Effective Altruism Grants 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
Best overview URLhttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/
Websitehttps://www.effectivealtruism.org/grants/
Donations URLhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk
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 WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/ea-grants-processing

Brief history: Effective Altruism Grants (EA Grants for short) are a successor to Effective Altruism Ventures (see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1b5/announcing_effective_altruism_grants/ for the announcement post). The first batch of EA Grants was publicly announced at the end of September 2017, totaling about £369,924 (with the remainder up to a total of £500,000 reserved for additional grants to recipients). In https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/cea-s-2017-review-and-2018-plans/ it was announced that EA Grants was moving to a rolling basis for urgent grants and a quarterly frequency of review for less urgent grants

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Focus is on filling funding gaps in grants for individuals pursuing early-stage but high-value projects

Notes on grant decision logistics: For 2017, applications had to be made before a deadline. Of the 722 applications received, 413 (57%) were rejected. The second round involved taking the remaining applications and assessing applicants based on their track record, values, and plans. This assessment adhered to a rubric, weighting each category in accordance with its predictive power for project success. 63 candidates passed this round and had three 10-minute interviews, and 22 of them were selected. However, EA Grants is moving in 2018 to a rolling basis for urgent grants and a quarterly basis for other grants, according to https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/cea-s-2017-review-and-2018-plans/

Notes on grant publication logistics: For 2017, all grants were published in a spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk but the long-term plan for sharing grants data is not clear

Notes on grant financing: The £500,000 budget for the first year of Effective Altruism Grants was part of the Centre for Effective Altruism budget, and the costs are covered by the Open Philanthropy Project grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/centre-effective-altruism-general-support and a couple of other private donors, as described at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 21 19,708 23,601 887 4,930 6,900 8,280 11,824 19,708 23,647 26,796 36,945 59,112 78,814
Effective altruism 9 19,708 26,356 887 887 1,608 11,824 19,708 19,708 26,796 36,945 59,112 60,615 60,615
Global health 1 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930 4,930
Animal welfare 1 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310 6,310
Rationality improvement 2 6,900 42,857 6,900 6,900 6,900 6,900 6,900 6,900 78,814 78,814 78,814 78,814 78,814
AI safety 2 7,650 16,141 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 7,650 24,632 24,632 24,632 24,632 24,632
Global catastrophic risks 6 20,097 21,531 8,280 8,280 10,718 10,718 20,097 20,097 23,647 28,082 28,082 38,358 38,358

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 2017
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 9 9 237,203.57 237,203.57
Global catastrophic risks (filter this donor) 6 6 129,183.51 129,183.51
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 2 1 85,713.71 85,713.71
AI safety (filter this donor) 2 2 32,282.48 32,282.48
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 1 1 6,310.46 6,310.46
Global health (filter this donor) 1 1 4,930.46 4,930.46
Total 21 20 495,624.19 495,624.19

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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 2017
Effective altruism/movement growth 9 9 237,203.57 237,203.57
Global catastrophic risks 6 6 129,183.51 129,183.51
Rationality improvement 2 1 85,713.71 85,713.71
AI safety 2 2 32,282.48 32,282.48
Animal welfare 1 1 6,310.46 6,310.46
Global health 1 1 4,930.46 4,930.46
Classified total 21 20 495,624.19 495,624.19
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00
Total 21 20 495,624.19 495,624.19

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017
LessWrong 2.0 (filter this donor) Rationality improvement FB WP Site 85,713.71 85,713.71
Theron Pummer (filter this donor) 60,615.23 60,615.23
Duncan Sabien (filter this donor) 59,111.98 59,111.98
Amanda Askell (filter this donor) 38,358.47 38,358.47
John Salvatier (filter this donor) 36,944.99 36,944.99
Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (filter this donor) 28,082.21 28,082.21
Adam Shriver (filter this donor) 26,796.00 26,796.00
AI Impacts (filter this donor) AI safety Site 24,632.22 24,632.22
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (filter this donor) Global catastrophic risks FB Tw Site 23,647.47 23,647.47
Future of Humanity Institute (filter this donor) Global catastrophic risks/AI safety/Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness FB Tw WP Site TW 20,097.00 20,097.00
Sentience Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 19,708.46 19,708.46
Effective Altruism Seattle (filter this donor) 19,708.46 19,708.46
Eric Gastfriend (filter this donor) 11,823.74 11,823.74
Jade Leung (filter this donor) 10,718.40 10,718.40
Girish Sastry (filter this donor) 8,279.96 8,279.96
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (filter this donor) AI capabilities/AI safety Site 7,650.26 7,650.26
Rebecca Raible (filter this donor) 6,310.46 6,310.46
Beatrice Fuchs (filter this donor) 4,930.46 4,930.46
Accalia Chandler Jay (filter this donor) 1,607.76 1,607.76
Brian Tse (filter this donor) 886.95 886.95
Total -- -- 495,624.19 495,624.19

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (6 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
EA Grants applications are now open2018-09-17Kerry Vaughan Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Grants LaunchThe blog post announces that EA Grants is reopening for applications from the general public, after being invite-only for a while. It also reports that in 2018, it disbursed $850,000 through the invite-only process. The full-time EA Grants investigator hire is still not completed as of the time of writing this post. Later, Nicole Ross is hired as the full-time EA Grants investigator, and replies in the comments to questions about the latest status
Where, why and how I donated in 20172018-02-01Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentKuhn describes his decision to allocate his donation amount ($60,000, calculated as 50% of his income for the year) between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year
CEA’s 2017 Review and 2018 Plans2017-12-18Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Grants Centre for Effective Altruism Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growthThe Centre for Effective Altruism reports on its progress in 2017 and describes its plans for 2018. It posts its org chart, describing the five teams (Individual Outreach, Community, Research, Tech, and Operations, and describes the progress and plans for each of the teams. Cross-posted to the Effective Altruism Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ir/centre_for_effective_altruism_cea_2017_review_and/
Effective Altruism Grants project update2017-09-29Roxanne Heston Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Grants Periodic donation list documentationThe document provides an update on Effective Altruism Grants after the first round of grants has been decided. It also links to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk -- a spreadsheet with the list of all grants
LW 2.0 Strategic Overview2017-09-14Oliver Habryka LessWrongCentre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Grants Eric Rogstad LessWrong 2.0 Miscellaneous commentaryRationality improvementHabryka describes his plans for LessWrong 2.0 as its primary developer.
Announcing Effective Altruism Grants2017-06-09Max Dalton Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Grants LaunchThe document announces Effective Altruism Grants and opens it up for applications for 2017

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (21 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 21)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Accalia Chandler Jay1,607.76202017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- The founding of a Critical Thinking Society at Cambridge University that will provide rationality discussion workshops to Cambridge students. If this work goes well, they are considering having Cambridge students run rationality workshops at other schools and creating an evidence base for teaching rationality skills in the classroom. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Adam Shriver26,796.0072017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- A systematic review of pain researchers’ and philosophers’ attempts to define and explain the unpleasantness of pain, resulting in a publication and a detailed empirical research plan for resolving central questions. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Amanda Askell38,358.4742017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- A comprehensive monograph on the ethics and risks of artificial intelligence, co-written with Hilary Greaves at the University of Oxford. She believes that this monograph could be the foundation of graduate-level courses on AI ethics for computer scientists, and that it would both popularize and provide a solid theoretical foundation for work on the topic. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Beatrice Fuchs4,930.46192017-09-29Global healthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- A template/model for doing a "quick and dirty" assessment of an organization's impact. She aims to help the long tail of organisations that are good or great but can’t show impact, like large NGOs (like AMF), either through lack of resources for studies or from running a program around which it is hard to design a study. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
LessWrong 2.0 (Earmark: Ben Pace)6,899.97172017-09-29Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Work on in-person and/or online community infrastructure for the rationality and EA communities. This will primarily take the form of helping to develop the new version of the rationality forum LessWrong, with others projects, like Europeans workshops encouraging long-term collaboration between EAs, under consideration. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Brian Tse886.95212017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research into EA messaging tactics and career options in China. He hopes to facilitate bringing others in China into the space, using the lessons learned by EA groups in other regions. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (Earmark: David Denkenberger)28,082.2162017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Writing two papers on alternative foods that could be scaled up in time to feed everyone in the case of a global catastrophe. This research is predicated on there being an ~80% chance this century of a 10% global food shortfall, and a ~10% chance of agricultural collapse. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Duncan Sabien59,111.9832017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- The development of a rationality, agency, and EA-values education program for promising 12-14 year olds, either in a three-week camp format or as a year-long curriculum to be tested in a private or charter school. Early work available here: http://thirdfoundation.github.io/#/writing/camp See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Eric Gastfriend11,823.74132017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- The Philanthropy Advising Fellowship, run by Harvard University Effective Altruism Student Group. They recruit and train Harvard grad students to advise philanthropists on how to have the most impact with their charitable dollars. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Effective Altruism Seattle (Earmark: Finan Adamson)19,708.46112017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Nine months of community building via the Seattle EA group. This includes doing workshops, presentations, events, and operations, as well as doing writing and research as a means of connecting the Seattle community with EA organizations. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Girish Sastry8,279.96152017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- A project-oriented approach to machine learning self-study. The goal is to learn key areas of ML relevant to technical AI safety, to directly work with AI safety researcher in the short-run and to better contribute to the field formally in the long-run. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Future of Humanity Institute (Earmark: Gregory Lewis)20,097.00102017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research into biological risk mitigation with the Future of Humanity Institute. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Jade Leung10,718.40142017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Accelerated learning experiences to fill personal knowledge gaps, specifically in global governance, international cooperation theory, and the necessary interactive expertise in AI safety research. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
John Salvatier36,944.9952017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research on the underlying models and methods he uses to resolve disagreements between individuals with large inferential gaps. He will develop lessons to transfer these to test students, and see what skills are transferred and what skills still lack. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
AI Impacts (Earmark: Katja Grace)24,632.2282017-09-29AI safetyhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Empirical research on AI forecasting with AI Impacts. This grant will cover an additional part-time employee. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Sentience Institute (Earmark: Kelly Witwicki)19,708.46112017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research on moral circle expansion. The work will take place at the Sentience Institute, and serve as a proof-of-concept of the cost-effectiveness of such research. Research agenda available here: www.sentienceinstitute.org/research-agenda See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (Earmark: Matthew Gentzel)23,647.4792017-09-29Global catastrophic riskshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research modeling risks and writing policy/strategy posts. His work will be based at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. He will also do self-study based on recommendations from the likes of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and 80,000 Hours' syllabi. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
LessWrong 2.0 (Earmark: Oliver Habryka)78,813.7412017-09-29Rationality improvementhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Development of the new version of the rationality forum LessWrong. He and a partner will improve its moderation system, codebase and design, as well as incentivize top contributors to post on the new platform. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Rebecca Raible6,310.46182017-09-29Animal welfarehttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Research and writing on wild animal suffering. She will explore intervention ideas using existing research, as well as writing a shallow cause investigation or a long-form, accessible introduction on the topic. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Theron Pummer60,615.2322017-09-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Two or more of the following: (1) a 250 page research book on the road from Parfit’s metaphysics to impersonal ethics, (2) a 125 page intro-level textbook on EA and ethics, (3) two articles on pro-EA non-consequentialist views, (4) several popular pieces on EA. The grant will cover a teaching buyout and a research assistant to help expedite his work. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (Earmark: Zac Kenton)7,650.26162017-09-29AI safetyhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iBy--zMyIiTgybYRUQZIm11WKGQZcixaCmIaysRmGvk-- Initial research in Machine Learning undertaken at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and publication of these results. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1fc/effective_altruism_grants_project_update/ for more context about the grant program.

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