GiveWell Incubation Grants donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Global health and development)

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 as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) 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 March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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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. Occasionally, however, grants listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants are financed via Effective Altruism Funds (specifically, the Global Health and Development Fund). We list these grants only under Effective Altruism Funds and not under GiveWell Incubation Grants

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

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 12 492,188 1,820,274 34,382 100,000 100,000 170,000 474,374 492,188 800,000 2,642,300 3,408,259 5,069,866 7,751,915
Global health and development 12 492,188 1,820,274 34,382 100,000 100,000 170,000 474,374 492,188 800,000 2,642,300 3,408,259 5,069,866 7,751,915

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 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014
Global health and development (filter this donor) 12 7 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 3,934,488.00 200,000.00 34,382.00
Total 12 7 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 3,934,488.00 200,000.00 34,382.00

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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 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014
Global health and development 7 3 20,642,340.00 8,721,915.00 8,478,125.00 3,442,300.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development/Randomized controlled trials 1 1 492,188.00 0.00 0.00 492,188.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development/feedback collection 1 1 474,374.00 474,374.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development/immunization and cash incentives 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Global health and development/scale-up 1 1 34,382.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 34,382.00
Classified total 12 7 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 3,934,488.00 200,000.00 34,382.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12 7 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 3,934,488.00 200,000.00 34,382.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014
Evidence Action (filter this donor) 11,994,215.00 8,551,915.00 0.00 3,442,300.00 0.00 0.00
Evidence Action Beta (filter this donor) 8,478,125.00 0.00 8,478,125.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
IDinsight (filter this donor) Site 508,756.00 474,374.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 34,382.00
Center for Effective Global Action (filter this donor) 492,188.00 0.00 0.00 492,188.00 0.00 0.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 170,000.00 170,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Interactive Research and Development (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 3,934,488.00 200,000.00 34,382.00

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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 2019 2018 2015 2014
India 3 3 4,242,641.00 800,000.00 3,408,259.00 0.00 34,382.00
India|Pakistan 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Classified total 5 5 4,442,641.00 800,000.00 3,408,259.00 200,000.00 34,382.00
Unclassified total 7 5 17,400,643.00 8,396,289.00 5,069,866.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12 7 21,843,284.00 9,196,289.00 8,478,125.00 200,000.00 34,382.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (12 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Evidence Action800,000.0052019-03Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/march-2019-evidence-action-beta-iron-folic-acid-impact-evaluation-- Grant to Evidence Action for the Phase 2 pilot stage of its technical assistance to the Government of India's national school-based iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation program. Affected countries: India; announced: 2019-04-02.
Evidence Action7,751,915.0012019-03Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/march-2019-evidence-action-- Grant for organizational strengthening. Evidence Action plans to use this grant to build its fundraising function, add senior leadership capacity, review its compensation scheme, and strengthen its affiliated entity in India. The grant also includes some flexible funding. GiveWell recommends making this grant in order to: a) leverage a larger increase in funds for Evidence Action's programs, several of which we believe are highly cost-effective, through its fundraising activities, b) increase senior leadership capacity and make existing senior leaders' workloads more manageable, and c) help improve the long-term health of Evidence Action as an organization. Announced: 2019-04-02.
IDinsight474,374.0082019-03Global health and development/feedback collectionhttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-beneficiary-preferences-march-2019-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support a scaled-up study surveying potential beneficiaries of GiveWell top charities about the relative value they place on different good outcomes, such as averting a death or doubling a household's income. The research aims to inform GiveWell's approach to two questions: (1) Valuing health vs. income, (2) Age-weighting. The pilot phase of this work was conducted by IDinsight using an April 2018 grant https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018 IDinsight expects its total budget of $474,374 to break down roughly as follows: IDinsight staff costs: $364,160; Fieldwork: $104,214; Other costs: $6,000

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell has worked closely with IDinsight in the past on related work, including on the pilot phase of this project conducted by IDinsight using an April 2018 grant https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018 so it is natural to continue the work with IDinsight

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined based on budget calculation. IDinsight expects its total budget of $474,374 to break down roughly as follows: IDinsight staff costs: $364,160; Fieldwork: $104,214; Other costs: $6,000

Other notes: GiveWell lists some open questions: (1) How reliable will this study's results be relative to the results of similar studies conducted in high-income countries? (2) To what extent will this study's results influence our approach to valuing health vs. income or age-weighting? (3) How can we encourage more research to be conducted on the moral values of people living in poverty in low-income countries?. Announced: 2019-05-22.
University of California, Berkeley170,000.0092019-02Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/february-2019-ted-miguel-research-support-- Grant to hire an additional research assistant to support Ted Miguel's research on deworming and cash transfers. Announced: 2019-03-01.
Evidence Action Beta3,408,259.0032018-12Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/december-2018-evidence-action-beta-iron-folic-acid-phase-2-- Grant to pilot a project to provide technical assistance for the Indian government's work on large-scale school-based iron and folic acid supplementation targeting children and adolescents. Affected countries: India; announced: 2019-04-02.
Evidence Action Beta5,069,866.0022018-07Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/july-2018-evidence-action-beta-incubator-- Grant to create a dedicated portfolio within its overall incubator portfolio focused on GiveWell-aligned evidence-backed, cost-effective interventions and to provide cross-cutting support to the incubator. This grant will fund roughly two-and-a-half years of operations for this portfolio in the incubator. Announced: 2018-09-13.
Evidence Action800,000.0052017-12Global health and developmenthttps://www.givewell.org/charities/evidence-action/dec-2017-grant-- Grant for general operating support. Grantee intends to use this support to fund a deficit in its operating budget. We made this grant with two goals in mind: (a) to support the development of programs that could be future top charities (the goal of our Incubation Grants program), and (b) to support the Deworm the World Initiative and No Lean Season, programs run by Evidence Action that are GiveWell top charities. Announced: 2018-01-03.
Center for Effective Global Action492,188.0072017-07Global 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.
Evidence Action2,642,300.0042017-04Global 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.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab100,000.00102015-09Global 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 Development100,000.00102015-09Global 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.
IDinsight34,382.00122014-09Global 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.

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