Eric Friedman 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 friedman.eric
LinkedIn username ericfriedman
Websitehttp://reinventingphilanthropy.com/
Effective Altruism Hub usernameeric-friedman

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 2010 2009 2008 2006
(filter this donor) 6 4 92,000.00 31,000.00 27,000.00 28,000.00 6,000.00
Total 6 4 92,000.00 31,000.00 27,000.00 28,000.00 6,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2010 2009 2008 2006
Freedom from Hunger Tw WP Site 56,000.00 0.00 27,000.00 28,000.00 1,000.00
GiveWell top charities Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 31,000.00 31,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Africare WP 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500.00
CARE Tw WP Site 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500.00
Total -- -- 92,000.00 31,000.00 27,000.00 28,000.00 6,000.00

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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 donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell top charities31,000.002010--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Relevant quote: Eventually, we decided that there was one fundamental principle we should apply: giving was primarily about helping the less fortunate, not our friendships or personal interests. Breaking up with Freedom from Hunger would be hard. I explained our reasoning and they took it in stride, demonstrating that they care more about the less fortunate than their own institutional growth. They are a good group. But in 2010, we gave about $31,000 to GiveWell’s donor advised fund to ultimately be distributed as they recommended.
Freedom from Hunger27,000.002009--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Historical donation mentioned when explaining more recent donation. Relevant quote: I started following GiveWell in 2009. It was clear from their blog that we shared similar values, and I loved what they were trying to do. But I disagreed with some aspects of their approach. Their emphasis on measurement seemed excessive. This approach had a built-in bias towards smaller, single-program organizations that could measure their impact more precisely. I wasn’t convinced that there weren’t economies of scale in international development. And their focus on scaling up existing solutions and excluding funding unproven innovations seemed incomplete. While I liked what they were doing, I still had more conviction in my own ability to pick organizations.
Freedom from Hunger28,000.002008--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Historical donation mentioned when explaining more recent donation. Relevant quote: In early 2007, my life took a turn for the better: I met the woman who is now my wife. In 2008, Freedom from Hunger offered us the opportunity to join them (at our expense) on a site visit to some of their programs in Ghana. During our time there, we spent a significant amount of time with some of their senior staff (including the CEO), three board members, program staff, and their clients. We saw the programs in action, which increased our conviction in what they do.
Freedom from Hunger1,000.002006--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Historical donation mentioned when explaining more recent donation.
Africare2,500.002006--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Historical donation mentioned when explaining more recent donation.
CARE2,500.002006--http://blog.givewell.org/2011/06/21/guest-post-from-eric-friedman/-- Historical donation mentioned when explaining more recent donation.

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 8 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
Holden Karnofsky 4 1 7 0.1429 0.25
Josh Rosenberg 4 1 7 0.1429 0.25
Alexander Berger 5 1 8 0.125 0.2236
Jacob Steinhardt 5 1 8 0.125 0.2236 0.2521
Elie Hassenfeld 6 1 9 0.1111 0.2041
Ben Kuhn 8 1 11 0.0909 0.1768 0.0714
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 1 18 0.0556 0.1291 0.1218
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2111 3 2112 0.0014 0.0326 0.0029