Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project 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
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Good Ventures

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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Education (filter this donor) 1 1 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Meta-philanthropy (filter this donor) 10 2 4,352,940.00 1,994,850.00 1,303,090.00 260,000.00 745,000.00 0.00 50,000.00
Drug policy (filter this donor) 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Same-sex marriage (filter this donor) 2 2 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Total 16 7 10,015,440.00 2,094,850.00 1,403,090.00 5,472,500.00 745,000.00 250,000.00 50,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Startup:Education WP 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 4,272,940.00 1,994,850.00 1,243,090.00 240,000.00 745,000.00 0.00 50,000.00
Brookings Institution FB Tw WP Site 212,500.00 0.00 0.00 212,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Heffter Research Institute FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Freedom to Marry FB Tw WP Site 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00
Silicon Valley Community Foundation WP 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society 80,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 10,015,440.00 2,094,850.00 1,403,090.00 5,472,500.00 745,000.00 250,000.00 50,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer 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.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2015 2014
Mark Zuckerberg,Priscilla Chan,Cory Booker 1 1 5,000,000.00 0.00 5,000,000.00
Graham Boyd 2 2 312,500.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Classified total 3 3 5,312,500.00 100,000.00 5,212,500.00
Unclassified total 13 5 4,702,940.00 1,303,090.00 260,000.00
Total 16 7 10,015,440.00 1,403,090.00 5,472,500.00

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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 2016 2015 2014 2012
United States 6 5 5,662,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 5,212,500.00 250,000.00
Classified total 6 5 5,662,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 5,212,500.00 250,000.00
Unclassified total 10 2 4,352,940.00 1,994,850.00 1,303,090.00 260,000.00 0.00
Total 16 7 10,015,440.00 2,094,850.00 1,403,090.00 5,472,500.00 250,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Heffter Research Institute100,000.002016-09Drug policy/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/heffter-research-institute-general-support-- Grant recipient a leading institute on psychedelics. It follows up on http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/heffter-research-institute-general-support1 a previous grant of the same amount. Grantee intends to use grant for communications work over the next two years. Affected countries: United States.
GiveWell1,994,850.002016-06Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-general-support-- Grant for general poerating support.
Heffter Research Institute100,000.002015-12Drug policy/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/heffter-research-institute-general-support1Graham Boyd Grant was recommended by Graham Boyd, advisor to Good Ventures on drug policy. Grant supports work on psychedelics, an area that Good Ventures and Boyd consider neglected, and where. Affected countries: United States.
GiveWell1,186,840.002015-08Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-general-support-august-2015-- Grant for general operating support.
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society60,000.002015-04Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/stanford-center-on-philanthropy-and-civil-society-general-support-- Grant for general operating support, to be disbursed as three annual payments of $20,000 each.
GiveWell56,250.002015-01Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-open-philanthropy-project-website-construction-- Grant to support 50% of the costs of redesigning http://www.openphilanthropy.org (the new website).
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society20,000.002014-08Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/stanford-pacs-general-support-- Grant for general operating support, and also labeled as a continuation of http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/stanford-center-on-philanthropy-and-civil-society-general-support-july-2012 a grant in 2012-07.
Startup:Education5,000,000.002014-04Education/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/startup-education-school-reform-in-newark-april-2014Mark Zuckerberg,Priscilla Chan,Cory Booker Grant structured as a "match" to the grant by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan of $100 million for school reform in Newark. Matching grants from other donors were needed to unlock the funding from Zuckerberg and Chan. Though the grant was not recommended by GiveWell, GiveWell staff assisted with a writeup at http://www.goodventures.org/report/school-reform-in-newark to help decide on the grant. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Jersey; affected cities: Newark.
Brookings Institution212,500.002014-03Drug policy/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/brookings-institution-research-on-marijuana-policy-changeGraham Boyd Grant was recommended by Graham Boyd, who had previously worked as an advisor to Peter Lewis. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington,Colorado.
GiveWell240,000.002014-03Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-general-support-march-2014-- Grant for general operating support.
GiveWell675,000.002013-11Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-research-november-2013-- Grant to cover research-related expenses.
GiveWell20,000.002013-06Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-research-june-2013-- Grant to support investigation into the history of philanthropy and investigation of funding opportunities in in policy advocacy.
GiveWell50,000.002013-01Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-general-support-january-2013-- Grant for general operating support, i.e., finding the best giving opportunities and writing up findings.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation100,000.002012-09Same-sex marriage/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/media-buy-for-marriage-equality-campaign-in-maine-september-2012-- Grant supports purchase of advertisements in Maine by Freedom to Marry Action as part of a campaign to legalized same-sex marriage. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Maine.
Freedom to Marry150,000.002012-06Same-sex marriage/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/freedom-to-marry-general-support-june-2012-- Learning grant intended to understand more in the same-sex marriage advocacy (aka "marriage equality") space. Affected countries: United States.
GiveWell50,000.002011-12Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/givewell-general-support-december-2011-- Grant for general operating support, i.e., finding the best giving opportunities and writing up findings.

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 10 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
Good Ventures/unaffiliated with GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project 2 2 7 0.2857 0.5345 0.0237
Ozy Brennan 2 1 8 0.125 0.2673 0.648
Alexander Berger 5 1 11 0.0909 0.169
Ben Kuhn 8 1 14 0.0714 0.1336 0.4982
Aaron Gertler 11 1 17 0.0588 0.114 0.4158
Elizabeth Van Nostrand 13 1 19 0.0526 0.1048 0.2125
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 15 1 21 0.0476 0.0976 0.0002
Open Philanthropy Project 166 1 172 0.0058 0.0293 0.0001
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 362 1 368 0.0027 0.0199 0.0011
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2111 1 2117 0.0005 0.0082 0.0002