GiveWell Incubation Grants 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; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell Good Ventures
Best overview URLhttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants
Websitehttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants
Donations URLhttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
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: GiveWell Incubation Grants start off as GiveWell Experimental, with the goal of supporting the growth and discovery of future GiveWell top charities

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The focus is on charities that have a decent chance (usually, 10% or more at the time of the grant) of becoming GiveWell top charities, and also on academic research or evaluation processes that would help better evaluate or help improve current or future GiveWell top charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: Organizations may apply by contacting info@givewell.org but more details on the decision process are not publicly stated

Notes on grant publication logistics: Each grant has a separate page. The grant has four associated dates: a grant date (called donation date on the Donations List Website; this is the date the grant is made), a grant announcement date (called donation announcement date; this is the date the grant page is made public and announced on the mailing list), and dates that the grant is made public in the grants databases on the websites of the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures. The latter two dates do not concern us, since they essentially just link to the GiveWell Incubation Grants grant page. The grant page is reviewed by grantee staff prior to publication

Notes on grant financing: After GiveWell decides on a grant, the grant is recommended to the Open Philanthropy Project, which in turn recommends to Good Ventures to fund the grant. Historically, grant requests were made directly to Good Ventures, and even now, in practice, the intermediate role of the Open Philanthropy Project is mostly just a formality. For these reasons, the cross-posting of the grants to the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures pages is not of substantive interest to us. Even though the grants are listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database, they are not included in Open Philanthropy Project self-reports of how much grant money they decided on

Miscellaneous notes: List last checked for completeness and accuracy on 2017-12-24

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
Global health (filter this donor) 6 5 9,416,211.00 2,816,211.00 6,600,000.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development (filter this donor) 5 5 3,368,870.00 3,134,488.00 0.00 200,000.00 34,382.00
Seasonal intracountry migration (filter this donor) 4 1 2,920,643.00 0.00 2,499,851.00 0.00 420,792.00
Consulting (filter this donor) 2 1 2,636,369.00 2,321,617.00 314,752.00 0.00 0.00
Nonprofit ecosystem (filter this donor) 1 1 1,985,000.00 0.00 1,985,000.00 0.00 0.00
Conditional cash transfers (filter this donor) 5 1 1,688,587.00 820,000.00 668,587.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Road safety (filter this donor) 1 1 900,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Unconditional cash transfers (filter this donor) 1 1 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 25 13 23,265,680.00 9,992,316.00 12,418,190.00 300,000.00 555,174.00

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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 2017 2016 2015 2014
Global health/pneumonia 1 1 6,400,000.00 0.00 6,400,000.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development 1 1 2,642,300.00 2,642,300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Consulting 2 1 2,636,369.00 2,321,617.00 314,752.00 0.00 0.00
Nonprofit ecosystem 1 1 1,985,000.00 0.00 1,985,000.00 0.00 0.00
Conditional cash transfers 3 1 1,488,587.00 820,000.00 668,587.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/suicide 1 1 1,336,409.00 1,336,409.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/deworming 2 2 1,122,259.00 1,122,259.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Road safety 1 1 900,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/vaccination/SMS reminders 2 1 557,543.00 357,543.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development/Randomized controlled trials 1 1 492,188.00 492,188.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Unconditional cash transfers/mindset 1 1 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Seasonal intracountry migration/potential top charity 3 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00
Global health and development/immunization and cash incentives 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Conditional cash transfers/Potential top charity 2 1 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Seasonal intracountry migration 1 1 170,792.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 170,792.00
Global health and development/scale-up 1 1 34,382.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 34,382.00
Classified total 25 13 23,265,680.00 9,992,316.00 12,418,190.00 300,000.00 555,174.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 25 13 23,265,680.00 9,992,316.00 12,418,190.00 300,000.00 555,174.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014
Results for Development Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,400,000.00 0.00 6,400,000.00 0.00 0.00
IDinsight (filter this donor) Site 4,655,751.00 2,321,617.00 2,299,752.00 0.00 34,382.00
No Lean Season (filter this donor) 2,920,643.00 0.00 2,499,851.00 0.00 420,792.00
Evidence Action (filter this donor) 2,642,300.00 2,642,300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Incentives (filter this donor) 1,688,587.00 820,000.00 668,587.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention (filter this donor) 1,336,409.00 1,336,409.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of California Berkeley (filter this donor) 1,104,259.00 1,104,259.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation Development and Evaluation (filter this donor) 900,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Charity Science Health (filter this donor) 557,543.00 357,543.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Effective Global Action (filter this donor) 510,188.00 510,188.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Innovations for Poverty Action (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Interactive Research and Development (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 23,265,680.00 9,992,316.00 12,418,190.00 300,000.00 555,174.00

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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

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 2017 2016 2015 2014
Tanzania 2 2 6,418,000.00 18,000.00 6,400,000.00 0.00 0.00
Kenya 2 2 2,004,259.00 2,004,259.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Bangladesh,Indonesia 1 1 1,687,500.00 0.00 1,687,500.00 0.00 0.00
India,Nepal 1 1 1,336,409.00 1,336,409.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Bangladesh 3 1 1,233,143.00 0.00 812,351.00 0.00 420,792.00
Nigeria 1 1 820,000.00 820,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
India 3 2 591,925.00 357,543.00 200,000.00 0.00 34,382.00
India,Pakistan 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Classified total 15 11 14,291,236.00 4,536,211.00 9,099,851.00 200,000.00 455,174.00
Unclassified total 10 5 8,974,444.00 5,456,105.00 3,318,339.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Total 25 13 23,265,680.00 9,992,316.00 12,418,190.00 300,000.00 555,174.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (25 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention1,336,409.002017-08Global health/suicidehttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/centre-pesticide-suicide-prevention/august-2017-grant-- Grant to start work aimed at reducing deaths from deliberate ingestion of pesticides. The organization plans to use these funds to start collecting data on pesticide suicides in Nepal and India with the aim of assisting governments in enacting bans on the most lethal pesticides currently used in suicide attempts. Affected countries: India,Nepal; announced: 2017-12-01.
Charity Science Health357,543.002017-07Global health/vaccination/SMS remindershttps://www.givewell.org/charities/charity-science/charity-science-health/july-2017-grant-- Grant to support SMS immunization reminder program in India. Follows up on 200,000 dollar grant in India, with 80% expected probability of similar grant in 2018, and 15% chance of becoming a top charity. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-28.
Center for Effective Global Action492,188.002017-07Global health and development/Randomized controlled trialshttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/cega-uc-berkeley/july-2017-grant-- Grant to fund creation of a list of previously completed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that could potentially be candidates for follow-up studies analyzing longer-term effects of programs. Announced: 2017-09-07.
Center for Effective Global Action18,000.002017-06Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/cega-uc-berkeley/june-2017-grant-- Grant to investigate the feasibility of conducting a high-quality follow-up study on Stoltzfus et al. 1997, a deworming evaluation conducted in Tanzania in the mid-1990s. Affected countries: Tanzania; announced: 2017-10-02.
IDinsight2,321,617.002017-05Consultinghttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant-- Grant supports a GiveWell-embedded team for the next 12 months, helping with evaluating top charities and interventions. Announced: 2017-10-17.
University of California Berkeley1,104,259.002017-04Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/uc-berkeley/april-2017-grant-- Grant to support the Kenya Life Panel Survey Round 4 (KLPS-4), a follow-up study to assess the long-term impact of deworming on consumption. This survey will follow up on the study that is a key ingredient to the current position of GiveWell on deworming, and therefore would be an important determinant of the GiveWell position on deworming. Affected countries: Kenya; announced: 2017-08-24.
Evidence Action2,642,300.002017-04Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/april-2017-grant-- Grant to strengthen its financial systems, human resources, and information technology. In addition to its role as an incubation grant (for the development of new top charities) the grant would also support Deworm the World Initiative, which is run by Evidence Action. Announced: 2017-07-31.
New Incentives820,000.002017-04Conditional cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/april-2017-grant-- After an exit grant in 2016-11 for conditional cash transfers for maternal health, the new grant is for a new New Incentives program doing conditional cash transfers to create incentives for immunization. Evaluation would probably be in partnership with IDinsight starting 2017-09. Affected countries: Nigeria; announced: 2017-05-05.
Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation Development and Evaluation900,000.002017-01Road safetyhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/gui2de/january-2017-grant-- Grant for Zusha! Road Safety Campaign in Kenya. Affected countries: Kenya; announced: 2017-06-15.
No Lean Season1,687,500.002016-12Seasonal intracountry migration/potential top charityhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/december-2016-grant-- Grant to Evidence Action follows previous grants to expand seasonal migration program. Now operates in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Affected countries: Bangladesh,Indonesia; announced: 2017-05-11.
Charity Science Health200,000.002016-11Global health/vaccination/SMS remindershttps://www.givewell.org/charities/charity-science/charity-science-health/november-2016-grant-- SMS immunization in India. Budget of 250000 per year, so 80% funding for a year. Affected countries: India.
New Incentives368,587.002016-11Conditional cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/november-2016-grant-- Exit grant, indicating end of relationship (and to give recipient time to transition gracefully). No longer a top charity contender. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
IDinsight314,752.002016-10Consultinghttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/october-2016-grant-- Grant for embedded GiveWell team. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/idinsight/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
IDinsight1,985,000.002016-06Nonprofit ecosystemhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/june-2016-grant-- General support grant, to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/idinsight/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
Innovations for Poverty Action350,000.002016-05Unconditional cash transfers/mindsethttps://www.givewell.org/international/charities/ipa/may-2016-grant-- Grant supports research by Richard Sedlmayr and colleagues in collaboration with GiveDirectly to test mindset engagement in the context of unconditional cash transfers.
Results for Development Institute6,400,000.002016-05Global health/pneumoniahttps://www.givewell.org/charities/results-for-development/may-2016-grant-- Grant for the Market Dynamics practice area’s pneumonia treatment program in Tanzania. The organization aims to use these funds to increase use of amoxicillin, the WHO-recommended first-line treatment for childhood pneumonia. Affected countries: Tanzania.
No Lean Season812,351.002016-03Seasonal intracountry migration/Potential top charityhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/march-2016-grant-- Grant to fully cover projected No Lean Season costs for 2016. Hope that it would become a GiveWell top charity in the long term. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/no-lean-season/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization. Affected countries: Bangladesh.
New Incentives300,000.002016-03Conditional cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/march-2016-grant-- General support grant to New Incentives (that had received a grant previously, NULL, NULL, NULL), in the hope of creating a future top charity. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab100,000.002015-09Global health and development/immunization and cash incentiveshttps://www.givewell.org/JPAL-IRD-grant-- Grant for research on whether non-cash incentives increase child immunization rates. Affected countries: India,Pakistan.
Interactive Research and Development100,000.002015-09Global health and development/immunization and cash incentiveshttps://www.givewell.org/JPAL-IRD-grant-- Grant for research on whether non-cash incentives increase child immunization rates. Affected countries: India,Pakistan.
New Incentives100,000.002015-03Conditional cash transfers/Potential top charityhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/new-incentives-general-support-- Grant for general support, with a view to helping scale up a potential top charity. Follows up a grant of the same amount in 2014-01. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
IDinsight34,382.002014-09Global health and development/scale-uphttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/september-2014-grant-- Help with scaling up a high-potential development intervention in India. Affected countries: India.
No Lean Season250,000.002014-03Seasonal intracountry migration/potential top charityhttps://www.givewell.org/evidence-action/march-2014-grant-- Grant made to Evidence Action (which manages the program, and separately runs the Deworm the World Initiative) to support preliminary work and additional research on the No Lean Season program in Bangladesh. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/no-lean-season/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization. Affected countries: Bangladesh.
No Lean Season170,792.002014-03Seasonal intracountry migrationhttps://www.givewell.org/evidence-action/march-2014-grant-- Second grant made to Evidence Action (which manages the program, and separately runs the Deworm the World Initiative) to support preliminary work and additional research on the No Lean Season program in Bangladesh.. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/no-lean-season/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization. Affected countries: Bangladesh.
New Incentives100,000.002014-01Conditional cash transfers/Potential top charityhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/january-2014-grant-- First of the incubation grants, made to encourage the creation of new GiveWell top charities. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/new-incentives/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.

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 16 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
Catherine Hollander 3 1 15 0.0667 0.1601
Sophie Monahan 3 1 15 0.0667 0.1601
Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities 21 2 32 0.0625 0.121 0.0411
EA Giving Group 13 1 25 0.04 0.0769 0
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 1 27 0.037 0.0716 0
Effective Altruism Funds 17 1 29 0.0345 0.0673 0.1222
Aaron Gertler 21 1 33 0.0303 0.0605 0.0086
Peter Hurford 24 1 36 0.0278 0.0566 0.0236
Foundational Questions Institute 116 1 128 0.0078 0.0258 0.0328
Google.org 160 1 172 0.0058 0.0219 0.0005
Open Philanthropy Project 203 1 215 0.0047 0.0195 0.017
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2111 4 2120 0.0019 0.0241 0.0049
John Templeton Foundation 607 1 619 0.0016 0.0113 0.0014
Hewlett Foundation 2205 2 2216 0.0009 0.0118 0.0105
Ford Foundation 5401 1 5413 0.0002 0.0038 0.0008
MacArthur Foundation 9265 2 9276 0.0002 0.0058 0.0008