Michael Dickens donations made

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username michael.j.dickens
LinkedIn username michael-dickens-a4173255
Websitehttp://mdickens.me/
Donations URLhttp://mdickens.me/donations/
LessWrong usernameMTGandP
Effective Altruism Forum usernameMichaelDickens
Effective Altruism Hub usernamemichael-dickens
GitHub usernamemichaeldickens
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 8 20 6,246 10 10 20 20 20 20 500 3,000 20,000 26,400 26,400
4 20 138 10 10 10 20 20 20 20 20 500 500 500
Effective altruism 2 20 10,010 20 20 20 20 20 20 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Animal welfare 2 3,000 14,700 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 26,400 26,400 26,400 26,400 26,400

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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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
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 2 2 29,400.00 26,400.00 0.00 3,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 2 1 20,020.00 0.00 0.00 20,020.00 0.00
(filter this donor) 4 3 550.00 0.00 30.00 20.00 500.00
Total 8 6 49,970.00 26,400.00 30.00 23,040.00 500.00

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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 2015
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 1 1 26,400.00 26,400.00 0.00
Effective altruism/meta/fundraising 2 1 20,020.00 0.00 20,020.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator 1 1 3,000.00 0.00 3,000.00
Classified total 4 3 49,420.00 26,400.00 23,020.00
Unclassified total 4 3 550.00 0.00 20.00
Total 8 6 49,970.00 26,400.00 23,040.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 26,400.00 26,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Raising for Effective Giving (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 20,020.00 0.00 0.00 20,020.00 0.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator FB Tw WP Site TW 3,000.00 0.00 0.00 3,000.00 0.00
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 520.00 0.00 0.00 20.00 500.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 20.00 0.00 20.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 10.00 0.00 10.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 49,970.00 26,400.00 30.00 23,040.00 500.00

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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 2015 2014
Stanford EA 2 2 3,500.00 3,000.00 500.00
Classified total 2 2 3,500.00 3,000.00 500.00
Unclassified total 6 5 46,470.00 20,040.00 0.00
Total 8 6 49,970.00 23,040.00 500.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Where I Am Donating in 20162016-11-01Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumMichael Dickens Animal Charity Evaluators The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Raising for Effective Giving Single donation documentationAnimal welfare, AI riskDickens described his evaluation of each of the four finalists and the reasoning behind his (tentatively) final decision to give to The Good Food Institute
Why the Open Philanthropy Project Should Prioritize Wild Animal Suffering2016-08-26Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Unsolicited third-party suggestions for donorAnimal welfare/wild animalsMichael Dickens offers reasons that the Open Philanthropy Project should prioritize Wild Animal Suffering. He writes: "What we need is a large, committed source of funding to jump-start the cause. If the Open Philanthropy Project began funding work on wild animal suffering, it could stimulate new research efforts or small-scale interventions by offering grants. Specifically, Open Phil should probably create a new focus area for wild animal suffering and possibly hire dedicated staff. This problem has such large scale, and so many possible interventions, that it absolutely deserves to be a dedicated focus area. Open Phil might consider lumping WAS under its farm animal welfare program, but this would excessively constrain its budget and limit the amount of staff time that it could receive. Wild animal suffering is a massive problem, and easily deserves as much attention as most of Open Phil’s other focus areas."
My Cause Selection: Michael Dickens2015-09-15Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumMichael Dickens Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Future of Life Institute Open Philanthropy Project Animal Charity Evaluators Animal Ethics Foundational Research Institute Giving What We Can Charity Science Raising for Effective Giving Single donation documentationAnimal welfare,AI risk,Effective altruismExplanation by Dickens of giving choice for 2015. After some consideration, narrows choice to three orgs: MIRI, ACE, and REG. Finally chooses REG due to weighted donation multiplier

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (8 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 8)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
The Good Food Institute26,400.0012017-02Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttp://mdickens.me/donations/-- See http://mdickens.me/2016/10/31/where_i_am_donating_in_2016/ for a full explanation of the reasons for donation. Note that the donation was for 2016 but was made in 2017 for personal finance and tax reasons. Employer match: Affirm Inc matched 20,000.00; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Animal Equality10.0082016-03--http://mdickens.me/donations/small.html--
Machine Intelligence Research Institute20.0052016-01--http://mdickens.me/donations/small.html--
Raising for Effective Giving20.0052015-12Effective altruism/meta/fundraisinghttp://mdickens.me/donations/small.html--
The Humane League20.0052015-11--http://mdickens.me/donations/small.html--
Raising for Effective Giving20,000.0022015-10Effective altruism/meta/fundraisinghttp://mdickens.me/donations/-- See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/ns/my_cause_selection_michael_dickens/ for the full reasoning; also mirrored at http://mdickens.me/2015/09/15/my_cause_selection/.
Animal Charity Evaluators3,000.0032015-05Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttp://mdickens.me/donations/Stanford EA Part of a collective donation by Stanford EA; Dickens had a preference for THL but deferred to group consensus.
The Humane League500.0042014-05--http://mdickens.me/donations/Stanford EA Donated as part of Stanford EA consensus.

Similarity to other donors

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