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

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 2 500,000 800,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000
Global health 2 500,000 800,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000

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
Global health (filter this donor) 2 2 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00
Total 2 2 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00

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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
Global health/Alzheimer's disease 1 1 1,100,000.00 0.00 1,100,000.00
Global health/PTSD 1 1 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00
Classified total 2 2 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 2 2 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016
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
Total -- -- 1,600,000.00 500,000.00 1,100,000.00

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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

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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 PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy 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 (2 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 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies500,000.0022017-08Global 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 Hospital1,100,000.0012016-12Global 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.

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 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