Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise donations made

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Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for Effective Altruism
Best overview URLhttps://www.jefftk.com/giving
Facebook username jefftk
LinkedIn username jeff-kaufman-28a8bab
Websitehttp://www.jefftk.com/
Donations URLhttp://www.jefftk.com/donations
LessWrong usernamejkaufman
Effective Altruism Forum usernameJeff_Kaufman
Effective Altruism Hub usernamejeff-kaufman
GitHub usernamejeffkaufman
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datadays
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: Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise have been giving since 2003 and have been practicing "earning to give" -- giving about 50% of their annual income -- every year, except years when they were financially tighter because of working at startups or pursuing graduate school. The couple has been highlighted by Peter Singer, and discussed in the mainstream media, for instance https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/books/review/strangers-drowning-by-larissa-macfarquhar.html

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The couple makes sure to donate about half of their donation budget for charities that have a direct impact in global health and development, usually based on GiveWell recommendations. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for the latest affirmation of this; and see https://www.jefftk.com/p/why-global-poverty for more explanation of the focus. The remaining half includes effective altruism/movement growth charities (such as the Centre for Effective Altruism) and more speculative charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: The couple determines their charity budget by computing their adjusted gross income (AGI) with the help of their accountant and then calculating a fixed percentage (usually 50%) of that. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/what-should-income-mean-in-pledging for more details on why the AGI figure is used. They then do a 50-50 or similar split between GiveWell-recommended charities in global health and development, and other areas like effective altruism. The allocations in the GiveWell slice are informed by GiveWell recommendations, the allocations in the other slice are decided based on their own investigation. The actual pacing and modality of payments may depend on personal finances, available payment modalities, and donation matching options. As of late 2017, the couple have started using PayPal Giving Fund where possible because it can use a 2% cash-back credit card without charging either donor or donee any transaction fees, and also does a 1% matching, thus generating an extra 3% altogether. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/paypal-giving-fund and https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more

Miscellaneous notes: It looks like the 50% of AGI became a target as a result of a compromise between Jeff and Julia: Jeff sought a little less and Julia sought a little more. In 2017, the couple targeted 30% initially, while Jeff was working at a lower-pay but potentially higher direct-impact job at money transfer company Wave. However, it went back up to 50% after he was fired from Wave and returned to Google. In 2011, the couple did not donate because Jeff was working at a startup and Julia was paying for graduate school out of pocket, see note [1] at https://www.jefftk.com/donations. Also, note that donations listed in italics are not included as separate line items in the donations list on the Donations List Website; however, the ones among these that are employer matches are noted as employer matches to the corresponding donation. Consistency of totals against the totals listed on top at http://www.jefftk.com/donations was last verified on 2017-12-30

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 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Global health (filter this donor) 21 2 288,378.58 71,000.00 75,145.58 84,152.00 0.00 33,400.00 24,681.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
(filter this donor) 37 10 269,467.00 0.00 85,189.00 0.00 68,556.00 14,550.00 25,253.00 36,006.00 27,809.00 10,760.00 336.00 336.00 336.00 168.00 168.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 9 2 266,152.00 71,000.00 0.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 1 1 300.00 0.00 300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 68 15 824,297.58 142,000.00 160,634.58 168,304.00 128,556.00 98,950.00 49,934.00 36,006.00 27,809.00 10,760.00 336.00 336.00 336.00 168.00 168.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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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 2013 2012
Global health/malaria 18 1 272,847.58 56,000.00 75,145.58 84,152.00 0.00 33,400.00 24,150.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 9 2 266,152.00 71,000.00 0.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00 0.00
Global health/deworming 3 1 15,531.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 531.00
Animal welfare/Meat alternatives 1 1 300.00 0.00 300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 31 5 554,830.58 142,000.00 75,445.58 168,304.00 60,000.00 84,400.00 24,681.00
Unclassified total 37 10 269,467.00 0.00 85,189.00 0.00 68,556.00 14,550.00 25,253.00
Total 68 15 824,297.58 142,000.00 160,634.58 168,304.00 128,556.00 98,950.00 49,934.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 272,847.58 56,000.00 75,145.58 84,152.00 0.00 33,400.00 24,150.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 195,152.00 0.00 0.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell top charities (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 83,006.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 68,456.00 14,550.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
EA Giving Group (filter this donor) Existential risk/far future/trajectory improvement Site 80,100.00 0.00 80,100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Oxfam America (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 74,575.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 36,006.00 27,809.00 10,760.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 71,000.00 71,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
80000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 21,053.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 21,053.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 15,531.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 531.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 5,000.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Giving What We Can (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 4,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Save the Children (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 1,344.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 336.00 336.00 336.00 168.00 168.00
New Harvest (filter this donor) WP 300.00 0.00 300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nurse Family Partnership (filter this donor) 69.00 0.00 69.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Innovations for Poverty Action (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 20.00 0.00 20.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 824,297.58 142,000.00 160,634.58 168,304.00 128,556.00 98,950.00 49,934.00 36,006.00 27,809.00 10,760.00 336.00 336.00 336.00 168.00 168.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2014 2013
GiveWell 10 4 164,106.00 71,000.00 10,000.00 68,556.00 14,550.00
Classified total 10 4 164,106.00 71,000.00 10,000.00 68,556.00 14,550.00
Unclassified total 58 13 660,191.58 71,000.00 150,634.58 60,000.00 84,400.00
Total 68 15 824,297.58 142,000.00 160,634.58 128,556.00 98,950.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (68 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds66,000.002017-12-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation to the EA Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead. See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more background on the donation decision. The total amount donated by the couple for 2017 is $142,000, out of which 50% ($71,000) is outside GiveWell-recommended charities. $5,000 of this was already donated to the EA Community Fund earlier in the year, leaving $66,000 which is donated in this donation. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 46.50%.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative15,000.002017-12-27Global health/deworminghttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more background on the donation decision. Out of a total donation amount of $142,000 for 2017, the budget for GiveWell top charities is 50%; of this, 21% goes to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (this is a little less than the recommended 30%). We get 21% of 50% of $142,000, which is $15,000. The donation is via GiveWell. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.50%.
Against Malaria Foundation50,000.002017-12-21Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See https://www.jefftk.com/p/2017-donations for more background on the donation decision. Out of a total donation amount of $142,000 for 2017, the budget for GiveWell top charities is 50%; of this, 79% goes to the Against Malaria Foundation (this is a little higher than the 70% recommended by GiveWell); this works out to $56,000. Out of this, $6000 was already donated in January. The couple chose to donate directly to the top charities rather than to GiveWell for regranting, in order for Jeff to be able to participate in donation matching at work. The selection of PayPal Giving Fund was because it allowed the couple to use a 2% cash-back credit card and also give the charity an extra 1% match from PayPal (so $500). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 35.20%.
Effective Altruism Funds5,000.002017-06-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation earmarked for the Effective Altruism Community Fund managed by Nick Beckstead. Employer match: Wave matched 5,000.00.
Against Malaria Foundation6,000.002017-01-05Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context. Employer match: Google matched 6,000.00.
New Harvest300.002016-12-30Animal welfare/Meat alternativeshttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context.
Against Malaria Foundation10,000.002016-12-24Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context.
EA Giving Group80,100.002016-12-24--https://www.jefftk.com/donations-- See http://www.givinggladly.com/2016/12/two-standard-donations-and-one-new-one.html for more on the thinking and context.
Against Malaria Foundation134.582016-12-05Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation55,000.002016-06-25Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation11.002016-06-12Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Chosen by participants in a Giving Game.
Innovations for Poverty Action20.002016-06-12--https://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Chosen by participants in a Giving Game.
Nurse Family Partnership69.002016-06-12--https://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Chosen by participants in a Giving Game.
Against Malaria Foundation10,000.002016-05-11Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
GiveDirectly5,000.002016-02-24--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation79,152.002015-12-28Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism34,152.002015-12-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation5,000.002015-08-30Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism50,000.002015-05-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 6,000.00.
GiveWell top charities6,443.002014-12-31--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
GiveWell top charities57,763.002014-12-20--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Centre for Effective Altruism30,000.002014-07-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
GiveWell top charities4,250.002014-02-01--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
GiveWell100.002014-02-01--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Centre for Effective Altruism30,000.002014-01-08Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
GiveWell top charities13,000.002013-12-28--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Centre for Effective Altruism10,000.002013-12-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
GiveWell top charities1,550.002013-12-09--https://www.jefftk.com/donationsGiveWell
Centre for Effective Altruism15,000.002013-08-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation1,000.002013-08-08Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism26,000.002013-08-08Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation10,000.002013-07-01Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation10,000.002013-06-26Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation6,000.002013-04-26Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
Against Malaria Foundation400.002013-02-08Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation6,000.002013-02-04Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
Giving What We Can4,200.002012-11-17--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
80000 Hours21,053.002012-11-07--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation19,000.002012-09-18Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 12,000.00.
Against Malaria Foundation150.002012-07-07Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative31.002012-05-28Global health/deworminghttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Against Malaria Foundation5,000.002012-01-29Global health/malariahttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative500.002012-01-29Global health/deworminghttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America10,000.002010-10-17--https://www.jefftk.com/donations-- For monitoring and evaluation.
Oxfam America75.002010-07-23--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America1,391.002010-07-08--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America25.002010-06-03--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America505.002010-05-19--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America14,000.002010-05-10--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America10.002010-02-23--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America10,000.002010-02-03--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America13,000.002009-11-10--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America719.002009-11-04--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America10.002009-09-11--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America50.002009-04-15--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America7,000.002009-04-15--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America30.002009-03-19--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America7,000.002009-02-19--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America3,400.002008-12-26--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America500.002008-12-26--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America360.002008-12-15--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America5,000.002008-10-11--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Oxfam America1,500.002008-07-26--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Save the Children336.002007--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Save the Children336.002006--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Save the Children336.002005--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Save the Children168.002004--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Save the Children168.002003--https://www.jefftk.com/donations--

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 30 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
Ben Kuhn 8 6 17 0.3529 0.5477 0.166
Alexander Berger 5 5 15 0.3333 0.5774
Andrew Martin 4 4 15 0.2667 0.5164
David Barry 9 5 19 0.2632 0.4303 0.6856
Christopher O'Bleness 5 4 16 0.25 0.4619 0.741
Cullen O'Keefe 5 4 16 0.25 0.4619 0.1716
Josh Rosenberg 5 4 16 0.25 0.4619
Kyle Lackinger 5 4 16 0.25 0.4619 0.2306
Elie Hassenfeld 6 4 17 0.2353 0.4216
Haseeb Qureshi 6 4 17 0.2353 0.4216 0.4748
Oliver Base 6 4 17 0.2353 0.4216 0.6407
Samuel Hilton 8 4 19 0.2105 0.3651 0.5729
Saulius Šimčikas 8 4 19 0.2105 0.3651 0.0498
adam baker 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.4958
Andrew Kokemoor 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.4857
Dan Munro 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.1397
Mark Barnes 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.7975
Matthew Dahlhausen 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.5905
Michael Peyton Jones 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.6748
Nora Koci 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.6187
Per-Erik Milam 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.8711
Robert Flatow 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.6206
Sophia Cyna 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.6728
Tom Lucena 3 3 15 0.2 0.4472 0.7198
Isabel Arjmand 10 4 21 0.1905 0.3266
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 10 4 21 0.1905 0.3266 0.2571
Adam Nightingale 4 3 16 0.1875 0.3873 0.649
Alfredo Parra 4 3 16 0.1875 0.3873 0.3152
Christopher Bryant 4 3 16 0.1875 0.3873 0.268
Håkon Harnes 4 3 16 0.1875 0.3873 0.6426