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.
|Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)||Good Ventures|
|Regularity with which donor updates donations data||continuous updates|
|Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||irregular|
|Lag with which donor updates donations data||months|
|Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||months|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (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"
|Cause area||Count||Median||Mean||Minimum||10th percentile||20th percentile||30th percentile||40th percentile||50th percentile||60th percentile||70th percentile||80th percentile||90th percentile||Maximum|
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|
|Global health (filter this donor)||2||2||1,600,000.00||500,000.00||1,100,000.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
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|
|Global health/Alzheimer's disease||1||1||1,100,000.00||0.00||1,100,000.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Massachusetts General Hospital (filter this donor)||WP Site||1,100,000.00||0.00||1,100,000.00|
|Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (filter this donor)||500,000.00||500,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Update on Investigating Neglected Goals in Biological Research||2017-11-30||Nick Beckstead||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project||Target Malaria||Broad donor strategy||Scientific research,Global health,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Agriculture||The 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.|
Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 2)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies||500,000.00||2||Global health/PTSD||http://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 Hospital||1,100,000.00||1||Global health/Alzheimer's disease||http://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.|
The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 1 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|
|Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||1111||1||1112||0.0009||0.0212||0.0013|