Open Philanthropy Project donations made

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 (see his commits) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; please do not share this data without consulting with Vipul Naik. We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

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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: 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 grantmaing process. 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 garntee. 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. Unless otherwise stated, a grant can be assumed to be financed by the Open Philanthropy Project Fund. Most 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 with donor GiveWell Incubation Grants), and grants made by Good Ventures to GiveWell top and standout charities are also not included (these are listed with donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities).

Miscellaneous notes: 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 Philanhtropy Project are not included; some of them may be listed at https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding

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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
AI risk (filter this donor) 17 15 50,971,033.00 43,221,048.00 6,563,985.00 1,186,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 56 35 31,158,917.00 16,722,647.00 14,436,270.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scientific research (filter this donor) 10 9 28,154,894.00 26,263,937.00 1,890,957.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness (filter this donor) 15 11 27,427,171.00 21,804,104.00 5,323,067.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 79 64 27,008,943.00 4,878,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00 0.00
Global catastrophic risks (filter this donor) 11 9 12,787,960.00 9,118,301.00 3,169,659.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Migration policy (filter this donor) 11 8 6,624,225.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 4 4 4,667,947.00 3,625,000.00 1,032,947.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Macroeconomic stabilization policy (filter this donor) 9 6 4,489,000.00 0.00 1,875,000.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00 0.00 0.00
Global poverty (filter this donor) 2 1 3,300,000.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00
Neurobiology (filter this donor) 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 3 3 2,224,929.00 0.00 724,929.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Drug policy (filter this donor) 4 4 1,903,000.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 253,000.00 0.00 0.00
Forecasting (filter this donor) 2 1 1,800,000.00 1,300,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Land use reform (filter this donor) 9 8 1,799,865.00 640,000.00 387,000.00 772,865.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 3 1 1,679,000.00 340,000.00 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Public services improvement and transparency (filter this donor) 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Biomedical research (filter this donor) 2 2 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
Organ donation (filter this donor) 2 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
International relations (filter this donor) 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
History of philanthropy (filter this donor) 3 3 77,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 25,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Total 246 182 210,393,884.00 131,113,090.00 62,081,714.00 7,280,855.00 8,023,225.00 795,000.00 1,100,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
OpenAI (filter this donor) AI risk FB Tw WP Site 30,000,000.00 30,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (filter this donor) Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness FB Tw WP Site 18,744,000.00 16,000,000.00 2,744,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Target Malaria (filter this donor) 17,500,000.00 17,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of California Berkeley (filter this donor) 6,450,016.00 6,450,016.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Global Development (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,334,720.00 1,800,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 1,184,720.00 350,000.00 0.00
Center for Human-Compatible AI (filter this donor) AI risk Site 5,555,550.00 0.00 5,555,550.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site 5,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Alliance for Safety and Justice (filter this donor) 4,750,000.00 0.00 4,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
JustLeadershipUSA (filter this donor) 4,300,000.00 0.00 3,400,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI risk FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 4,250,000.00 3,750,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mercy For Animals (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site 3,500,000.00 500,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security (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 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ClimateWorks Foundation (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Pew Public Safety Performance Project (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Rutgers University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,982,206.00 2,982,206.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group (filter this donor) 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Humane Slaughter Association (filter this donor) 2,947,914.00 2,947,914.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (filter this donor) 2,500,000.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 2,500,000.00 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harvard University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,500,000.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (filter this donor) 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (filter this donor) 2,350,000.00 2,350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
UCLA School of Law (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 2,312,317.00 2,312,317.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Popular Democracy (filter this donor) WP 2,279,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,179,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Future of Humanity Institute (filter this donor) Global catastrophic risks/AI risk/Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness FB Tw WP Site 2,109,652.00 1,994,000.00 115,652.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense (filter this donor) Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness FB Tw WP Site 2,100,000.00 500,000.00 1,300,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Impact Justice (filter this donor) 2,050,000.00 0.00 2,050,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Pennsylvania (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,800,000.00 1,300,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Compassion in World Farming (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,765,112.00 1,765,112.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 1,679,000.00 340,000.00 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fair and Just Prosecution (filter this donor) 1,500,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Humane Society of the United States (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
U.S. Association for International Migration (filter this donor) 1,490,505.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,490,505.00 0.00 0.00
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries (filter this donor) WP 1,429,046.00 1,429,046.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Drug Policy Alliance (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,400,000.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Future of Life Institute (filter this donor) AI risk/other global catastrophic risks FB Tw WP Site 1,386,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 1,186,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Stanford University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,362,600.00 1,362,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,228,845.00 0.00 1,228,845.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
CDC Foundation (filter this donor) Tw Site 1,214,437.00 1,214,437.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
80000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 1,125,000.00 1,125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
World Animal Protection (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,062,195.00 517,588.00 544,607.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Founders Pledge (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 1,032,947.00 0.00 1,032,947.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Population Services International (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global Animal Partnership (filter this donor) WP 985,000.00 485,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 828,071.00 828,071.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (filter this donor) 809,600.00 404,800.00 404,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 792,000.00 292,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (filter this donor) 783,000.00 0.00 783,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 760,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 335,000.00 0.00 0.00
Sightline Institute (filter this donor) 750,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Project Peanut Butter (filter this donor) 724,929.00 0.00 724,929.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Refugee Assistance Project (filter this donor) Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help FB Tw Site 700,000.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
WildAid (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 700,000.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for International Security and Cooperation (filter this donor) WP 643,415.00 0.00 643,415.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Faith in Texas (filter this donor) 637,000.00 0.00 637,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Protect the People (filter this donor) 600,000.00 0.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Essie Justice Group (filter this donor) 600,000.00 0.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Compassion in World Farming USA (filter this donor) 580,000.00 30,000.00 550,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Eurogroup for Animals (filter this donor) WP 550,660.00 14,961.00 535,699.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation (filter this donor) 520,000.00 0.00 520,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Economic Policy Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dream Corps (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for American Progress (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Greenfield Project (filter this donor) 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Alliance for Open Society International (filter this donor) WP 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
LatinoJustice (filter this donor) 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Development Association (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Charity evaluation FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Compassion Over Killing (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Cape Town (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 493,425.00 0.00 493,425.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nuclear Threat Initiative (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 476,859.00 476,859.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ordinary People Society (filter this donor) 475,000.00 0.00 475,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Genspace (filter this donor) WP 469,025.00 469,025.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (filter this donor) 452,545.00 452,545.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Future of Research (filter this donor) 450,000.00 150,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ImmigrationWorks Foundation (filter this donor) 435,000.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 285,000.00 0.00 0.00
Blackbird (filter this donor) WP 425,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ayni Institute (filter this donor) Criminal justice reform FB Tw Site 405,000.00 0.00 405,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (filter this donor) AI risk/other global catastrophic risks Site 403,890.00 403,890.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Conservative Union Foundation (filter this donor) 400,000.00 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dyrevernalliansen (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 378,000.00 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Niskanen Center (filter this donor) WP 360,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vera Institute of Justice (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 358,000.00 50,000.00 308,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Accountable Justice Project (filter this donor) 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (filter this donor) 332,944.00 332,944.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Cochrane Collaboration (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00
California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yale University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 299,320.00 299,320.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rescuing Biomedical Research (filter this donor) 299,112.00 0.00 299,112.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
George Mason University (filter this donor) FB WP Site 277,435.00 0.00 277,435.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Smart Growth America (filter this donor) WP 275,000.00 0.00 0.00 275,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for a New American Security (filter this donor) 260,000.00 260,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Jeanne Marchig Centre (filter this donor) 255,816.00 255,816.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mijente (filter this donor) 255,000.00 0.00 255,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
North Carolina State University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 252,725.00 252,725.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Peterson Institute for International Economics (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (filter this donor) 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Waitlist Zero (filter this donor) WP 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Youth First Initiative (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Greater Greater Washington (filter this donor) 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 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 0.00 0.00
Washington Office on Latin America (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 245,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 245,000.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Standards Project (filter this donor) 238,212.00 0.00 238,212.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Pollination Project (filter this donor) 233,000.00 0.00 233,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Green Monday (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 226,000.00 0.00 226,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Soze Agency (filter this donor) 216,500.00 0.00 216,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
People for Animals (filter this donor) WP 209,392.00 120,000.00 89,392.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
BetaGov (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00
Roosevelt Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Strategies (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
LEAD National Support Bureau (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Civil Rights Corps (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Electronic Frontier Foundation (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 199,000.00 0.00 199,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (filter this donor) 178,000.00 130,000.00 48,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Network for Safe Communities (filter this donor) WP 161,040.00 161,040.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Court Innovation (filter this donor) WP 160,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
BioBricks Foundation (filter this donor) 152,950.00 152,950.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Pepperdine University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon (filter this donor) 145,000.00 145,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ReFrame Mentorship (filter this donor) 137,000.00 100,000.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (filter this donor) 136,600.00 0.00 136,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dignity and Power Now (filter this donor) 132,000.00 132,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Workers Center for Racial Justice (filter this donor) 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Griffith University (filter this donor) WP Site 120,000.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Prison Policy Initiative (filter this donor) WP 116,000.00 66,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Solutions (filter this donor) 112,613.00 112,613.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 110,000.00 0.00 0.00 110,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Working Families Party (filter this donor) 109,600.00 109,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
RAND Corporation (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 103,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 103,000.00 0.00 0.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Farm Forward (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Corrections Accountability Project (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gamechanger Labs (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
US Cochrane Center (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00
National Alliance of Faith and Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
We Got Us Now (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Common Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brookings Institution (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brighter Green (filter this donor) 99,360.00 0.00 99,360.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Urban Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 97,865.00 0.00 0.00 97,865.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Wageningen UR (filter this donor) 88,345.00 88,345.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Promise of Justice Initiative (filter this donor) 81,000.00 0.00 81,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (filter this donor) 76,234.00 0.00 76,234.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Forward Justice (filter this donor) 75,000.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (filter this donor) 70,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Innovative Genomics Institute (filter this donor) 63,000.00 0.00 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Fair Defense Project (filter this donor) 63,000.00 0.00 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Human Impact Partners (filter this donor) 60,990.00 0.00 0.00 60,990.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Action Lab (filter this donor) 58,550.00 58,550.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mission: Launch, Inc. (filter this donor) 55,000.00 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas After Violence Project (filter this donor) 52,000.00 52,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Institute of the Black World (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Seattle for Everyone (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
World Animal Net (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
College and Community Fellowship (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Virginia Majority Education Fund (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Correctional Association of New York (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mothers Against Police Brutality (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Duke University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 49,500.00 49,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (filter this donor) 45,000.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Voice of the Ex-Offender (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Society for Applied Ethology (filter this donor) WP 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York Working Families (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
East Bay Forward (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Better Boulder (filter this donor) 37,000.00 0.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
AI Impacts (filter this donor) 32,000.00 0.00 32,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Color of Change (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science (filter this donor) 25,300.00 25,300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Court Watch NOLA (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Distill (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rockefeller Archive Center (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00
Free Migration Project (filter this donor) 24,000.00 0.00 24,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ahimsa Collective (filter this donor) 15,000.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiate Justice (filter this donor) 5,000.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ARNOVA (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 210,393,884.00 131,113,090.00 62,081,714.00 7,280,855.00 8,023,225.00 795,000.00 1,100,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015
Lewis Bollard 56 35 31,158,917.00 16,722,647.00 14,436,270.00 0.00
Chloe Cockburn 74 59 23,383,943.00 4,878,053.00 17,544,900.00 960,990.00
Jaime Yassif 7 5 20,071,245.00 17,327,245.00 2,744,000.00 0.00
Nick Beckstead 7 7 8,264,320.00 8,264,320.00 0.00 0.00
Heather Youngs 1 1 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Claire Zabel 2 2 4,350,000.00 4,350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Daniel Dewey 5 4 3,241,506.00 3,241,506.00 0.00 0.00
Alexander Berger 5 5 2,490,000.00 2,440,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Helen Toner 2 2 1,796,222.00 1,796,222.00 0.00 0.00
Luke Muehlhauser 1 1 1,300,000.00 1,300,000.00 0.00 0.00
Chris Somerville 1 1 49,500.00 49,500.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 161 121 101,105,653.00 65,369,493.00 34,775,170.00 960,990.00
Unclassified total 85 71 109,288,231.00 65,743,597.00 27,306,544.00 6,319,865.00
Total 246 182 210,393,884.00 131,113,090.00 62,081,714.00 7,280,855.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015
Holden Karnofsky 3 3 33,274,000.00 30,000,000.00 3,274,000.00 0.00
Dario Amodei 2 2 32,970,000.00 30,000,000.00 2,970,000.00 0.00
Paul Christiano 3 3 30,804,000.00 30,000,000.00 804,000.00 0.00
Kevin Esvelt 2 2 18,020,000.00 17,500,000.00 520,000.00 0.00
Jaime Yassif 1 1 16,000,000.00 16,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Nick Beckstead 7 7 8,356,435.00 3,119,000.00 4,051,435.00 1,186,000.00
Daniel Dewey 4 4 5,171,435.00 4,394,000.00 777,435.00 0.00
Unknown, generic, or multiple 4 4 3,846,000.00 1,125,000.00 1,535,000.00 1,186,000.00
Lewis Bollard 4 3 3,464,000.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Carl Shulman 2 2 3,029,000.00 1,994,000.00 1,035,000.00 0.00
Luke Muehlhauser 4 3 3,025,000.00 0.00 1,839,000.00 1,186,000.00
Adam Marblestone 1 1 2,970,000.00 0.00 2,970,000.00 0.00
Claire Zabel 1 1 2,500,000.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 0.00
Chris Olah 1 1 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00 0.00 0.00
Helen Toner 3 3 1,990,000.00 0.00 804,000.00 1,186,000.00
Chloe Cockburn 6 5 1,828,000.00 395,000.00 1,433,000.00 0.00
Ben Hoffman 1 1 1,186,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,186,000.00
Jacob Steinhardt 2 2 804,000.00 0.00 804,000.00 0.00
Alexander Berger 2 2 500,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 200,000.00
Howie Lempel 1 1 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00
Classified total 26 23 84,103,435.00 71,878,000.00 10,839,435.00 1,386,000.00
Unclassified total 220 169 126,290,449.00 59,235,090.00 51,242,279.00 5,894,855.00
Total 246 182 210,393,884.00 131,113,090.00 62,081,714.00 7,280,855.00

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Donation amounts by country and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
United States 116 92 43,303,808.00 7,618,053.00 26,849,900.00 4,552,855.00 3,738,000.00 445,000.00 100,000.00
China 9 9 3,595,783.00 1,893,604.00 1,702,179.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
India 6 5 2,434,336.00 2,344,944.00 89,392.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
United Kingdom 2 2 1,374,631.00 1,374,631.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Japan,South Korea 1 1 1,364,000.00 1,364,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Germany 2 1 1,317,060.00 1,317,060.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
United States,Europe 1 1 1,035,000.00 0.00 1,035,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Germany,France,Sweden 1 1 1,032,947.00 0.00 1,032,947.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Myanmar 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Albania 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Norway 1 1 378,000.00 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
India,China 2 2 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brazil 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
United States,Canada 1 1 37,000.00 0.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Argentina,Brazil,Columbia,Chile,Mexico 1 1 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 146 114 57,702,565.00 16,320,292.00 30,846,418.00 4,752,855.00 4,238,000.00 445,000.00 1,100,000.00
Unclassified total 100 78 152,691,319.00 114,792,798.00 31,235,296.00 2,528,000.00 3,785,225.00 350,000.00 0.00
Total 246 182 210,393,884.00 131,113,090.00 62,081,714.00 7,280,855.00 8,023,225.00 795,000.00 1,100,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (47 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
How to end animal agriculture as soon as possible2017-09-27Robert Wiblin Lewis Bollard 80000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project 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
The impacts of inacercation on crime2017-09-25David Roodman Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe document reviews three mechanisms through which incarceration might reduce crime: deterrence, incapacitation, and aftereffects. It is also published in the form of four blog posts https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/reasonable-doubt-new-look-whether-prison-growth-cuts-crime https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/deterrence-de-minimis https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/incapacitation-how-much-does-putting-people-inside-prison-cut-crime-outside https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/aftereffects-us-evidence-says-doing-more-time-typically-leads-more-crime-after and is also available as http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/impacts_of_incarceration_v4.mobi (Kindle) and http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/impacts_of_incarceration_v4.epub (Mobi)
How Will Hen Welfare Be Impacted by the Transition to Cage-Free Housing?2017-09-15Ajeya Cotra Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
The Open Philanthropy Project AI Fellows Program2017-09-12Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAI riskThis annouces an AI Fellows Program to support students doing Ph.D. work in AI-related fields who have interest in AI safety. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10213116327718748 and https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/long-term-world-improvement/FeZ_h2HXJr0 for critical discussions
Should EAs think twice before donating to GFI?2017-08-31Kevin Watkinson Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project 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)
Relationship Disclosure Policy2017-08-30Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryThe document, announced on a mailing list at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/4-0KIw2aVmQ (2017-08-30) describes a change in relationship disclosure policy on grant pages published by the Open Philanthropy Project. Relationship disclosures would now no longer be included on grant pages. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10212973153219475 (cross-posted at https://github.com/vipulnaik/working-drafts/blob/master/open-phil/relationship-disclosure-policy.txt to GitHub) for a critique
Grants to Support Farm Animal Welfare Work in China2017-08-09Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
My current thoughts on MIRI’s highly reliable agent design work2017-07-07Daniel Dewey Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskPost discusses thoughts on the MIRI work on highly reliable agent design. Dewey is looking into the subject to inform Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking to MIRI specifically and for AI risk in general; the post reflects his own opinions that could affect Open Phil decisions. See https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/long-term-world-improvement/FeZ_h2HXJr0 for critical discussion, in particular the comments by Sarah Constantin
Hi, I’m Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy’s new report on consciousness and moral patienthood2017-06-28Luke Muehlhauser Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project 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
The Open Philanthropy Project Is Now an Independent Organization2017-06-12Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures Status changeThe Open Philanthropy Project announces that it is now a separate entity from GiveWell, and that it has incorporated as a LLC. The change was effective 2017-06-01. See https://blog.givewell.org/2017/06/12/separating-givewell-open-philanthropy-project/ for the complementary post on the GiveWell blog
2017 Report on Consciousness and Moral Patienthood2017-06-06Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
An Open Letter to SOZE and the Open Philanthropy Project: The Right of Return Fellowship and Ethics in Funding2017-04-27Taylar Nuevelle MediumOpen Philanthropy Project The Soze Agency Third-party case against donationCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe writer, a contestant for the Right of Return Fellowship, feels that the contest was rigged, and is writing to bring that to the attention of the Open Philanthropy Project, that funded the Soze Agency for this work
Soros Connected Groups Dominate Ayala’s Personal & Professional Life2017-04-19Jacob Engels Central Florida PostOpen Philanthropy Project Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Fair and Just Prosecution Third-party case against donationCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe writer notes how the Open Philanthropy Project (that he mistakenly believes to be a Soros-funded group) has been attempting to influence Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala, and argues for more openness. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10212752692588097 for a discussion
Why Are the US Corporate Cage-Free Campaigns Succeeding?2017-04-11Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
OpenAI makes humanity less safe2017-04-03Ben Hoffman LessWrongOpen Philanthropy Project OpenAI Evaluator review of doneeAI riskHoffman argues that OpenAI is good intentions gone awry, and is critical of the Open Philanthropy Project donation to OpenAI
Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding2017-04-02Issa Rice Open Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryThe document lists some funding by the Open Philanthropy Project that is publicly disclosed (either by Open Philanthropy Project or by the donee or another reliable source) but is not part of the Open Philanthropy Project grants database, and is not included in employee salaries and benefits.
Criminal Justice Reform Strategy2017-03-27Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesExplanation of the criminal justice reform strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project in the United States, under the leadership of Chloe Cockburn. Discusses broad goals, types of organizations funded, other funders in the space, and expected impact. Announced in email https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/_aKeLKRqtQY by Devin Jacob on 2017-03-27
A conversation with Lewis Bollard, February 23, 20172017-02-23Lewis Bollard Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
Daniel May: "Open Science: little room for more funding."2017-02-15Daniel May Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaScientific researchThe summary states: "I consider open science as a cause area, by reviewing Open Phil’s published work, as well as some popular articles and research, and assessing the field for scale, neglectedness, and tractability. I conclude that the best giving opportunities will likely be filled by foundations such as LJAF and Open Phil, and recommend that the Oxford Prioritisation Project focusses elsewhere." Also available as a Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/13wsMAugRacu52EPZo6-7NJh4QuYayKyIbjChwU0KsVU/edit?usp=sharing and at the Effective Altruism Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17g/daniel_may_open_science_little_room_for_more/ (10 comments)
Forget Washington. Criminal Justice Funders Have Big Plans at the Local Level2017-02-08Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation MacArthur Foundation Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe post compares the criminal justice reform strategies followed by, on the one hand, the Arnold and MacArthur Foundation (working on the inside with government agencies and power players), on the other hand, the Open Philanthropy Project (keeping the pressure for reform from the outside). It says that the two strategies are complementary, and taken together, improve the expected amount of reform
Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later (2016 Update)2016-12-28Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Reasoning supplementGlobal health and global povertyExplanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities
Catastrophic Global Risks: A Silicon Valley Funder Thinks the Unthinkable2016-11-30Sue Lynn-Moses Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Center for International Security and Cooperation Third-party coverage of donor strategyBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessA discussion of the overall work done by the Open Philanthropy Project on global catastrophic risks, with a particular focus on biosecurity. Comparisons are made with the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and the historical work of the Rockefeller Foundation in disease surveillance (that it recently pulled out of) is referenced
Our updated top charities for giving season 20162016-11-28Natalie Stone-Crispin GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global povertyGiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added three new top charities
Vast Suffering, Clear Solutions: The Logic Behind a Global Push to Help Farm Animals2016-11-17Tate Williams Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project 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 Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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 Project 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 Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
Machine Intelligence Research Institute — General Support2016-09-06Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskOpen Phil writes about the grant at considerable length, more than it usually does. This is because it says that it has found the investigation difficult and believes that others may benefit from its process. The writeup also links to reviews of MIRI research by AI researchers, commissioned by Open Phil: http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/MIRI/consolidated_public_reviews.pdf (the reviews are anonymized). The date is based on the announcement date of the grant, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/XkSl27jBDZ8 for the email
Anonymized Reviews of Three Recent Papers from MIRI’s Agent Foundations Research Agenda (PDF)2016-09-06Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskReviews of the technical work done by MIRI, solicited and compiled by the Open Philanthropy Project as part of its decision process behind a grant for general support to MIRI documented at http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support (grant made 2016-08, announced 2016-09-06)
Why the Open Philanthropy Project Should Prioritize Wild Animal Suffering2016-08-26Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Unsolicited third-party suggestions for donorAnimal welfare/wild animalsMichael Dickens offers reasons that the Open Philanthropy Project should prioritize Wild Animal Suffering. He writes: "What we need is a large, committed source of funding to jump-start the cause. If the Open Philanthropy Project began funding work on wild animal suffering, it could stimulate new research efforts or small-scale interventions by offering grants. Specifically, Open Phil should probably create a new focus area for wild animal suffering and possibly hire dedicated staff. This problem has such large scale, and so many possible interventions, that it absolutely deserves to be a dedicated focus area. Open Phil might consider lumping WAS under its farm animal welfare program, but this would excessively constrain its budget and limit the amount of staff time that it could receive. Wild animal suffering is a massive problem, and easily deserves as much attention as most of Open Phil’s other focus areas."
Housing and Incarceration Memorandum2016-08-22Chelsea Tabart Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementCriminal justice reform/United StatesAn internal memorandum on the intersection between housing and incarceration written by Chelsea Tabart for Chloe Cockburn (the criminal justice program officer). The memorandum would be publicly announced and linked to from https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/jQyJCLBgenc (2017-10-25)
Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence: The Philanthropic Opportunity2016-05-06Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaAI riskIn this blog post that that the author says took him over over 70 hours to write (See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/update-how-were-thinking-about-openness-and-information-sharing for the statistic), Holden Karnofsky explains the position of the Open Philanthropy Project on the potential risks and opportunities from AI, and why they are making funding in the area a priority
Initial Grants to Support Corporate Cage-free Reforms2016-03-31Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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 Project 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
ALLEVIATING ANIMAL SUFFERING: A CONVERSATION WITH LEWIS BOLLARD2015-11-29Marc Gunther Nonprofit ChroniclesOpen Philanthropy Project 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
Our updated top charities for giving season 20152015-11-20Elie Hassenfeld Josh Rosenberg GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Development Media International Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGLobal health and global povertyNo change to charity list; significant funding recommended from Good Ventures. This would be later classified as Open Philanthropy Project spending
Incoming Program Officer: Lewis Bollard2015-09-11Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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 Project2015-09-05Sydney Martin Open Philanthropy Project Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe blog post describes the Open Philanthropy Project and its broad strategy of selecting a few areas through cause prioritization, studying them in depth, and granting a lot in those areas. She particularly focuses on criminal justice reform and the hiring of Chloe Cockburn
Incoming Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform: Chloe Cockburn2015-06-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe post notes that the Open Philanthropy Project is hiring Chloe Cockburn as the Program Officer in criminal justice reform, poaching her from the American Civil Liberties Union. Cockburn would direct tens of millions of dollars in funding in criminal justice reform over the next few years. The post was originally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/06/16/incoming-program-officer-for-criminal-justice-reform-chloe-cockburn/ and has 5 comemnts there
Our updated top charities2014-12-01Elie Hassenfeld GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Development Media International Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global povertyAgainst Malaria Foundation returned to top charities list. Amounts donated by Good Ventures would later be classified as Open Philanthropy Project spending
Macroeconomic policy2014-05-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaMacroeconomic stabilization policyInitial findings from a medium-depth investigation into the current state of macroeconomic stabilization policy
Biosecurity2014-01-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the current state of biosecurity and its funding
Our Giving Season Plans2013-12-03Cari Tuna Good VenturesOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures GiveDirectly Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and global povertyGood Ventures announced $2 million to GiveDirectly, $1.5 million to DtWI, and $750000 to SCI. Also announced up to $5 million in matching funds for GiveDirectly, despite disagreement from GiveWell
GiveWell’s top charities for giving season 20132013-12-01Holden Karnofsky GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative Evaluator consolidated recommendation listGlobal health and global povertyAgainst Malaria Foundation not in top charities list (it was in 2013) due to room for more funding issues. Good Ventures allocations not included in this post
Treatment of Animals in Industrial Agriculture2013-09-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project 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
Migration policy/international labor mobility2013-05-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaMigration policy/international labor mobilityInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the current state of labor mobility, with more focus on the United States
Open Philanthropy Project: Grants for Global SecurityInside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Center for International Security and Cooperation Third-party coverage of donor strategyBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessAn overview by Inside Philanthropy of the Open Philanthropy Project and its work on biosecurity grants

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (246 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Compassion in World Farming1,000,000.002017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-end-the-cage-age-campaignLewis Bollard Grant to support the End the Cage Age campaign in the United Kingdom 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. Open Philanthropy Project 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. Affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-14.
Sightline Institute350,000.002017-10Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2017Alexander Berger Grant supports work on housing and urban development. The grant renews a 2015-10 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development for a similar purpose, but focused on Seattle. Grantee intends to use this funding to continue promoting the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee’s (HALA) land use reform agenda in Seattle, and to promote similar reforms nationally by disseminating lessons learned from the Seattle initiative. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-11-14.
Working Families Party109,600.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-yorkChloe Cockburn Grant made personally by Cari Tuna to the New York State Committee of the Working Families Party. Grant is intended to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
Initiate Justice5,000.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/initiate-justice-prisoner-education-prop-57Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support prisoner education on Proposition 57. Funds will be used to conduct direct mail campaign to prisoners in California educating them on the proposition and its potential effect on their sentences. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-11-10.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals374,631.002017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/broiler chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-broiler-chicken-welfare-campaign-UKLewis Bollard Grant over two years to support a corporate chicken welfare campaign in the United Kingdom. Affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-08.
World Animal Net50,000.002017-10Animal 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.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute3,750,000.002017-10AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2017Nick Beckstead Grant over three years for general support. Represents a renewal and increase of the previous $500,000 grant in 2016 announced at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support -- the increase is due to a positive review by a leading researcher of the logical induction work by MIRI, and a general increase in Open Phil grants in AI risk making it less likely that a large grant to MIRI will be construed as too much of an endorsement of their approach. Donee (MIRI) also blogged this grant at https://intelligence.org/2017/11/08/major-grant-open-phil/. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-networkChloe Cockburn Discreionary grant to support National Bail Fund Network, led by Pilar Weiss. The Network is comprised of bail funds around the country—including immigration and movement-oriented funds as well as more traditional community-based funds engaging with local criminal justice systems—which pay bail for defendants who cannot otherwise afford to pay bail. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-25.
University of California Berkeley1,450,016.002017-10AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/uc-berkeley-ai-safety-levine-draganDaniel Dewey Pair of grants to support AI safety work led by Professors Sergey Levine and Anca Dragan, who would each devote half their time to the project, with additional assistance from four graduate students. They initially intend to focus their research on how objective misspecification can produce subtle or overt undesirable behavior in robotic systems. Announced: 2017-10-20.
Global Animal Partnership285,000.002017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Grant to develop fish welfare 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. Grantee 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. Announced: 2017-11-14.
New York Working Families40,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-working-families-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant made via The Advocacy Fund to support work to pass legislation to reduce prison and jail populations in New York, and not for other priorities of New York Working Families. Affected countries: United STates; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries1,000,000.002017-09Animal 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.
We Got Us Now100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/we-got-us-now-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support the launch of a digital platform devoted to the interests of children of incarcerated parents. The digital platform will include resources for children of incarcerated parents, storytelling media such as videos, audio files, and a blog, and a leadership institute to train children of incarcerated parents (ages 16-35) to organize and advocate for relevant criminal justice reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-20.
Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative2,000,000.002017-09Global catastrophic riskshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/solar-radiation-management-governance-initiative-general-support-2017Claire Zabel Grant awarded via the Environmental Defense Fund for general support. The funding is intended to help support SRMGI’s on-going governance work related to solar radiation management (SRM), and will additionally help support a new research fund for modeling the impacts of SRM across the developing world, called the Developing Country Impacts Modeling Analysis for SRM (DECIMALS). Announced: 2017-10-09.
The Humane League2,000,000.002017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2017Lewis Bollard Grant over two years to support the Open Wing Alliance to expand corporate cage-free campaigns in Europe. The Open Wing Alliance grew out of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns ($1,000,000 grant in 2016-02). Announced: 2017-10-09.
Gamechanger Labs100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/gamechanger-labs-student-organizing-initiativeChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via the Movement Voter Fund at the Tides Foundation to support awareness-raising and organizing of college students. This funding will support project planning, initial campaign staffing, travel, and potentially small sub-grants to partner organizations. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-09.
Corrections Accountability Project100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/corrections-accountability-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to project housed at the Urban Justice Center and led by Bianca Tylek. Grantee aims to eliminate the influence of commercial interests on the criminal system and end the exploitation of those it touches. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-03.
Texas After Violence Project52,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-after-violence-project-video-documentation-projectChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a research and video documentation project in collaboration with Texas Advocates for Justice, focused on inacarceration and its effects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-10-03.
University of California Berkeley5,000,000.002017-08Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-aging-related-research-conboyHeather Youngs Grant over five years to support research on the basic biology of aging-related diseases and impairments, led by Dr. Irina Conboy. Grant is a result of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/mechanisms-aging (investigation into mechanisms of aging). Announced: 2017-11-03.
Center for a New American Security260,000.002017-08Global catastrophic riskshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/center-for-a-new-american-security-richard-danzig-outreach-on-technological-riskHelen Toner Grant awarded to support outreach by Richard Danzig,1 former Secretary of the Navy, on technological risks. Specifically, this funding will allow Mr. Danzig to revise and publish an already-drafted manuscript exploring and providing guidance on issues facing the US government related to potential risks from advanced technology (e.g., biosecurity, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence risks). Announced: 2017-10-16.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative403,890.002017-07AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/berkeley-existential-risk-initiative-core-staff-and-chai-collaborationDaniel Dewey Grant to support core functions of grantee, and to help them provide contract workers for the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI) housed at the University of California, Berkeley, also an Open Phil grantee (see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/uc-berkeley-center-human-compatible-ai for info on that grant). Open Phil also sees this as a promising model for providing assistance to other BERI clients in the future. Announced: 2017-09-28.
Yale University299,320.002017-07AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/yale-university-global-politics-of-ai-dafoeNick Beckstead Grant to support research into the global politics of artificial intelligence, led by Assistant Professor of Political Science, Allan Dafoe, who will conduct part of the research at the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford, United Kingdom over the next year. Funds from the two gifts will support the hiring of two full-time research assistants, travel, conferences, and other expenses related to the research efforts, as well as salary, relocation, and health insurance expenses related to Professor Dafoe’s work in Oxford. Announced: 2017-09-28.
University of Pennsylvania1,300,000.002017-07Forecastinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/university-pennsylvania-philip-tetlock-making-conversations-smarter-fasterLuke Muehlhauser Grant to support development and pre-testing of the “Making Conversations Smarter, Faster” project. The work will be led by Professors Philip Tetlock and Barbara Mellers of University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Emeritus Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University. Announced: 2017-08-25.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations332,944.002017-07Animal 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.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.002017-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant to support the Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) led by Pat Nolan and David Safavian. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-21.
Future of Research150,000.002017-07Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/future-research-exit-grant-2017Nick Beckstead Exit grant to allow grantee to find time for alternative funding sources. Follows a $300,000 grant made in 2016 for two years. Announced: 2017-08-21.
The Ahimsa Collective15,000.002017-07Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ahimsa-collective-restorative-justice-reportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Community Works West to support the completion of a restorative justice movement building report. The report is intended to be a resource for donors and advocates interested in supporting restorative justice1 work, and will include reference data on movement building efforts to date as well as recommendations on funding strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-16.
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms2,400,000.002017-07AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/montreal-institute-learning-algorithms-ai-safety-research-- Grant to support research to improve the positive long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society. Mainly due to star power of researcher Yoshua Bengio who influences many young ML/AI researchers. Detailed writeup available. See also https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10110258359382500&id=13963931 for a Facebook share by David Krueger, a member of the grantee organization. The comments include some discussion about the grantee. Announced: 2017-07-19.
Humane Slaughter Association2,528,678.002017-06Animal welfare/fish welfare/crustacean welfare/cephalopod welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-fish-welfareLewis Bollard 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 Lab58,550.002017-06Animal 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. Announced: 2017-08-21.
Duke University49,500.002017-06Scientific research/antiviral and inhibitor workhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/duke-university-timothy-haystead-hsp70Chris Somerville Grant for work that will be led by Dr. Timothy Haystead, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Funding from this grant will allow Dr. Haystead to pay a specialized company to determine the molecular structure of the human Hsp70i protein in a complex with HS-72, and to hire a summer intern to support his antiviral and inhibitor work. Announced: 2017-08-16.
Greater Greater Washington250,000.002017-06Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/greater-greater-washington-housing-and-land-use-reformAlexander Berger Grant to support work on housing affordability and land use reform, and the grant writeup cites the existing coalition http://www.dchousingpriorities.org/ as impressive evidence of progress so far. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C.; announced: 2017-08-11.
Dignity and Power Now132,000.002017-06Criminal justice reform/Jail planhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dignity-and-power-now-la-jail-oppositionChloe Cockburn Grant for an organized campaign to permanently defeat Los Angeles plans for jails. Grantee plans to organize a convening of community coalitions, labor groups, elected officials, and other interested parties to discuss and assess the potential for a larger campaign opposing the jails. Specifically, the funding will cover meeting materials, food and location costs, staff support, and potentially a commissioned report on alternative uses for the city and state funds estimated to be needed for the jail construction projects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-08-08.
Humane Slaughter Association419,236.002017-06Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant in UK pounds of 331458 (419236 USD at time of conversion). Recipient 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. Donor is 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). Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-07-19.
Forward Justice75,000.002017-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/forward-justice-daryl-atkinson-north-carolinaChloe Cockburn Grant via Repairers of the Breach to support the advocacy and organizing activities of Daryl Atkinson in North Carolina. The funding is intended to support the hiring of two organizers in North Carolina who will attempt to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None—a grassroots advocacy organization—and outreach and public education activities in Durham and Pitt counties related to prosecutorial accountability and reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: North Carolina; announced: 2017-09-28.
Center for Applied Rationality340,000.002017-05Rationality improvementhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-european-summer-program-rationalityNick Beckstead Grant for the European Summer Program on Rationality. Announced: 2017-09-27.
Future of Life Institute100,000.002017-05Global catastrophic riskshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/future-life-institute-general-support-2017Nick Beckstead Grant awarded for increasing awareness of global catastrophic risks. Announced: 2017-09-27.
Genspace454,025.002017-05Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/genspace-diy-bio-labs-projectJaime Yassif Grant to support an evaluation of biosafety and biosecurity in the DIYbio lab community, and a biosafety & biosecurity pilot program in three DIY bio labs, led by Daniel Grushkin and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D. See also the twin grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/north-carolina-state-university-diy-bio-labs-project to North Carolina State University. Announced: 2017-09-26.
North Carolina State University252,725.002017-05Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/north-carolina-state-university-diy-bio-labs-projectJaime Yassif Grant to support an evaluation of biosafety and biosecurity in the DIYbio lab community, and a biosafety & biosecurity pilot program in three DIY bio labs, led by Daniel Grushkin and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D. See also the twin grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/genspace-diy-bio-labs-project to Genspace. Announced: 2017-09-26.
Stanford University1,337,600.002017-05AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/stanford-university-support-percy-liangDaniel Dewey Grant awarded over year years (July 2017 to July 2021) to support research by Professor Percy Liang and three graduate students on AI safety and alignment. The funds will be split approximately evenly across the four years (i.e. roughly $320,000 to $350,000 per year). Preceded by planning grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/stanford-university-support-percy-liang of $25,000. Announced: 2017-09-26.
Eurogroup for Animals14,961.002017-05Animal 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.
People for Animals120,000.002017-05Animal 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 International1,100,000.002017-05Animal 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.
Mercy For Animals500,000.002017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Indiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard 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. Grant based on strong track record of similar work in United States. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-08-03.
UCLA School of Law1,536,222.002017-05AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/ucla-artificial-intelligence-governanceHelen Toner Grant to support work on governance related to AI risk led by Edward Parson and Richard Re. Announced: 2017-07-27.
Compassion in World Farming USA30,000.002017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Latin Americahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-latin-america-broiler-chicken-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Grant to support research into opportunities for broiler chicken welfare campaigns in Latin America. Affected countries: Argentina,Brazil,Columbia,Chile,Mexico; announced: 2017-07-27.
Animal Equality292,000.002017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/Indiahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Grant to support farm animal welfare work in India. This two-year 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. Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-07-27.
National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine452,545.002017-05Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/national-academy-sciences-international-meeting-governance-dual-use-researchJaime Yassif Grant to support an international meeting on governance of dual-use research in the life sciences organized by the National Academy of Sciences. Announced: 2017-06-14.
Target Malaria17,500,000.002017-05Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testing and governancehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support-- Unrestricted support to group also funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding hopes to accelerate progress toward use of gene drive technologies for malaria control. Announced: 2017-05-17.
CDC Foundation1,214,437.002017-05Scientific research/malaria/mosquito cryopreservationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/cdc-foundation-malaria-control-research-- Supplement to grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support to Target Malaria; see writeup for latter to understand grant reasoning. Announced: 2017-05-17.
Color of Change30,000.002017-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-change-criminal-justice-meetingChloe Cockburn Grant to support activities including meeting on bail reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-16.
Common Justice100,000.002017-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/common-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Vera Institute of Justice structured as an exit grant since grantee has made progress in meeting goals and securing alternate funding. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice for the previous grant to Vera Institute of Justice that provided grantee funds to meet its goals. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-10-03.
Court Watch NOLA25,000.002017-04Criminal justice reform/Court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Grantee supports over 100 volunteers who do regular court watching and data gathering on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Court watchers gather data relating to violations of transparency, constitutional rights, ethics rules, state law, and victim rights. This data is compiled into regular reports that the organization uses for advocacy. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2017-08-11.
The Greenfield Project500,000.002017-04Animal 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.
BioBricks Foundation152,950.002017-04Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/biobricks-foundation-biosecurity-activities-sb70Jaime Yassif Grant to support biosecurity activities at the SB7.0 meeting. Announced: 2017-07-07.
East Bay Forward40,000.002017-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/east-bay-forward-yimbytown-2017-conferenceAlexander Berger Money to support a YIMBYtown 2017 conference planned for July 2017. Grant via the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA). Follows up on grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/better-boulder-yimby-2016 to Better Boulder supporting the YIMBY 2016 conference. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-07-07.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation45,000.002017-04Criminal justice reform/disability rightshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-disability-rights-fellowshipChloe Cockburn Grant for Disability Rights Program to support a fellowship for Zoe Brennan-Kohn, a disability rights attorney. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
Animal Charity Evaluators500,000.002017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/charity evalatorhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-supportLewis Bollard Grant over two years for general support (goal of finding best charities to help animals). Detailed write-up available. See also https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/on-receiving-a-grant-from-the-open-philanthropy-project/ on the blog of ACE, the donee. Announced: 2017-06-09.
New Partnership for Africa’s Development2,350,000.002017-04Scientific research/malaria/gene drivehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/new-partnership-africa-s-development-general-supportClaire Zabel Grant to the Planning and Coordinating Agency, the technical arm of the African Union, to support the evaluation, preparation, and potential deployment of gene drive technologies in some African regions. Part of a set of grants related to gene drives; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/target-malaria-general-support for a larger grant to Target Malaria in the same domain and at around the same time. Announced: 2017-05-26.
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research1,000,000.002017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicke and pighttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Grant was to match FFAR funding 1:1 in supporting research to find solutions to bone fractures in cage-free hens and painful castration in piglets. Announced: 2017-05-11.
UCLA School of Law776,095.002017-04Global catastrophic risks/climate engineering governancehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/ucla-climate-engineering-governance-- Grant to support research and meetings on climate engineering governance led by Professor Edward Parson. Parson plans to use this grant to hire one or two fellows for three years to do academic research, publish papers, and hold meetings and workshops on climate engineering governance with relevant policymakers. Announced: 2017-04-19.
Stanford University25,000.002017-03AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/stanford-university-percy-liang-planning-grantDaniel Dewey Grant awarded to Professor Percy Liang to spend significant time engaging in the Open Philanthropy Project grant application process, that would lead to a larger grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/stanford-university-support-percy-liang of $1,337,600. Announced: 2017-09-26.
Workers Center for Racial Justice125,000.002017-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/workers-center-racial-justice-prosecutorial-accountability-chicagoChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. The Workers Center for Racial Justice plans to use this grant to a) support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are ensuring the safety of Cook County communities without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration, and b) build these groups’ capacity to relate to SA Foxx in a productive way. Possible activities include town hall meetings, prayer vigils, and quarterly meetings with SA Foxx to determine whether she is meeting the groups’ standards for community accountability and reduced use of harsh criminal justice sanctions. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2017-09-07.
Centre for Effective Altruism2,500,000.002017-03Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/centre-effective-altruism-general-supportNick Beckstead Grant for general support. Donor impressed by what grantee has achieved in terms of Giving What We Can pledge amounts and recruit quality. Also believes it is value-aligned with other potential donors to donee, so less fungibility concern. Expected to renew grant for $1.25 million or $2.5 million next year. Predictions included in detailed grant page. Announced: 2017-08-17.
Distill25,000.002017-03AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/distill-prize-clarity-machine-learning-general-supportDaniel Dewey Grant covers 25000 out of a total of 125000 USD initial endowment for the Distill prize https://distill.pub/prize/ administered by the Open Philanthropy Project. Other contributors to the endowment include Chris Olah, Greg Brockman, Jeff Dean, and DeepMind. The Open Philanthropy Project grant page says: "Without our funding, we estimate that there is a 60% chance that the prize would be administered at the same level of quality, a 30% chance that it would be administered at lower quality, and a 10% chance that it would not move forward at all. We believe that our assistance in administering the prize will also be of significant help to Distill.". Announced: 2017-08-11.
College and Community Fellowship50,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/education for formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/college-and-community-fellowship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee works to increase access to education for formerly incarcerated people via direct service work in New York City (including academic support and peer mentoring programs), policy advocacy, and technical assistance. CCF’s direct service work informs its national advocacy and national technical assistance programs, both of which aim to increase awareness about issues related to mass incarceration and education and to encourage community members and decision-makers to push for criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-07-19.
Center for Global Development1,800,000.002017-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-programAlexander 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.
Vera Institute of Justice50,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/Safety and justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-criminal-justice-reform-reportChloe Cockburn Grant to support a report on the state of safety and justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science25,300.002017-03Animal 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. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Announced: 2017-06-26.
World Animal Protection517,588.002017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-broiler-chicken-welfareLewis Bollard Grant over two years to support campaigns to improve welfare of broiler chicken. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Announced: 2017-06-26.
International Society for Applied Ethology40,000.002017-03Animal 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.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon145,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/Prosecutorial reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-oregon-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support prosecutorial reform, including a report cost on district attorney (DA) policies, practices, and positions, to be completed for each elected DA. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Oregon; announced: 2017-06-09.
80000 Hours1,125,000.002017-03Effective altruism/movement building/career counselinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-supportNick Beckstead Grant for general support. Grant writeup not written by grant investigator. Grant includes plans to make a similar grant next year, with criteria for next year grant amount, as well as grantee plans. Forecasts made on 2016-12-16 (three months before the grant was offiically awarded) are also included. Announced: 2017-05-16.
Wageningen UR88,345.002017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wageningen-ur-broiler-welfare-reviewLewis Bollard Part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare started in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Announced: 2017-05-08.
National Alliance of Faith and Justice100,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-alliance-faith-and-justice-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support the National Alliance of Faith and Justice work in advancing criminal justice reform by empowering victims of crime to become advocates for safe and just communities. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Grant page published on 2017-04-27, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/_iLMF5lWwnQ for the email announcing the grant. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-26.
Drug Policy Alliance1,400,000.002017-03Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reformhttps://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. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-22.
Rutgers University2,982,206.002017-03Global catastrophic risks/nuclear warhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/rutgers-university-nuclear-conflict-climate-modeling-- Grant over three years to support a series of modeling studies on the climatological and subsequent ecological and social effects of large nuclear conflict. Research to beconducted by Alan Robock of Rutgers University and Owen Brian Toon of the University of Colorado Boulder. Announced: 2017-04-19.
Jeanne Marchig Centre255,816.002017-03Animal 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 International1,364,000.002017-03Animal 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.
OpenAI30,000,000.002017-03AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/openai-general-support-- Grant for general support; 10 million dollars each over three years. Grant write-up explains reasons for this grant being larger than other grants in the cause area. External discussions include https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/848009582492360704 (critical tweet with replies), https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10211478311489366 (Facebook post by Vipul Naik, with some comments), https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1350683924987961/ (Facebook post by Alasdair Pearce in Effective Altruists Facebook group, with some comments), and https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14008569 (Hacker News post, with some comments). Announced: 2017-03-31.
Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security3,500,000.002017-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-- Grant over three years. Grantee housed at Georgetown University Medical Center. Grantee conducts research to help build sustainable capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies worldwide. It is comprised of a team of four experts and academic researchers in biosecurity and pandemic preparedness along with several support staff. Announced: 2017-03-24.
ClimateWorks Foundation3,000,000.002017-03Global catastrophic risks/climate/HFChttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/climateworks-montreal-protocol-energy-cooling-office-- Grant agreed upon in 2016-09, but not awarded; the grant date of 2017-03 is provisional. Grant intended to contribute to the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, which was created recently to assist with a phase-down of the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in developing nations, in connection with the passing of an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Announced: 2017-03-08.
Future of Humanity Institute1,994,000.002017-03AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/future-humanity-institute-general-support-- Grant for general support. A related grant specifically for biosecurity work was granted in 2016-09, made earlier for logistical reasons. Announced: 2017-03-06.
Global Animal Partnership200,000.002017-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Discretionary grant for gneral support. 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. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-09-07.
LatinoJustice500,000.002017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/latino-justice-work-end-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support work to end mass incarceration by increasing the visibility and changing the public will of Latinx in favor of criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-09-07.
Genspace15,000.002017-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/genspace-diybio-and-fbi-meetingJaime Yassif Grant to support a meeting between the DIYbio community and the FBI. Announced: 2017-06-16.
Compassion in World Farming765,112.002017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant made in UK sterling, value 598,500, dollar amount of 765,112 at time of conversion. Recipient 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. 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.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals453,440.002017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Recipient plans to use this grant to develop and launch China’s first higher farm animal welfare standards. 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: 2017-04-04.
National Network for Safe Communities161,040.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-network-safe-communities-la-larceny-projectChloe Cockburn Grant to support a larceny intervention project in Los Angeles. Grant page published on 2017-03-31. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-03-31.
Dyrevernalliansen378,000.002017-02Animal 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.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition130,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chlor Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2017-03-17.
Prison Policy Initiative66,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
Justice Solutions112,613.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-solutions-anne-seymours-crime-victims-and-survivors-workChloe Cockburn Grant supports work of well-known victim rights advocate Anne Seymour. The project aims to assess the status of victims’ rights to dignity and respect, which are included in statutes and constitutions in many states but are not defined in most of these states. Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
ReFrame Mentorship100,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant via Center for Civic Policy, following up on https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support an earlier grant. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California250,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aclu-nor-cal-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant supports project on prosecutorial accountability called “What a difference a DA makes” and led by Ana Zamora. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-03-15.
Nuclear Threat Initiative476,859.002017-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-global-health-security-index-planning-grant-- Grant supports the first phase of the creation of the Global Health Security (GHS) Index, a public report that will score countries on factors relevant to biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. Grantee is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, another grantee of the Open Philanthropy Project: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-health-security-biosecurity-global-health-security-and-global-catastrophic. Announced: 2017-03-07.
Farm Forward100,000.002017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-broiler-chicken-welfare-advocacyLewis Bollard 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. Announced: 2017-03-30.
Fair and Just Prosecution1,500,000.002017-01Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/fair-and-just-prosecution-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support launch of new project, a 501(c)(3) organization housed at the Tides Center. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-21.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries317,060.002017-01Animal 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 Contemporaries111,986.002017-01Animal 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.
Mission: Launch, Inc.55,000.002017-01Criminal justice reform/United States/child welfare, drug policy, criminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mission-launch-inc-lisa-sangoi-child-welfareChloe 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.
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense500,000.002017-01Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-general-support-2017-- Grant for general support. Top-up to previous grant of 1300000 in 2016-08 described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-general-support. Announced: 2017-02-27.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security16,000,000.002017-01Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-health-security-biosecurity-global-health-security-and-global-catastrophicJaime Yassif Largest grant made to date by Open Phil. Grant writeup includes lengthy discussion of grant. Open Phil had previously made a grant to the organization when it was housed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and known as the UPMC Center for Health Security. Using the grant money, the grantee would launch a bunch of projects related to Global Catastrophic Biological RIisks (GCBR); see http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/about-the-center/pressroom/press_releases/2017-07-27_global-catastrophic-biological-risk-definition.html (2017-07-27) for the associated press release. Announced: 2017-02-08.
JustLeadershipUSA3,400,000.002016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-2016Chloe Cockburn Grant renews a previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign supporting a campaign to close Rikers Island. Detailed writeup on previous grant page. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-09-01.
Blackbird425,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/blackbird-ending-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support efforts to end mass inacercation. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-31.
Griffith University120,000.002016-12Animal 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.
Harvard University2,500,000.002016-12Global catastrophic risks/climate change/geoengineeringhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/harvard-university-solar-geoengineering-research-program-- Grant over five years to support the founding of the Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) as part of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. This program will be a coordinated research effort focusing on solar geoengineering research, governance, and advocacy led by Professor David Keith and Dr. Gernot Wagner (formerly the Environmental Defense Fund’s lead senior economist). Other founding funders include Bill Gates, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Plans for the grant include: researching ways to improve our understanding, reduce the risks, and increase the benefits of geoengineering; developing solar geoengineering technology; increasing transparency in solar geoengineering research; engaging with policy makers and the broader public; and creating a broad blueprint for solar geoengineering research going forward. Announced: 2017-04-14.
Innovative Genomics Institute63,000.002016-12Scientific research/plant pathologyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/uc-berkeley-plant-pathology-workshop-- Money for a plant pathology workshop. Grantee housed at the University of California, Berkeley. Announced: 2017-03-27.
Animal Welfare Standards Project238,212.002016-12Animal 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.
Eurogroup for Animals535,699.002016-12Animal 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.
Dream Corps500,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dream-corps-criminal-justice-and-criminalizationChloe Cockburn Grant supports the work of Van Jones and his team. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-16.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition75,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United States/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to be used to reach out to voters with criminal convictions, to provide public education on the powers and practices of prosecutors, and to work closely with a newly-elected district attorney on criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2017-02-16.
Compassion Over Killing500,000.002016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-over-killing-us-broiler-welfare-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. Announced: 2017-02-16.
The Pollination Project233,000.002016-12Animal 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.
Impact Justice2,050,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/impact-justice-restorative-justice-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supported the Restorative Justice Project. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-06.
Civil Rights Corps200,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/civil-rights-corps-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
Ayni Institute250,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metricsChloe Cockburn Grant was to support work on research, communication, and training on movement ecology and movement metrics. These metrics would be used to assess the capacity of groups to successfully mobilize the public on a large scale around issues such as mass incarceration, specifically 1) the capacity of movements to create or capitalize on trigger events to shift public opinion, 2) their capacity to absorb increased partition in high-profile moments. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
LEAD National Support Bureau200,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/lead-national-support-bureau-general-supportChloe Cockburn Intended uses of grant money: 1) to hire Chief Brendan Cox, a highly-regarded retiring police chief, to serve as a police ambassador for LEAD, and 2) to provide technical support to the 20-30 places that are planning to be implementing or considering implementing LEAD programs by the end of 2017. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Soze Agency216,500.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/soze-agency-returning-citizens-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Returning Citizens Project. Michael Skolnik, CEO, plans to use the grant to coordinate the launch of a formerly incarcerated artist network, with an initial group of five selected artists. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Ordinary People Society300,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-prodigal-child-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Prodigal Child Project, which organizes pastors in the Southern U.S. in support of prisoners, former prisoners, their families, and communities, as part of larger campaigns to raise public awareness and reduce incarceration. The work is led by Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, a formerly incarcerated person who has long worked for reforms in Alabama and surrounding states. This grant would allow Pastor Glasgow to begin building up the infrastructure of his organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2017-02-02.
Mothers Against Police Brutality50,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mothers-against-police-brutality-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant supports efforts to increase prosecutorial accountability in Texas. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-02-02.
AI Impacts32,000.002016-12AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/ai-impacts-general-support-- Grant for work on strategic questions related to potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence. Announced: 2017-02-02.
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice50,000.002016-11Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-association-community-and-restorative-justice-restorative-justice-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant was for the Restorative Justice Conference. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
Green Monday226,000.002016-11Animal 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.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.002016-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-chicken-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: 2017-01-10.
Electronic Frontier Foundation199,000.002016-11AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/electronic-frontier-foundation-ai-social-- Grant funded work by Peter Eckersley, whom the Open Philanthropy Project believed in. Followup conversation with Peter Eckersley and Jeremy Gillula of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Peter_Eckersley_Jeremy_Gillula_05-26-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-05-26. Announced: 2016-12-15.
The Humane League1,000,000.002016-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-supportLewis Bollard Unrestricted support to an organization that was among the previous cage-free grant recipients. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
The Humane Society of the United States1,000,000.002016-11Animal 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.
Protect the People50,000.002016-10Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-exit-grantAlexander 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.
New Virginia Majority Education Fund50,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-virginia-majority-formerly-incarcerated-organizersChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Virginia; announced: 2017-01-17.
Justice Strategies200,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-strategies-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
Texas Fair Defense Project63,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-fair-defense-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2016-12-05.
Youth First Initiative250,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/youth-first-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Essie Justice Group600,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/essie-justice-group-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal100,000.002016-10Animal 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.
Center for International Security and Cooperation643,415.002016-10Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-international-security-and-cooperation-biosecurity-research-- In support of research by Megan Palmer. Her policy research is focused on developing ways to improve the governance of biological science and technology. One of the projects she intends to focus on in the next few years is a study of past, current and future iGEM competitions to better understand how to motivate young scientists and engineers to take biosafety and biosecurity seriously and how to instill those values in a way that lasts throughout their careers. Announced: 2016-11-03.
World Animal Protection544,607.002016-10Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-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: 2016-10-26.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security2,744,000.002016-10Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/upmc-center-health-security-emerging-leaders-biosecurity-initiativeJaime Yassif The recipient was housed at the time at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and called the UPMC Center for Health Security. The grant was made to fully support the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) for the next three years. The grant was based partly on the positive impression of the program by Jaime Yassif, program officer in the area who was an alumnus from 2012. Announced: 2016-10-12.
Future of Humanity Institute115,652.002016-09Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/future-humanity-institute-biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness-- Conceptually part of a larger grant to the recipient, whose primary work area is AI risk reduction. More details in writeup for larger grant at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/future-humanity-institute-general-support. Announced: 2017-03-06.
Founders Pledge1,032,947.002016-09Effective altruism/donor pledgeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support-- Grant made over two years, via the Centre for Effective Altruism, to enable expansion to Germany, France, and Sweden, and hire a developer. Affected countries: Germany,France,Sweden; announced: 2016-10-31.
Project Peanut Butter724,929.002016-09Global health/nutritionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/project-peanut-butter-ready-use-therapeutic-food-rct-- Grant over three years to support Project Peanut Butter to run a RCT on the effect on cognitive development of reformulated ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) with additional omega-3 fatty acids and decreased omega-6 fatty acids, compared to conventional RUTF. Announced: 2016-10-26.
The Good Food Institute1,000,000.002016-09Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-supportLewis Bollard Announced: 2016-10-25.
WildAid700,000.002016-09Animal 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.
Brighter Green99,360.002016-09Animal 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.
Faith in Texas637,000.002016-09Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/faith-texas-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant intended to support work to build grassroots support for criminal justice reform among members of white evangelical, black, and Hispanic faith communities in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; affected cities: Dallas,Fort Worth; announced: 2016-10-06.
University of Cape Town493,425.002016-09Global catastrophic risks/geomagnetic currents and power systemshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/university-cape-town-geomagnetics-research-- Grant over three years to Professor Trevor Gaunt, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, to research the potential risks that geomagnetic storms could pose to the electric power system. Announced: 2016-10-06.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.002016-09Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant accompanies identification of bail reform as a highly impactful area of policy change to reduce incarceration. Grant to CBF is to organize existing bail funds around the country into a national network and support that network through coordination staffing, and develop a plan for strategic bail fund expansion connected to advocacy around reducing incarceration. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-09-16.
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense1,300,000.002016-08Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-general-support-- Grant via Potomac Institute of Policy Studies. Second grant to the recipient; Open Phil was impressed with the progress made the the recipient since its previous 300,000 dollar grant in April 2015. Detailed writeup available. Announced: 2016-11-10.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition48,000.002016-08Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2016-10-06.
Humane Society International1,000,000.002016-08Animal 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.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.002016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-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. Announced: 2016-10-03.
Animal Equality500,000.002016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-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. Announced: 2016-10-03.
People for Animals89,392.002016-08Animal 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.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute500,000.002016-08AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-- The grant page describes grant process in detail; also links to commissioned reviews at http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/MIRI/consolidated_public_reviews.pdf The grant was also announced on the MIRI website at https://intelligence.org/2016/08/05/miri-strategy-update-2016/. Announced: 2016-09-06.
Mijente255,000.002016-08Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mijente-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant via Puente Arizona. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Arizona; announced: 2016-09-02.
Center for Human-Compatible AI5,555,550.002016-08AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/uc-berkeley-center-human-compatible-ai-- Grant page references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence-philanthropic-opportunity and states a 50% chance that two years from the grant date, the Center will be spending at least $2 million a year, and will be considered by one or more of our relevant technical advisors to have a reasonably good reputation in the field. Note that the grant recipient in the Open Phil database has been listed as UC Berkeley, but we have written it as the naem of the center for easier cross-referencing. Announced: 2016-08-29.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities425,000.002016-07Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2016-- Grant supports the Full Employment Project, and renews a previous grant to CBPP made in 2014. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
The Humane League1,000,000.002016-07Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-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. Announced: 2016-10-03.
Vera Institute of Justice100,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-new-orleans-user-funded-justice-systemChloe Cockburn Grant supports the New Orleans office for research into and cost-benefit analysis of the New Orleans user-funded justice system. Specifically: impposition of financial bail as a condition of pretrial release, the assessment of fines and fees at sentencing, and the relationship between these practices and the number of people in jail. Disclosure: Open Philanthropy Project Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, had worked at the Vera Institute New Orleans office for a year earlier. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2016-09-20.
The Ordinary People Society125,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-peoples-society-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was support Pastor Kenneth Glasgow in launching the Prodigal Child Project, which will train and organize pastors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia as advocates for reducing incarceration. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2016-09-09.
Center for Applied Rationality1,035,000.002016-07Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support-- Grant over two years. Usage split: 915000 will support workshops and organizational improvements, and 120000 will fund a pilot version of EuroSPARC, an eight-day summer program in Europe run by CFAR for mathematically gifted high school students, modeled on SPARC (see also https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc the separate grant to SPARC). Reasons for grants include value alignment, improving rationality, highlighting risks for advanced AI and other GCRs, successful pipeline-building to things like the effective altruism movement. Affected countries: United States,Europe; announced: 2016-09-06.
Center for Court Innovation160,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/center-court-innovation-new-thinking-about-criminal-justice-responsesChloe Cockburn Grant intended to promote new thinking about criminal justice responses in Cook County. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2016-09-02.
ReFrame Mentorship37,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-09-02.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children70,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/legal-services-prisoners-children-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Ayni Institute40,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-momentum-trainingChloe Cockburn Grant to support momentum trainings. This was the second grant to the Ayni Institute; the first grant had supported initial work on developing and running a training on movement ecology. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health1,228,845.002016-07Scientific research/malaria/gene drive testinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/foundation-national-institutes-health-working-group-- Grant to support ~20 experts recommending a consensus on field testing gene drives to fight malaria. This recommendation will include guidelines on how to safely field test gene drives for population modification and population suppression of vector mosquitoes in order to determine whether they could safely and ethically be deployed widely. FNIH and Gates Foundation have been the two big players in this area so far. Announced: 2016-08-01.
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management783,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/harvard-university-program-criminal-justice-policy-and-managementChloe Cockburn Program receiving funds housed at the Harvard Kennedy School. Grant supports work on reforms impacting young adults convicted of crimes. Grant intended to support staff, travel, and incidental costs for work of Senior Fellow Vincent Schiraldi providing though leadership, technical support, and strategic advice for state-level reforms to treatment of young adults (ages 18 to 25) in the criminal justice system. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-22.
Alliance for Safety and Justice3,000,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
Roosevelt Institute200,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/roosevelt-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research-- Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Economic Policy Institute500,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/economic-policy-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research-- Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Essentially, same as grant to Roosevelt Institute. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
George Mason University277,435.002016-06AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/george-mason-university-research-future-artificial-intelligence-scenarios-- Earmarked for Robin Hanson research. Grant page references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence for background. Original amount $264,525. Increased to $277,435 through the addition of $12,910 in July 2017 to cover an increase in George Mason University’s instructional release costs (teaching buyouts). Announced: 2016-07-07.
Vera Institute of Justice8,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice-2Chloe Cockburn Grant to support Brooklyn-based project Common Justice. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. This is a followup grant to a much larger grant (200000 USD) made in 2016-02 for the same purpose; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-07-01.
Prison Policy Initiative50,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-01.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition61,600.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2016-06-28.
California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund300,000.002016-06Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support-- Recipient org, CaRLA, is a nascent advocacy organization that intends to litigate and advocate against regulatory barriers to building housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: San Francisco; announced: 2016-06-28.
Free Migration Project24,000.002016-05Migration policy/humanitarian migration/free migrationhttps://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.
Center for Applied Rationality304,000.002016-05Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc-- Grant supports the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC), a two-week summer program for high school students. Students selected to participate in the program typically show exceptional ability in mathematics, with many scoring highly among US participants in national or international math competitions. Grant covers the program for two years, with 137000 for 2016 and 167000 for 2017. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-07.
International Refugee Assistance Project700,000.002016-05Migration policy/refugee migrationhttps://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.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.002016-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant was to support the work of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform led by Pat Nolan. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-06-02.
Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment76,234.002016-05Global catastrophic risks/climate change/geoengineeringhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/american-university-forum-climate-engineering-assessment-- Donation via American University. Detailed write-up available. Announced: 2016-05-27.
International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation520,000.002016-05Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/igem-synthetic-biology-safety-and-security-- Grant for iGEM (the recipient) to grow staff devoted to safety and security and support a pilot workshop on safety and security. Detailed writeup available. Announced: 2016-05-24.
Promise of Justice Initiative81,000.002016-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/promise-justice-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-11.
Compassion in World Farming USA550,000.002016-04Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-supportLewis Bollard Grant for general support, after organization was considered and rejected for cage-free campaign grant. Annual budget of organization was 450000. 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. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-06.
Accountable Justice Project350,000.002016-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was made to the Proteus Fund to support the launch of the Accountable Justice Project. Majority of grant to be used to hire staff to conduct nationwide research on misconduct by elected prosecutors and to share this information with a wide audience through media engagement. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-24.
Better Boulder37,000.002016-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/better-boulder-yimby-2016-- Money to support a conference of land use reform advocates from around the United States and Canada, called YIMBY 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. YIMY = Yes, In My Backyard" is a play on the corresponding more famous opposite acronym NIMBY. Affected countries: United States,Canada; announced: 2016-05-09.
Peterson Institute for International Economics250,000.002016-04Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/peterson-institute-international-economics-macroeconomic-stabilization-- Grant supports work on macroeconomic stabilization. Initial grant; Open Phil considering larger grant to support much more work. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-29.
Future of Research300,000.002016-04Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/future-research-general-support-- Grantee is a new nonprofit with a stated mission “to improve the scientific research enterprise.” Grant is a preliminary one and Open Phil plans to revisit the organization after 2 years of progress. Announced: 2016-04-29.
Correctional Association of New York50,000.002016-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/correctional-association-new-york-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2016-04-28.
Global Animal Partnership500,000.002016-04Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/rating system/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-supportLewis Bollard Supports improvements of the GAP 5-star rating system (used by companies such as Whole Foods). Affected countries: United States.
MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group2,970,000.002016-03Neurobiologyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-synthetic-neurobiology-group-- Grant is to expand research at MIT Media Lab’s Center for Extreme Bionics. Among other things, the grantee is working on developing new methods and techniques for mapping the brain. Announced: 2016-05-09.
Ayni Institute115,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-trainingChloe Cockburn Grant was made via Centre Presente, on the recommendation of program officer Chloe Cockburn. It was intended to sponsor the development and running of a training on the topic of movement ecology. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
Center for American Progress500,000.002016-03Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-american-progress-macroeconomic-stabilization-- Grant for macroeconomic stabilization policy: convenings, research reports on impacts (e.g., impact of Taylor rule on income distribution), policy proposals, and network and outreach capacity to share research and proposals with media, politicians, and Federal Reserve. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
University of Pennsylvania500,000.002016-03Forecastinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/university-pennsylvania-philip-tetlock-forecasting-- Grant supports new work by Tetlock. He finished The Good Judgment Project and grant funds two new projects called called “Adversarial Collaboration Tournaments” and the “Alpha Pundit Challenge.”. Announced: 2016-04-14.
Future of Life Institute100,000.002016-03Global catastrophic risks/general researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/future-life-institute-general-support-- Grant for general support. Recipient organization does research and outreach on global catastrophic risks (GCRs) at a broad level. Announced: 2016-03-18.
Institute of the Black World50,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/institute-black-world-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
The Ordinary People Society50,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on criminal justice reform only. Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
Vera Institute of Justice200,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justiceChloe Cockburn Grant is for Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based initiative. Grant intended to scale up space and staff for Common Justice to 1) increase outreach and promotion of its ideas, 2) scale up its intervention program so that its effectiveness can be studies more robustly. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-04-07.
Seattle for Everyone50,000.002016-02Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/seattle-everyone-general-support-- Recipient is a coalition of various interest groups (including market rate developers, affordable housing developers, labor and social justice advocates, businesses, environmentalists, and urbanists) formed to promote the same set of proposed land use reforms in Seattle that Sightline Institute (another Open Phil grantee) also promotes. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington; affected cities: Seattle; announced: 2016-03-30.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.002016-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-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 Nick Cooney of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Nick_Cooney_08-01-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-08-01. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-10.
The Humane Society of the United States500,000.002016-02Animal 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.
Protect the People550,000.002016-02Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://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.
Alliance for Safety and Justice1,750,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Goal is to build off and scale up Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) to partner with state-based advocates across different states of the United States. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California,others; announced: 2016-02-26.
Center for Global Development3,000,000.002016-02Global poverty/Global health and developmenthttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/center-global-development-general-support-2016-- Grant for general support. Note that the grant was misclassified on the Open Phil website as being under U.S. policy. Followup conversation with Todd Moss and Kathy Smith of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Todd_Moss_Kathy_Smith_06-21-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-06-21. Announced: 2016-02-24.
The Humane League1,000,000.002016-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-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 grantee team at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/The_Humane_League_08-22-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-08-22. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-02-24.
Voice of the Ex-Offender40,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voice-ex-offender-southern-regional-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant for a Southern strategy meeting on building capacity to end mass incarceration in the South. Discretionary grant (called "no-process grant" at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2016-02-19.
Rescuing Biomedical Research299,112.002016-01Scientific researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/princeton-university-rescuing-biomedical-research-- Grantee is a project based in Princeton University. Goal is to establish a more “predictable and stable” federal budget for research, and to improve grant funding so that trainees are funded by dedicated training grants. Followup conversation with Shirley Tilghman of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Shirley_Tilghman_05-19-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-05-19 and with Christopher Pickett of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Christopher_Pickett_11-16-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-11-16. Announced: 2016-01-27.
Center for Popular Democracy1,429,000.002015-12Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016-- Grant supports the "Fed Up" campaign. Deemed unlikely to succeed but high-impact if it succeeds. Conversation with Ady Barkman of grantee organization around the time of the grant allocation at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Ady_Barkan_12-8-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-08. Followup conversations with Ady Barkan and Shawn Sebastian of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Fed_Up_07-14-16_and_08_31_16_and_09_02_16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-14, 2016-08-31, and 2016-09-02. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-06.
JustLeadershipUSA900,000.002015-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support campaign to close Rikers Island. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-02-19.
ImmigrationWorks Foundation150,000.002015-12Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotionhttps://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.
Sightline Institute400,000.002015-10Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-- Grant distribution over two years. Grant would support Sightline’s work to promote a package of land use reforms in Seattle that combines increases in market rate and below market rate housing. Followup conversation with Alan Durning of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Alan_Durning_07-05-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-05. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington; affected cities: Seattle; announced: 2016-02-03.
Human Impact Partners60,990.002015-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/human-impact-partners-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant supported a convening intended to advance a public health approach to criminal justice policy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-11-06.
Niskanen Center360,000.002015-10Migration policy/United States politicshttps://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.
Urban Institute97,865.002015-09Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/urban-institute-land-use-convening-- Funds research project and convening aimed at identifying policy changes that would allow more housing supply in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C.; announced: 2015-10-06.
New York University30,000.002015-08Migration policy/labor mobility/RCThttps://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.
Georgetown University250,000.002015-08Drug policy/United Stateshttps://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.
Future of Life Institute1,186,000.002015-08AI riskhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/future-life-institute-artificial-intelligence-risk-reduction-- Grant accompanied a grant by Elon Musk to FLI for the same purpose. See also the March 2015 blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/open-philanthropy-project-update-global-catastrophic-risks that describes strategy and developments prior to the grant. An update on the grant was posted in 2017-04 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/update-fli-grant discussing impressions of Howie Lempel and Daniel Dewey of the grant and of the effect on and role of Open Phil. Announced: 2015-08-26.
Waitlist Zero200,000.002015-08Organ donation/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/waitlist-zero-general-support-- Grant over two years for policies that advocate for living kidney donation, following up on a planning grant in 2014. Conflict of interest due to relationships with Alexander Berger. Followup conversation with Josh Morrison of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Josh_Morrison_02-05-2016_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-02-05 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Josh_Morrison_04-25-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-04-25. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-08-14.
ARNOVA2,000.002015-08History of philanthropyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/history-of-philanthropy/arnova-history-philanthropy-prize-- Grant to ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) to support a prize on the history of philanthropy in memory of Peter Dobkin Hall, a leading historian of philanthropy. Announced: 2015-08-11.
Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative500,000.002015-07Global catastrophic risks/climate change/geoengineeringhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/solar-radiation-management-governance-initiative-general-support-- Solar Radiation Management (SRM) eeks to investigate ways to deflect solar radiation from the earth. One of many geoengineering approaches. The governance initiative works to promote the good governance of SRM by building capacity and understanding around it, especially in the developing world. It is not for or against SRM per se. Followup conversation with grantee team at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/SRMGI_09-02-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-09-02. Announced: 2016-02-10.
Smart Growth America275,000.002015-07Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/smart-growth-america-greater-greater-washington-education-project-- To support Smart Growth America’s Greater Greater Washington Education Project. Greater Greater Washington (GGW) is a group blog that covers local policy issues, such as housing, education, and transportation, in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Followup conversation with David Alpert, Sarah Guidi, and Jonathan Neeley of grante organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/David_Alpert_Sarah_Guidi_and_Jonathan_Neeley_12-16-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-16. Second followup conversation with David Alpert, Sarah Guidi, and David Whitehead of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/David_Alpert_Sarah_Guidi_David_Whitehead_06-07-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-06-07. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C.; announced: 2015-07-28.
Brookings Institution100,000.002015-06International relationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/brookings-institution-work-china-and-india-- Grant supports work on India and China. Open Phil has historically focused on policy in the United States, so it also hopes that through this grant it will learn more about policy in other countries. That learning will be through non-public conversations, though some reflections from Open Phil may be shared in the future. See also a similar grant to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2015-03. Followup conversation with Paul Haenle of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Paul_Haenle_1-26-2016_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-01-26. Affected countries: India,China; announced: 2015-07-27.
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense300,000.002015-04Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-grant-- The Panel convened four meetings and intended to release a report in October 2015 using this grant. The Open Philanthropy Project published a detailed writeup justifying the grant. Announced: 2015-10-27.
New York University80,000.002015-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-university-work-swift-and-certain-sanctions-- The grant supported the work of Mark Kleiman on swift-and-certain sanctions. It followed up on a previous grant to the Washington Office of Latin America that supported earlier work by Mark Kleiman, available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation. Affected countries: United States.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace100,000.002015-03International relationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/carnegie-endowment-international-peace-work-india-and-china-- Grant supports work on India and China. Open Phil has historically focused on policy in the United States, so it also hopes that through this grant it will learn more about policy in other countries. That learning will be through non-public conversations, though some reflections from Open Phil may be shared in the future. See also a similar grant to the Brookings Institition. Affected countries: India,China.
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice100,000.002015-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-state-university-project-accountable-justice-general-support-- The recipient aims to "advance public safety through evidence-based practices and policies in Florida and beyond.". Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2015-03-03.
Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley10,000.002015-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/asuc-effective-altruists-berkeley-decal-university-course-- Grant is for the Effective Altruists of Berkeley “DeCal” University Course to be held in Spring 2015. See http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Ajeya_Cotra_6-19-2015_(public).pdf for a followup conversation with Ajeya Cotra and Oliver Habryka (course architects), Rohin Shah and Davis Foote (Effective Altruists of Berkeley members), and Helen Toner and Catherine Hollander of the Open Philanthropy Project. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Berkeley.
Center for Popular Democracy750,000.002015-01Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2015-- Grant is for Fed Up Campaign 2015. Supports campaign to educate public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-02-27.
Waitlist Zero50,000.002014-09Organ donation/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/waitlist-zero-planning-grant-- Planning grant. Organ donation not a focus area but identified as an area with potentially outstanding room for more philanthropy. Senior Research Analyst knows founders Thomas Kelly and Josh Morrison and vouched for them. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-25.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities335,000.002014-09Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-- Grant is for the Full Employment Project. Open Phil is impressed by the track record of CBPP. Followup conversation with Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Jared_Bernstein_and_Ben_Spielberg_10-21-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-10-21. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-19.
Center for Popular Democracy100,000.002014-08Macroeconomic stabilization policy/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-federal-reserve-campaign-- Grant is to support a campaign to educate the public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-25.
Rockefeller Archive Center25,000.002014-08History of philanthropyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/history-of-philanthropy/rockefeller-archive-center-workshop-history-philanthropy-- Grant to support a workshop of scholars interested in the history of philanthropy.
RAND Corporation103,000.002014-08Drug policy/United Stateshttps://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.
Pew Public Safety Performance Project3,000,000.002014-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pew-public-safety-performance-project-- PSPP has engaged in the following activities: (1) Research and public education, (2) Engaging nontraditional allies of criminal justice reform, (3) Providing technical assistance to individual states. The grant would support and expand this work. Affected countries: United States.
Alliance for Open Society International500,000.002014-07Public services improvement and transparency/Albaniahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/alliance-open-society-international-albanian-renaissance-- Grant to support the Open Society Foundation for Albania’s project “Albanian Renaissance,” a group of initiatives designed to upgrade public services, bring transparency to public life, and help position the country for European integration. Part of our effort to learn from other major foundations by co-funding projects with them, the major foundation in this case being Open Society Foundations (OSF). Affected countries: Albania.
U.S. Association for International Migration1,490,505.002014-07Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://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.
ImmigrationWorks Foundation285,000.002014-07Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotionhttps://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.
Cochrane Collaboration300,000.002014-06Biomedical research/meta-researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/cochrane-collaboration-general-support-- Grant over three years to promote evidence-informed healthcare by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.
Pepperdine University150,000.002014-06Drug policy/United Stateshttps://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.
International Development Association500,000.002014-03Global health/measurementhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/service-delivery-indicators-project-- Grant supports work on the Service Delivery Indicators Program (SDI). Estimated budget is $27 million.
Center for Global Development1,184,720.002014-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://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.
BetaGov200,000.002013-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/betagov-- Grant made to Pepperdine University to support the work of Angela Hawken on BetaGov. BetaGov aims to generate knowledge about what works in the public sector (in areas including but not limited to criminal justice) by serving as a repository for practitioners’ ideas to be tested, serving as a database of results to facilitate learning across studies, and providing a toolkit (including web-based training, webinars, assessment tools, and an RCT call-in hotline) so that practitioners can conduct their own RCTs. Affected countries: United States.
Washington Office on Latin America245,000.002013-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation-- Grant made to support research projects on crime, incarceration and cannabis regulation led by Mark Kleiman. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Global Development300,000.002013-07Global poverty/Global health and developmenthttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/miscellaneous/center-global-development-general-support-- Grant for general support, to support efforts to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement. See also the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/grant-center-global-development-cgd for more. Followup conversation with Todd Moss and Kathy Smith of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Todd_Moss_and_Kathy_Smith_12-15-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-15.
Center for Global Development50,000.002013-06History of philanthropyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/history-of-philanthropy/update-millions-saved-project-- Grant for an update to the Millions Saved project.
Population Services International1,000,000.002012-08Global health/malaria/resistancehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/miscellaneous/containment-artemisinin-resistance-eastern-myanmar-- Grant made by Good Ventures before Open Phil formally came into being. Grant is a co-funding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and supports work to prevent the spread of artemisinin resistance in Myanmar. Good Ventures hoped to use the grant opportunity to learn how big players like the Gates Foundation effect progress in global health. Affected countries: Myanmar.
US Cochrane Center100,000.002012-07Biomedical research/meta-researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/us-cochrane-center-general-support-- Unrestricted grant met urgent short-term need to maintain uninterrupted minimal staffing. Grant is a “learning grant,” meaning that it’s designed to help us learn more about an organization or cause we find promising. Affected countries: United States.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 30 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Effective Altruism Funds 11 7 186 0.0376 0.1564 0.0147
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 362 17 527 0.0323 0.0662 0.024
Michael Dickens 6 5 183 0.0273 0.1513 0.0209
Grace King 8 5 185 0.027 0.131 0.1206
Saulius Šimčikas 8 5 185 0.027 0.131 0.0095
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 9 5 186 0.0269 0.1235 0.0295
Raymond Arnold 5 4 183 0.0219 0.1326 0.1064
Nick Brown 6 4 184 0.0217 0.121 0.0709
Michael Sesser 7 4 185 0.0216 0.1121 0.076
David Barry 9 4 187 0.0214 0.0988 0.0427
Peter Hurford 20 4 198 0.0202 0.0663 0.0086
Gordon Irlam 3 3 182 0.0165 0.1284 0.0963
Jonathon Smith 3 3 182 0.0165 0.1284 0.0868
Robert Yaman 3 3 182 0.0165 0.1284 0.0693
Josh Jacobson 4 3 183 0.0164 0.1112 0.0798
JP Addison 5 3 184 0.0163 0.0994 0.009
Tyler John 5 3 184 0.0163 0.0994 0.0516
Cornelis Haupt 6 3 185 0.0162 0.0908 0.0035
Max Broad 6 3 185 0.0162 0.0908 0.0791
Vidur Kapur 7 3 186 0.0161 0.084 0.0318
Samuel Hilton 8 3 187 0.016 0.0786 0.0411
Elizabeth Van Nostrand 13 3 192 0.0156 0.0617 0.0019
Pablo Stafforini 21 3 200 0.015 0.0485 0.0053
Amy Johnson 2 2 182 0.011 0.1048 0.1365
Blake Borgeson 2 2 182 0.011 0.1048 0.103
Joshua Kissel 2 2 182 0.011 0.1048 0.0305
Kyle Bogosian 2 2 182 0.011 0.1048 0.0966
Richard Schwall 2 2 182 0.011 0.1048 0.1028
Akhil Jalan 4 2 184 0.0109 0.0741 0.0287
Brian Tomasik 4 2 184 0.0109 0.0741 0.0368