Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Effective altruism)

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Basic donor information

We do not have any donor information for the donor Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund in our system.

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 4 60,000 75,363 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 91,450 91,450 100,000 100,000 100,000
Effective altruism 4 60,000 75,363 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 91,450 91,450 100,000 100,000 100,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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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 2020 2019 2018
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00
Total 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2020 2019 2018
Effective altruism/movement growth/career counseling 2 1 191,450.00 100,000.00 0.00 91,450.00
Effective altruism/government policy 1 1 60,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/long-termism 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Classified total 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2020 2019 2018
80,000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 191,450.00 100,000.00 0.00 91,450.00
High Impact Policy Engine (filter this donor) 60,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00
Lucius Caviola (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2020 2019 2018
Matt Wage|Helen Toner|Oliver Habryka|Adam Gleave 1 1 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Nick Beckstead 1 1 91,450.00 0.00 0.00 91,450.00
Helen Toner|Matt Wage|Oliver Habryka|Alex Zhu 1 1 60,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00
Matt Wage|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Alex Zhu|Oliver Habryka 1 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Classified total 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4 3 301,450.00 100,000.00 110,000.00 91,450.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019
United Kingdom 1 1 60,000.00 60,000.00
Classified total 1 1 60,000.00 60,000.00
Unclassified total 3 2 241,450.00 50,000.00
Total 4 3 301,450.00 110,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (17 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta 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.
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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health 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
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: Meta 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: Meta 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
80,000 Hours Annual Review – December 20182019-05-07Benjamin Todd 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 80,0000 Hours Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growth/career counselingThis blog post is the annual self-review by 80,000 Hours, originally written in December 2018. Publication was deferred because 80,000 Hours was waiting to hear back on the status of some large grants (in particular, one from the Open Philanthropy Project), but most of the content is still from the December 2018 draft. The post goes into detail about 80,000 Hours' progress in 2018, impact and plan changes, and future expansion plans. Funding gaps are discussed (the funding gap for 2019 is $400,000, and further money will be saved for 2020 and 2021). Grants from the Open Philanthropy Project, BERI, and the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Meta Fund) are mentioned
Thoughts on the EA Hotel (GW, IR)2019-04-25Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund EA Hotel Evaluator review of doneeEffective altruism/housingWith permission from Greg Colbourn of the EA Hotel, Habryka publicly posts the feedback he sent to the EA Hotel, who was rejected from the April 2019 funding round by the Long Term Future Fund. Habryka first lists three reasons he is excited about the Hotel: (a) Providing a safety net, (b) Acting on historical interest, (c) Building high-dedication cultures. He articulates three concrete models of concerns: (1) Initial overeagerness to publicize the EA Hotel (a point he now believes is mostly false, based on Greg Colbourn's response), (2) Significant chance of the EA Hotel culture becoming actively harmful for residents, (3) No good candidate to take charge of long-term logistics of running the hotel. Habryka concludes by saying he thinks all his concerns can be overcome. At the moment, he thinks the hotel should be funded for the next year, but is unsure of whether they should be given money to buy the hotel next door. The comment replies include one by Greg Colbourn, giving his backstory on the media attention (re: (1)) and discussing the situation with (2) and (3). There are also other replies, including one from casebash, who stayed at the hotel for a significant time
Announcing new EA Funds management teams (GW, IR)2018-10-27Marek Duda Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismThe post announces the transition of the Effective Altruism Funds manaagement to teams, with a chair, team members, and advisors. The EA Community Fund is renamed the EA Meta Fund, and has chair Luke Ding and team Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, Alex Foster, and Tara MacAulay, with advisor Nick Beckstead. The long-term future fund has chair Matt Fallshaw, and team Helen Toner, Oliver Habryka, Matt Wage, and Alex Zhu, with advisors Nick Beckstead and Jonas Vollmer. The animal welfare fund has chair Lewis Bollard (same as before) and team Jamie Spurgeon, Natalie Cargill, and Toni Adleberg. The global development fund continues to be solely managed by Elie Hassenfeld. The granting schedule will be thrice a year: November, February, and June for all funds except the Global Development Fund, which will be in December, March, and July.
EA Funds - An update from CEA (GW, IR)2018-08-07Marek Duda Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismMarek Duda gives an update on work on the EA Funds donation platform, the departure of Nick Beckstead from managing the EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds, and the experimental creation of "Junior" Funds
The EA Community and Long-Term Future Funds Lack Transparency and Accountability (GW, IR)2018-07-23Evan Gaensbauer Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta 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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Evaluator review of doneeAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismHenry Stanley echoes thoughts expressed in his previous post http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1k9/ea_funds_hands_out_money_very_infrequently_should/ and argues for regular disbursement, holding funds in interest-bearing assets, and more clarity about fund manager bandwidth. Comments also discuss Effective Altruism Grants
EA Funds hands out money very infrequently - should we be worried? (GW, IR)2018-01-31Henry Stanley Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismHenry Stanley expresses concern that the Effective Altruism Funds hands out money very infrequently. Commenters include Peter Hurford (who suggests a percentage-based approach), Elie Hassenfeld, the manager of the global health and development fund, and Evan Gaensbauer, a person well-connected in effective altruist social circles
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant2017-12-10Ben West Effective Altruism Facebook groupEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismBen West, wondering whether to donate to the Effective Altruism Funds for his end-of-year donation, wonders whether the Funds are dormant, since no donations from the fund have been announced since April. In the comments, Marek Duda of the Centre for Effective Altruism reports that the Funds pages have been updated to include some recent donations, and West updates his post to note that
Discussion: Adding New Funds to EA Funds (GW, IR)2017-06-01Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismKerry Vaughan of Effective Altruism Funds discusses the alternatives being considered regarding expanding the number of funds, and asks readers for opinions
Update on Effective Altruism Funds (GW, IR)2017-04-20Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Periodic donation list documentationAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismKerry Vaughan provides a progress report on the beta launch of EA Funds, and says it will go on beyond beta. The post includes information on reception of EA Funds so far, money donated to the funds, and fund allocations for the money donated so far
EA Funds Beta Launch (GW, IR)2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund LaunchAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismTara MacAulay of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), the parent of Effective Altruism Funds, describes the beta launch of the project. CEA will revisit within three months to decide whether to make the EA Funds permanent
Introducing the EA Funds (GW, IR)2017-02-09William MacAskill Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund LaunchAnimal welfare|Global health|AI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismWilliam MacAskill of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) proposes EA Funds, inspired by the Shulman/Christiano donor lottery from 2016-12, while also incorporating elements of the EA Giving Group run by Nick Beckstead

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
80,000 Hours100,000.0012020-04-14Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3waQ7rp3Bfy4Lwr5sZP9TPMatt Wage Helen Toner Oliver Habryka Adam Gleave Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
High Impact Policy Engine60,000.0032019-08-30Effective altruism/government policyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/4UBI3Q0TBGbWcIZWCh4EQVHelen Toner Matt Wage Oliver Habryka Alex Zhu Donation process: Grantee applied through the online application process, and was selected based on review by the fund managers. Helen Toner was the fund manager most excited about the grant, and responsible for the public write-up

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: According to the grant write-up: "This grant funds part of the cost of a full-time staff member for two years, plus some office and travel costs." Also: "HIPE’s primary activities are researching how to have a positive impact in the UK government; disseminating their findings via workshops, blog posts, etc.; and providing one-on-one support to interested individuals."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant write-up says: "Our reasoning for making this grant is based on our impression that HIPE has already been able to gain some traction as a volunteer organization, and on the fact that they now have the opportunity to place a full-time staff member within the Cabinet Office. [...] The fact that the Cabinet Office is willing to provide desk space and cover part of the overhead cost for the staff member suggests that HIPE is engaging successfully with its core audiences.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Explicit calculations for the amount are not included, but the grant write-up says that it funds "part of the cost of a full-time staff member for two years, plus some office and travel costs." At around the same time, the Meta Fund grants $40,000 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: 13.67%

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 write-up says: "HIPE does not yet have robust ways of tracking its impact, but they expressed strong interest in improving their impact tracking over time. We would hope to see a more fleshed-out impact evaluation if we were asked to renew this grant in the future."

Other notes: Helen Toner, the fund manager most excited about the grant and the author of the grant write-up, writes: "I’ll add that I personally see promise in the idea of services that offer career discussion, coaching, and mentoring in more specialized settings. (Other fund members may agree with this, but it was not part of our discussion when deciding whether to make this grant, so I’m not sure.)". Affected countries: United Kingdom.
Lucius Caviola50,000.0042019-04-07Effective altruism/long-termismhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6vDsjtUyDdvBa3sNeoNVvlMatt Wage Helen Toner Matt Fallshaw Alex Zhu Oliver Habryka Donation process: Donee submitted grant application through the application form for the April 2019 round of grants from the Long-Term Future Fund, and was selected as a grant recipient (23 out of almost 100 applications were accepted). Donee also applied to the EA Meta Fund (another of the Effective Altruism Funds) and the total funding for the donee was split between the funds

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

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

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

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

Other notes: The grant reasoning is written up by Matt Wage and is also included in the cross-post of the grant decision to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/CJJDwgyqT4gXktq6g/long-term-future-fund-april-2019-grant-decisions (GW, IR) but the comments on the post do not discuss this specific grant.
80,000 Hours91,450.0022018-08-14Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/6g4f7iae5Ok6K6YOaAiyK0Nick Beckstead Donation process: The grant from the EA Long-Term Future 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 Meta Fund of $75,818 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: 9.97%

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. However, the EA Long-Term Future Fund would make no further grants to 80,000 Hours. This suggests that the selection of the grantee as a Long-Term Future Fund grantee would not continue to be endorsed by the new management team

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