GiveWell discretionary regranting 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 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 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
Best overview URLhttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
Websitehttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Donations URLhttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
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 datadays
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 has given donors the option to give money to Givewell to allocate to top charities. This differed from simply giving to GiveWell top charities using the recommended allocation, because GiveWell would determine the best use of marginal funds at the time of each regrant decision. GiveWell began highlighting discretionary regranting in late 2016, and announced some major discretionary regrants in 2017. For giving seasons 2017, Givewell recommended that donors give to GiveWell for discretionary regranting

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Same focus areas that inform GiveWell top charity recommendations. Top areas in recent years have included malaria, deworming, vitamin A supplementation, cash transfers, and seasonal intracountry migration

Notes on grant decision logistics: For each discretionary regrant, which may be done about once a quarter, GiveWell looks at the most pressing of the needs of its top charities, and regrants funds based on those. Grant decisions have to be approved by the board

Notes on grant publication logistics: In 2017, decisions were published in blog posts. As per https://blog.givewell.org/2017/09/12/september-open-thread/#comment-946059 and https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/#comment-946301 GiveWell plans to add a page listing all discretionary regrants

Notes on grant financing: Money for the grants mostly comes from funds donated by donors to "GiveWell top charities" for regranting at its discretion. In the case of regrant to the Against Malaria Foundation, the original donors show up in the Against Malaria Foundation donor list

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Global health (filter this donor) 25 4 21,441,100.00 5,600,000.00 7,850,000.00 4,400,000.00 3,461,100.00 130,000.00
Cash transfers (filter this donor) 5 1 608,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 438,900.00 170,000.00
Total 30 5 22,050,000.00 5,600,000.00 7,850,000.00 4,400,000.00 3,900,000.00 300,000.00

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

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Global health/malaria 11 1 11,601,100.00 0.00 4,400,000.00 4,400,000.00 2,801,100.00 0.00
Global health/deworming 14 3 9,840,000.00 5,600,000.00 3,450,000.00 0.00 660,000.00 130,000.00
Cash transfers 5 1 608,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 438,900.00 170,000.00
Classified total 30 5 22,050,000.00 5,600,000.00 7,850,000.00 4,400,000.00 3,900,000.00 300,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 30 5 22,050,000.00 5,600,000.00 7,850,000.00 4,400,000.00 3,900,000.00 300,000.00

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

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 11,601,100.00 0.00 4,400,000.00 4,400,000.00 2,801,100.00 0.00
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 6,058,900.00 5,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 438,900.00 20,000.00
Deworm the World Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 3,701,100.00 0.00 3,450,000.00 0.00 221,100.00 30,000.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 608,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 438,900.00 170,000.00
Schistosomasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00
Total -- -- 22,050,000.00 5,600,000.00 7,850,000.00 4,400,000.00 3,900,000.00 300,000.00

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

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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
India|Kenya 1 1 700,000.00 700,000.00
Classified total 1 1 700,000.00 700,000.00
Unclassified total 29 5 21,350,000.00 7,150,000.00
Total 30 5 22,050,000.00 7,850,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Our top charities for giving season 20172017-11-27Natalie Crispin GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Malaria Consortium Deworm the World Initiative Helen Keller International Sightsavers END Fund No Lean Season GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispensers for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global povertyGiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added two new top charities
Allocation of discretionary funds and new recommendation for donors2017-04-03Natalie Crispin GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative Periodic donation list documentationGlobal healthGiveWell announces that it will allocate $4.9 million dollars of discretionary funds as follows: $4.4 million to the Against Malaria Foundation, and $0.5 million to the Deworm the World Initiative. Further, it updates its recommendation to donors, saying they should give all money at the margin to the Against Malaria Foundation. This updates the November 2016 recommendation to give to AMF and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative in a 3:1 ratio
Discretionary grant making and implications for donor agency2016-12-19Andrew Martin GiveWellGiveWell discretionary regranting Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Broad donor strategyExplains the difference between giving GiveWell money to grant at its own discretion and donating to current GiveWell top and standout charities

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (30 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative5,600,000.002018-03Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between October and December 2017 (i.e., Q4 2017). See https://blog.givewell.org/2018/04/06/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2017/ for more details. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Deworm the World Initiative700,000.002017-11-27Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and September 2017. See https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/ for more details. This is part of $15.9 million GiveWell is attempting to allocate to Deworm the World Initiative; the remaining $15.2 million will come from Good Ventures. Affected countries: India|Kenya; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Deworm the World Initiative2,250,000.002017-08-30Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and June 2017. Blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2017/08/30/why-were-allocating-discretionary-funds-to-the-deworm-the-world-initiative/ announces $2.25 million in made and planned grants to Deworm the World Initiative from funds given to GiveWell to regrant at its discretion (see https://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/ for more background on how this differs from GiveWell top charities). This is the entirety of the money being granted or considered for granting at this time; the blog post explains why the grant is being made to Deworm the World Initiative even though GiveWell continues to recommend Against Malaria Foundation as the top charity that donors should allocate 100% of their donations to. Amount includes $1.25 million already granted and an additional $1 million that is planned for granting in the next month or two. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation4,400,000.002017-04-03Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between October and December 2016. Blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2017/04/03/allocation-of-discretionary-funds/ announces $4.4 million grant to AMF from the funds GiveWell has for discretionary regranting (see https://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/ for more background on how this differs from GiveWell top charities). This is because AMF has the largest remaining Execution Level 1 gap based on the funding gaps identified in November 2016, and reports of funds raised as of February 2017. An additional $0.5 million is being granted to Deworm the World Initiative, and GiveWell recommends that donors giving now should donate all their money to the Against Malaria Foundation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 89.80%.
Deworm the World Initiative500,000.002017-04-03Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between October and December 2016. Blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2017/04/03/allocation-of-discretionary-funds/ announces $0.5 million to Deworm the World Initiative from the funds GiveWell has for discretionary regranting (see https://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/ for more background on how this differs from GiveWell top charities), to fill most of an unfilled $0.53 million Execution Level 2 funding gap. This is out of a total of $4.9 million in granted money (the remaining $4.4 million went to the Against Malaria Foundation, with the highest priority of funding gap). The funding to Deworm the World Initiative was decided over other alternatives, including Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the END Fund, GiveDirectly, Malaria Consortium, and Sightsavers. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.20%.
Against Malaria Foundation500,000.002016-12Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and September 2016. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation300,000.002016-09Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between May and June 2016. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation200,000.002016-06Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between March and April 2016. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation1,000,000.002016-04Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and February 2016. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation1,600,000.002016-02Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated in December 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation800,000.002016-01Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between October and November 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation600,000.002015-12Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between June and September 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Against Malaria Foundation667,000.002015-07Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and May 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 66.70%.
GiveDirectly133,000.002015-07Cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and May 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative133,000.002015-07Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and May 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Deworm the World Initiative67,000.002015-07Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and May 2015. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.70%.
Against Malaria Foundation1,467,400.002015-03Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between November and December 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 66.70%.
GiveDirectly292,600.002015-03Cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between November and December 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative292,600.002015-03Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between November and December 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Deworm the World Initiative147,400.002015-03Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between November and December 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Against Malaria Foundation66,700.002015-01Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and October 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 66.70%.
GiveDirectly13,300.002015-01Cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and October 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative13,300.002015-01Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and October 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 13.30%.
Deworm the World Initiative6,700.002015-01Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between July and October 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.70%.
GiveDirectly60,000.002014-08Cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between April and June 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 60.00%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative20,000.002014-08Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between April and June 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.00%.
Deworm the World Initiative20,000.002014-08Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between April and June 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.00%.
GiveDirectly110,000.002014-05Cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and March 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 55.00%.
Schistosomasis Control Initiative80,000.002014-05Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and March 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 40.00%.
Deworm the World Initiative10,000.002014-05Global health/deworminghttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking-- Grant uses money donated between January and March 2014. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 5.00%.

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 30 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
Adam Nightingale 4 4 5 0.8 0.8944 0.9022
Isabel Juniewicz 4 4 5 0.8 0.8944 0.8838
Luke Freeman 4 4 5 0.8 0.8944 0.9671
Peter O'Brien 4 4 5 0.8 0.8944 0.9676
Cullen O'Keefe 5 4 6 0.6667 0.8 0.2903
Joel Troughton 3 3 5 0.6 0.7746 0.7458
Matthew Dahlhausen 3 3 5 0.6 0.7746 0.7781
Richard Clarke 3 3 5 0.6 0.7746 0.9823
Robert Flatow 3 3 5 0.6 0.7746 0.8025
Tom Lucena 3 3 5 0.6 0.7746 0.9341
Elie Hassenfeld 6 4 7 0.5714 0.7303
Oliver Base 6 4 7 0.5714 0.7303 0.8486
Aahan Rashid 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.7402
Alfredo Parra 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.4121
Andrew Martin 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708
Catherine Low 7 4 8 0.5 0.6761 0.9562
Håkon Harnes 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.8293
Kat Steiner 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.9536
Luca Masters 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.9192
William Grunow 4 3 6 0.5 0.6708 0.8097
Samuel Hilton 8 4 9 0.4444 0.6325 0.4124
Alexander Berger 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6
Alexandre Zani 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.6237
Henry Cooksley 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.7797
Jason Harner 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.8911
Jay Feldman 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.9085
Kyle Lackinger 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.2973
Marius Hobbhahn 5 3 7 0.4286 0.6 0.5832
Alexandra Rastad 2 2 5 0.4 0.6325 0.4204
Anders Kuvaas Herting 2 2 5 0.4 0.6325 0.9521