Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Effective altruism)

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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)Centre for Effective Altruism
Best overview URLhttps://www.jefftk.com/giving
Facebook username jefftk
LinkedIn username jeff-kaufman-28a8bab
Websitehttps://www.jefftk.com/
Donations URLhttps://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 https://www.jefftk.com/donations was last verified on 2019-01-21

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 13 30,000 37,244 20 5,000 10,000 15,000 26,000 30,000 30,000 50,000 66,000 89,885 103,000
Effective altruism 13 30,000 37,244 20 5,000 10,000 15,000 26,000 30,000 30,000 50,000 66,000 89,885 103,000

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 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 13 2 484,172.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00
Total 13 2 484,172.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00

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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 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013
Effective altruism/movement growth 11 2 369,172.00 0.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00
Effective altruism 2 1 115,000.00 115,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 13 2 484,172.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 13 2 484,172.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund (filter this donor) 289,020.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 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 0.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00
Total -- -- 484,172.00 115,000.00 103,020.00 71,000.00 84,152.00 60,000.00 51,000.00

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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 donations in reverse chronological order (13 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund25,115.0092019-12-06Effective altruismhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation via Facebook Fundraisers. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund89,885.0022019-12-03Effective altruismhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation via Facebook Fundraisers. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund20.00132018-12-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation to the EA Community Fund. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund103,000.0012018-11-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund66,000.0032017-12-27Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Donation to the EA Meta Fund (known at the time as the EA Community Fund, and 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: 100.00%.
Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund5,000.00122017-06-27Effective 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.
Centre for Effective Altruism34,152.0052015-12-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism50,000.0042015-05-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 6,000.00.
Centre for Effective Altruism30,000.0062014-07-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism30,000.0062014-01-08Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations-- Employer match: Google matched 5,800.00.
Centre for Effective Altruism10,000.00112013-12-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism15,000.00102013-08-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.jefftk.com/donations--
Centre for Effective Altruism26,000.0082013-08-08Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://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 28 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
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 2 2 2 1.0000 1 0.5741
Aaron Gertler 3 2 3 0.6667 0.8165 0.8442
Kat Steiner 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Tyler John 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Per-Erik Milam 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Pablo Stafforini 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Michael Peyton Jones 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Mark Barnes 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Katerina Manoli 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Jonathon Smith 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
James Hudspeth 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Henry Cooksley 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Calum McClelland 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Christopher Bryant 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
David Barry 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Grace King 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Harri Besceli 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Huw Thomas 1 1 2 0.5000 0.7071 0.9397
Lovkush Agarwal 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.5871
Cornelis Haupt 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.0232
Christopher O'Bleness 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.3402
Peter Hurford 6 2 6 0.3333 0.5774 0.0307
Ross Reason 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.9215
Samuel Hilton 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.8305
Saulius Šimčikas 2 1 3 0.3333 0.5 0.074
Haseeb Qureshi 3 1 4 0.2500 0.4082 0.3039
Open Philanthropy Project 4 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.8019
EA Giving Group 7 1 8 0.1250 0.2673