This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.
|Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)||GiveWell Good Ventures|
|Best overview URL||https://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project|
|Page on philosophy informing donations||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values|
|Grant application process page||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers|
|Regularity with which donor updates donations data||continuous updates|
|Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||continuous updates|
|Lag with which donor updates donations data||months|
|Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||days|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (no scripts used)|
Brief history: The Open Philanthropy Project (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 in June 2017
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
|Cause area||Count||Median||Mean||Minimum||10th percentile||20th percentile||30th percentile||40th percentile||50th percentile||60th percentile||70th percentile||80th percentile||90th percentile||Maximum|
|Criminal justice reform||2||55,000||277,500||55,000||55,000||55,000||55,000||55,000||55,000||500,000||500,000||500,000||500,000||500,000|
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||2018||2017||2015||2014|
|Drug policy (filter this donor)||4||4||1,874,630.00||0.00||1,371,630.00||250,000.00||253,000.00|
|Criminal justice reform (filter this donor)||2||2||555,000.00||500,000.00||55,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
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||2018||2017||2015||2014|
|Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reform||1||1||1,371,630.00||0.00||1,371,630.00||0.00||0.00|
|Drug policy/United States||3||3||503,000.00||0.00||0.00||250,000.00||253,000.00|
|Criminal justice reform/decriminalization/drug policy||1||1||500,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Criminal justice reform/child welfare, drug policy, criminalization||1||1||55,000.00||0.00||55,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Drug Policy Alliance (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||1,371,630.00||0.00||1,371,630.00||0.00||0.00|
|Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign (filter this donor)||500,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Georgetown University (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||250,000.00||0.00||0.00||250,000.00||0.00|
|Pepperdine University (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||150,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||150,000.00|
|RAND Corporation (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||103,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||103,000.00|
|Mission: Launch, Inc. (filter this donor)||55,000.00||0.00||55,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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||2018||2017|
Graph of spending by influencer and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by influencer and year (cumulative)
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If you hover over a cell for a given country 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.
|Country||Number of donations||Number of donees||Total||2018||2017||2015||2014|
Graph of spending by country and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by country and year (cumulative)
|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy||2015-03-10||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Broad donor strategy||Cause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Animal welfare,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Migration policy,Drug policy||Originally 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.|
|Potential U.S. Policy Focus Areas||2014-05-29||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Broad donor strategy||Cause prioritization|Criminal justice reform|Drug policy|Migration policy|Macroeconomic stabilization policy|Global health and development|Climate change|Tax policy||The blog post reviews the current understanding of the Open Philanthropy Project of various cause areas that they are considering for their grantmaking. They break up the cause areas discussed as: Windows of opportunity: outstanding tractability (i.e., "the time is right"), Ambitious longshots: outstanding importance, and Green fields: outstanding "room for more philanthropy". Other causes of interest (that do not neatly fit into one of these boxes) are also discussed.|
Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 6)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign||500,000.00||2||Criminal justice reform/decriminalization/drug policy||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ohio-safe-and-healthy-communities-campaign-ohio-neighborhood-safety-drug-treatment-and-rehabilitation-amendment-may-2018||Chloe Cockburn||Grant to support the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment. The amendment, which advocates plan to place on the ballot in November 2018, aims to reduce imprisonment for low-level, nonviolent drug and probation violation offenses; encourage participation in rehabilitation for people in prison; and reallocate prison spending to drug treatment, community alternatives to incarceration, and victim services. Grant made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Ohio; announced: 2018-06-28.|
|Drug Policy Alliance||1,371,630.00||1||Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reform||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/drug-policy-alliance-drug-decriminalization||--||Grant supports the work of asha bandele and Kassandra Frederique, who plan to lead culture change and pilot project strategies to advance a public health approach to the use and sale of all drugs. Although the grantee is working on drug policy, the current criminalization of various drugs also makes the grant fall under criminal justice reform. Open Phil hopes to move the United States toward a Portugal-style public health approach to drugs, and sees the grant as a step in that direction. Of the original grant amount of $1.4 million, $28,370 of unspent funds were returned by DPA in December 2018, and the grant amount was updated to reflect this. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-22.|
|Mission: Launch, Inc.||55,000.00||6||Criminal justice reform/child welfare, drug policy, criminalization||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mission-launch-inc-lisa-sangoi-child-welfare||Chloe Cockburn||Grant to be used to increase awareness of the negative impacts of the criminal justice system and increase interest in criminal justice reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.|
|Georgetown University||250,000.00||3||Drug policy/United States||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/georgetown-university-public-health-and-cannabis-legalization||--||Grant funds proposal developed by Graham Boyd with O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-09-04.|
|RAND Corporation||103,000.00||5||Drug policy/United States||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/rand-corporation-research-vermont||--||Grant to enable researchers affiliated with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center to conduct a study about the consequences of legalizing marijuana in Vermont, on behalf of the State of Vermont. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Vermont.|
|Pepperdine University||150,000.00||4||Drug policy/United States||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/december-2015-updates-angela-hawken||--||Grant in support of Washington THC monitoring by Angela Hawken. Grant made for time-sensitive experiment where Hawken expected NSF funding based on a grant application (but the funding would come too late). Only 120000 of the 150000 was spent and enough data was collected for a conclusion. Affected countries: United States.|
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