Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Drug policy)

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)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"

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 100,000 137,500 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 212,500 212,500 212,500 212,500
Drug policy 3 100,000 137,500 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 212,500 212,500 212,500 212,500

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
Drug policy (filter this donor) 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00

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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 2016 2015 2014
Drug policy/United States 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Classified total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2016 2015 2014
Brookings Institution (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 212,500.00 0.00 0.00 212,500.00
Heffter Research Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00

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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
Graham Boyd 2 2 312,500.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Classified total 2 2 312,500.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Unclassified total 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 212,500.00

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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
United States 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Classified total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 3 2 412,500.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 212,500.00

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

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Heffter Research Institute100,000.0022016-09Drug 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 Institute100,000.0022015-12Drug 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.
Brookings Institution212,500.0012014-03Drug 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.

Similarity to other donors

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