Elizabeth Van Nostrand donations made

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice (see his commits) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; please do not share this data without consulting with Vipul Naik. We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username li.van.nostrand
LinkedIn username elizabethvannostrand
Websitehttp://acesounderglass.com/
Donations URLMultiple posts: https://acesounderglass.com/2016/12/01/5167/,https://acesounderglass.com/2015/12/31/2015-donations/,https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/
Twitter usernameAcesoUnderGlass
Effective Altruism Forum usernameElizabeth
Effective Altruism Hub usernameelizabeth-van-nostrand
GitHub usernameAcesoUnderGlass

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 2016 2015 2014
Education (filter this donor) 2 1 24,750.00 0.00 19,750.00 5,000.00 0.00
(filter this donor) 9 9 14,861.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 14,861.00
Charity evaluator (filter this donor) 1 1 6,000.00 0.00 0.00 6,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 1 1 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00
Food bank (filter this donor) 1 1 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500.00
Refugee assistance (filter this donor) 1 1 100.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 13 51,211.00 100.00 19,750.00 16,000.00 15,361.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014
Tostan Female empowerment/community empowerment/human rights Tw WP Site TW 24,750.00 0.00 19,750.00 5,000.00 0.00
GiveWell Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 9,000.00 0.00 0.00 6,000.00 3,000.00
Raising for Effective Giving Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00
GiveDirectly Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 4,547.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,547.00
Electronic Frontier Foundation FB Tw WP Site 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500.00
Social Justice Fund Northwest 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500.00
Modest Needs 1,544.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,544.00
Mercy For Animals Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500.00
St Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500.00
Ocean Conservancy FB Tw WP Site 250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250.00
International Refugee Assistance Project Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help FB Tw Site 100.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union FB Tw WP Site 10.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10.00
Planned Parenthood FB Tw WP Site 10.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10.00
Total -- -- 51,211.00 100.00 19,750.00 16,000.00 15,361.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
[GUEST POST] The International Refugee Assistance Project2017-02-02Elizabeth Van Nostrand Slate Star CodexElizabeth Van Nostrand International Refugee Assistance Project Single donation documentationMigration policy/refugee assistanceDiscusses 100 dollar donation to International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in light of the executive order by Donald Trump on 2017-01-27 banning entry of people from 7 countries. Highlights value of strong existing capacity in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that allowed for a quick response, and help from the IRAP in doing so. ACLU is well-funded, but IRAP has just gotten off the ground with a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, so donating to that
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global poverty, AI riskJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees
Seeing Like A State, Flashlights, and Giving This Year2016-12-01Elizabeth Van Nostrand Personal blogElizabeth Van Nostrand Ozy Brennan Tostan Third-party case for donationEducationArgues that donations to things that build capacity could be more valuable than donations to things with directly measured impact. Recommends Tostan for its capacity-building. The post influenced others to donate to Tostan: see https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/donations-post-2016/ and https://acesounderglass.com/2017/01/05/tracking-donations/

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (15 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
International Refugee Assistance Project100.002017-02-02Refugee assistance/capacity building/fighting executive excesshttp://slatestarcodex.com/2017/02/02/guest-post-the-international-refugee-assistance-program/-- Cites need to have capacity to fight back against excesses of Donald Trump.
Tostan19,750.002016-12-01Educationhttps://acesounderglass.com/2016/12/01/5167/-- Cites Gates Foundation connection, organic raising of issues around female genital cutting. Employer match: Wave matched 19,750.00.
GiveWell6,000.002015-12-31Charity evaluatorhttps://acesounderglass.com/2015/12/31/2015-donations/-- Needed to use up company matching before quitting and GiveWell is never a bad choice. Employer match: Google matched 6,000.00.
Raising for Effective Giving5,000.002015-12-31Effective altruism/meta/fundraisinghttps://acesounderglass.com/2015/12/31/2015-donations/-- Unlike GWWC, focuses on specific non-EA population and counts money actually donated, not pledges.
Tostan5,000.002015-12-31Educationhttps://acesounderglass.com/2015/12/31/2015-donations/-- Shared data with Gates Foundation; still working on getting numbers but promising.
St Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church500.002014-12-29Food bankhttps://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
Modest Needs1,544.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/-- Before EA.
GiveDirectly4,547.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
Planned Parenthood10.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/-- See https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/30/why-i-donated-to-the-aclu-and-planned-parenthood/ for more.
American Civil Liberties Union10.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/-- See https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/30/why-i-donated-to-the-aclu-and-planned-parenthood/ for more.
Mercy For Animals500.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
Ocean Conservancy250.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
GiveWell3,000.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
Social Justice Fund Northwest2,500.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/--
Electronic Frontier Foundation2,500.002014-12-29--https://acesounderglass.com/2014/12/29/how-to-figure-out-how-much-to-donate/-- Half the patent bonus; see https://acesounderglass.com/2015/01/02/why-i-donated-to-the-eff-this-year/ for more.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 19 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Ozy Brennan 2 2 13 0.1538 0.3922 0.3715
Peter Hurford 20 4 29 0.1379 0.2481 0.0017
Alexander Berger 5 2 16 0.125 0.2481
Ben Kuhn 8 2 19 0.1053 0.1961 0.257
Aaron Gertler 11 2 22 0.0909 0.1672 0.2279
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 2 26 0.0769 0.1432 0.0026
Sophie Monahan 2 1 14 0.0714 0.1961
Josh Rosenberg 4 1 16 0.0625 0.1387
Holden Karnofsky 4 1 16 0.0625 0.1387
Jacob Steinhardt 5 1 17 0.0588 0.124 0.0173
Michael Dickens 6 1 18 0.0556 0.1132 0.1095
Elie Hassenfeld 6 1 18 0.0556 0.1132
Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project 7 1 19 0.0526 0.1048 0.2125
Vipul Naik 8 1 20 0.05 0.0981 0.0074
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 9 1 21 0.0476 0.0925 0.0001
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities 18 1 30 0.0333 0.0654 0.1146
Open Philanthropy Project 166 3 176 0.017 0.0646 0.002
Google.org 160 1 172 0.0058 0.0219 0.0358
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2111 1 2123 0.0005 0.006 0.0005