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|
If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.
Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.
|Cause area||Number of donations||Number of donees||Total||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014|
|Migration policy (filter this donor)||15||9||8,929,091.00||1,709,888.00||400,000.00||1,800,000.00||1,324,000.00||915,000.00||2,780,203.00|
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||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014|
|Migration policy/international labor mobility||3||1||3,694,608.00||709,888.00||0.00||1,800,000.00||0.00||0.00||1,184,720.00|
|Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migration||3||2||1,910,483.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||600,000.00||0.00||1,310,483.00|
|Migration policy/refugee migration||2||1||1,700,000.00||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||700,000.00||0.00||0.00|
|Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotion||2||1||435,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||150,000.00||285,000.00|
|Migration policy/labor mobility/RCT||1||1||30,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||30,000.00||0.00|
|Migration policy/humanitarian migration/free migration||1||1||24,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||24,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Center for Global Development (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||3,694,608.00||709,888.00||0.00||1,800,000.00||0.00||0.00||1,184,720.00|
|International Refugee Assistance Project (filter this donor)||Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help||FB Tw Site||1,700,000.00||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||700,000.00||0.00||0.00|
|U.S. Association for International Migration (filter this donor)||1,310,483.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,310,483.00|
|Niskanen Center (filter this donor)||WP||760,000.00||0.00||400,000.00||0.00||0.00||360,000.00||0.00|
|Protect the People (filter this donor)||600,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||600,000.00||0.00||0.00|
|ImmigrationWorks Foundation (filter this donor)||435,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||150,000.00||285,000.00|
|MoveOn.org Civic Action (filter this donor)||375,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||375,000.00||0.00|
|New York University (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||30,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||30,000.00||0.00|
|Free Migration Project (filter this donor)||24,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||24,000.00||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||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
Graph of spending by influencer and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by influencer and year (cumulative)
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|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Staff - 2019||2019-12-18||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy||Chloe 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 list||Criminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism|AI safety||Continuing 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.|
|Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 2018||2018-12-20||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy||Chloe 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 list||Criminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism||Open 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.|
|Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 2016||2016-12-14||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy||Jaime 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 list||Animal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Migration policy||Open Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas.|
|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.|
|Migration policy/international labor mobility||2013-05-01||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Review of current state of cause area||Migration policy/international labor mobility||Initial findings from a shallow investigation into the current state of labor mobility, with more focus on the United States.|
Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 15)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|Center for Global Development||709,888.00||5||Migration policy/international labor mobility||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-partnerships||Alexander Berger||Grant over 1.5 years to the Center for Global Development to support a working group on and incubation of a new organization aimed at enhancing international labor mobility. The new organization, called LaMP (Labor Mobility Partnerships), hopes to assist countries negotiating new legal channels for migration on terms of mutual benefit and to generate research and evidence on effective labor mobility regimes, in the ultimate service of reducing global poverty and inequality. Rebekah Smith and Lant Pritchett, who will be working together on the incubation and launch, proposed the idea for this type of organization in a 2016 CGD working paper https://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/goldilocks-solution-just-right-promotion-labor-mobility.pdf. Announced: 2019-04-19.|
|International Refugee Assistance Project||1,000,000.00||4||Migration policy/refugee migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support-2018||Alexander Berger||Grant renews May 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support Grantee plans to expand its work to Europe, focusing on family reunification, asylum, and humanitarian visas. In the grant writeup, the donor notes: "our immigration policy work has not focused much on refugee resettlement, which we had assumed would be more crowded than other aspects of immigration policy with funders aimed at supporting increased opportunities for people to move to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons. While we continue to believe that is directionally correct, our increased interest in supporting advocacy around refugee resettlement is partially based on learning more about the fairly limited foundation funding for advocacy around refugee resettlement.". Announced: 2019-03-30.|
|Niskanen Center||400,000.00||8||Migration policy/politics||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration-2018||Alexander Berger||Grant over two years to continue to support work on immigration policy. Grant is a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration and is in recognition of the Niskanen Center growing its immigration program to $1 million/year, while also keeping in mind the expectation of no significant positive movement on immigration at the federal level. Announced: 2018-01-30.|
|Center for Global Development (Earmark: Michael Clemens)||1,800,000.00||1||Migration policy/international labor mobility||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-program||Alexander Berger||Grant supports work at CGD of Michael Clemens and his team. Continues a 2014 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-research for the same purpose. Announced: 2017-06-27.|
|Protect the People||50,000.00||13||Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-exit-grant||Alexander Berger||Exit grant to close out support for helping workers from Haiti access season work in the US. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/may-2017-update-protect-people-grant for a grant update. Announced: 2017-10-20.|
|Free Migration Project||24,000.00||15||Migration policy/humanitarian migration/free migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/free-migration-project-planning-grant||--||Grantee organization in planning phase at time of grant; represented by David Bennion, immigration lawyer and activist. Announced: 2017-01-10.|
|International Refugee Assistance Project||700,000.00||6||Migration policy/refugee migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support||--||Grant references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy for background. Followup conversation with Becca Heller of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Becca_Heller_05-09-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-05-09 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Becca_Heller_07-06-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-06. Announced: 2016-06-16.|
|Protect the People||550,000.00||7||Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-seasonal-migration-haiti||--||A second grant in the area; after a 2014 grant described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/usaim-seasonal-migration-haiti to other organizations. New grant builds on positive and negative lessons from earlier grant. Followup conversation with Sarah Williamson of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Sarah_Williamson_09-09-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-09-09. Announced: 2016-02-29.|
|ImmigrationWorks Foundation||150,000.00||12||Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotion||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/immigrationworks-general-support-2016||--||Second grant; previous grant made in July 2014. New grant provided based on satisfaction with first grant and review of grantee situation. Followup conversation with Tamar Jacoby of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Tamar_Jacoby_03-31-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-03-31. Announced: 2015-12-14.|
|Niskanen Center||360,000.00||10||Migration policy/politics||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration||--||Grantee is a libertarian think tank looking to hire legal counsel. Followup conversation with grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/David_Bier_12-14-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-14 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Niskanen_Center_07-22-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-22. Announced: 2015-10-29.|
|MoveOn.org Civic Action||375,000.00||9||Migration policy||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/moveon-civic-action-syrian-refugee-advocacy||Alexander Berger||Grant to support work on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States. Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally; grantee is a 501(c)(4) organization. Announced: 2018-06-09.|
|New York University||30,000.00||14||Migration policy/labor mobility/RCT||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/new-york-university-support-labor-mobility-rct||--||Grantee represented by Suresh Naidu and Yaw Nyarko; grant references cause page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/labor-mobility. Announced: 2015-09-23.|
|U.S. Association for International Migration||1,310,483.00||2||Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migration||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/usaim-seasonal-migration-haiti||--||Grant first published in August 2014; updated with progress report. Grantee was USAIM but project was carried out by it along with International Organization for Migration (IOM). Grant was not repeated next year, but a new grant was made to Protect the People for a similar purpose. On November 1, 2018, the grant amount on the website was reduced from the original of $1,490,505 to an updated value $1,310,483, but no explanation was added.|
|ImmigrationWorks Foundation||285,000.00||11||Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotion||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/immigrationworks-foundation-general-support||--||First major grant to an advocacy group related to promoting more low-skilled migration from the perspective of interests of potential employers of low-skilled workers.|
|Center for Global Development (Earmark: Michael Clemens)||1,184,720.00||3||Migration policy/international labor mobility||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-research||--||Grant supports the CGD research agenda on labor mobility, including 75% of the time of Michael Clemens. Followup conversation with Michael Clemens and Cynthis Rathinasamy of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Michael_Clemens_and_Cynthia_Rathinasamy_12-15-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-15 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Michael_Clemens_Cynthia_Rathinasamy_06-21-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-06-21.|
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