop their methodology to evaluate and support high-impact interventions."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page lists 8 reasons: (1) Success at raising pledges; it has raised $630 million in pledges since 2013. (2) Moved $1.7 million to EA priority cause areas in the past 3 years. (3) Multipliers remain highly attractive after adjustments. (4) Founders Pledge engages with pledgers on how to best do good, and organizes events. This community-building work has additional unmeasured value. (5) Founders Pledge has been growing quickly and consistently: the value of new pledges in 2017 was double the value of pledges in 2015. (7) Founders Pledge has significant room for more funding due to international expansion plans for 2019. Recent growth in the United States has been responsible for about 30% of their total pledge value to date. (8) "We believe there is additional value in Founders Pledge expediting their international expansion, given potential competitive pressures and network effects."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The total of $129,000 being distributed in this grant round from the EA Meta Fund is being distributed using a "mixture of larger grants to more established meta groups and smaller grants to younger organizations. For the more established groups, we believe there is strong evidence of their past impact and cost-effectiveness, room for more funding, and high probability that they will have an even greater positive impact in the future." Founders Pledge receives the second largest grant, and about 1/8 of the total grant money
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 12.40%

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

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup $110,000 grant https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/1hVfcvrzRbpXUWYht4bu3b in the March 2019 grant round suggests that this grant would be considered a success
Centre for Effective Altruism56,061.00142018-08-14Effective 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: 10.66%.
80,000 Hours75,818.00112018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/6M8SQFdecEm0WuAYweO2UQNick Beckstead Donation process: The grant from the EA Meta Fund is part of a final set of grant decisions being made by Nick Beckstead (granting $526,000 from the EA Meta Fund and $917,000 from the EA Long Term Future Fund) as he transitions out of managing both funds. Due to time constraints, Beckstead primarily relies on investigation of the organization done by the Open Philanthropy Project when making its 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-support and 2018 renewal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-support-2018

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Beckstead writes "I recommended these grants with the suggestion that these grantees look for ways to use funding to trade money for saving the time or increasing the productivity of their employees (e.g. subsidizing electronics upgrades or childcare), due to a sense that (i) their work is otherwise much less funding constrained than it used to be, and (ii) spending like this would better reflect the value of staff time and increase staff satisfaction. However, I also told them that I was open to them using these funds to accomplish this objective indirectly (e.g. through salary increases) or using the funds for another purpose if that seemed better to them."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-support-2018 for Beckstead's opinion of the donee. This grant page is short, and in turn links to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-support which has a detailed Case for the grant section https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-support#Case_for_the_grant that praises 80,000 Hours' track record in terms of impact-adjusted significant plan changes (IASPCs)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Beckstead is also recommending funding from the EA Long Term Future Fund of $91,450 for 80,000 Hours. The grant page says "The amounts I’m granting out to different organizations are roughly proportional to the number of staff they have, with some skew towards MIRI that reflects greater EA Funds donor interest in the Long-Term Future Fund." Also: "I think a number of these organizations could qualify for the criteria of either the Long-Term Future Fund or the EA Community Fund because of their dual focus on EA and longtermism, which is part of the reason that 80,000 Hours is receiving a grant from each fund."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 14.41%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by the timing of this round of grants, which is in turn determined by the need for Beckstead to grant out the money before handing over management of the fund

Donor retrospective of the donation: Even after the fund management being moved to a new team, the EA Meta Fund would continue making grants to 80,000 Hours. In fact, 80,000 Hours would receive grant money in each of the three subsequent grant rounds. This suggests that the grant would be considered successful
Founders Pledge393,939.0012018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/6M8SQFdecEm0WuAYweO2UQNick Beckstead Donation process: The grant from the EA Meta Fund is part of a final set of grant decisions being made by Nick Beckstead (granting $526,000 from the EA Meta Fund and $917,000 from the EA Long Term Future Fund) as he transitions out of managing both funds. Due to time constraints, Beckstead primarily relies on investigation of the organization done by the Open Philanthropy Project for its 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support and 2018 renewal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support-2018

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Beckstead writes "I recommended these grants with the suggestion that these grantees look for ways to use funding to trade money for saving the time or increasing the productivity of their employees (e.g. subsidizing electronics upgrades or childcare), due to a sense that (i) their work is otherwise much less funding constrained than it used to be, and (ii) spending like this would better reflect the value of staff time and increase staff satisfaction. However, I also told them that I was open to them using these funds to accomplish this objective indirectly (e.g. through salary increases) or using the funds for another purpose if that seemed better to them."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support-2018 for Beckstead's opinion of the donee. That page says: "We hope this funding will reduce Founders Pledge’s time spent on organizational fundraising so that it can spend more time securing pledges from entrepreneurs and helping them to donate thoughtfully and impactfully." It also links to the 2016 grant page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Beckstead writes on the grant page: "The amounts I’m granting out to different organizations are roughly proportional to the number of staff they have, with some skew towards MIRI that reflects greater EA Funds donor interest in the Long-Term Future Fund."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 74.89%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by the timing of this round of grants, which is in turn determined by the need for Beckstead to grant out the money before handing over management of the fund

Donor retrospective of the donation: Even after the fund management being moved to a new team, the EA Meta Fund would continue making grants to Founders Pledge. In fact, Founders Pledge would receive grant money in both of the next two rounds. This suggests that the grant would be considered successful
Effective Altruism Sweden83,264.0092018-01-14Effective 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%.

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