Jacob Steinhardt donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Global health and development)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username jacob.steinhardt
LinkedIn username jacob-steinhardt-a30437bb
Twitter usernamejacobsteinhardt
LessWrong usernamejsteinhardt
Effective Altruism Forum usernamejsteinhardt
GitHub usernamejsteinha
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?person=Jacob+Steinhardt

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 6 2,500 4,092 900 900 1,800 1,800 2,500 2,500 5,400 6,300 6,300 7,650 7,650
Global health and development 6 2,500 4,092 900 900 1,800 1,800 2,500 2,500 5,400 6,300 6,300 7,650 7,650

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2021 2016
Global health and development (filter this donor) 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00
Total 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2021 2016
Global health and development 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00
Classified total 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2021 2016
GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 8,800.00 6,300.00 2,500.00
Center for Global Development (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 7,650.00 7,650.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund (filter this donor) 5,400.00 5,400.00 0.00
International Refugee Assistance Project (filter this donor) Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help FB Tw Site 1,800.00 1,800.00 0.00
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site TW 900.00 900.00 0.00
Total -- -- 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2021 2016
GiveWell 3 2 9,700.00 7,200.00 2,500.00
Classified total 3 2 9,700.00 7,200.00 2,500.00
Unclassified total 3 3 14,850.00 14,850.00 0.00
Total 6 5 24,550.00 22,050.00 2,500.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Donations for 20162016-12-28Jacob Steinhardt Jacob Steinhardt Donor lottery GiveWell top charities GiveDirectly Blue Ribbon Study Panel Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Periodic donation list documentationBiosecurity and pandemic preparedness,International relations,Global health and developmentExplanation for donation choices, also mention experimental funding of smaller projects

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

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DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund6,300.0022021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/GiveWell Intended use of funds (category): Regranting

Intended use of funds: The GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund regrants money quarterly to GiveWell top charities based on which ones have the most cost-effective and time-sensitive funding need.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development donations: 12% to the EA Funds (Global Health and Development Fund). The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development allocation: 12% to the EA Funds (Global Health and Development Fund). The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research." It also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 14.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The donation post suggests that the donor will not be granting to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund any more, saying: "In retrospect, I think a better allocation would have been 40% to GHDF and 5% to GiveWell. The reason is that GHDF is actively managed by someone who I trust, who has similar goals than me, and who is significantly more informed than I am, so I would expect whatever allocation Elie chooses to be better than what I chose above. In addition, I have grown more comfortable with higher-risk donations; I was already fairly comfortable with them, allocating ~80% to high-risk/high-reward opportunities, but I'd now feel okay with up to ~90%."
Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund5,400.0032021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/-- Intended use of funds (category): Regranting

Intended use of funds: The Global Health and Development Fund is managed by Elie Hassenfeld, CEO of GiveWell, and primarily funds GiveWell Incubation Grants.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development donations: 12% to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund. The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This 14% allocation should be viewed along with another of the donor's global health and development donations: 12% to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund. The donation post says: "I had decided that I wanted around 20% of my donations to go toward helping the global poor in a relatively straightforward way (i.e. not through research about what to do in the future, but direct interventions that will help today). Based on my estimate of their portfolios, the 14% + 12% mix between these two funds got me to the 20% target while also allocating some money towards research." It also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 12.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The donation post suggests that the donor will increase granting to this fund, saying: "In retrospect, I think a better allocation would have been 40% to GHDF and 5% to GiveWell. The reason is that GHDF is actively managed by someone who I trust, who has similar goals than me, and who is significantly more informed than I am, so I would expect whatever allocation Elie chooses to be better than what I chose above. In addition, I have grown more comfortable with higher-risk donations; I was already fairly comfortable with them, allocating ~80% to high-risk/high-reward opportunities, but I'd now feel okay with up to ~90%."
Center for Global Development7,650.0012021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This money partly goes toward the intersection of "helping the global poor" of today and funding research (as opposed to interventions that can be applied immediately). The donation post says: "The Center for Global Development is primarily focused on research, and has a strong track record of past effectiveness."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This money partly goes toward the intersection of "helping the global poor" of today and funding research (as opposed to interventions that can be applied immediately). With a budget of 45% toward "helping the global poor" of which 20% was to direct interventions, the left-over amount after various adjustments worked out to 17%. The donation post also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 17.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The donation post suggests that the donor may not grant to CGD in future years: "In retrospect, I think a better allocation would have been 40% to GHDF and 5% to GiveWell. The reason is that GHDF is actively managed by someone who I trust, who has similar goals than me, and who is significantly more informed than I am, so I would expect whatever allocation Elie chooses to be better than what I chose above. In addition, I have grown more comfortable with higher-risk donations; I was already fairly comfortable with them, allocating ~80% to high-risk/high-reward opportunities, but I'd now feel okay with up to ~90%."
GiveWell900.0062021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/GiveWell Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: These funds are to direct support GiveWell's operating expenses. This is in contrast with unrestricted support to GiveWell, that could get reallocated by GiveWell to its top charities when it has excess funds.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donation post talks of a 14% donation to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund, and adds: "Finally, GiveWell recommends allocating 10% of the donation to them to operating expenses, which I rounded up [from 10% of 14% = 1.4%] to 2%."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The donation post talks of a 14% donation to the GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund, and adds: "Finally, GiveWell recommends allocating 10% of the donation to them to operating expenses, which I rounded up [from 10% of 14% = 1.4%] to 2%." It also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 2.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The donation post says: "Finally, I feel that giving only 2% to GiveWell created perverse incentives: if GHDF hadn't existed, I would have donated more to GiveWell and thus given more to cover their operating costs. Since GHDF is run by the CEO of GiveWell, it seems incorrect to penalize GiveWell for GHDF's existence, so moving forward I will allocate 10% of my {GiveWell + GHDF} donation to cover operating expenses."
International Refugee Assistance Project1,800.0052021-06-23Global health and developmenthttps://bounded-regret.ghost.io/donations-19-20/-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donation post says: "I felt that IRAP was plausibly in the same ballpark as global health interventions in terms of impact, since they focus on immigration reform, whose beneficiaries are primarily in other countries. This is a neglected policy area within the U.S., and policy can be a strong philanthropic lever in areas that are not entrenched along partisan lines. A secondary benefit is that better immigration policy could help recruit more talented researchers to the U.S., which could help in other areas such as AI."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The reason for the relatively small allocation to IRAP is explained in the donation post as follows: "I am less confident that these donations maximize impact compared to the ones above, although I do feel that IRAP is a very good organization. The main reason these wouldn't maximize impact is that they are U.S.-centric, while most of the strongest philanthropic opportunities lie abroad." It also includes context on the total amount ($45,000): "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. [...] The impact of COVID-19 on poor countries made me better appreciate how much better I have it than most of the world, so I tried to donate closer to 20% of my 2020 income, and that will be my goal moving forward as well. Between 2019 and 2020, this came out to $45,000 in total."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 4.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation post says: "Each year I aim to donate around 10% of my income. In 2019, I fell behind on this, probably due to the chaos of COVID-19 (but really this was just an embarassing logistical failure on my part). I've recently, finally, finished processing donations for 2019 and 2020."
GiveWell Maximum Impact Fund2,500.0042016-12-28Global health and developmenthttps://jsteinhardt.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/donations-for-2016/GiveWell Although donation was announced on this day we do not know when it was made. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 25.00%.

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