Open Philanthropy donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Animal welfare)

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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)GiveWell Good Ventures
Best overview URLhttps://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project
Facebook username openphilanthropy
Websitehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants
Twitter usernameopen_phil
PredictionBook usernameOpenPhilUnofficial
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values
Grant application process pagehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers
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 datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Open Philanthropy (Open Phil for short) spun off from GiveWell, starting as GiveWell Labs in 2011, beginning to make strong progress in 2013, and formally separating from GiveWell as the "Open Philanthropy Project" in June 2017. In 2020, it started going by "Open Philanthropy" dropping the "Project" word.

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The Open Philanthropy Project is focused on openness in two ways: open to ideas about cause selection, and open in explaining what they are doing. It has endorsed "hits-based giving" and is working on areas of AI risk, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and other global catastrophic risks, criminal justice reform (United States), animal welfare, and some other areas.

Notes on grant decision logistics: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process for the general grantmaking process and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/questions-we-ask-ourselves-making-grant for more questions that grant investigators are encouraged to consider. Every grant has a grant investigator that we call the influencer here on Donations List Website; for focus areas that have Program Officers, the grant investigator is usually the Program Officer. The grant investigator has been included in grants published since around July 2017. Grants usually need approval from an executive; however, some grant investigators have leeway to make "discretionary grants" where the approval process is short-circuited; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/discretionary-grants for more. Note that the term "discretionary grant" means something different for them compared to government agencies, see https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10213483361534364 for more.

Notes on grant publication logistics: Every publicly disclosed grant has a writeup published at the time of public disclosure, but the writeups vary significantly in length. Grant writeups are usually written by somebody other than the grant investigator, but approved by the grant investigator as well as the grantee. Grants have three dates associated with them: an internal grant decision date (that is not publicly revealed but is used in some statistics on total grant amounts decided by year), a grant date (which we call donation date; this is the date of the formal grant commitment, which is the published grant date), and a grant announcement date (which we call donation announcement date; the date the grant is announced to the mailing list and the grant page made publicly visible). Lags are a few months between decision and grant, and a few months between grant and announcement, due to time spent with grant writeup approval.

Notes on grant financing: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers or https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are for more information. Grants generally come from the Open Philanthropy Project Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with most of its money coming from Good Ventures. Some grants are made directly by Good Ventures, and political grants may be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. At least one grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york was made by Cari Tuna personally. The majority of grants are financed by the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; however, the source of financing of a grant is not always explicitly specified, so it cannot be confidently assumed that a grant with no explicit listed financing is financed through the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; see the comment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Funding for multi-year grants is usually disbursed annually, and the amounts are often equal across years, but not always. The fact that a grant is multi-year, or the distribution of the grant amount across years, are not always explicitly stated on the grant page; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Some grants to universities are labeled "gifts" but this is a donee classification, based on different levels of bureaucratic overhead and funder control between grants and gifts; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information.

Miscellaneous notes: Most GiveWell-recommended grants made by Good Ventures and listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database are not listed on Donations List Website as being under Open Philanthropy Project. Specifically, GiveWell Incubation Grants are not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=GiveWell+Incubation+Grants with donor GiveWell Incubation Grants), and grants made by Good Ventures to GiveWell top and standout charities are also not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+top+and+standout+charities with donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities). Grants to support GiveWell operations are not included here; they can be found at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+support with donor "Good Ventures/GiveWell support".The investment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/impossible-foods in Impossible Foods is not included because it does not fit our criteria for a donation, and also because no amount was included. All other grants publicly disclosed by the Open Philanthropy Project that are not GiveWell Incubation Grants or GiveWell top and standout charity grants should be included. Grants disclosed by grantees but not yet disclosed by the Open Philanthropy Project are not included; some of them may be listed at https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 155 435,000 741,113 6,683 67,110 102,041 200,000 292,000 435,000 500,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,565,000 10,000,000
Animal welfare 154 430,000 739,431 6,683 67,110 102,041 200,000 292,000 430,000 500,000 683,000 1,000,000 1,565,000 10,000,000
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare 1 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

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 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 154 77 113,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 23,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare (filter this donor) 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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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 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Animal welfare/factory farming 32 27 18,646,063.00 635,000.00 500,000.00 7,296,928.00 5,503,232.00 4,166,296.00 544,607.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaign 8 3 18,065,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,565,000.00 10,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 4,500,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaign 4 3 14,911,430.00 0.00 5,501,000.00 6,638,000.00 2,772,430.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/fish 14 12 9,596,604.00 500,000.00 185,554.00 2,595,429.00 1,053,813.00 5,261,808.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken 11 10 5,858,875.00 0.00 1,307,157.00 557,466.00 0.00 2,994,252.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaign 6 4 4,515,240.00 0.00 0.00 1,792,498.00 375,000.00 1,347,742.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/cage-free 1 1 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/wild animal welfare 1 1 3,500,000.00 3,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/chick culling 1 1 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare 9 8 2,882,117.00 0.00 1,368,050.00 406,957.00 67,110.00 40,000.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/China 8 7 2,719,728.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 1,474,368.00 1,145,360.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives 4 4 1,981,579.00 0.00 0.00 131,579.00 350,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/broiler chicken/corporate campaign 1 1 1,642,046.00 0.00 1,642,046.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/East Asia 1 1 1,364,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,364,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/fish welfare 3 3 1,230,759.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 695,060.00 535,699.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/India 2 2 1,220,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,220,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/pig 1 1 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator 2 1 1,150,000.00 0.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free 3 3 1,147,200.00 0.00 40,000.00 107,200.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/international 2 2 1,111,986.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 111,986.00 1,000,000.00
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/turkey/pig welfare 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pig 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives/plant-based meat 2 1 944,000.00 0.00 944,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken 2 1 799,631.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 0.00 374,631.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/crustacean/decapod crustacean 1 1 786,830.00 786,830.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/fish 1 1 570,402.00 0.00 0.00 570,402.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 20,915,000.00 0.00 3,600,000.00 2,315,000.00 10,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
Mercy For Animals (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 10,774,000.00 0.00 0.00 6,899,000.00 375,000.00 500,000.00 3,000,000.00
Compassion in World Farming (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 8,091,811.00 0.00 1,228,407.00 4,061,319.00 10,720.00 2,791,365.00 0.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 7,575,890.00 0.00 1,901,000.00 0.00 2,772,430.00 2,402,460.00 500,000.00
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 4,944,000.00 0.00 944,000.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
World Animal Protection (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 4,001,159.00 0.00 400,000.00 2,538,964.00 0.00 517,588.00 544,607.00
Prevent Cruelty California (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming FB Tw Site 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Humane Slaughter Association (filter this donor) Animal welfare Tw WP Site 3,518,316.00 0.00 0.00 570,402.00 0.00 2,947,914.00 0.00
Global Food Partners (filter this donor) 3,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 3,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Wild Animal Initiative (filter this donor) 3,500,000.00 3,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Humane Society International (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,464,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
Global Animal Partnership (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00
L214 (filter this donor) 2,989,788.00 0.00 1,642,046.00 0.00 0.00 1,347,742.00 0.00
Compassion in World Farming USA (filter this donor) Animal welfare/corporate campaigns FB Tw Site 2,708,750.00 550,000.00 78,750.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 30,000.00 550,000.00
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 1,000,000.00
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,021,705.00 0.00 925,000.00 36,957.00 231,677.00 828,071.00 0.00
The Humane Society of the United States (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00
Chinese Animal Welfare Institute (filter this donor) 1,489,201.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,489,201.00 0.00 0.00
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries (filter this donor) Animal welfare WP Site 1,429,046.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,429,046.00 0.00
WildAid (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 700,000.00
Eurogroup for Animals (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 1,176,060.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 640,361.00 535,699.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator FB Tw WP Site TW 1,150,000.00 0.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 1,110,000.00 0.00 910,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Anima (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming FB Tw WP Site 1,050,222.00 0.00 0.00 367,222.00 0.00 683,000.00 0.00
MIT Media Lab (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
theguardian.org (filter this donor) Site 886,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 886,600.00 0.00
Crustacean Compassion (filter this donor) 786,830.00 786,830.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Compassion Over Killing (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (filter this donor) 624,004.00 0.00 0.00 368,188.00 0.00 255,816.00 0.00
Wageningen University & Research (filter this donor) 607,779.00 519,434.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 88,345.00 0.00
University of Bern (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 560,000.00 0.00 410,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 546,849.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 13,813.00 533,036.00 0.00
FAI Farms (filter this donor) 533,200.00 0.00 0.00 533,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brighter Green (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 529,360.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 430,000.00 0.00 99,360.00
Humane Society Legislative Fund (filter this donor) 525,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 525,000.00 0.00
Changing Markets Foundation (filter this donor) 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Greenfield Project (filter this donor) Animal welfare Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Otwarte Klatki (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 483,214.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,350.00 472,864.00 0.00
fair-fish international association (filter this donor) Animal welfare/fish Site 453,841.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 453,841.00 0.00
Global Aquaculture Alliance (filter this donor) Animal welfare WP Site 435,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 435,000.00 0.00
Farm Forward (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site GS 431,691.00 0.00 0.00 166,000.00 165,691.00 100,000.00 0.00
Dyrevernalliansen (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 378,000.00 0.00
Catalyst (filter this donor) 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ACTAsia (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 332,944.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 332,944.00 0.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
Charity Science (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Tw Site 265,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 265,000.00 0.00 0.00
Plant Based Foods Association (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00
We Animals (filter this donor) 240,000.00 0.00 0.00 240,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Standards Project (filter this donor) 238,212.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 238,212.00
Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (filter this donor) 237,043.00 237,043.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Pollination Project (filter this donor) 233,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 233,000.00
Green Monday (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 226,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 226,000.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 220,840.00 0.00 95,000.00 125,840.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Griffith University (filter this donor) WP Site 220,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 120,000.00
People for Animals (filter this donor) WP 209,392.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00 89,392.00
Material Innovation Initiative (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Society for Applied Ethology (filter this donor) WP 175,412.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 135,412.00 40,000.00 0.00
Princeton University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 170,000.00 0.00 0.00 170,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family Farm Action (filter this donor) 153,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 153,000.00 0.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 131,579.00 0.00 0.00 131,579.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Royal Veterinary College (filter this donor) 130,850.00 0.00 0.00 130,850.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Glasgow (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 109,552.00 0.00 109,552.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Edinburgh (filter this donor) 102,041.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 102,041.00 0.00 0.00
Food Frontier (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Cynthia Schuck & Wladimir Alonso (filter this donor) 96,130.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 96,130.00 0.00 0.00
GlobalG.A.P. (filter this donor) 90,554.00 0.00 90,554.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
People for Animals Uttarakhand (filter this donor) 85,000.00 85,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science (filter this donor) 80,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80,400.00 0.00
Better Eating International (filter this donor) 79,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 79,800.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Action Lab (filter this donor) 79,100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 79,100.00 0.00
International Farm Animal Welfare Fellowship (filter this donor) 58,050.00 0.00 58,050.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of British Columbia (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,186.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,186.00 0.00 0.00
Changing Tastes (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
World Animal Net (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Impact Alliance (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Commonwealth Veterinary Association (filter this donor) 31,355.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 31,355.00 0.00 0.00
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (filter this donor) 6,683.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,683.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer 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.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Lewis Bollard 133 70 100,402,574.00 4,135,000.00 4,571,106.00 21,239,216.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Amanda Hungerford|Lewis Bollard 5 5 4,938,750.00 500,000.00 4,438,750.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Amanda Hungerford 9 8 4,643,712.00 0.00 2,278,407.00 2,365,305.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Lewis Bollard|Amanda Hungerford 5 5 3,385,353.00 1,543,307.00 1,842,046.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Claire Zabel 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Chris Somerville|Lewis Bollard 1 1 444,000.00 0.00 444,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Amanda Hungerford|Lwis Bollard 1 1 58,050.00 0.00 58,050.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

If you hover over a cell for a given disclosures 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.

Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
Lewis Bollard 4 3 3,464,000.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
Classified total 4 3 3,464,000.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
Unclassified total 151 78 111,408,439.00 25,601,493.00 13,436,270.00
Total 155 78 114,872,439.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by country and year

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Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
United States 26 17 25,370,491.00 550,000.00 0.00 166,000.00 17,000,491.00 1,378,000.00 6,276,000.00
China 19 14 9,822,448.00 0.00 0.00 3,737,278.00 2,489,387.00 1,893,604.00 1,702,179.00
United States|Canada|Brazil|Mexico 1 1 6,638,000.00 0.00 0.00 6,638,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
United Kingdom 6 3 4,987,567.00 786,830.00 425,000.00 2,169,429.00 231,677.00 1,374,631.00 0.00
Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom 2 1 4,011,460.00 0.00 1,901,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,110,460.00 0.00
France 2 1 2,989,788.00 0.00 1,642,046.00 0.00 0.00 1,347,742.00 0.00
United States|Brazil|Italy|Mexico|Spain 1 1 2,772,430.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,772,430.00 0.00 0.00
India 8 7 2,550,691.00 85,000.00 0.00 0.00 31,355.00 2,344,944.00 89,392.00
Japan|South Korea 1 1 1,364,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,364,000.00 0.00
Germany 2 1 1,317,060.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,317,060.00 0.00
United States|Canada 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Brazil|Mexico 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Thailand|Indonesia 1 1 781,498.00 0.00 0.00 781,498.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scandinavia 1 1 683,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 683,000.00 0.00
Spain|France|Austria|Switzerland 1 1 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Poland|Ukraine 1 1 472,864.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 472,864.00 0.00
Norway 1 1 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 378,000.00 0.00
Thailand 1 1 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brazil 2 1 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
Spain 1 1 237,043.00 237,043.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Australia|New Zealand 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Argentina|Brazil|Columbia|Chile|Mexico 1 1 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Classified total 81 47 67,656,340.00 2,158,873.00 4,318,046.00 13,492,205.00 22,825,340.00 14,694,305.00 10,167,571.00
Unclassified total 74 48 47,216,099.00 4,019,434.00 9,314,313.00 11,112,316.00 5,130,149.00 13,371,188.00 4,268,699.00
Total 155 78 114,872,439.00 6,178,307.00 13,632,359.00 24,604,521.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (32 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Our Progress in 2019 and Plans for 20202020-05-08Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|AI safety|Effective altruismThe post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2019 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2018-and-plans-2019 and then lays out plans for 2020. The post notes that grantmaking, including grants to GiveWell top charities, was over $200 million. The post reviews the following from 2019: continued grantmaking, growth of the operations team, impact evaluation (with good progress in evaluation of giving in criminal justice reform and animal welfare), worldview investigations (that was harder than anticipated, resulting in slower progress), other cause prioritization work, hiring and other capacity building, and outreach to external donors.
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Staff - 20192019-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Michelle Crentsil Amanda Hungerfold Lewis Bollard Persis Eskander Alexander Berger Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Claire Zabel National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Life Comes From It Worth Rises Wild Animal Initiative Sinergia Animal Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project California YIMBY Engineers Without Borders 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Future of Humanity Institute Global Priorities Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Ought Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism|AI safetyContinuing an annual tradition started in 2015, Open Philanthropy Project staff share suggestions for places that people interested in specific cause areas may consider donating. The sections are roughly based on the focus areas used by Open Phil internally, with the contributors to each section being the Open Phil staff who work in that focus area. Each recommendation includes a "Why we recommend it" or "Why we suggest it" section, and with the exception of the criminal justice reform recommendations, each recommendation includes a "Why we haven't fully funded it" section. Section 5, Assorted recomendations by Claire Zabel, includes a list of "Organizations supported by our Committed for Effective Altruism Support" which includes a list of organizations that are wiithin the purview of the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The section is approved by the committee and represents their views.
How frequently do ACE and Open Phil agree about animal charities? (GW, IR)2019-12-17Ben West Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming International Animal Ethics Faunalytics Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfareBen West compares the grantees of the Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil) in its focus area of farm animal welfare against the charities recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE). He finds a substantial overlap: Open Phil has made grants to all charities that ACE has ever given top charity status, about half of the charities ACE has ever given standout charity status, and only one charity that ACE reviewed but did not recommend. Also, "5% of the charities ACE did an "exploratory" review of received a grant, as did 3% of the ones they "considered" but did not review." A spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NRSVnSgg33vtOByfYwCFhB6VrytZGYeJ/edit with the data is linked. The post also notes: "Three charities which were named “Standout Charities” by ACE but did not receive Open Phil grants did receive grants from the Centre for Effective Altruism’s Animal Welfare Fund (Animal Ethics, Faunalytics, and Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira)."
Our Progress in 2018 and Plans for 20192019-04-15Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfareThe post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2018 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2017-and-plans-2018 and then lays out plans for 2019. The post notes that grantmaking was sustained at over $100 million. Hints of impact in the areas of criminal justice reform and animal welfare continue to be seen. Hiring to grow research analyst capacity was a top focus, led by Luke Muehlhauser, with the results detailed in the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/reflections-our-2018-generalist-research-analyst-recruiting by Muehlhauser. Operations capacity grew significantly under Beth Jones, who joined in May as Director of Operations.
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20182018-12-20Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Alexander Berger Luke Muelhhauser National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Texas Organizing Project Effective Altruism Funds The Humane League Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project Donor lottery Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruismOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups. The post continues a tradition of similar posts published once a year.
Giving in the Light of Reason2018-05-17Marc Gunther Stanford Social Innovation ReviewOpen Philanthropy Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Future Justice Fund Good Ventures The Humane League Direct Action Everywhere Target Malaria University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Alliance for Safety and Justice The Marshall Project Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific researchAn in-depth profile of the Open Philanthropy Project and its grantmaking, with a particular focus on discussion of the top grants in animal welfare and scientific research. The organizational history, grantmaking process, and internal culture are also discussed. Referenced in https://nonprofitchronicles.com/2018/05/18/the-most-unorthodox-big-foundation-in-america/ by the same author.
Update on Partnerships with External Donors2018-05-16Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Future Justice Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds Miscellaneous commentaryCriminal justice reform,Animal welfareThe Open Philanthropy Project describes how it works with donors other than Good Ventures (the foundation under Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna that accounts for almost all Open Phil grantmaking). The blog post reiterates that the long-term goal is to inform many different funders, but that is not a short-term priority because the Open Philanthropy Project is not moving enough money to even achieve the total spend that Good Ventures is willing to go up to. The post mentions that Chloe Cockburn, the program officer for criminal justice reform, is working with other funders in criminal justice reform, and they have created a separate vehicle, the Accountable Justice Action Fund, to pool resources. Also, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, who previously worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, now have their own criminal justice-focused Future Justice Fund, and are getting help from Cockburn to allocate money from the fund. For causes outside of criminal justice reform, the role of Effective Altruism Funds (whose grantmaking is managed by Open Philanthropy Project staff members) is mentioned. Also, Lewis Bollard is said to have moved ~10% as much money through advice to other donors as he has moved through the Open Philanthropy Project.
Our Progress in 2017 and Plans for 20182018-03-20Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific research|Cause prioritizationThe post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2017 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2016-and-plans-2017 and then lays out plans fo 2018. The post notes that grantmaking was sustained at the expected level of over $100 million, and that hints of impact are being seen in the areas where they would be expected, namely criminal justice reform and animal welfare. Deep independent investigations, such as https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/The_impacts_of_incarceration_on_crime_10.pdf by David Roodman for criminal justice reform and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/how-will-hen-welfare-be-impacted-transition-cage-free-housing by Ajeya Cotra for animal welfare, are highlighted. Scientific research is identified as an area of strong progress, with the transformative R01 second chance program https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants highlighted. The separation from GiveWell was completed in 2017. For 2018, hiring is a top priority, while the level of giving is expected to be maintained at the current level of over $100 million.
The world’s most intellectual foundation is hiring. Holden Karnofsky, founder of GiveWell, on how philanthropy can have maximum impact by taking big risks.2018-02-27Robert Wiblin Kieran Harris Holden Karnofsky 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Global health and development|Animal welfare|Scientific researchThis interview, with full transcript, is an episode of the 80,000 Hours podcast. In the interview, Karnofsky provides an overview of the cause prioritization and grantmaking strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project, and also notes that the Open Philanthropy Project is hiring for a number of positions.
Fish: The Forgotten Farm Animal2018-01-18Lewis Bollard Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/fishThe blog post, cross-posted from a newsletter published by the author, makes the case that fish welfare is neglected within the domain of factory farming, and provides suggestions for how to address that problem, including suggestions that the Open Philanthropy Project (where Bollard is the Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare) is acting upon.
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20172017-12-21Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Nick Beckstead Daniel Dewey Center for International Security and Cooperation Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Good Call Court Watch NOLA Compassion in World Farming USA Wild-Animal Suffering Research Effective Altruism Funds Donor lottery Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Criminal justice reformOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups.
How to end animal agriculture as soon as possible2017-09-27Robert Wiblin Lewis Bollard 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Humane Society International The Good Food Institute Animal Equality Animal Charity Evaluators Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingPodcast with interview of Lewis Bollard (Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer at the Open Philanthropy Project) by Robert Wiblin of 80000 Hours, along with transcript. The podcast covers the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project. 80000 Hours is an Open Philanthropy Project grant recipient and Wiblin was also on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, an animal welfare-focused grant recipient that is discussed in the podcast.
How Will Hen Welfare Be Impacted by the Transition to Cage-Free Housing?2017-09-15Ajeya Cotra Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Reasoning supplementAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaignA followup to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms which described the original cage-free campaign funding strategy. This report compares aviaries (cage-free living environments) with cages for hens. It tempers original enthusiasm for cage-free by noting higher mortality rates, but continues to support the position that cage-free is likely better on net for hens. Described in blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-welfare-differences-between-cage-and-cage-free-housing that expresses regret for not investigating this more thoroughly earlier, and thanks Direct Action Everywhere for highlighting the issue. See https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/cnK5yNlYHuc for the announcement.
Should EAs think twice before donating to GFI? (GW, IR)2017-08-31Kevin Watkinson Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy The Good Food Institute Third-party case against donationAnimal welfareThe post argues against donations to The Good Food Institute, noting its limited track record as well as the huge amount of funding it is already receiving from the Open Philanthropy Project. This post is made shortly after an exchange between the post author (Kevin Watkinson) and Holden Karnofsky of the Open Philanthropy Project in http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/march-2017-open-thread?page=1#comment-305 (the open thread of the Open Philanthropy Project). The post also critiques Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) for a positive assessment of GFI, and comments include a response from an ACE employee and an ACE board member (neither in an official capacity)
Grants to Support Farm Animal Welfare Work in China2017-08-09Lewis Bollard Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Compassion in World Farming WildAid World Animal Protection Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Slaughter Association Jeanne Marchig Centre Animal Welfare Standards Project Green Monday Griffith University Brighter Green Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/ChinaThe document describes the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project to focus on farm animal welfare advocacy in China, and lists ten grants that are part of this strategy. It is announced 2017-08-09 at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg on the mailing list; this comes 9.5 months after the strategy was unofficially announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) on Facebook.
Hi, I’m Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy’s new report on consciousness and moral patienthood2017-06-28Luke Muehlhauser Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareLuke Muehlhauser hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Effective Altruism Forum about his recently published report https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood (2017-06-06). The post gets 61 comments.
2017 Report on Consciousness and Moral Patienthood2017-06-06Luke Muehlhauser Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareThe writeup announced at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood provides an overview of the findings of Luke Muehlhauser on moral patienthood -- a broad subject covering what creatures are the subject of moral concern. As described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/radical-empathy Open Phil identifies with radical empathy, extending concern to beings considered of moral concern, even if they are not traditionally subjects of empathy and concern. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1426329927423360/ for a discussion of the post on the Effective Altruism Facebook group, and see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/ for a related AMA. The writeup influenced the Open Philanthropy Project Farm Animal Welfare Officer Lewis Bollard to investigate and donate in the domain of fish welfare; see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/b8o for a comment clarifying this effect.
Why Are the US Corporate Cage-Free Campaigns Succeeding?2017-04-11Lewis Bollard Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy The Humane League Mercy For Animals The Humane Society of the United States Compassion in World Farming USA Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/factory farming/cage-free campaignLewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy Project Program Officer for Animal Welfare, who brought passion about cage-free campaigns to the organization when he joined, provides a timeline of cage-free campaigns and an assessment of the success of these campaigns, and the role of the Open Philanthropy Project as a funder.
A conversation with Lewis Bollard, February 23, 20172017-02-23Lewis Bollard Luke Muehlhauser Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfareFarm animal welfare program officer Lewis Bollard speaks with Luke Muehlhauser, investigator into moral patienthood, on the history of the animal rights and welfare movements as well as recent developments.
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20162016-12-14Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Daniel Dewey Nick Beckstead Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute 80,000 Hours Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas.
Vast Suffering, Clear Solutions: The Logic Behind a Global Push to Help Farm Animals2016-11-17Tate Williams Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingThe article reviews Open Philanthropy Project grants for animal welfare, primarily grants focused on cage-free campaigns, decided by program officer Lewis Bollard. The connection with the effective altruist movement is also highlighted.
The Open Philanthropy Project just announced our latest grant to WildAid in China2016-10-25Lewis Bollard Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Green Monday World Animal Protection Brighter Green WildAid Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/ChinaAnnouncement of strategy on Facebook; official document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).
Grisly Undercover Video Shows Chickens Being Starved To Produce More Eggs2016-10-11Nico Pitney Huffington PostOpen Philanthropy Humane Society International Mercy For Animals Animal Equality People for Animals The Humane League Third-party coverage of donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalProvides some context for the move by the Open Philanthropy Project in mid-2016 to expand its cage-free campaign funding internationally.
Brian Tomasik, Research Lead, Foundational Research Institute on October 6, 20162016-10-06Brian Tomasik Luke Muehlhauser Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareConversation as part of research by Muehlhauser into moral patienthood, that would culminate in the writeup https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood published in 2017.
Why the Open Philanthropy Project Should Prioritize Wild Animal Suffering2016-08-26Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy 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."
Initial Grants to Support Corporate Cage-free Reforms2016-03-31Lewis Bollard Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy The Humane League Mercy For Animals The Humane Society of the United States Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalWritten to explain a bunch of grants already made in 2016-02 to support cage-free reforms in the United States for egg-laying chicken. The blog post had a heated comment section, potentially influencing future Open Phil communication on the subject.
EPISODE 324: LEWIS BOLLARD FROM THE OPEN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT2016-03-26Lewis Bollard Jasmin Singer Mariann Sullivan Our Hen HouseOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingLewis Bollard, who recently joined the Open Philanthropy Project and has recently recommended a bunch of grants related to corporate campaigns, describes what he is working on.
Suggestions for individual donors from Open Philanthropy Project staff2015-12-23Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Howie Lempel Alliance for Safety and Justice Bronx Freedom Fund The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Center for Global Development Center for Popular Democracy Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global healthOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas. The post was originally published to the GiveWell blog.
ALLEVIATING ANIMAL SUFFERING: A CONVERSATION WITH LEWIS BOLLARD2015-11-29Marc Gunther Nonprofit ChroniclesOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingThe author discusses takeaway from a recent lunch with Lewis Bollard, who has recently joined the Open Philanthropy Project as the Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare.
Incoming Program Officer: Lewis Bollard2015-09-11Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyAnimal welfareOpen Philanthropy Project announces that it is hiring Lewis Bollard, poaching him from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) via a referral from Howie Lempel. Bollard would direct tens of millions of dollars in funding in the area over the next few years, including massive spend on corporate cage-free campaigns in the United States and internationally. The post was originally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/09/11/incoming-program-officer-lewis-bollard/ and has 6 comments there.
Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy2015-03-10Holden Karnofsky Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Broad donor strategyCause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Animal welfare,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Migration policy,Drug policyOriginally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/03/10/open-philanthropy-project-update-u-s-policy/ where comments can still be found. This is an annual update on where the Open Philanthropy Project stands on its investigation of United States policy issues. Some of the cause areas covered under what they call United States policy would later include grants to outside the United States (in particular, animal welfare), while others, such as criminal justice reform and macroeconomic stabilization policy, would remain within the United States.
Treatment of Animals in Industrial Agriculture2013-09-01Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/factory farming/United StatesInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the impact of industrial agriculture on animal welfare in the United States.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (155 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 155)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Wild Animal Initiative3,500,000.0052021-06Animal welfare/wild animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wild-animal-initiative-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "[grant] to support research on animal welfare. This funding is intended to support academic projects relevant to the field of welfare biology."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "WAI, recently named an Animal Charity Evaluators Top Charity, has previously recommended to us a number of giving opportunities, including to the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow." https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-missouri-animal-welfare-research and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-glasgow-animal-welfare-research are the linked grants.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Compassion in World Farming USA550,000.00532021-04Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-general-support-2021Lewis Bollard Donation process: This is a followup grant to the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support-2018 (March 2018).

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "for general support. CIWF intends to use this funding to continue to seek implementation of existing cage-free reforms, pursue its meat reduction strategy and priorities, and to secure new corporate broiler welfare reforms."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made right around the expiration of the previous three-year grant, so the timing is likely determined by that expiration.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States.
Wageningen University & Research (Earmark: Hendrik Kramer|Michelle Boonstra|Hans van de Vis)519,434.00592021-03Animal welfare/factory farming/fish/wild-caught demersal fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wageningen-university-wild-fishLewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to develop and implement a humane stunning system for wild-caught demersal fish."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 473,260.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 36.
Changing Markets Foundation500,000.00622021-02Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/changing-markets-foundation-fish-welfareAmanda Hungerford Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on global investor engagement and on retailer and investor fish welfare campaigns in Spain, France, Austria, and Switzerland."

Other notes: Affected countries: Spain|France|Austria|Switzerland.
Crustacean Compassion786,830.00432021-02Animal welfare/factory farming/crustacean/decapod crustaceanhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/crustacean-compassion-general-supportLewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "intended to support work to advance UK welfare reforms for decapod crustaceans, approximately 420 million of which are caught by UK vessels every year."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 575,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United Kingdom.
People for Animals Uttarakhand85,000.001362021-01Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/people-for-animals-uttarakhand-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a movement-building fellowship for farm animal welfare advocates in India. The 10-month fellowship, run by People for Animals Uttarakhand and Humane Society International India, will train fellows and place them in animal welfare internships."

Other notes: Grant made via the Karuna Foundation. Intended funding timeframe in months: 10; affected countries: India.
Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology237,043.001032021-01Animal welfare/factory farming/fish/sea bass/sea bream/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/irta-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the development of welfare certification standards for sea bass and sea bream farms in Spain. The standards will be adopted by Welfair(TM), Spain’s largest farm animal welfare certifier."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 193,000.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: Spain.
University of Glasgow (Earmark: Davide Dominoni)109,552.001232020-12Animal welfare/wild animal welfare/bird/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-glasgow-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant page says: "The project was endorsed by the Wild Animal Initiative due to its potential to expand the field of welfare biology." This suggests that this endorsement was influential to the grantmaking process.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research on animal welfare led by Davide Dominoni. This funding will support research on the effects of urbanization and artificial light on birds’ welfare."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "The project was endorsed by the Wild Animal Initiative due to its potential to expand the field of welfare biology." This suggests that this endorsement was influential to the grantmaking process.

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 81,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation).
University of Bern (Earmark: Michael Toscano)410,000.00832020-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/layer chicken/cage-free/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-bern-layer-hensAmanda Hungerford Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to the University of Bern to support research led by Michael Toscano on breeding layer hens better adapted to cage-free environments."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant fits in with Open Philanthropy's funding of corporate campaigns pushing for cage-free systems for chicken, an effort that https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms documents. The research focus of this grant is relatively unusual for Open Phil's cage-free campaign spending, but it is similar to a previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-bern-higher-welfare-cage-free-systems to the same grantee.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 72.
Compassion in World Farming1,228,407.00222020-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-in-asiaAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support "work to advance farm animal welfare in Asia. CIWF plans to engage in corporate outreach on poultry welfare and to re-grant funds to farm animal welfare groups throughout Asia."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant amount is £964,600 ($1,228,407 at the time of conversion).

Other notes: This is a total across two grants.
GlobalG.A.P.90,554.001332020-11Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/globalgap-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the development of an animal welfare add-on module for its Aquaculture Standard, in collaboration with RSPCA Assured. GLOBALG.A.P. aims to promote more humane and sustainable aquaculture practices by setting certification standards for farmed fish." https://www.globalgap.org/uk_en/for-producers/globalg.a.p./integrated-farm-assurance-ifa/aquaculture/ is the link for the Aquaculture Standard.

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 75,600.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Impact Alliance40,000.001452020-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/impact-alliance-cage-free-programLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work to secure corporate participation in a cage-free program in Asia."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes that this funding could help advance the implementation of cage-free systems across Asia."

Other notes: Grant made via Textile Exchange.
Material Innovation Initiative200,000.001072020-11Animal welfare/animal fashion alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/material-innovation-initiative-plant-based-fashion-alternativesLewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work promoting plant-based alternatives to animal-based fashion. This funding is intended to enable MII to hire a Senior Material Scientist, who will promote alternatives to silk and fur by connecting fashion companies with promising alternatives, providing support to plant-based alternatives start-ups, and working with academic researchers."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
L2141,642,046.00152020-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/L214-broiler-chicken-campaigns-2020Lewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Donation process: Based on the grant write-up, evaluation of L214's progress since the previous grant appears to have been part of the grantmaking process.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support fundraising, professionalization, investigations, and broiler welfare advocacy in France. [...] This funding is intended to support additional welfare campaigns, investigations, and fundraising.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Since our November 2017 support, L214 has secured broiler welfare and cage-free commitments from a number of major French supermarket chains and companies." The current grant is for continuing and expanding on similar activities.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This is a total across two grants. The grant page initially gave a smaller total of 1,432,130 (1,228,000 EUR) for just one grant, and was updated around June 2021 to be a total of two grants, with the updated amount. The donation was given as 1,408,000.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Reasons for timing are not discussed; the grant happens about one year after the expiration of the previous two-year grant.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: This is a total across two grants. Affected countries: France.
International Farm Animal Welfare Fellowship58,050.001412020-11Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/international-farm-animal-welfare-fellowship-farm-animal-welfare-fellowship-programAmanda Hungerford Lwis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support an international farm animal welfare fellowship program. The program aims to alleviate bottlenecks in the field of farm animal welfare by cultivating a network of talented individuals, exchanging knowledge and expertise, and linking participants to opportunities for future engagement."

Other notes: Grant made via The Pollination Project.
The Humane League3,600,000.0042020-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2020Amanda Hungerford Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to continue to support program grants and associated costs for the Open Wing Alliance. This funding will support members of the Open Wing Alliance who are working to secure corporate cage-free and broiler pledges and build an effective farm animal welfare movement in more nations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes that the Open Wing Alliance has a strong track record in identifying promising groups in new countries, training them in corporate campaigning, and coordinating them to achieve global corporate wins."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made a few months before the timeframe for the previous grant to the Open Wing Alliance was scheduled to end; that might partly explain the timing.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24
Catalyst350,000.00902020-08Animal welfare/factory farming/pig/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/catalyst-farm-animal-welfare-in-thailandAmanda Hungerford Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to advocate for farm animal welfare in Thailand. This funding is intended to enable the new organization to advocate for pig and chicken welfare, specifically by working with the government to, among other things, provide welfare training and develop humane certification standards."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: Thailand.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals500,000.00622020-08Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-asia-2020Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its work to advance farm animal welfare in Asia. The RSPCA intends to use this funding to build institutional support for farm animal welfare, develop and implement welfare standards, and award scholarships to researchers studying topics related to farm animal welfare."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 400,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 36.
New York University (Earmark: Becca Franks)95,000.001322020-07Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/nyu-work-on-fish-welfare-2020Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research scientist Becca Franks’s work on fish welfare. These funds will support research on curiosity in fish, and will enable Professor Franks to help commission articles that promote state-of-the-art fish welfare research as guest editor of Frontiers in Veterinary Science."
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research444,000.00772020-06Animal welfare/meat alternatives/plant-based meathttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-chickpea-and-corn-zein-researchChris Somerville Lewis Bollard Donation process: The grant funds proposals received in response to the request for proposals from FFAR co-funded by an April 2020 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020 from Open Phil. Also worth noting: one of the grant investigators (Chris Somerville) is one of Open Phil's scientific advisors and he does not usually investigate animal welfare grants. Moreover, one portion of the grant is matched with a grant from the scientific researcch program.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support protein optimization in chickpeas, led by NuCicer, and research into improving corn zein’s functionality for plant-based meat, led by Professor Bruce Hamaker of Purdue University." The chickpea portion of this research represents a match of a similar grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/foundation-for-food-and-agriculture-research-plant-protein-optimization-research from the scientific research program.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is likely determined by the specifics of the proposals submitted.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant funds proposals submitted in response to a request for proposals co-funded two months ago. The timing of the grant is likely determined by the timing of the original request for proposals.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36
Compassion in World Farming USA78,750.001392020-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-global-eggtrack-programAmanda Hungerford Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the global expansion of its EggTrack program. This funding will support CIWF USA’s work tracking and reporting on multinational companies’ progress implementing cage-free egg commitments."
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research500,000.00622020-04Animal welfare/meat alternatives/plant-based meathttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020Lewis Bollard Donation process: Nothing specific is stated on the grant page, but the outcommes of two past similar grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-research was made in April 2017 and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-egg-tech-challenge in December 2018 likely informed this grant.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "co-fund a request for proposals for research on optimizing plant protein for use in plant-based meat. The resulting research could eventually improve the quality and lower the costs of plant-based meat."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-chickpea-and-corn-zein-research made two months later (for proposals submitted as a result of this request for proposals) suggests continued endorsement by Open Phil of the reasoning behind the grant.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals425,000.00812020-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-broiler-chicken-welfare-outreachLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its outreach to improve the welfare of broiler chickens in the United Kingdom. RSPCA plans to use these funds to support corporate campaigns, industry events and awards, advertising, reports and materials, and other outreach expenses."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 329,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United Kingdom.
Animal Equality1,901,000.00132020-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-cage-free-and-broiler-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support cage-free and broiler welfare. Animal Equality plans to use these funds to support work in Italy, Spain, Germany, and the UK, including investigations, fundraising, and general operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Animal Equality has helped secure cage-free and broiler welfare wins and conducted investigations in Europe, and plans to use these funds to continue its work."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is very similar to a similar two-year grant ($2,110,460) made to the same four countries in November 2017. However, there was a separate grant made June 2018 covering two of the countries, which confuses the comparison.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing roughly coincides with the expiration of the November 2017 support. No explicit reasons for the timing are given.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: This is a total of four grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom.
Rethink Priorities910,000.00412020-01Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support farm animal research. This funding is intended to help Rethink Priorities continue to produce research on potential and existing interventions, including analyzing public support for various types of reform and producing survey results that inform future farm animal welfare policy proposals."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe more high-quality research in this area would help us and other farm animal welfare funders compare future opportunities."

Other notes: This is a total across two grants. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Animal Charity Evaluators650,000.00492020-01Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support-2020Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "ACE seeks to build a more effective farm animal welfare movement by identifying the most effective animal welfare charities and recommending them to donors."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes ACE’s top charities are consistently effective, and finds value in pushing farm animal welfare organizations to focus on effectiveness and impact."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No specific reason for the amount is provided. The amount is almost double the previous 2-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support made in April 2017; the increase might reflect increased budget of the donee or greater confidence in it from Open Phil.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is shortly after the end of the two-year time for the previous grant.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: This is a total across two grants.
World Animal Protection400,000.00842020-01Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-southeast-asiaAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support re-granting to farm animal groups in Southeast Asia."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes this is a way to support movement-building in countries with many farmed animals but relatively fewer organizations dedicated to farmed animal welfare."
Global Animal Partnership1,000,000.00262019-12Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-farm-animal-welfare-activities-2019Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its farm animal welfare work. GAP intends to use these funds to secure new corporate partners and increase the number of animals covered by its program."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals36,957.001472019-10Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/royal-society-prevention-cruelty-animals-organizational-developmentAmanda Hungerford Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "for organizational development."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 30,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation).
Global Food Partners3,500,000.0052019-09Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-food-partners-general-supportLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Global Food Partners is a new organization, led by Elissa Lane, N.G. Jayasimha, and Sabina Garcia, that plans to focus primarily on helping companies implement animal welfare commitments in Asia. [...] Global Food Partners also plans to eventually use a portion of these funds to support work with companies seeking new pledges.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes this work [helping companies implement animal welfare commitments in Asia] will help ensure that corporate pledges are fulfilled.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This is a founding grant, so timing likely determined by timing of the creation of the organization
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Other notes: Announced: 2019-09-05.
Compassion in World Farming2,169,429.00102019-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-fish-welfare-and-efforts-to-end-cagesLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on fish welfare and efforts to end the use of cages and crates for all farmed animal species in the UK and Europe. These funds will support staffing needs, marketing, social media, advocacy work, investigations, and technical and operational costs."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant amount is £1,759,701 ($2,169,429 at the time of conversion).

Other notes: This is a total across two grants. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United Kingdom.
World Animal Protection557,466.00522019-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-broiler-chicken-welfare-august-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support campaigns aimed at mobilizing the food industry to improve their chicken welfare standards. WAP plans to use these funds to develop and produce campaign materials, engage with key stakeholders, and support travel, research, and salaries."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Mercy For Animals6,638,000.0022019-07Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-campaigns-2019Lewis Bollard Donation process: This larger grant appears to have been under consideration at the time of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-us-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns (May 2018) that said: "We expect to evaluate the merits of a longer renewal of our support to MFA closer to the end of 2018."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate engagement on animal welfare and capacity building. MFA plans to continue its broiler chicken campaigns and cage-free egg enforcement work in the U.S. and Canada and its cage-free egg campaigns in Brazil and Mexico."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant follows up on several past grants for similar uses, and reasons for past grants, including strong track record, probably apply. Nothing is explicitly mentioned on the grant page.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No explicit reason for the amount is provided; this is a much larger grant than any past grant to MFA. The grant page says: "The grant amount was updated in February, March, and July 2020, and in March 2021."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This larger grant appears to have been under consideration at the time of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-us-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns (May 2018) that said: "We expect to evaluate the merits of a longer renewal of our support to MFA closer to the end of 2018." The timing of the grant is likely determined by the evaluation being completed.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: United States|Canada|Brazil|Mexico.
FAI Farms426,000.00802019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fai-farms-tilapia-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant page says: "This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we do not typically publish pages for contractor agreements, we chose to write about this funding because we view it as conceptually similar to an ordinary grant, despite its structure as a contract due to the recipient’s organizational form."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to develop welfare measures, best practice guidelines, and training materials to improve the welfare of farmed tilapia. FAI plans to research optimal stocking density, humane transport and slaughter methods, ways to minimize handling stress, and alternatives to mouth clipping of territorial male tilapia"

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-06-07.
FAI Farms107,200.001242019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fai-farms-cage-free-eggs-chinaLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. The grant page says: "This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we do not typically publish pages for contractor agreements, we chose to write about this funding because we view it as conceptually similar to an ordinary grant, despite its structure as a contract due to the recipient’s organizational form."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support Chinese farm animal welfare auditor trainings, egg farm audits, and a cage-free conference. These projects will promote cage-free production in China, the world’s largest egg producer, and aim to reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens."

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-07.
Anima367,222.00892019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/anima-movement-buildingLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grant is "to support a new project focused on building the farm animal welfare movement globally. The project will be run by Andrzej Pazgan and Laura Gough, will be initially housed at Anima International, and will launch with a focus on Eastern Europe. Early success there could lead to expansion to to Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and/or Africa."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes large portions of the world still have little organized farm animal welfare advocacy, and that the only support capacity that does exist in some regions is in the form of corporate cage-free advocacy, which may not be a good fit for all countries and activists. This project, by identifying promising groups, training them, coordinating them around campaigns, and funding them, could eventually increase farm animal welfare capacity globally."

Other notes: The grant is denominated in euros; it is €325,494 ($367,222.33 at the time of conversion). Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-07-18.
World Animal Protection781,498.00442019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-se-asia-broilerAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate broiler chicken campaigns in Southeast Asia with a focus on Thailand and Indonesia. WAP plans to increase its broiler chicken campaigns in Thailand and perform scoping research to lay the groundwork for future campaigns in Indonesia, as both Thailand and Indonesia have large numbers of farmed birds."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: Thailand|Indonesia; announced: 2019-06-26.
Humane Slaughter Association570,402.00512019-03Animal welfare/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-wild-caught-fishLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research on ways to improve the welfare of wild-caught fish. This will allow HSA to seek proposals for a peer-reviewed and published systematic review of current fish slaughter practices, potential changes to the catching process to minimize suffering, and new stunning methods that could be more humane than current practices, economically viable for wide adoption, and feasible for on-ship use."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grant follows a similar June 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-fish-welfare that was also focused on fish

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £1,999,137 ($2,528,678 at time of conversion)

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-06-26.
Rethink Priorities200,000.001072019-03Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "This funding is intended to help Rethink Priorities produce research on potential and existing interventions like evaluating the efficacy of corporate campaigns and analyzing public support for various types of reform."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe more high-quality research in this area would help us and other farm animal welfare funders compare future opportunities."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-research-2020 and the continued endorsement on the grant page suggests that Open Phil would be satisfied with the success of the grant.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-07-18.
The Humane League1,565,000.00162019-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support program grants, events, and associated costs for the Open Wing Alliance. This funding will support members of the Open Wing Alliance who are working to secure corporate cage-free pledges and build an effective farm animal welfare movement in more nations.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reasons given but likely the same as the reasons for the original support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2017 (September 2017).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing is not explicitly discussed, but it is likely because the timeframe for the earlier grants is ending.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Announced: 2019-04-26.
MIT Media Lab1,000,000.00262019-03Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-media-lab-kevin-esveltClaire Zabel Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant over two years to the MIT Media Lab to support the research of Professor Kevin Esvelt. Professor Esvelt plans to use this funding to conduct research on global catastrophic risks, global health, and animal welfare.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2019-06-26.
New York University (Earmark: Becca Franks)125,840.001192019-03Animal welfare/factory farming/fish/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/nyu-becca-frank-fish-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grant is "to support research scientist Becca Franks’ work on fish welfare. These funds will support projects including systematic reviews of the literature on aquaculture (farmed fish) welfare and general fish welfare, as well as research on curiosity, play, and positive emotions in fish."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A followup donation https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/nyu-work-on-fish-welfare-2020 for similar purposes in July 2020 sugggests Open Phil's continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Announced: 2019-07-18.
Compassion in World Farming1,891,890.00142019-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-china-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grantee plans to use these funds to continue working with Chinese producers, food companies, and industry to raise farm animal welfare standards.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our farm animal welfare team believes Compassion’s China team has collaborated productively with industry, and benefits from dedicated senior leadership."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £1,430,000 ($1,891,890 at time of conversion)

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the end of the previous two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china made February 2017
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-26.
We Animals240,000.001012019-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/we-animals-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grant is "to continue documenting the lives and experiences of farm animals. We Animals works with filmmakers, writers, and photographers to produce open-source media content that advocates and others can deploy in their campaigns. We Animals also intends to use some of the funds to support the Unbound Project, which recognizes and celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy."

Other notes: Announced: 2019-07-18.
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education368,188.00882019-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/jeanne-marchig-centre-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019Lewis Bollard Grant of £277,000 ($368,188.40 at time of conversion) over two years to the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh to support its work to improve farm animal welfare in China. The Centre plans to use these funds to continue hosting workshops for Chinese pig and poultry producers and to fund a promising Chinese farm animal welfare PhD to study at Edinburgh. Follows the March 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/jeanne-marchig-centre-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-04-02.
World Animal Protection1,200,000.00232019-02Animal welfare/factory farming/pighttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work to advance farm animal welfare in China. World Animal Protection is supporting model pig farms to demonstrate higher welfare to large pig producers, and has secured China’s first corporate crate-free pledges for pigs." "WAP plans to use these funds to continue engaging with Chinese pig producers and supermarkets, and expand outreach to large-scale chicken producers and retailers."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No explicit amount-related reasons are provided, but this amount is over double the amount ($544,607) of the previous grant related to factory farming in China.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-22.
Farm Forward166,000.001122019-01Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-exit-grantAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to continue to seek commitments from universities, hospitals, and companies to source certified higher-welfare animal products. This is an exit grant, so will not be renewed; the purpose of the grant is therefore also to give the grantee enough time to find alternate funding sources

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is a renewal grant and its timing is determined by the end of the timeframe for the previous grant

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: There will be no next donation; this is an exit grant

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-05-18.
University of California, Berkeley131,579.001172019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/uc-berkeley-alternate-meats-labLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support the Alternative Meats Lab, housed at The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The lab is the outgrowth of a class on developing animal product alternatives. This grant may help spur new startups developing alternatives to animal products, and could help build the talent pipeline for existing startups working in this space. Announced: 2019-02-22.
The Humane League750,000.00462019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of broiler chickens. Broiler chickens are the most numerous land farm animals. Broiler welfare campaigns seek to address these causes of suffering.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Open Phil considers broiler chicken welfare a high-impact cause: "Broiler chickens are the most numerous land farm animals, with more than a billion alive at any time and approximately 9 billion slaughtered annually in the U.S. alone. Their welfare is impacted by genetics, overcrowding, inhumane slaughter, and environmental factors like chronic sleep deprivation due to lighting schedules optimized for growth." Part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken The Humane League is selected for reasons outlined in earlier grants, such as the August 2018 general support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely based on funding needs and the using up of funds from previous grants. No explicit reasons for timing are given

Other notes: Announced: 2019-04-30.
Mercy For Animals261,000.00972019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Donation process: This seems like a followup grant to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-us-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns and is likely informed by considerations affecting that and earlier grants, and also by the progress since then.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of broiler chickens. [...] Their welfare is impacted by genetics, overcrowding, inhumane slaughter, and environmental factors like chronic sleep deprivation due to lighting schedules optimized for growth. Broiler welfare campaigns seek to address these causes of suffering."
Compassion Over Killing250,000.00992019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-exit-grant-2019Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support farm animal welfare outreach and investigations related to chickens and fish. The new funding represents an “exit grant” that will provide Compassion Over Killing with approximately one year of operating support to allow them to secure other funding."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donor had previously supported the donee in 2016 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-over-killing-us-broiler-welfare-campaigns The new grant is an exit grant to give the donee time to find other sources of funding.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely selected as a reasonable amount for a one-year exit grant.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the end of the previous grant, and the need to provide more funding for a smooth exit grant.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: There will be no next donation; this is an exit grant.

Other notes: Announced: 2019-05-07.
Royal Veterinary College130,850.001182019-01Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/royal-vet-college-halalAmanda Hungerford Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to investigate a more humane method of halal poultry slaughter." "Controlled atmosphere slaughter techniques, which are among the most commonly used stunning systems, are not currently approved by halal authorities. Royal Veterinary College intends to use these funds to investigate a new method of stunning that would both be approved by halal authorities and allow chickens to be individually stunned."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says the grant would "potentially [reduce] suffering for more than 100 million chickens slaughtered in halal facilities in Europe each year."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant is for £100,000 ($130,850 at the time of conversion).

Other notes: Announced: 2019-05-23.
Princeton University (Earmark: Peter Singer|Guo Peng)170,000.001112019-01Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/princeton-university-guo-pengLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant, structured as a gift

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the work of Shandong University Professor Guo Peng, a leading animal protection scholar in China, in collaboration with Professor Peter Singer of Princeton University. This award will support the translation of books on animal ethics and farm animal welfare issues into Mandarin Chinese."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says the project "could bolster animal ethics in Chinese universities, foster more attention on these issues, and eventually influence policy discussions."

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-05-23.
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research3,000,000.0072018-12Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/chick cullinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-egg-tech-challengeLewis Bollard Donation process: Nothing specific is stated on the grant page, but a similar grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-research was made in April 2017 so the progress with that grant likely informed this grant.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research into, and a prize for, developing a technology that can sex select male chicks at scale in ovo, eliminating the need for chick culling. This funding includes approximately $2,000,000 for FFAR to support research teams to compete for the prize, and approximately $1,000,000 for the prize itself, which will be awarded only if certain conditions are met."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Lewis Bollard, our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, believes this technology will end the acute suffering at death of ~6.5 billion chicks per year and will spare ~29 million hens per year from factory farming entirely because the aborted eggs will replace their output in the market."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page gives this breakdown of funding: "This funding includes approximately $2,000,000 for FFAR to support research teams to compete for the prize, and approximately $1,000,000 for the prize itself, which will be awarded only if certain conditions are met."

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup grants in 2020 suggest continued satisfaction from Open Philanthropy in the grantee and the reasoning informing the grant.

Other notes: Announced: 2019-03-20.
Global Animal Partnership500,000.00622018-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-farm-animal-welfare-activitiesLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate outreach and certification oversight. GAP intends to use these funds to secure new corporate partners and increase the number of animals covered by its program."

Other notes: Announced: 2018-12-11.
University of British Columbia50,186.001422018-11Animal welfare/factory farming/pig/talent pipelinehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-british-columbia-research-pig-welfare-chinaLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to enable animal welfare science student Maria Chen to produce a Masters thesis on pig welfare in China. Her planned research could identify reform opportunities on mid-sized pig farms. Grant is devoted to building a talent pipeline for farm animal welfare research in China. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-12-12.
Chinese Animal Welfare Institute1,489,201.00192018-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-standards-project-chinese-animal-welfare-instituteLewis Bollard Grant of $2,064,034 AUD (approximately $1,489,201 US at the time of conversion; this amount may be adjusted based on future exchange rates) over three years to the Animal Welfare Standards Project (AWSP) to create an animal welfare-focused institute, to be called the Sino-Australian Animal Welfare Centre, within China. Specifically, AWSP intends to use these funds to open a central hub in Beijing, in liaison with the China Agricultural University, to focus on attitudes, motivations, engagement, and outreach on animal welfare. AWSP will be collaborating with other institutes around China to build animal welfare capacities across the region and hopes these institutes will help develop Chinese animal welfare subject matter experts. The grant renews https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-standards-project-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china (December 2016 support); general discussion of the thinking behind these grants is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-12-15.
University of Bern (Earmark: Michael Toscano)150,000.001152018-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-bern-higher-welfare-cage-free-systemsLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to develop and implement a pilot project for U.S. egg producers, equipment installers, and USDA extension agents to learn about management of high-welfare, cage-free systems in Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. The funds will support Dr. Michael Toscano, Group Leader of Switzerland’s Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits, and colleagues to develop the educational program and deploy it with approximately 20 U.S. producers, installers, and extension agents. Due to Switzerland’s ban of battery cages in 1992, its producers and scientists have more than 25 years of experience managing cage-free systems."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant fits in with Open Philanthropy's funding of corporate campaigns pushing for cage-free systems for chicken, an effort that https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms documents. Unlike the other grants that are focused on corporate campaigns, this grant takes more of a learning/educational approach.

Donor retrospective of the donation: A later grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-bern-layer-hens also for Michael Toscano and also for research related to cage-free system, suggests continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-12-11.
Prevent Cruelty California4,000,000.0032018-10Animal welfare/factory farming/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/prevent-cruelty-california-prop-12Lewis Bollard Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Grantee is a coalition of veterinarians, animal shelters, farmworkers, food safety groups, and animal protection charities advocating for Proposition 12. Prop 12, which will appear on California’s general election ballot this November, would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for veal calves, pigs, and egg-laying hens, and would ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in California come from operations meeting these standards. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-10-05.
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics6,683.001552018-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/oxford-uehiro-centre-for-practical-ethics-animal-sentience-workshopLewis Bollard Discretionary grant of £5,217 ($6,683 at the time of conversion) to host a workshop on animal sentience. The one-day workshop aimed at academics and policymakers will include presentations of new science on animal sentience, including in fish and invertebrates, as well as discussions of the ethical and policy implications of those findings. Announced: 2018-10-20.
Food Frontier100,000.001262018-10Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/food-frontier-general-supportLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee is an Australian organization promoting plant-based meat alternatives, and will explore opportunities for Australia and New Zealand to supply the Asia-Pacific region with alternative proteins. Affected countries: Australia|New Zealand; announced: 2018-11-27.
University of Edinburgh102,041.001252018-10Animal welfare/talent pipelinehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-edinburgh-scholarship-program-in-applied-animal-behavior-and-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to provide scholarships for three African veterinarians or animal scientists to complete the Masters program in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. The grant is devoted to building a talent pipeline for farm animal welfare research in Africa, which could account for a large number of new farm animals in the next 50 years. Announced: 2018-11-27.
Otwarte Klatki10,350.001542018-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-care-conference-travel-grantsLewis Bollard Grant to make it possible for Eastern European farm animal advocates to attend the Conference on Animal Rights (CARE) in Europe in Prague in October. Follows previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-chicken-welfare-campaigns-poland-ukraine to Otwarte Klatki. Announced: 2019-01-31.
Eurogroup For Animals990,000.00402018-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-fish-welfare-2018Lewis Bollard Grant of €853,415 (approximately $990,000 at the time of conversion) over two years to Eurogroup for Animals to continue and expand its fish welfare advocacy. This will allow Eurogroup for Animals to continue and expand its EU-level political advocacy, its support of its member groups’ advocacy in member states, and its support for corporate reforms and increased research funding on fish welfare. Announced: 2018-10-05.
Better Eating International12,690.001522018-09Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for organizational development, follows February 2018 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-millenial-vegan-survey. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-10-20.
Griffith University100,000.001262018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018Lewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support a symposium on farm animal welfare in China in 2019 to be organized by Professor Deborah Cao, an expert on Chinese animal law, and to support Professor Cao’s work on a new book, in Chinese, about farm animal welfare. This renews the December 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-09-01.
Plant Based Foods Association250,000.00992018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/plant-based-foods-association-state-level-policy-advocacy-against-threats-to-the-plant-based-sectorLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for state-level policy advocacy against threats to the plant-based food sector. PBFA plans to use these funds to monitor, analyze, and, when necessary, oppose attempts to create policies that undermine plant-based alternatives to animal products. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-01.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal200,000.001072018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/pig/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/forum-nacional-de-protecao-e-defesa-animal-crate-and-cage-free-campaigning-in-brazilLewis Bollard Grant over two years for campaigning to reduce the use of battery cages for layer hens and gestation crates for pigs in Brazil. FNPDA has played a role in securing crate-free pledges from Brazil’s four largest pork producers and cage-free pledges from 26 Brazilian food companies, and intends to use these funds to continue its corporate campaigns, to start a tracker of corporate implementation of cage-free pledges, and to host a conference with egg producers, food companies, scientists, and activists to discuss implementation. Renewal of October 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/forum-nacional-de-protecao-e-defesa-animal-international-cage-free-advocacy. Affected countries: Brazil; announced: 2018-09-28.
The Humane League10,000,000.0012018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant renews four previous grants: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns (US corporate cage-free), https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacy (international cage-free), and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support (general support), https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2017 (Open Wing Alliance). THL used previous funding to secure corporate cage-free and broiler welfare pledges that, if fully implemented, will benefit approximately 150 million hens and 50 million broiler chickens alive at any time. The new fundings helps THL continue current programs and strengthen infrastructure through initiatives like increasing staff salaries and benefits to be in line with industry standards.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The reason for selecting donee is not discussed explicitly, but likely includes the same reasons as for the previous grants, and continued satisfaction with progress made through those grants.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount breakdown is not explicitly discussed, but at about $3 million per year, it is similar to grant amounts per year for the previous grants, when added up.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing is not explicitly discussed, but it is likely because the timeframe for the earlier grants is ending.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 42

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-28.
Charity Science265,000.00962018-07Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/charity-science-development-of-new-animal-welfare-charitiesLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support the creation of new animal welfare charities through the Charity Entrepreneurship project. Charity Science plans to use these funds to review potential farm animal welfare interventions and incubate 3-5 new animal welfare charities, including the development of first-year plans, a training program teaching key skills, and ongoing assistance to the founders. Charity Science hopes the new groups will be able to secure ongoing funding to continue operations beyond the incubation period. Announced: 2018-07-26.
Commonwealth Veterinary Association31,355.001482018-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/commonwealth-veterinary-association-animal-welfare-workshopLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support travel for international farm animal welfare experts to attend an animal welfare workshop in March 2019 in Bangalore, India. Although legally structured as a contractor agreement, conceptually it is closer to a grant, hence is listed in the grants database. Affected countries: India; announced: 2018-07-06.
Animal Equality2,772,430.0082018-06Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "support corporate cage-free and broiler welfare campaigns. Animal Equality plans to expand its corporate campaigns in Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is framed as a renewal of the past grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacy (August 2016) and also cites other past grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reform (2017, India) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-eu-farm-animal-welfare (2017, Europe). It is likely made for similar reasons: track record of successful investigations and confidence of Open Phil staff in Animal Equality leadership.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made around the time that the original two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacy expires, and is framed as a renewal, so its timing is likely determined by the original grant expiring.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-cage-free-and-broiler-welfare (February 2020) with somem overlapping countries suggests continued endorsement of Animal Equality by Open Philanthropy.

Other notes: This is a total of five grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: United States|Brazil|Italy|Mexico|Spain; announced: 2018-07-11.
Compassion in World Farming10,720.001532018-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant for organizational development. Follows October 2017 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/discretionary-grants

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £8,000 ($10,720 at the time of conversion)

Other notes: Discretionary grant for organizational development. Follows the October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-end-the-cage-age-campaign. Announced: 2018-06-28.
Mercy For Animals375,000.00862018-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-us-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaignsLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its broiler chicken welfare corporate campaigns in the U.S."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page links the grant to two past grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns (broiler chicken welfare) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns (cage-free egg campaign).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant happens around two years after the linked previous two-year grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns (broiler chicken welfare) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns (cage-free egg campaign) suggesting that its timing is related to their expiration.

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "We expect to evaluate the merits of a longer renewal of our support to MFA closer to the end of 2018."

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup grants from Open Phil to Mercy For Animals (including https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-welfare-campaigns in January 2019 with a similar scope) suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-14.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals231,677.001052018-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/researcchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-broiler-breed-studyLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a broiler chicken breed welfare study. The study, to be conducted by the Royal Veterinary College under RSPCA supervision, will test the welfare of two new breeds and will validate two new behavioral measures to enhance future breed tests."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer Lewis Bollard believes the research is likely to assist broiler welfare campaigns in the U.S. and Europe."

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 171,600.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation); affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2018-06-14.
International Society for Applied Ethology135,412.001162018-04Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/international-society-applied-ethology-advance-farm-animal-welfare-science-in-developing-nationsLewis Bollard Grant over two years to support workshops, scholarships, and an online hub to advance farm animal welfare science in developing nations. Announced: 2018-05-17.
Changing Tastes50,000.001432018-04Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/changing-tastes-market-insights-business-engagement-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Grant to conduct research on attitudes about humane production of fish and seafood among U.S. restaurant and supply chain decision-makers and consumers. Changing Tastes, a food consultancy, intends to conduct surveys to identify current marketplace recognition of humane production and disseminate the results via trade conferences and media. Legally structured as contract work, but conceptually considered similar to a grant, hence reported in the grants database. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-07-12.
Brighter Green430,000.00792018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018Lewis Bollard Total across two grants, one of which was discretionary. The grants represent a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china (September 2016). Grant supports work to host another national China Good Food Hero Summit as well as regional summits, administer a “Good Food Incubator” for activists and social enterprises, and research the state of factory farming and advocacy in China. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
WildAid500,000.00622018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wildaid-reducing-meat-consumption-china-2018Lewis Bollard Grant to support WildAid’s campaign to reduce meat consumption in China. More general information is available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-03-24.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council13,813.001512018-03Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for general support; renews https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-fish-welfare-standard-development (November 2017). Announced: 2018-04-19.
ACTAsia350,000.00902018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/act-asia-reduce-fur-demand-2018Lewis Bollard Total across two grants to support work on a fur-free ad campaign, fur-free courses at Chinese design colleges, research and reporting on the fur industry, and a Sustainable Fashion Forum to discuss alternatives to fur. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-05-31.
Compassion in World Farming USA1,500,000.00172018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support-2018Lewis Bollard Donation process: This is a followup grant to the first grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support made April 2016.

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "for general support. CIWF USA has been one of the major contributors to the success of corporate reforms for layer hens, and intends to use these funds to seek implementation of existing cage-free reforms and to secure new corporate broiler welfare reforms."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page does not go into reasons, but suggests that the reasons are similar to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Case_for_the_grant (reasons for the first grant). Excerpt: "We see this grant as an opportunity to expand our support for organizations working to improve the living conditions of animals on U.S. factory farms beyond our early grants on cage-free corporate campaigns."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 36; affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-25.
Farm Forward165,691.001132018-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-leadership-circle-2018Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to continue to seek commitments from universities, hospitals, and companies to source certified higher-welfare animal products. This continues the January 2017 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-broiler-chicken-welfare-advocacy

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is a renewal grant and its timing is determined by the end of the timeframe for the previous grant
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12

Donor retrospective of the donation: The exit grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-exit-grant made next year suggests that the results of the grant were not fully satisfactory

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-05.
Better Eating International67,110.001402018-02Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-millenial-vegan-surveyLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support a market research study to "Segment U.S. millennials for Targeted Vegan Education.". Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Cynthia Schuck & Wladimir Alonso96,130.001312018-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/cynthia-schuck-wladimir-alonso-daly-projectLewis Bollard Grant to develop a model for evaluating disability-adjusted life year (DALY) impacts of animal welfare reforms. This six-month pilot project will focus on the impact of various potential welfare reforms for pigs, including banning crates or mutilations and requiring indoor enrichment or outdoor access. If successful, the project could be expanded to analyze the DALY impact of other welfare reforms for other farmed species. Announced: 2018-05-17.
Family Farm Action153,000.001142017-12Animal welfare/factory farming/legislative standardshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/family-farm-action-opposing-king-amendmentLewis Bollard Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, because of the funding being used for lobbying efforts

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support efforts to defeat the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, also known as the King Amendment. The amendment, if enacted, would prevent states from imposing animal welfare standards on the sale of animal products produced in another state. FFA plans to conduct grassroots outreach to affected groups, especially family farmers."

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-06-07.
Humane Society Legislative Fund525,000.00582017-12Animal welfare/factory farming/legislative campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/Humane-Society-Legislative-Fund-Opposing-King-AmendmentLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support efforts to defeat the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, also known as the King Amendment. The amendment, if enacted, would prevent states from imposing animal welfare standards on the sale of animal products produced in another state. HSLF plans to run targeted advertising, organize new grassroots support and third-party validators, and advocate against the amendment with key congressional committee members.

Other notes: The grant is made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, because it is being used for lobbying purposes. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-04-30.
Otwarte Klatki472,864.00742017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-chicken-welfare-campaigns-poland-ukraineLewis Bollard Grant to support farm animal welfare campaigns and organizational capacity building in Poland and Ukraine. The funding will allow Otwarte Klatki to launch broiler chicken welfare campaigns in Poland and cage-free campaigns in Ukraine, as well as support expenses related to a planned merger with the Danish animal rights organization, Anima. Affected countries: Poland|Ukraine; announced: 2017-11-21.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council533,036.00572017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-fish-welfare-standard-developmentLewis Bollard Grant over two years, denominatoted in euros (€459,000). Grantee goal is to develop an objective, evidence-based standard that is applicable to all eligible ASC-certified species and recognized globally. Announced: 2017-11-28.
theguardian.org886,600.00422017-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/the-guardian-journalism-factory-farmingLewis Bollard Grant to support journalism on factory farming and farm animal cruelty. Theguardian.org has stated that it will regard the funds to The Guardian newspaper, which will allow The Guardian to increase its reporting output on issues related to factory farming, including publishing approximately one article per week as well as the creation of multimedia content. In keeping with The Guardian’s journalistic and transparency standards, all supported content will be clearly labeled and the Open Philanthropy Project will have no editorial control over the content ultimately published. Announced: 2017-12-08.
fair-fish international association453,841.00752017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fair-fish-international-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Grant over two years for a farmed fish welfare assessment and standards project. FFI’s research team, FishEthoBase, will work jointly with fish welfare certifier Friend of the Sea (FOS) to assess fish welfare at approximately 50% of all FOS-certified farms. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in FOS standards. Additionally, FFI plans to share its findings through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences. Announced: 2017-12-08.
The Good Food Institute1,500,000.00172017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Renewal of previous grant of $1,000,000 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support Lewis Bollard considers GFI to be the leading nonprofit promoting meat alternatives, and is impressed with its strategic support for early-stage companies producing plant-based products, such as Good Dot and Good Catch. Announced: 2018-01-05.
Animal Equality2,110,460.00112017-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-eu-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "support farm animal advocacy in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom." "The funding will support corporate outreach and animal welfare campaigns, investigations, and capacity building for Animal Equality’s teams in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, is excited to continue supporting Animal Equality due to its track record of successful corporate outreach and investigations to date; his confidence in its leadership team; and the organization’s alignment with our strategy to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is a total across amounts for each of the four countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom). This comes to a cost per country a little over $500,000. This is somewhat higher than the cost for the India grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reform and no explicit budget information is provided.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing matches up with Open Phil's "strategy to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaigns (two overlapping countries: Italy and Spain) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaigns (same four countries) suggest that Open Philanthropy would be satisfied with the outcomme of the grant. The latter grant's page says: "Animal Equality has helped secure cage-free and broiler welfare wins and conducted investigations in Europe, and plans to use these funds to continue its work."

Other notes: This is a total across four grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-28.
L2141,347,742.00212017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/L214-broiler-chicken-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on broiler chicken welfare in France. Using this funding, L214 will conduct a campaign advocating for reduced chicken meat consumption as well as a corporate campaign targeting higher welfare standards for broiler chickens. Additionally, it plans to establish a new campus outreach program for movement building purposes, and will apply some funding toward capacity building such as software, training, and fundraising expenses."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Open Phil's "Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, is excited to support L214 due to its track record securing large wins to date, such as cage-free pledges from some of France’s largest retailers; his impression of its leadership team; and the organization’s strategic alignment with our goal to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The write-up for a followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/L214-broiler-chicken-campaigns-2020 (November 2020) indicates Open Phil's satisfaction with L214's progress since this grant.

Other notes: Currency info: donation given as 1,140,000.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation); intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: France; announced: 2017-12-08.
World Animal Net50,000.001432017-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-net-co-organizing-workshops-world-bankLewis Bollard Grant to support engagement with the World Bank to co-organize farm animal welfare workshops. The funding is intended to allow WAN to contribute to the preparatory work and costs of the workshops; invite farm animal welfare experts/scientists who could potentially advocate for animal welfare reforms to the workshops; support research, analysis, and coordination of advocacy strategy in advance of the workshops; and conduct post-workshop follow-up and dissemination activities. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Anima683,000.00482017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/anima-corporate-campaigns-merger-supportLewis Bollard Two grants combined. Funding to support chicken welfare campaigns and organizational capacity building in Scandinavia. Affected countries: Scandinavia; announced: 2017-11-21.
Compassion in World Farming1,000,000.00262017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-end-the-cage-age-campaignLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "support [the] “End the Cage Age” campaign in the UK and Europe. The campaign will seek to end the use of cages and crates for all farmed animal species in the UK and Europe through advocacy and outreach, including an EU-wide citizens’ ballot measure. [The] funds will support staffing needs related to the campaign in six regional EU offices as well as its headquarters in the United Kingdom; marketing, social media, and exhibition activities; advocacy work; investigations; as well as technical and operational costs over the next two years."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Budget available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/CIWF_End_the_Cage_Age_Campaign_2017.pdf

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-14.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals374,631.00872017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-broiler-chicken-welfare-campaign-UKLewis Bollard Donation process: RSPCA's budget https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/RSPCA/RSPCA_Budget_2018_2019.pdf was prepared as part of the grantmaking process.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a corporate chicken welfare campaign in the United Kingdom. Using this funding, RSPCA will launch a campaign encouraging retailers and food companies to adopt higher welfare broiler chicken practices."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/RSPCA/RSPCA_Budget_2018_2019.pdf has a full budget. The donation was given as 282,000.00 GBP (conversion done via donor calculation).

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup grants from Open Phil to RSPCA suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-08.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries1,000,000.00262017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/turkey/pig welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/albert-schweitzer-foundation-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Grant over two years for general support for farm animal welfare activities in Germany. Grant will allow grantee to significantly expand their corporate outreach on broiler chicken welfare, increase their fundraising capacity, and hire a law firm to pursue litigation related to turkey and pig welfare. Affected countries: Germany; announced: 2017-10-25.
Eurogroup for Animals625,400.00502017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-eu-chicken-welfare-advocacyLewis Bollard Grant over two years, denominated in euros (€530,000) to support EU policy advocacy for chicken welfare. Grantee plans to use these funds on either broiler chicken or egg-laying hen welfare campaigns, depending upon which campaign appears most tractable. Actual financing of the grant from a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Announced: 2017-11-28.
Global Aquaculture Alliance435,000.00782017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-aquaculture-alliance-fish-welfare-best-practicesLewis Bollard Grant over two years via the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation to develop best practices and proposed animal welfare standards for three farmed fish species. Announced: 2017-12-01.
Global Animal Partnership285,000.00952017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant page says: "Our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, began looking into funding opportunities related to farmed fish welfare last year, due to the number of animals affected by fish farming."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to develop welfare standards for farmed fish species. GAP will seek to develop standards for 4-6 farmed fish species (beginning with salmon) by establishing a partnership with an existing aquaculture certification program and developing a multi-step framework for farmed fish based on land animal models. GAP also intends to develop a strategy for raising consumer awareness of farmed fish welfare, and to run a promotional campaign for the launch of their initial salmon certification program. [...] GAP intends to use these funds for the hiring of a fish welfare expert to lead the development of the standards, travel for visits to international fish farms, field testing of standards and consultations with experts, and marketing support."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "[Lewis Bollard] believes established fish welfare standards could eventually form the basis for welfare requests in corporate or institutional campaigns, and thinks GAP is well-positioned to lead this effort due to the credibility of its US land animal welfare certification program."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is likely deteermined based on the intended use of funds.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant appears to be based on searching by Open Philanthropy for this kind of grant oppoortunity: "Our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, began looking into funding opportunities related to farmed fish welfare last year, due to the number of animals affected by fish farming."
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants from Open Philanthropy to Global Animal Partnership indicate continued satisfaction of Open Philanthropy in the grantee.

Other notes: Announced: 2017-11-14.
The Humane League2,000,000.00122017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2017Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Open Wing Alliance to expand corporate campaigns in Europe. The Alliance, started by The Humane League, supports global efforts to eliminate battery cages. The new grant will bolster these campaigns in Europe and allow Alliance members to expand into campaigns to improve the welfare of broiler (meat) chickens.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grant investigator Lewis Bollard, is excited to continue supporting the Open Wing Alliance (which grew out of a previous Open Phil grant to The Humane League) due to the coalition’s strong track record of securing corporate cage-free pledges; his confidence in its leadership team; and the project’s strategic fit with our goal to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the development timeline of the Open Wing Alliance, which grew out of an earlier grant about a year earlier, in February 2016: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: The general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018 in 2018 renews this grant among others.

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Announced: 2017-10-09.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations332,944.00922017-07Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and dairyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/federation-indian-animal-protection-organisations-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Reason for grant includes excitement about broad network of FIAPO throughout India, and the scale of opportunity in India. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-21.
Humane Slaughter Association419,236.00822017-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support "work to improve farm animal welfare in China. HSA plans to use this grant to translate its guides on humane handling, transport, stunning, and slaughter into Mandarin Chinese and publicize the translated publications in Chinese agriculture industry magazines. It also plans to pay for HSA staff to travel to China to lecture at veterinary universities and train staff at slaughterhouses and livestock markets, and invite Chinese officials for an expenses-paid study tour of slaughterhouses and livestock markets in the United Kingdom." Project proposal at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/HSA/Revised_HSA_Project_Proposal_190916.pdf

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are excited about this project’s potential to reduce suffering and institutionalize farm animal welfare values." Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of grant of £331,458 ($419,236 at time of conversion). Budget breakdown in the project proposal at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/HSA/Revised_HSA_Project_Proposal_190916.pdf

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-07-19.
Humane Slaughter Association2,528,678.0092017-06Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid)." The grant page says: "This funding will allow HSA to seek proposals for research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid), and to translate related HSA publications. This work may take several years depending on the nature of the research applications received."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "According to the best estimates we are aware of, fish account for about three quarters of all vertebrate farmed animals alive at any time.1 Despite this, we are not aware of any major animal welfare groups that have campaigns focused on fish welfare, and we therefore believe that it is important to start building this area of farm animal welfare advocacy and research. Over the past year, we recommended three previous grants in the area of fish welfare: one to Eurogroup for Animals, one to Dyrevernalliansen, and one to the Albert Schweitzer Foundation."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £1,999,137 ($2,528,678 at time of conversion)

Other notes: Grant to support research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid). Grant made in light of perceived lack of fish welfare efforts relative to importance of the issue. The funding will allow HSA to seek proposals for research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid), and to translate related HSA publications. This work may take several years depending on the nature of the research applications received. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Animal Welfare Action Lab79,100.001382017-06Animal welfare/factory farming/survey researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-action-lab-meat-reduction-surveyLewis Bollard Discretionary grant via the Reducetarian Foundation to fund a study to replicate and improve upon an earlier multi-wave study by grantee (AWAL). Improvements include a larger, more representative sample via YouGov, and the potential to fund a third-wave component analyzing whether any effect endures after two months. Funds primarily cover spending on YouGov. The initial amount of $58,550 was topped up by $20,550 in July 2018, for a total of $79,100. Announced: 2017-08-21.
People for Animals120,000.001202017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Indiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/people-for-animals-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Grant to support farm animal welfare work in India over two years, as part of the potential/promise for the nascent field of farm animal welfare in India. Grant one of five grants made to animal welfare groups in India. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-03.
Humane Society International1,100,000.00242017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Indiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-society-international-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Grant to support farm animal welfare work in India over two years. Grant to provide funding to commission studies on the impact of factory farming in India and potential policy solutions; staff expansion primarily in the areas of outreach and coalition-building, litigation, and policy; operational costs; and re-grants to grassroots animal welfare groups across India. Strong track record of grantee part of the reason for the grant. Part of five grants made to animal welfare groups in India. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-03.
Eurogroup for Animals14,961.001502017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/broiler chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-broiler-chicken-welfare-campaignLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support the International Broiler Advocacy Meeting in Brussels, of European advocacy groups to discuss broiler chicken welfare campaigns. Announced: 2017-08-08.
Compassion in World Farming USA30,000.001492017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Latin Americahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-latin-america-broiler-chicken-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct projeect expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research into opportunities for broiler chicken welfare campaigns in Latin America." https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/CIWF_Market_Research_Proposal_in_Latin_America_2017.pdf has the market research proposal from the grantee.

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup grants from Open Philanthropy to Compassion in World Farming USA, despite no specific plans to follow up, suggest continued satisfaction from Open Philanthropy in the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: Argentina|Brazil|Columbia|Chile|Mexico; announced: 2017-07-27.
Mercy For Animals500,000.00622017-05Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant is one of five grants made around the same time supporting farm animal welfare work in India. A budget https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/Mercy_For_Animals_India_Farmed_Animal_Advocacy_Budget.pdf is included.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support new farm animal welfare work in India. The grant will help support undercover investigations, corporate campaigns, research, and policy-related campaign activities over the next two years." The budget https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/Mercy_For_Animals_India_Farmed_Animal_Advocacy_Budget.pdf has a breakdown per year is: $135,000 for investigation costs, $40,000 for investigations-related research costs, $50,000 for compensation for two corporate campaign staffers, $25,000 for compensation for one policy advocate staffer/lobbyist.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are excited about the grant primarily because of Mercy For Animals’ track record of successful undercover investigations in the U.S.; our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard’s, confidence in Mercy For Animals’ relevant leadership staff; and the potential opportunity we see in India—one of the world’s largest producers of eggs, fish, and chicken—to encourage farm animal welfare reforms and advocacy."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The budget https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/Mercy_For_Animals_India_Farmed_Animal_Advocacy_Budget.pdf has a breakdown per year is: $135,000 for investigation costs, $40,000 for investigations-related research costs, $50,000 for copmensation for two corporate campaign staffers, $25,000 for compensation for one policy advocate staffer/lobbyist.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is one of five grants made around the same time supporting farm animal welfare work in India.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants from Open Phil to Mercy For Animals suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-03.
Animal Equality292,000.00942017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/chick culling|Animal welfare/diet changehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant is one of five grants made around the same time supporting farm animal welfare work in India.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support farm animal welfare work in India." The grant "will help support a pro-vegetarian messaging campaign, a corporate and/or institution-directed campaign encouraging animal product alternatives, organization capacity building, and advocacy related to in-ovo sex selection technology and other chicken welfare reforms." https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Equality/Animal_Equality_India_Animal_Welfare_Reform_Budget.pdf has the budget proposal (with red background for unfunded items).

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are excited about the grant primarily because of Animal Equality’s track record of successful undercover investigations and subsequent media coverage in India; our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard’s, confidence in Animal Equality’s relevant leadership staff; and the potential opportunity we see in India—one of the world’s largest producers of eggs, fish, and chicken—to encourage farm animal welfare reforms and advocacy."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Equality/Animal_Equality_India_Animal_Welfare_Reform_Budget.pdf has the budget proposal (with red background for unfunded items).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is one of five grants recommended around the same time for farm animal welfare work in India, so the timing is likely determined by the timing of the decision to make this batch of grants.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-07-27.
The Greenfield Project500,000.00622017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/greenfield-project-general-supportLewis Bollard Grant provides seed funding for new group created by Liz Hamilton and Ashley Carr pushing for federal reforms to improve farm animal welfare. Recipient plans to use this grant to conduct research, build relationships with government officials, build coalitions, and use legal and public relations advocacy to advance farm animal welfare reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-07-21.
Animal Charity Evaluators500,000.00622017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-supportLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page section https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support#Proposed_activities lists these proposed activities: increasing compensation (by $2,000 to $4,000 per year), adding staff time, hiring for two research positions, making small grants to evaluated charities (in the range of $500 to $1,000 per charity), intern stipends, and fundraising. The grant will increase ACE's expected revenue for 2017 from around $635,000 to $885,000. See also budget without Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_2017_Budget_not_including_OP_grant.pdf budget with Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_2017_Budget_including_OP_grant.pdf and plans for Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_Plans_for_OP_grant_funding.pdf

Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support#Case_for_the_grant gives these reasons: (1) Open Phil's version for the farm animal welfare movement in the next decade or two includes "an important role for an institution similar to a scaled-up version of ACE" (2) Open Phil expects that "the improvements ACE plans to make with this grant will allow it to direct more money to animal welfare groups that we consider highly effective, so we consider it fairly likely that this grant will achieve a roughly one-to-one return on investment in the near-term" (3) Open Phil hopes that the grant will help ACE address "what we view as some current shortcomings, including unsustainably low salaries, reliance on low-quality research, and undervaluing of long-term gainsx".

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined based on budgets submitted by ACE and intended use of funds; see budget without Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_2017_Budget_not_including_OP_grant.pdf budget with Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_2017_Budget_including_OP_grant.pdf and plans for Open Phil funding https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Charity_Evaluators/ACE_Plans_for_OP_grant_funding.pdf

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-support-2020 and the continued endorsement on the grant page suggests that Open Phil would be satisfied with the success of the grant.

Other notes: See also https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/on-receiving-a-grant-from-the-open-philanthropy-project/ on the ACE blog. It says "We feel that this grant is a reaffirmation of the value and impact of ACE’s work, and we are incredibly honored to have been selected." It says: "To those who may wonder if ACE will still be able to efficiently use additional donations, at this stage the answer is an emphatic yes." It links to https://animalcharityevaluators.org/about/background/goals-and-strategy/ fo the goals for 2017, and to https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/ace-fundraising-restrictions/ for its 2017 fundraising. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2017-06-09.
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research1,000,000.00262017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pighttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to co-fund requests for applications (RFAs) for research on solutions to what we see as two major problems in farm animal welfare: bone fractures in cage-free hens and the painful castration of male piglets. It is our impression that both of these problems are scientifically tractable. FFAR plans to use this grant and at least $1 million of its own funding to fund scientific projects focused on solving these problems." The request for applications https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/FFAR/FFAR_Accelerating_Advances_in_Animal_Welfare_Final.pdf is linked.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are excited about this grant because a) we believe that it is an efficient way to fund research on farm animal welfare, since FFAR is co-funding the research and plans to handle the logistics of the RFAs and distribute the results of its research among industry, b) it is an opportunity for us to learn about co-funding with a Congressionally created and funded 501(c)(3) organization, which we believe could be a useful avenue for funding research to solve other problems in farm animal welfare, and c) it may increase FFAR’s interest in co-funding other animal welfare projects."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount seems to be chosen to target a 1:1 match with what FFAR was willing to fund with other funds.

Donor retrospective of the donation: Further grants from Open Phil to FFAR for similar purposes suggest continued endorsement of the thinking behind the grant.

Other notes: Announced: 2017-05-11.
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education255,816.00982017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/jeanne-marchig-centre-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant made in UK sterlink value 201,594, dollar amount of 255,816 at time of conversion. Recipient plans to use this grant primarily to fund the staff and travel costs to send international farm animal welfare experts to China to work collaboratively with large-scale producers, veterinarians, small-scale rural producers, and technical staff to identify and solve animal welfare challenges. It also plans to fund a complete PhD focused on evaluating whether the program improves outcomes for animals. Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-04-19.
Humane Society International1,364,000.00202017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/East Asiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-society-international-east-asian-and-oie-projectsLewis Bollard Grant made to support five projects to improve farm animal welfare, primarily in East Asia. Disclosure agreement: program officer Lewis Bollard previously worked at the Humane Society of the United States, affiliate of grantee. Affected countries: Japan|South Korea; announced: 2017-04-19.
International Society for Applied Ethology40,000.001452017-03Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/international-society-applied-ethology-travel-scholarshipsLewis Bollard Grant to support travel scholarships for animal welfare scientists, government and NGO veterinarians, and graduate students from developing nations to attend the 2017 51st International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Announced: 2017-06-16.
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science80,400.001372017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/colorado-state-university-planning-giftLewis Bollard Grant goes for Colorado State University research on broiler chicken welfare. Discretionary grant. Amount increased from original value of $25,300 to $80,400 on 2018-02-16. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Announced: 2017-06-26.
World Animal Protection517,588.00602017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-broiler-chicken-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant for campaigns to improve the welfare of broiler chickens. Activities: (1) Producing and promoting campaign materials to raise awareness of broiler chicken suffering (2) Developing and launching a corporate chicken welfare scorecard (3) Building evidence of the suffering endured by broiler chickens in factory farming operations (4) Staff time, creative development, and travel (5) Indirect costs such as occupancy, technical support, and administrative support.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: For more background on Open Phil grants related to broiler chicken, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Donee's budget proposal is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/World_Animal_Protection/Revised_WAP_Chicken_Campaign_Proposal_REDACTED.xlsx

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; announced: 2017-06-26.
Wageningen University & Research (Earmark: Marc Bracke)88,345.001352017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wageningen-ur-broiler-welfare-reviewLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant page says: "We initially decided to recommend this grant in April 2016. At that time, we anticipated that the results of this research would help to guide our decision-making around grants to support corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of the approximately 9 billion broiler chickens raised each year in the U.S. However, due to difficulties and delays in finalizing the details of the grant, funds were only transferred in March 2017, after we had already begun to make grants to support broiler chicken welfare reforms."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to create a systematic assessment of broiler chicken welfare. [...] Dr. Bracke will assess the relative importance of the various attributes that together define broiler chicken welfare. Welfare attributes are factors such as stocking density, litter quality, breed, and lighting. Depending on the results of an initial investigation, he will produce either a basic broiler chicken welfare model or a review of expert opinion."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We initially decided to recommend this grant in April 2016. At that time, we anticipated that the results of this research would help to guide our decision-making around grants to support corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of the approximately 9 billion broiler chickens raised each year in the U.S."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant page says: "We initially decided to recommend this grant in April 2016. [...] However, due to difficulties and delays in finalizing the details of the grant, funds were only transferred in March 2017, after we had already begun to make grants to support broiler chicken welfare reforms."
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12

Other notes: The grant is made via the King Baudouin Foundation. Currency info: donation given as 82,105.00 EUR (conversion done via donor calculation); announced: 2017-05-08.
Dyrevernalliansen378,000.00852017-02Animal welfare/fish welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/dyrevernalliansen-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Grantee is the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance. Goal of grant is to enable grantee to expand its animal welfare engagement with the Norwegian fish farming industry as part of a larger effort to build the field of farmed fish welfare advocacy. Affected countries: Norway; announced: 2017-03-20.
Global Animal Partnership200,000.001072017-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "GAP plans to use this grant to hire a senior staff member to assist the executive director, which we believe will enable GAP to work more effectively on farm animal welfare projects such as its certifier accreditation program and standards development and management."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is likely determined by the amount needed for what's being funded: "hire a senior staff member to assist the executive director".

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants from Open Philanthropy to Global Animal Partnership indicate continued satisfaction of Open Philanthropy in the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-09-07.
Global Animal Partnership515,000.00612017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-broiler-chicken-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support research into broiler chicken welfare at the University of Guelph." The study is expected to "help to identify which breeds of broiler chicken have the best welfare outcomes."

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants from Open Philanthropy to Global Animal Partnership indicate continued satisfaction of Open Philanthropy in the grantee.

Other notes: Announced: 2018-10-05.
Compassion in World Farming765,112.00452017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Gran to support work to improve farm animal welfare in China. Compassion plans to use this grant to augment the capacity of its dedicated China team, increase technical and operational support, expand its Good Pig Production Awards, roll out its recently-launched Good Chicken and Good Egg Production Awards, and extend work and deepen engagement with its in-country partner, the International Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare. This grant will triple the scale of Compassion’s corporate and producer engagement in China.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Budget available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/CIWF_China_Programme_Budget_2015-16_to_2020-21.pdf Grant made in UK sterling, value 598,500, dollar amount of 765,112 at time of conversion

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-04-19.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals453,440.00762017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its work to advance farm animal welfare in China. The RSPCA plans to use this grant to develop and launch the country’s first higher farm animal welfare standards. Part of the award will allow the hiring of a China-based consultant to facilitate close collaboration with the official International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare, a key institution involved in bringing together Chinese stakeholders in the livestock and agriculture sectors."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several further grants from Open Phil to RSPCA, including the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-asia-2020 for continued animal welfare work in Asia, suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-04-04.
Farm Forward100,000.001262017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-broiler-chicken-welfare-advocacyLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support work to secure pledges from institutions including universities, technology companies, and religious organizations to source higher-welfare animal products through The Leadership Circle. While Farm Forward typically works with institutions that purchase fewer animal products than the large food companies that other advocacy groups work with, it also seeks stronger welfare commitments, such as sourcing 100% of chicken from farms that are certified to at least Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step 2 within two years. The Leadership Circle also asks institutions to commit to continuous improvement and investments in highest-welfare farms and ranches. Project description available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Farm_Forward/The_Leadership_Circle_Project_Description.pdf

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Open Phil writes: "It seems plausible to us that the institutions that Farm Forward works with may exert cultural influence that may influence much larger food companies."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grantee submitted a budget, available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Farm_Forward/The_Leadership_Circle_Budget_Public.xlsx that gives a total of $100,000 from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Donor retrospective of the donation: The February 2018 renewal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-leadership-circle-2018 suggests that the grant was considered at least somewhat successful. The renewal writeup says that the grantee says that the grant "helped enable its work with the University of California system, Dr. Bronner’s, Airbnb, Duke University, Villanova University, Johns Hopkins University, and others to commit to source some of their animal products from farms certified to higher-welfare standards."

Other notes: Recipient works with institutions that purchase animal food products, and pushes them to raise the standards of treatment of animals for the food they purchased, through the Leadership Circle. Example: sourcing 100% of chicken from farms that are certified to at least Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step two in two years. Intended funding timeframe in months: 12; announced: 2017-03-30.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries317,060.00932017-01Animal welfare/fish welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/albert-schweitzer-foundation-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Grant of 299,000 Euros (317,060 USD at time of conversion) to Albert Schweitzer Foundation for work to develop and implement a fish welfare standard in Germany. Affected countries: Germany; announced: 2017-03-21.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries111,986.001222017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/albert-schweitzer-foundation-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Grant focused on ending confinement of hens in battery cages in Poland. Second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. Announced: 2017-03-21.
Compassion in World Farming1,026,253.00252017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: One of the two grants is being made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says the grantee "plans to build a dedicated fish welfare team focused on engaging with food retailers and corporations; launch a new online information hub featuring resources on fish welfare such as white papers, technical reports, and case studies; conduct and commission new research and evidence-gathering on topics related to intensive fish farming, higher welfare systems, and to improve understanding of the welfare needs of fish. Compassion will also produce and promote public-facing materials designed to achieve a cultural and attitudinal shift toward fish in the longer-term. They will also conduct advocacy work in the EU and United Kingdom focused on securing enforcement of existing animal welfare laws which apply to farmed fish while also promoting species-specific protections."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Budget available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/Compassion%20in%20World%20farming_Fish%20Welfare_Budget_December%202017.pdf

Other notes: Two grants totaling £805,000 ($1,026,253 at the time of conversion). Announced: 2018-01-19.
The Pollination Project233,000.001042016-12Animal welfare/movement buildinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/pollination-project-global-animal-advocacy-movementLewis Bollard Grant to support a new pilot project focused on building the grassroots farm animal welfare movement globally. Announced: 2017-02-16.
Eurogroup for Animals535,699.00562016-12Animal welfare/fish welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-fish-welfareLewis Bollard First grant in support of fish welfare. Grant denominated in euros at €498,928. Open Phil considers fish farming a candidate for the farming that causes the most suffering; however, there are no existing groups focusing on fish welfare. Announced: 2017-03-13.
Animal Welfare Standards Project238,212.001022016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/China and Southeast Asiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-standards-project-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant to expand work on farm animal welfare in China and Southeast Asia. Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-03-20.
Griffith University120,000.001202016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant made to support a symposium on farm animal welfare in China, related papers, and a book. Grant supports the work of Deborah Cao, who plans to use this grant to fund her collaboration with several Chinese animal studies academics to write papers on farm animal welfare and vegetarianism in China; to host a Farm Animal Welfare in China Symposium in Beijing in 2017; and to edit and publish a book on farm animal welfare. Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-05-03.
Compassion Over Killing500,000.00622016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/research/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-over-killing-us-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support broiler chicken welfare research and costs of United States corporate campaigns against the abuse of broiler chickens."

Other notes: Part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-16.
Green Monday226,000.001062016-11Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/green-monday-promoting-work-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
The Humane Society of the United States1,000,000.00262016-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-society-united-states-new-broiler-welfare-corporate-campaignsLewis Bollard Part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
The Humane League1,000,000.00262016-11Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-supportLewis Bollard Donation process: No details are provided for this grant, but it likely builds on past vetting of the organization for the earlier cage-free campaign grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacy

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grantee plans to use the money to expand and invest in its staff and to increase its buffer of unrestricted funding.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page does not discuss reasons, but reasons are likely similar to those for the earlier cage-free campaign grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacy

Donor retrospective of the donation: The general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018 in 2018 renews this grant among others.

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.00262016-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaignsLewis Bollard Donation process: A budget proposal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/Final_MFA_Broiler_Welfare_Campaign_Proposal_for_the_Open_Philanthropy_Project.pdf was sought. The grant page lacks further detail.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate campaigns to promote the welfare of broiler chickens."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken for more.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The budget proposal gives total annual campaign costs of $500,000 / year for two years. The breakdown is as follows: six broiler welfare corporate outreach staff positions ($300,000), broiler welfare corporate campaign expenses ($150,000), public relations to secure media coverage on broiler welfare issues and campaigns ($25,000), and campaign volunteer recruitment to increase number of active broiler welfare campaign volunteers ($25,000).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken for more.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants from Open Phil to Mercy For Animals suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States|Canada; announced: 2017-01-10.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal100,000.001262016-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/international/Brazilhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/forum-nacional-de-protecao-e-defesa-animal-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. Affected countries: Brazil; announced: 2016-11-07.
World Animal Protection544,607.00552016-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support work on farm animal welfare advocacy in China.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup February 2019 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019 suggests that this grant would be considered a success.

Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-26.
Brighter Green99,360.001302016-09Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-11.
The Good Food Institute1,000,000.00262016-09Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-supportLewis Bollard Announced: 2016-10-25.
WildAid700,000.00472016-09Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wildaid-reducing-meat-consumption-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-25.
Humane Society International1,000,000.00262016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-society-international-international-cage-free-outreachLewis Bollard Second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. Announced: 2016-10-03.
People for Animals89,392.001342016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/international/Indiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/people-animals-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. Followup conversation with Gauri Mulekhi of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Gauri_Maulekhi_02-06-17_%28public%29.pdf on 2017-02-06. Affected countries: India; announced: 2016-10-03.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.00262016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Donation process: The donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more background. For this specific grant, a budget https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/MFA_Budget_International_Cage-Free_Campaigns_Expansion_8-1-16.pdf was obtained from the grantee.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "end the confinement of hens in battery cages. [...] [The grant will] support Mercy For Animals’ work in Latin America and Asia." A simplified budget ($500,000/year) is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Mercy_For_Animals/MFA_Budget_International_Cage-Free_Campaigns_Expansion_8-1-16.pdf with breakdown of $212,500 for Brazil, $192,500 for Mexico, $40,000 for Asia, and $55,000 for international campaign coordination from the United States.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No reasons specific to the grantee are listed, but https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms lists several reasons for the general focus on cage-free reforms, and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d describes the reasons for the internationalization phase.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing matches the timing of other grants in this second phase (internationalization) of corporate cage-free campaign spending.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several further grants from Open Philanthropy to Mercy For Animals suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: Brazil|Mexico; announced: 2016-10-03.
Animal Equality500,000.00622016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Donation process: The donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more background.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support international advocacy to end the confinement of hens in battery cages." "The present funding, part of a new series of grants focusing on international cage-free advocacy, will support Animal Equality’s work in Latin America, Europe, and Asia."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No reasons specific to the grantee are listed, but https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms lists several reasons for the general focus on cage-free reforms, and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d describes the reasons for the internationalization phase.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing matches the timing of other grants in this second phase (internationalization) of corporate cage-free campaign spending.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several further grants from Open Philanthropy to Animal Equality, with continued endorsement of the work, suggest satisfaction by Open Philanthropy with the grant.

Other notes: Announced: 2016-10-03.
The Humane League1,000,000.00262016-07Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Donation process: No details are provided for this grant, but it likely builds on past vetting of the organization for the previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns and general interest in cage-free campaigns described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support international advocacy to end the confinement of hens in battery cages, complementing a similar grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns focused on the United States.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page does not discuss reasons, but reasons are likely similar to those for the previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns (both for the donee as an organization and for cage-free campaigns).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): No timing-related reasons are discussed, but the timing is likely a result of the Open Philanthropy Project's general push for cage-free campaigning, and promise shown by the first round of cage-free campaign grants made earlier in the year.

Donor retrospective of the donation: The general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018 in 2018 renews this grant among others.

Other notes: Part of a second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of Open Philanthropy's grantmaking strategy. Announced: 2016-10-03.
Global Animal Partnership500,000.00622016-04Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/rating system/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-supportLewis Bollard Donation process: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support#Our_process says: "A philanthropist whom we respect, who has ties to GAP, first recommended to us that we make a grant to GAP. We considered GAP as one of three one-time general support grants. Lewis Bollard, our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, investigated the grant through online research and conversations with Anne Malleau, Suzanne McMillan, GAP board members Wayne Pacelle and Leah Garces, and two other advocates. We then asked Malleau for budget proposals of different sizes to help us determine how large a grant to recommend."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the improvement and expansion of its 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating program (used by Whole Foods)." The budget includes $235,000 for business development, including going beyond Whole Foods, $137,000 for product resources, benchmarking, and improved oversight, and $128,000 for standards development and launch, and scientific advisory board.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support#Case_for_the_grant lists three ways Open Phil considers GAP to stand out among certification schemes: large scale (achieved through contracts with Tyson and Perdue Farms and Whole Foods Market), focus on continuous improvement (through a 5-step scale with standards being revised upward, rather than a binary classification), and strong leadership (Anne Malleau). Other certification schemes compared to GAP include American Humane Certified, American Welfare Approved, and Certified Humane.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support#Proposed_activities says: "After several initial conversations with GAP, we asked Anne Malleau, GAP’s Executive Director, to prepare budget proposals outlining how GAP would use an additional $300,000, $500,000, or $1 million over two years. After reviewing these proposals, we decided that the $500,000 budget made the most sense to us overall, but that it included a few line items for tasks that appeared to us unlikely to be high-impact." This led to a revised budget that Open Phil approved.

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support#Follow-up_expectations says: "We expect to have a conversation with Anne Malleau and staff every 3-6 months for the next two years, with public notes if the conversation warrants it. Toward the end of the grant, we plan to attempt a more holistic and detailed evaluation of the grant’s performance."

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several followup grants suggest continued satisfaction by Open Philanthropy in Global Animal Partnership.

Other notes: Unlike most Open Phil grants at the time, the grant would not be announced on the mailing list. Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United States.
Compassion in World Farming USA550,000.00532016-04Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-supportLewis Bollard Donation process: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Our_process says: "We previously considered making a grant to CIWF USA for work on cage-free campaigns. We decided not to make that grant because CIWF USA’s work did not neatly fit into the specific framework of cage-free campaigns, and because we were concerned about its history of also working on less cost-effective campaigns. A few months later, we re-considered CIWF USA for a one-off general support grant. Based on conversations with Ms. Garces and a number of animal advocates, we decided to move forward."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Proposed_activities says: "CIWF USA’s proposed budget calls for hiring two additional corporate engagement managers, an operational support staffer, and a public engagement manager. The need for a larger staff is primarily a result of CIWF USA’s approach to corporate outreach, which is more labor-intensive than that of other farm animal welfare groups with which we are familiar. CIWF USA is focused both on cage-free egg campaigns and broiler chicken welfare. It plans to run campaigns focusing on both producers and retailers. Campaigns with retailers will seek to persuade target companies to commit to sourcing their chicken from producers raising breeds with higher welfare traits in less cruel conditions."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Case_for_the_grant says: "We see this grant as an opportunity to expand our support for organizations working to improve the living conditions of animals on U.S. factory farms beyond our early grants on cage-free corporate campaigns. CIWF USA broadly shares our approach to farm animal welfare and is in the early stages of expanding the scope of its work to include broiler chickens, which we (and as far as we know, the vast majority of animal advocates) consider an underserved population of farm animals. We are reasonably confident in CIWF USA’s track record and ability to implement its model at scale."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "CIWF USA has an annual budget of roughly $450,000, while CIWF UK has an annual budget of £6,477,213 (about $9.4 million). [...] CIWF USA plans on using the $275,000 per year provided by this grant to hire two new corporate engagement staff, one operations staff member, and a public engagement manager. Absent our funding, we are reasonably confident that CIWF USA would not expand significantly in the near future. CIWF USA has a history of steady but slow revenue growth and few obvious alternative funding sources."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Our_process gives a hint as to timing: "A few months later, we re-considered CIWF USA for a one-off general support grant. Based on conversations with Ms. Garces and a number of animal advocates, we decided to move forward."
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Plans_for_learning_and_follow-up lists some goals, expectations, and internal forecasts but does not talk about a followup grant. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Our_process suggests that this grant is a "one-off general support grant" with no specific renewal plans.

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup conversation with Leah Garces (Executive Director) and Dawn Rotheram (Development Director) at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Leah_Garces_Dawn_Rotheram_11-08-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-11-08. Followup grants from Open Philanthropy to Compassion in World Farming USA, despite no specific plans to follow up, suggest continued satisfaction from Open Philanthropy in the grantee.

Other notes: The grant page has a number of sources https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support#Sources mostly documents from mthe grantee. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-06.
The Humane Society of the United States500,000.00622016-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-society-united-states-corporate-cage-free-campaignsLewis Bollard Part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more. Followup conversation with Paul Shapiro of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Paul_Shapiro_07-20-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-20. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-10.
The Humane League1,000,000.00262016-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaignsLewis Bollard Donation process: The donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more background. The specific process for The Humane League is not discussed in detail; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Our_process

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support corporate cage-free campaigns. The grant page says: "THL plans to use this grant to roughly triple the size of its corporate campaign team by hiring eight new staff, including: three campaign coordinators, a corporate outreach specialist, a lawyer, an in-house designer, a website developer, and a media specialist. THL plans to use this extra capacity to launch more and larger campaigns, especially targeting the grocery sector (which has so far largely resisted pressure to go cage-free). THL has shared its plans with us for reaching out to the nation’s 400 largest food buyers (ranging from fast food restaurants to regional grocery chains) and launching campaigns against them if necessary."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The donor's positive assessment of the donee as a corporate campaigner is described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#The_organization The donor's positive assessment of cage-free campaigns is described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#The_cause and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms The donor believes the donee's effectiveness will increase with scale; this is part of the reason for the grant, explained more at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Case_for_the_grant

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): From https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Budget_and_room_for_more_funding (Section 2.2): "THL shared two potential two-year budgets for its corporate campaign expansion with us: for an additional $250,000/year, or $500,000/year. We have decided to fund THL’s full corporate campaign expansion budget of $500,000/year for the next two years."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is part of a push by the Open Philanthropy Project to fund corporate cage-free campaigning, explained in more detail at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms The timing is therefore controlled by the timing of that push.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: Next donation is not directly discussed, but follow-up plans are described in Section 2.4 "Follow-up expectations": a followup with THL staff every 3-6 months, an update at the one-year mark, and a holistic evaluation at the end of the grant period.

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup conversation at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/The_Humane_League_08-22-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-08-22. There are many followup grants for international expansion and general support, suggesting that the grant is considered a success. A renewal and expansion grant is made in August 2018: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of Open Philanthropy's grantmaking strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-02-24.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.00262016-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaignsLewis Bollard Donation process: This donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more. The grant page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Our_process says: "As MFA is one of the main organizations running corporate animal welfare campaigns, we contacted MFA to discuss the possibility of funding the organization for corporate cage-free campaigns."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Proposed_activities says: "MFA will use this grant to build a corporate cage-free egg campaigning team. Now that advocates have gotten almost all major fast food and food service chains to go cage-free, MFA’s goal is to get the rest of the grocery industry to go cage-free as well."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Case_for_the_grant says: "We believe corporate cage-free egg campaigns are a particularly cost-effective approach for reducing farm animal suffering [...] [MFA] seems well-positioned to campaign for corporate cage-free reforms, particularly given its past experience with campaigns in the grocery sector. [...] more than two million Facebook followers, 200,000+ member email list, celebrity contacts, network news connections, top investigations unit, and grassroots network [...] We believe the most likely outcome [...] slightly worse than the estimate of 120 hens spared per dollar that we gave previously. [...] Even if returns are sublinear, we believe cage-free egg campaigns would still be relatively cost-effective; if, for example, our $1 million grant to MFA only generates one major grocer victory over two years [...] 25 hens spared per dollar."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Follow-up_expectations says: "We expect to have a conversation with MFA staff every 3-6 months for the next two years, with public notes if the conversation warrants it. At the one-year mark, we expect to provide an update on this grant, either by publishing public notes or by producing a brief write-up. Towards the end of the grant, we plan to attempt a more holistic and detailed evaluation of the grant’s performance."

Donor retrospective of the donation: A followup conversation with Nick Cooney of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Nick_Cooney_08-01-16_%28public%29.pdf would happen on 2016-08-01. Several followup grants from Open Phil to MFA suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-10.

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