Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project donations made

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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
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Historically, Good Ventures and GiveWell worked together but were separate entities, and Good Ventures made a number of grants based on the beliefs and interets of Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna; in some cases these were helped by some GiveWell research. As GiveWell Labs began taking off and morphed into the Open Philanthropy Project, the majority of Good Ventures money moved shifted to the Open Philanthropy Project, and most of the rest was to GiveWell top and standout charities. Other than that, they also support GiveWell operations. The grants listed here are basically all the grants that may be informed by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project research but are not directly recommended by GiveWell or the Open Philanthropy Project, and do not support GiveWell operations

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Focus areas here include "marriage equality", drug policy, and education. Decisions in drug policy are sometimes assisted by research of the Open Philanthropy Project but the grants themselves are not recommended by the Open Philanthropy Project. Recently, some funding for Alzheimers disease based on Open Philanthropy Project study has been funded separately by Good Ventures, see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/update-investigating-neglected-goals-biological-research

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant pages are published on the Good Ventures website, generally within a few months after the grant is made

Notes on grant financing: Financing for these grants is provided by Good Ventures. The exact financing mechanism is not clear

Miscellaneous notes: See also http://effective-altruism.com/ea/10l/june_2016_givewell_board_meeting/#relationship-with-good-ventures "51:59: Cari and Dustin aren’t tied down, they have their own thing"

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 2012
Education (filter this donor) 1 1 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 2 2 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Same-sex marriage (filter this donor) 3 2 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 250,000.00
Drug policy (filter this donor) 3 2 412,500.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00 0.00
Meta-philanthropy (filter this donor) 3 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 20,000.00 20,000.00
Total 12 8 7,612,500.00 500,000.00 1,200,000.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00 270,000.00

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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 2012
Education/United States 1 1 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00
Global health/Alzheimer's disease 1 1 1,100,000.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/PTSD 1 1 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Same-sex marriage/United States 3 2 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 250,000.00
Drug policy/United States 3 2 412,500.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00 0.00
Meta-philanthropy 3 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 20,000.00 20,000.00
Classified total 12 8 7,612,500.00 500,000.00 1,200,000.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00 270,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12 8 7,612,500.00 500,000.00 1,200,000.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00 270,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
Startup:Education (filter this donor) WP 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 0.00
Massachusetts General Hospital (filter this donor) WP Site 1,100,000.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (filter this donor) 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Freedom to Marry (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 150,000.00
Brookings Institution (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 212,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 212,500.00 0.00
Heffter Research Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (filter this donor) WP 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 20,000.00 20,000.00
Total -- -- 7,612,500.00 500,000.00 1,200,000.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00 270,000.00

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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 9 6 2,300,000.00 60,000.00 270,000.00
Total 12 8 7,612,500.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00

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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 7 5 5,912,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 5,462,500.00 250,000.00
Classified total 7 5 5,912,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 5,462,500.00 250,000.00
Unclassified total 5 3 1,700,000.00 1,100,000.00 60,000.00 20,000.00 20,000.00
Total 12 8 7,612,500.00 1,200,000.00 160,000.00 5,482,500.00 270,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Update on Investigating Neglected Goals in Biological Research2017-11-30Nick Beckstead Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project Target Malaria Broad donor strategyScientific research,Global health,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AgricultureThe blog post describes the way the Open Philanthropy Project is identifying neglected goals in biological research. Previously the hope was to investigate sub-areas deeply and produce write-ups. Now, the approach is more "opportunistic": rather than do public write-ups, staff look out for good opportunities for shovel-ready or highly promising grants in the specific topics identified as having strong potential

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies500,000.002017-08Global health/PTSDhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/maps-randomized-controlled-phase-3-trial-for-ptsd-therapy-- Grant to support a randomized controlled trial testing the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat posttraumatic stress disorder.
Massachusetts General Hospital1,100,000.002016-12Global health/Alzheimer's diseasehttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/massachusetts-general-hospital-alzheimers-disease-research-- Grant to support research on Alzheimer's disease led by Professors Rudolph Tanzi and Robert Moir. This appears to be part of grants made by Good Ventures on Alzheimer's disease informed by Open Philanthropy Project research but not recommended by Open Philanthropy Project, see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/update-investigating-neglected-goals-biological-research for more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom to Marry250,000.002014-03Same-sex marriage/United Stateshttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/freedom-to-marry-general-support-march-2014-- Exit grant to Freedom to Marry as Good Ventures decides to exit funding same-sex marriage organizations. Affected countries: United States.
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.
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society20,000.002012-07Meta-philanthropyhttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/stanford-center-on-philanthropy-and-civil-society-general-support-july-2012-- Grant made via Stanford University, supports efforts of recipient to promote the study of philanthropic institutions and nonprofits.
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.

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 12 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
Pineapple Fund 37 1 44 0.0227 0.0581 0.0136
Open Philanthropy Project 253 1 260 0.0038 0.0222 0.0001
John Templeton Foundation 607 2 613 0.0033 0.0287 0.0011
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 410 1 417 0.0024 0.0175 0.0013
Sloan Foundation 467 1 474 0.0021 0.0164 0.0008
Nathan Cummings Foundation 2888 4 2892 0.0014 0.0263 0.0017
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2111 2 2117 0.0009 0.0154 0.0006
Hewlett Foundation 2205 2 2211 0.0009 0.0151 0.0043
Knight Foundation 3345 2 3351 0.0006 0.0122 0.0015
Wellcome Trust 1696 1 1703 0.0006 0.0086 0.0004
Ford Foundation 5401 2 5407 0.0004 0.0096 0.0014
MacArthur Foundation 9265 4 9269 0.0004 0.0147 0.0021