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

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell Good Ventures
Best overview URLhttps://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project
Facebook username openphilanthropy
Websitehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants
Twitter usernameopen_phil
PredictionBook usernameOpenPhilUnofficial
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values
Grant application process pagehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Open+Philanthropy+Project

Brief history: The Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil for short) spun off from GiveWell, starting as GiveWell Labs in 2011, beginning to make strong progress in 2013, and formally separating from GiveWell in June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 122 426,000 691,794 6,683 67,110 107,200 170,000 265,000 426,000 500,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,489,201 10,000,000
Animal welfare 121 426,000 689,247 6,683 67,110 107,200 170,000 265,000 426,000 500,000 683,000 1,000,000 1,489,201 10,000,000
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare 1 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 121 66 83,398,921.00 12,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare (filter this donor) 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

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

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016
Animal welfare/factory farming 29 24 28,031,456.00 7,861,928.00 15,503,232.00 3,666,296.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken 18 15 12,090,944.00 1,781,498.00 3,379,107.00 4,430,339.00 2,500,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/fish 11 10 6,867,461.00 551,840.00 1,053,813.00 5,261,808.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/cage-free 1 1 4,000,000.00 0.00 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/international 5 5 3,611,986.00 0.00 0.00 111,986.00 3,500,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/China 9 8 3,264,335.00 0.00 100,000.00 1,474,368.00 1,689,967.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free 4 4 3,257,200.00 107,200.00 150,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chick culling 1 1 3,000,000.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/United States 3 3 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/India 4 4 2,012,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,012,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternatives 4 4 1,981,579.00 131,579.00 350,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/East Asia 1 1 1,364,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,364,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/fish welfare 3 3 1,230,759.00 0.00 0.00 695,060.00 535,699.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/pig 1 1 1,200,000.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfare 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/meat alternatives 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/turkey/pig welfare 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pig 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/legislative standards 2 2 678,000.00 0.00 0.00 678,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/fish 1 1 570,402.00 570,402.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/United States 1 1 550,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 550,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/welfarism/rating system/United States 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/United States 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare 4 4 477,110.00 370,000.00 67,110.00 40,000.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/broiler chicken 2 2 389,592.00 0.00 0.00 389,592.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/movement growth 1 1 367,222.00 367,222.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and dairy 1 1 332,944.00 0.00 0.00 332,944.00 0.00
Classified total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total
The Humane League (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 17,315,000.00 2,315,000.00 10,000,000.00 2,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
Animal Equality (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 5,674,890.00 0.00 2,772,430.00 2,402,460.00 500,000.00
Compassion in World Farming (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 4,693,975.00 1,891,890.00 10,720.00 2,791,365.00 0.00
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 4,000,000.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00
Prevent Cruelty California (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming FB Tw Site 4,000,000.00 0.00 4,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Mercy For Animals (filter this donor) Animal welfare/Diet change/Veganism/Factory farming FB Tw WP Site TW 3,875,000.00 0.00 375,000.00 500,000.00 3,000,000.00
Humane Slaughter Association (filter this donor) Animal welfare Tw WP Site 3,518,316.00 570,402.00 0.00 2,947,914.00 0.00
Global Food Partners (filter this donor) 3,500,000.00 3,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Humane Society International (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,464,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
World Animal Protection (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,043,693.00 1,981,498.00 0.00 517,588.00 544,607.00
The Good Food Institute (filter this donor) Animal welfare/meat alternatives FB Tw WP Site 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 1,000,000.00
Compassion in World Farming USA (filter this donor) Animal welfare/corporate campaigns FB Tw Site 2,080,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 30,000.00 550,000.00
Global Animal Partnership (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 2,000,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00
The Humane Society of the United States (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00
Chinese Animal Welfare Institute (filter this donor) 1,489,201.00 0.00 1,489,201.00 0.00 0.00
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries (filter this donor) Animal welfare WP Site 1,429,046.00 0.00 0.00 1,429,046.00 0.00
Association L214 (filter this donor) Animal welfare/broiler chicken welfare WP Site 1,347,742.00 0.00 0.00 1,347,742.00 0.00
WildAid (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,200,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 700,000.00
Eurogroup for Animals (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 1,176,060.00 0.00 0.00 640,361.00 535,699.00
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,059,748.00 0.00 231,677.00 828,071.00 0.00
Anima (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming FB Tw WP Site 1,050,222.00 367,222.00 0.00 683,000.00 0.00
MIT Media Lab (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
theguardian.org (filter this donor) Site 886,600.00 0.00 0.00 886,600.00 0.00
Compassion Over Killing (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 750,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (filter this donor) 624,004.00 368,188.00 0.00 255,816.00 0.00
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 546,849.00 0.00 13,813.00 533,036.00 0.00
FAI Farms (filter this donor) 533,200.00 533,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brighter Green (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 529,360.00 0.00 430,000.00 0.00 99,360.00
Humane Society Legislative Fund (filter this donor) 525,000.00 0.00 0.00 525,000.00 0.00
Animal Charity Evaluators (filter this donor) Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluator FB Tw WP Site TW 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
The Greenfield Project (filter this donor) Animal welfare Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Otwarte Klatki (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 483,214.00 0.00 10,350.00 472,864.00 0.00
fair-fish international association (filter this donor) Animal welfare/fish Site 453,841.00 0.00 0.00 453,841.00 0.00
Global Aquaculture Alliance (filter this donor) Animal welfare WP Site 435,000.00 0.00 0.00 435,000.00 0.00
Farm Forward (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site GS 431,691.00 166,000.00 165,691.00 100,000.00 0.00
Dyrevernalliansen (filter this donor) FB Tw Site 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 378,000.00 0.00
ACTAsia (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw WP Site 332,944.00 0.00 0.00 332,944.00 0.00
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal (filter this donor) Animal welfare FB Tw Site 300,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
Charity Science (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Tw Site 265,000.00 0.00 265,000.00 0.00 0.00
Plant Based Foods Association (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00
We Animals (filter this donor) 240,000.00 240,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Standards Project (filter this donor) 238,212.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 238,212.00
The Pollination Project (filter this donor) 233,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 233,000.00
Green Monday (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 226,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 226,000.00
Griffith University (filter this donor) WP Site 220,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 120,000.00
People for Animals (filter this donor) WP 209,392.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00 89,392.00
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Society for Applied Ethology (filter this donor) WP 175,412.00 0.00 135,412.00 40,000.00 0.00
Princeton University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 170,000.00 170,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family Farm Action (filter this donor) 153,000.00 0.00 0.00 153,000.00 0.00
University of Bern (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 131,579.00 131,579.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Royal Veterinary College (filter this donor) 130,850.00 130,850.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 125,840.00 125,840.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Edinburgh (filter this donor) 102,041.00 0.00 102,041.00 0.00 0.00
Food Frontier (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Cynthia Schuck & Wladimir Alonso (filter this donor) 96,130.00 0.00 96,130.00 0.00 0.00
Wageningen UR (filter this donor) 88,345.00 0.00 0.00 88,345.00 0.00
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science (filter this donor) 80,400.00 0.00 0.00 80,400.00 0.00
Better Eating International (filter this donor) 79,800.00 0.00 79,800.00 0.00 0.00
Animal Welfare Action Lab (filter this donor) 79,100.00 0.00 0.00 79,100.00 0.00
University of British Columbia (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,186.00 0.00 50,186.00 0.00 0.00
Changing Tastes (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
World Animal Net (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00
Commonwealth Veterinary Association (filter this donor) 31,355.00 0.00 31,355.00 0.00 0.00
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (filter this donor) 6,683.00 0.00 6,683.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

If you hover over a cell for a given influencer and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

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

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016
Lewis Bollard 117 65 82,070,573.00 11,613,321.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Amanda Hungerford 4 4 1,328,348.00 1,328,348.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Claire Zabel 1 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

If you hover over a cell for a given disclosures and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

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

Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
Lewis Bollard 4 3 3,464,000.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
Classified total 4 3 3,464,000.00 2,464,000.00 1,000,000.00
Unclassified total 118 67 80,934,921.00 25,601,493.00 13,436,270.00
Total 122 67 84,398,921.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Donation amounts by country and year

If you hover over a cell for a given country and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

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

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016
United States 25 17 25,445,491.00 166,000.00 16,625,491.00 1,378,000.00 7,276,000.00
China 19 14 9,822,448.00 3,737,278.00 2,489,387.00 1,893,604.00 1,702,179.00
United States|Brazil|Italy|Mexico|Spain 1 1 2,772,430.00 0.00 2,772,430.00 0.00 0.00
India 7 6 2,465,691.00 0.00 31,355.00 2,344,944.00 89,392.00
Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom 1 1 2,110,460.00 0.00 0.00 2,110,460.00 0.00
United Kingdom 3 2 1,606,308.00 0.00 231,677.00 1,374,631.00 0.00
Japan|South Korea 1 1 1,364,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,364,000.00 0.00
France 1 1 1,347,742.00 0.00 0.00 1,347,742.00 0.00
Germany 2 1 1,317,060.00 0.00 0.00 1,317,060.00 0.00
Thailand|Indonesia 1 1 781,498.00 781,498.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scandinavia 1 1 683,000.00 0.00 0.00 683,000.00 0.00
Poland|Ukraine 1 1 472,864.00 0.00 0.00 472,864.00 0.00
Norway 1 1 378,000.00 0.00 0.00 378,000.00 0.00
Brazil 2 1 300,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00
Australia|New Zealand 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Argentina|Brazil|Columbia|Chile|Mexico 1 1 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Classified total 68 42 50,996,992.00 4,684,776.00 22,450,340.00 14,694,305.00 9,167,571.00
Unclassified total 54 39 33,401,929.00 9,256,893.00 5,505,149.00 13,371,188.00 5,268,699.00
Total 122 67 84,398,921.00 13,941,669.00 27,955,489.00 28,065,493.00 14,436,270.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (106 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Update on the Global Priorities Institute's (GPI) activities (GW, IR)2019-12-24Hilary Greaves Global Priorities InstituteOpen Philanthropy Project Global Priorities Institute Donee periodic updateCause prioritizationThe Global Priorities Institute shares a short annual report, also available at https://globalprioritiesinstitute.org/global-priorities-institute-annual-report-2018-19/ on its website. In addition, the post contains links for following GPI's research and current opportunities. The annual report has three sections: (1) Research (agenda focused on "longtermism") (2) Academic outreach (various two-day workshops and the Early Career Conference Programme (ECCP)) (3) Current team and growth ambitions (plans to expand, helped by £2.5m from the Open Philanthropy Project and £3m from other private donors; fundraising is ongoing).
Effective Altruism Foundation: Plans for 2020 (GW, IR)2019-12-23Jonas Vollmer Effective Altruism FoundationOpen Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Foundation Raising for Effective Giving Wild-Animal Suffering Research Utility Farm Wild Animal Initiative Sentience politics Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growth/s-risk reductionThe document includes the 2019 review and plans for 2020 of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAD). Key highlights: EAD plans to change its name in 2020 as a rebranding effort to highlight its focus on s-risk reduction, rather than the effective altruism; as part of this, the Foundational Research Institute brand will also be deprecated. Wild-Animal Suffering Research and Utility Farm merged to form Wild Animal Initiative, which is now completely separate from EAF. Raising for Effective Giving and Sentience Politics continue to be housed under EAF. The post also describes communication guidelines developed along with Nick Beckstead of the Open Philanthropy Project (that also made a $1 million grant to EAF). The guidelines "recommend highlighting beliefs and priorities that are important to the s-risk-oriented community" and "recommend communicating in a more nuanced manner about pessimistic views of the long-term future by considering highlighting moral cooperation and uncertainty, focusing more on practical questions if possible, and anticipating potential misunderstandings and misrepresentations." The post also says the guidelines will soon be made public, and that it was a mistake to not announce the guidelines earlier; doing so might have addressed https://www.simonknutsson.com/problems-in-effective-altruism-and-existential-risk-and-what-to-do-about-them/ and related concerns
2019 AI Alignment Literature Review and Charity Comparison (GW, IR)2019-12-19Ben Hoskin Effective Altruism ForumBen Hoskin Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Open Philanthropy Project Survival and Flourising Fund Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Ought OpenAI AI Safety Camp Future of Life Institute AI Impacts Global Priorities Institute Foundational Research Institute Median Group Center for Security and Emerging Technology Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative AI Pulse Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyCross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/SmDziGM9hBjW9DKmf/2019-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison (GW, IR) This is the fourth post in a tradition of annual blog posts on the state of AI safety and the work of various organizations in the space over the course of the year; the previous year's post is at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/BznrRBgiDdcTwWWsB/2018-ai-alignment-literature-review-and-charity-comparison (GW, IR) The post has sections on "Research" and "Finance" for a number of organizations working in the AI safety space, many of whom accept donations. A "Capital Allocators" section discusses major players who allocate funds in the space. A lengthy "Methodological Thoughts" section explains how the author approaches some underlying questions that influence his thoughts on all the organizations
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Staff - 20192019-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Michelle Crentsil Amanda Hungerfold Lewis Bollard Persis Eskander Alexander Berger Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Claire Zabel National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Life Comes From It Worth Rises Wild Animal Initiative Sinergia Animal Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project California YIMBY Engineers Without Borders 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Future of Humanity Institute Global Priorities Institute Machine Intelligence Research Institute Ought Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruism|AI safetyContinuing an annual tradition started in 2015, Open Philanthropy Project staff share suggestions for places that people interested in specific cause areas may consider donating. The sections are roughly based on the focus areas used by Open Phil internally, with the contributors to each section being the Open Phil staff who work in that focus area. Each recommendation includes a "Why we recommend it" or "Why we suggest it" section, and with the exception of the criminal justice reform recommendations, each recommendation includes a "Why we haven't fully funded it" section. Section 5, Assorted recomendations by Claire Zabel, includes a list of "Organizations supported by our Committed for Effective Altruism Support" which includes a list of organizations that are wiithin the purview of the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The section is approved by the committee and represents their views
The Center for Election Science Year End EA Appeal (GW, IR)2019-12-17Aaron Hamlin Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project The Center for Election Science Donee donation casePoliticsAaron Hamlin of the Center for Election Science (CES), an organization that promotes approval voting in the United States, posts an end-of-year fundraising appeal post for CES to the Effective Altruism Forum. The post talks about the finances of CES, and compares the funding of CES to the much larger total funding going to ranked choice voting (RCV), a competing effort that he considers inferior. He argues that with slightly more funds, CES could show much more than RCV in terms of victories in adoption of approval voting, per dollar spent
How frequently do ACE and Open Phil agree about animal charities? (GW, IR)2019-12-17Ben West Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming International Animal Ethics Faunalytics Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira Miscellaneous commentaryAnimal welfareBen West compares the grantees of the Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil) in its focus area of farm animal welfare against the charities recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE). He finds a substantial overlap: Open Phil has made grants to all charities that ACE has ever given top charity status, about half of the charities ACE has ever given standout charity status, and only one charity that ACE reviewed but did not recommend. Also, "5% of the charities ACE did an "exploratory" review of received a grant, as did 3% of the ones they "considered" but did not review." A spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NRSVnSgg33vtOByfYwCFhB6VrytZGYeJ/edit with the data is linked. The post also notes: "Three charities which were named “Standout Charities” by ACE but did not receive Open Phil grants did receive grants from the Centre for Effective Altruism’s Animal Welfare Fund (Animal Ethics, Faunalytics, and Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira)."
Recommendation to Open Philanthropy for Grants to Top Charities2019-11-26GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Sightsavers Against Malaria Foundation END Fund GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispenses for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentThe document details GiveWell's recommendation in 2019 for grants by Good Ventures (via the Open Philanthropy Project) to GiveWell top and standout charities. The overall amount of money recommended for allocation is $54.6 million, and the document explains that Open Phil's calculation that it may make sense to spend down more slowly was the reason for reducing the allocation from last year. It discusses the principles used for allocation: (1) Put significant weight on cost-effectiveness estimates, (2) Consider additional information not explicitly modeled about the organization, (3) Consider additional information not explicitly modeled about the funding gap, (4) Assess funding gaps at the margin, (5) Default to not imposing restrictions on charity spending, (6) Default to funding on a 3-year horizon, and (7) Ensure charities are incentivized to engage with the process. The three charities that get significant grants are Malaria Consortium for its SMC program ($33.9 million), Helen Keller International ($9.7 million), and Sightsavers ($2.7 million). Against Malaria Foundation, END Fund, and GiveDirectly receive the minimum "incentive grant" amount of $2.5 million that all top charities should receive. The top charity Deworm the World Initiative is not given an incentive grant because it received a previous grant through GiveWell discretionary grant that more than covers the incentive grant amount. 8 standout charities get $100,000 each
ALLFED 2019 Annual Report and Fundraising Appeal (GW, IR)2019-11-23Aron Mill Alliance to Feed the Earth in DisastersBerkeley Existential Risk Initiative Donor lottery Effective Altruism Grants Open Philanthropy Project Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Future of Humanity Institute Donee donation caseAlternative foodsAron Mill provides a summary of the work of the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) in 2019. He lists key supporters as well as partners that ALLFED worked with during the year. The blog post proceeds to make an appeal and a case for fundraising ALLFED. Sections of the blog post include: (1) research output, (2) preparedness and alliance-building, (3) ALLFED team, (4) current projects, and (5) projects in need of funding.
Message exchange with EAF2019-11-12Simon Knutsson Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Foundation Reasoning supplementEffective altruism|Global catastrophic risksThis is a supplement to https://www.simonknutsson.com/problems-in-effective-altruism-and-existential-risk-and-what-to-do-about-them/ The supplement documents an email exchange between Knutsson and Stefan Torges of the Effective Altruism Foundation where Knutsson asks Torges for comment on some of the points in the article. Torges's reply is not quoted as he did not give permission to quote the replies, but Knutsson summarizes the replies as saying that EAF can't share further information, and does not wish to engage Knutsson on the issue.
E-mail exchange with the Open Philanthropy Project2019-11-10Simon Knutsson Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Foundation Reasoning supplementEffective altruism|Global catastrophic risksThis is a supplement to https://www.simonknutsson.com/problems-in-effective-altruism-and-existential-risk-and-what-to-do-about-them/ The supplement documents an email exchange between Knutsson and Michael Levine of the Open Philanthropy Project where Knutsson asks Levine for comment on some of the points in the article. Levine's reply is not quoted as he did not give permission to quote the replies, but Knutsson summarizes the replies as saying that "[Open Phil] do not have anything to add beyond the grant page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/effective-altruism-foundation-research-operations
Problems in effective altruism and existential risk and what to do about them2019-10-16Simon Knutsson Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Foundation Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Foundation Future of Humanity Institute Miscellaneous commentaryEffective altruism|Global catastrophic risksSimon Knutsson, a Ph.D. student who previously worked at GiveWell and has, since then, worked on animal welfare and on s-risks, writes about what he sees as problematic dynamics in the effective altruism and x-risk communities. Specifically, he is critical of what he sees as behind-the-scenes coordination work on messaging, between many organizations in the space, notably the Open Philanthropy Project and the Effective Altruism Foundation, and the possible use of grant money to pressure EAF into pushing for guidelines for writers to not talk about s-risks in specific ways. He is also critical of what he sees as the one-sided nature of the syllabi and texts produced by the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). The author notes that people have had different reactions to his text, with some considering the behavior described as unproblematic, while others agreeing with him that it is problematic and deserves the spotlight. The post is also shared to the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/EescnoaBJsQWz4rii/problems-in-effective-altruism-and-what-to-do-about-them (GW, IR) where it gets a lot of criticism in the comments from people including Peter Hurford and Holly Elmore.
Thanks for putting up with my follow-up questions. Out of the areas you mention, I'd be very interested in ... (GW, IR)2019-09-10Ryan Carey Effective Altruism ForumFounders Pledge Open Philanthropy Project OpenAI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Broad donor strategyAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Scientific research|PoliticsRyan Carey replies to John Halstead's question on what Founders Pledge shoud research. He first gives the areas within Halstead's list that he is most excited about. He also discusses three areas not explicitly listed by Halstead: (a) promotion of effective altruism, (b) scholarships for people working on high-impact research, (c) more on AI safety -- specifically, funding low-mid prestige figures with strong AI safety interest (what he calls "highly-aligned figures"), a segment that he claims the Open Philanthropy Project is neglecting, with the exception of MIRI and a couple of individuals.
How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation (GW, IR)2019-08-16Alexey Guzey Effective Altruism ForumNational Institutes of Health Howard Hughes Medical Institute Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Open Philanthropy Project Amgen Life Sciences Research Foundation Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stanford University Review of current state of cause areaBiomedical researchGuzey surveys the current state of biomedical research, primarily in academia in the United States. His work is the result of interviewing about 60 people. Emergent Ventures provided financial support. His takeaways: (1) Life science is not slowing down (2) Nothing works the way you would naively think it does (for better or for worse) (3) If you're smart and driven, you'll find a way in (4) Nobody cares if you're a genius (5) Almost all biologists are solo founders. This is probably suboptimal (6) There's insufficient space for people who just want to be researchers and not managers (7) Peer review is a disaster (8) Nobody agrees on whether big labs are good or bad (9) Senior scientists are bound by their students' incentives (10) Universities seem to maximize their profits, with good research being a side-effect (11) Large parts of modern scientific literature are wrong (12) Raising money is very difficult even for famous scientists. Final conclusion: "academia has a lot of problems but it's less broken than it seems from the outside."
Questions We Ask Ourselves Before Making a Grant2019-08-06Michael Levine Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Sandler Foundation Center for Security and Emerging Technology University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Broad donor strategyMichael Levine describes some guidance that the Open Philanthropy Project has put together for program officers on questions to consider before making a grant. This complements guidance published three years ago about internal grant writeups: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process
GiveWell’s Top Charities Are (Increasingly) Hard to Beat2019-07-09Alexander Berger Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project GiveDirectly Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Target Malaria JustLeadershipUSA Broad donor strategyGlobal health and development|Criminal justice reform|Scientific researchIn the blog post, Alexander Berger discusses how, originally, Open Philanthropy Project donations for near-term human well-being (primarily in the areas of criminal justice reform and scientific research) are compared against a cost-effectiveness benchmark of direct cash transfers, which is set as 100x (every $1 donated should yield $100 in benefits). However, since GiveWell has recently made its cost-effectiveness calculations for top charities more thorough, and now estimates that top charities are 5-15x as cost-effective as cash (or 500-1500x, with 1000x as a median), Berger is now comparing all the existing near-term human well-being grants against the 1000x benchmarks. He finds that, using the back-of-the-envelope calculations (BOTECs) done at the time of justifying the grants, many of the criminal justice reform grants do not clear the bar; in total only $32 million of the grants clears the bar, and about half of it is a single grant to Target Malaria. Berger links to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsE2_TNWn0x6MWL1PTdkZT2vQNFW8VFBslC5qjk4sgo/edit?ts=5cc10604 for some sample BOTECs
Explaining Our Bet on Sherlock Biosciences’ Innovations in Viral Diagnostics2019-06-10Heather Youngs Chris Somerville Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Sherlock Biosciences Single donation documentationScientific researchIn this new-style blog post, the reasons for the Open Philanthropy Project grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/sherlock-biosciences-research-viral-diagnostics to Sherlock Biosciences are explained in a conversational style. The conversation participants include Michael Levine (Communications Officer) and the grant investigators Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs
80,000 Hours Annual Review – December 20182019-05-07Benjamin Todd 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 80,0000 Hours Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/movement growth/career counselingThis blog post is the annual self-review by 80,000 Hours, originally written in December 2018. Publication was deferred because 80,000 Hours was waiting to hear back on the status of some large grants (in particular, one from the Open Philanthropy Project), but most of the content is still from the December 2018 draft. The post goes into detail about 80,000 Hours' progress in 2018, impact and plan changes, and future expansion plans. Funding gaps are discussed (the funding gap for 2019 is $400,000, and further money will be saved for 2020 and 2021). Grants from the Open Philanthropy Project, BERI, and the Effective Altruism Funds (EA Meta Fund) are mentioned
Will splashy philanthropy cause the biosecurity field to focus on the wrong risks?2019-04-25Filippa Lentzos Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsOpen Philanthropy Project Third-party coverage of donor strategyBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessFilippa Lentzos examines the Open Philanthropy Project's funding in the biosecurity field. She argues that the scale and speed of Open Phil's grantmaking may hurt the field by shaping the agenda of the field to be too focused on global catastrophic risks, and to be less diverse on the whole. The post is linked and discussed on the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Kkw8uDwGuNnBhiYHi/will-splashy-philanthropy-cause-the-biosecurity-field-to (GW, IR) by Tessa Alexanian. Howie Lempel, in the comments, describes more of the post author's views based on her past article https://thebulletin.org/2017/07/ignore-bill-gates-where-bioweapons-focus-really-belongs/ Others who share thoughts in the comments include Alex Foster, Denise Melchin, and Rob Bensinger.
Our Progress in 2018 and Plans for 20192019-04-15Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfareThe post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2018 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2017-and-plans-2018 and then lays out plans for 2019. The post notes that grantmaking was sustained at over $100 million. Hints of impact in the areas of criminal justice reform and animal welfare continue to be seen. Hiring to grow research analyst capacity was a top focus, led by Luke Muehlhauser, with the results detailed in the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/reflections-our-2018-generalist-research-analyst-recruiting by Muehlhauser. Operations capacity grew significantly under Beth Jones, who joined in May as Director of Operations
New grants from the Open Philanthropy Project and BERI2019-04-01Rob Bensinger Machine Intelligence Research InstituteOpen Philanthropy Project Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces two grants to it: a two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2019 totaling $2,112,500 from the Open Philanthropy Project, with half of it disbursed in 2019 and the other half disbursed in 2020. The amount disbursed in 2019 (of a little over $1.06 million) is on top of the $1.25 million already committed by the Open Philanthropy Project as part of the 3-year $3.75 million grant https://intelligence.org/2017/11/08/major-grant-open-phil/ The $1.06 million in 2020 may be supplemented by further grants from the Open Philanthropy Project. The grant size from the Open Philanthropy Project was determined by the Committee for Effective Altruism Support. The post also notes that the Open Philanthropy Project plans to determine future grant sizes using the Committee. MIRI expects the grant money to play an important role in decision-making as it executes on growing its research team as described in its 2018 strategy update post https://intelligence.org/2018/11/22/2018-update-our-new-research-directions/ and fundraiser post https://intelligence.org/2018/11/26/miris-2018-fundraiser/
With Launch Of New CRISPR Company, Competition Extends To Diagnostics2019-03-21Ellie Kincaid ForbesOpen Philanthropy Project Sherlock Biosciences LaunchScientific researchThe article describes the launch of Sherlock Biosciences, a company that aims to use CRISPR technology for diagnostics. It mentions the $17.5 million donation https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/sherlock-biosciences-research-viral-diagnostics plus undisclosed investment from the Open Philanthropy Project, as well as separate investment. Together, Sherlock Biosciences has raised $35 million
Important But Neglected: Why an Effective Altruist Funder Is Giving Millions to AI Security2019-03-20Tate Williams Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Center for Security and Emerging Technology Third-party coverage of donor strategyAI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Global catastrophic risks|SecurityThe article focuses on grantmaking by the Open Philanthropy Project in the areas of global catastrophic risks and security, particularly in AI safety and biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. It includes quotes from Luke Muehlhauser, Senior Research Analyst at the Open Philanthropy Project and the investigator for the $55 million grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/georgetown-university-center-security-and-emerging-technology to the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Muehlhauser was previously Executive Director at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. It also includes a quote from Holden Karnofsky, who sees the early interest of effective altruists in AI safety as prescient. The CSET grant is discussed in the context of the Open Philanthropy Project's hits-based giving approach, as well as the interest in the policy space in better understanding of safety and governance issues related to technology and AI
Committee for Effective Altruism Support2019-02-27Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Centre for Effective Altruism Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Center for Applied Rationality Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Broad donor strategyEffective altruism|AI safetyThe document announces a new approach to setting grant sizes for the largest grantees who are "in the effective altruism community" including both organizations explicitly focused on effective altruism and other organizations that are favorites of and deeply embedded in the community, including organizations working in AI safety. The committee comprises Open Philanthropy staff and trusted outside advisors who are knowledgeable about the relevant organizations. Committee members review materials submitted by the organizations; gather to discuss considerations, including room for more funding; and submit “votes” on how they would allocate a set budget between a number of grantees (they can also vote to save part of the budget for later giving). Votes of committee members are averaged to arrive at the final grant amounts. Example grants whose size was determined by the community is the two-year support to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2019 and one-year support to the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/centre-effective-altruism-general-support-2019
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20182018-12-20Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Alexander Berger Luke Muelhhauser National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Texas Organizing Project Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund The Humane League Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project Donor lottery Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global health and development|Migration policy|Effective altruismOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups. The post continues a tradition of similar posts published once a year
Scaling OFTW: Our First Hire And Funding From The Open Philanthropy Project2018-08-01Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan One for the WorldOpen Philanthropy Project Luke Ding One for the World Donee periodic updateEffective altruism/fundraisingOne for the World announces grants to it recommended by GiveWell, of $153,750 from the Open Philanthropy Project and $51,250 from Luke Ding. The funding is to cover two years of expenses, including hiring a COO for the first year, and a CEO in the second year. The post also announces the hiring of Evan McVail as COO, fulfilling part of the plan for the grant
Occasional update July 5 20182018-07-05Katja Grace AI ImpactsOpen Philanthropy Project Anonymous AI Impacts Donee periodic updateAI safetyKatja Grace gives an update on the situation with AI Impacts, including recent funding received, personnel changes, and recent publicity.In particular, a $100,000 donation from the Open Philanthropy Project and a $39,000 anonymous donation are mentioned, and team members Tegan McCaslin, Justis Mills, consultant Carl Shulman, and departing member Michael Wulfsohn are mentioned
The Most Unorthodox Big Foundation in America2018-05-18Marc Gunther Nonprofit ChroniclesOpen Philanthropy Project Third-party coverage of donor strategyThe article primarily links to and explains https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason which is a much longer article about the Open Philanthropy Project and its grantmaking. Unlike the linked article, the author goes more into his personal take on the subject, including how his recent visit to Rwanda, and how that has shifted him in the direction of donating to meet present-day needs
Giving in the Light of Reason2018-05-17Marc Gunther Stanford Social Innovation ReviewOpen Philanthropy Project Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Future Justice Fund Good Ventures The Humane League Direct Action Everywhere Target Malaria University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Alliance for Safety and Justice The Marshall Project Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific researchAn in-depth profile of the Open Philanthropy Project and its grantmaking, with a particular focus on discussion of the top grants in animal welfare and scientific research. The organizational history, grantmaking process, and internal culture are also discussed. Referenced in https://nonprofitchronicles.com/2018/05/18/the-most-unorthodox-big-foundation-in-america/ by the same author
Update on Partnerships with External Donors2018-05-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Future Justice Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Accountable Justice Action Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Miscellaneous commentaryCriminal justice reform,Animal welfareThe Open Philanthropy Project describes how it works with donors other than Good Ventures (the foundation under Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna that accounts for almost all Open Phil grantmaking). The blog post reiterates that the long-term goal is to inform many different funders, but that is not a short-term priority because the Open Philanthropy Project is not moving enough money to even achieve the total spend that Good Ventures is willing to go up to. The post mentions that Chloe Cockburn, the program officer for criminal justice reform, is working with other funders in criminal justice reform, and they have created a separate vehicle, the Accountable Justice Action Fund, to pool resources. Also, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, who previously worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, now have their own criminal justice-focused Future Justice Fund, and are getting help from Cockburn to allocate money from the fund. For causes outside of criminal justice reform, the role of Effective Altruism Funds (whose grantmaking is managed by Open Philanthropy Project staff members) is mentioned. Also, Lewis Bollard is said to have moved ~10% as much money through advice to other donors as he has moved through the Open Philanthropy Project
With the Backing of Top Funders, This Group is Taking the Criminal Justice System to Court2018-04-24Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropyMacArthur Foundation Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Civil Rights Corps Evaluator review of doneeCriminal justice reform/litigationThe article describes the efforts of Civil Rights Corps, an organization dedicated to challenging criminal justice abuses in court. It includes the Open Philanthropy Project and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative among its funders
This Powerhouse Funder is Still New to Scientific Research. Where Are Grants Going?2018-04-17Paul Karon Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Third-party coverage of donor strategyScientific researchThe article discusses grantmaking by the Open Philanthropy Project in the domain of scientific research, noting that the grants were often made in areas overlapping with other interests (such as global health). The large donation to the Institute for Protein Design in connection with influenza research is highlighted
Hiring analytical thinkers to help give away billions2018-03-30Ajeya Cotra MediumOpen Philanthropy Project Job advertisementOpen Philanthropy Project research analyst Ajeya Cotra speaks highly of the work there, and highlights the new research analyst positions the organization is hiring for. The post would be shared on Facebook by Claire Zabel at https://www.facebook.com/claire.zabel/posts/10216805589078395 and 80,000 Hours at https://www.facebook.com/80000Hours/posts/1703309639750767
Managing Funder-Grantee Dynamics Responsibly2018-03-30Michael Levine Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryMichael Levine of the Open Philanthropy Project discusses how big donors (like the Open Philanthropy Project) can unduly influence the plans of existing and potential grantees, and what the organization is doing to mitigate that impact
Hi, I'm Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy2018-03-26Holden Karnofsky Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Job advertisementHolden Karnofsky opens himself up to questions about what it is like to work at the Open Philanthropy Project. This is part of a concerted push by Open Phil to increase its number of research analysts
Our Progress in 2017 and Plans for 20182018-03-20Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific research|Cause prioritizationThe post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2017 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2016-and-plans-2017 and then lays out plans fo 2018. The post notes that grantmaking was sustained at the expected level of over $100 million, and that hints of impact are being seen in the areas where they would be expected, namely criminal justice reform and animal welfare. Deep independent investigations, such as https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/The_impacts_of_incarceration_on_crime_10.pdf by David Roodman for criminal justice reform and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/how-will-hen-welfare-be-impacted-transition-cage-free-housing by Ajeya Cotra for animal welfare, are highlighted. Scientific research is identified as an area of strong progress, with the transformative R01 second chance program https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-second-chance-program-nih-transformative-research-applicants highlighted. The separation from GiveWell was completed in 2017. For 2018, hiring is a top priority, while the level of giving is expected to be maintained at the current level of over $100 million
An Update to How We’re Thinking About Grant Check-Ins2018-03-09Morgan Davis Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryMorgan Davis of the Open Philanthropy Project describes the process that the organization uses to check in on and learn from past grants. A check-in has three goals: updates (most frequent, and quite minor), lessons (less frequent, more important, and more wide-ranging), and impact (most rare, but really important when it occurs)
The world’s most intellectual foundation is hiring. Holden Karnofsky, founder of GiveWell, on how philanthropy can have maximum impact by taking big risks.2018-02-27Robert Wiblin Kieran Harris Holden Karnofsky 80,000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAI safety|Global catastrophic risks|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Global health and development|Animal welfare|Scientific researchThis interview, with full transcript, is an episode of the 80,000 Hours podcast. In the interview, Karnofsky provides an overview of the cause prioritization and grantmaking strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project, and also notes that the Open Philanthropy Project is hiring for a number of positions
New Job Opportunities2018-02-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Job advertisementHolden Karnofsky links to job opening pages for generalist Research Analyst and Senior Research Analyst roles, specialized roles related to AI risk, roles such as Grants Associate, Operations Associate, and General Counsel, and the Director of Operations
Where, why and how I donated in 20172018-02-01Ben Kuhn Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Effective Altruism Grants GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and developmentKuhn describes his decision to allocate his donation amount ($60,000, calculated as 50% of his income for the year) between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year
Update on Cause Prioritization at Open Philanthropy2018-01-26Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritizationThis very long blog post describes how the Open Philanthropy Project currently views its trade-off between near-termist human welfare, near-termist animal welfare, and long-termism. It also discusses allocation to different causes within these broad cause types. It builds upon ideas discussed at http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/worldview-diversification and http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/good-ventures-and-giving-now-vs-later-2016-update
Fish: The Forgotten Farm Animal2018-01-18Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/fishThe blog post, cross-posted from a newsletter published by the author, makes the case that fish welfare is neglected within the domain of factory farming, and provides suggestions for how to address that problem, including suggestions that the Open Philanthropy Project (where Bollard is the Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare) is acting upon
A Research Funder Knocks on the NIH's Door Looking for Ideas—And Big Grants Flow2018-01-11Tate Williams Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Arizona State University University of Notre Dame Rockefeller University University of California, San Francisco Third-party coverage of donor strategyScientific researchThe article discusses the Open Philanthropy Project second chance funding program for rejected applicants of the National Institutes of Health transformative R01 program
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20172017-12-21Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Nick Beckstead Daniel Dewey Center for International Security and Cooperation Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Good Call Court Watch NOLA Compassion in World Farming USA Wild-Animal Suffering Research Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Donor lottery Future of Humanity Institute Center for Human-Compatible AI Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Criminal justice reformOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups
Our ‘Second Chance’ Program for NIH Transformative Research Applicants2017-12-20Heather Youngs Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Arizona State University University of Notre Dame Rockefeller University Univesity of California San Francisco Broad donor strategyScientific research/transformative R01The blog post describes a "second chance" program that the Open Philanthropy Project ran for rejected applications to the National Institutes of Health transformative R01 program https://commonfund.nih.gov/tra Four grants were made based on this, totaling $10.8 million. The grants were also covered in Nature at https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08795-0
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 20172017-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectHolden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationOpen Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post
Reasoning Transparency2017-12-12Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementThe document describes what sort of document structure for discourse and research exposition is most helpful to the Open Philanthropy Project as a consumer of the work. Announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/i2F6YxE14O8
Update on Investigating Neglected Goals in Biological Research2017-11-30Nick Beckstead Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project Target Malaria Broad donor strategyScientific research,Global health,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,AgricultureThe blog post describes the way the Open Philanthropy Project is identifying neglected goals in biological research. Previously the hope was to investigate sub-areas deeply and produce write-ups. Now, the approach is more "opportunistic": rather than do public write-ups, staff look out for good opportunities for shovel-ready or highly promising grants in the specific topics identified as having strong potential
How to end animal agriculture as soon as possible2017-09-27Robert Wiblin Lewis Bollard 80,000 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 reformThe 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 safetyThis 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
A major grant from the Open Philanthropy Project2017-09-08Malo Bourgon Machine Intelligence Research InstituteOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donee periodic updateAI safetyMIRI announces that it has received a three-year grant at $1.25 million per year from the Open Philanthropy Project, and links to the announcement from Open Phil at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2017 and notes "The Open Philanthropy Project has expressed openness to potentially increasing their support if MIRI is in a position to usefully spend more than our conservative estimate, if they believe that this increase in spending is sufficiently high-value, and if we are able to secure additional outside support to ensure that the Open Philanthropy Project isn’t providing more than half of our total funding."
Should EAs think twice before donating to GFI? (GW, IR)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
Fear and Loathing at Effective Altruism Global 20172017-08-16Scott Alexander Slate Star CodexOpen Philanthropy Project GiveWell Centre for Effective Altruism Center for Effective Global Action Raising for Effective Giving 80,000 Hours Wild-Animal Suffering Research Qualia Research Institute Foundational Research Institute Miscellaneous commentaryScott Alexander describes his experience at Effective ALtruism Global 2017. He describes how the effective altruism movement has both the formal-looking, "suits" people who are in charge of large amounts of money, and the "weirdos" who are toying around with ideas that seem strange and are not mainstream even within effective altruism. However, he feels that rather than being two separate groups, the two groups blend into and overlap with each other. He sees this as a sign that the effective altruism movement is composed of genuinely good people who are looking to make a difference, and explains why he thinks they are succeeding
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 work (GW, IR)2017-07-07Daniel Dewey Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI safetyPost 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 reformThe 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 reformThe 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
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 reformExplanation 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
Our Progress in 2016 and Plans for 20172017-03-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyScientific research|AI safetyThe blog post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2016 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2015-and-plans-2016 and then lays out plans for 2017. The post notes success in scaling up grantmaking, as hoped for in last year's plan. The spinoff from GiveWell is still not completed because it turned out to be more complex than expected, but it is expected to be finished in mid-2017. Open Phil highlights the hiring of three Scientific Advisors (Chris Somerville, Heather Youngs, and Daniel Martin-Alarcon) in mid-2016, as part of its scientific research work. The organization also plans to focus more on figuring out how to decide how much money to allocate between different cause areas, with Karnofsky's worldview diversification post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/worldview-diversification also highlighted. There is no plan to scale up staff or grantmmaking (unlike 2016, when the focus was to scale up hiring, and 2015, when the focus was to scale up staff)
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 reformThe 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 ProjectGood Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities 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 developmentExplanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20162016-12-14Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectJaime Yassif Chloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Daniel Dewey Nick Beckstead Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Alliance for Safety and Justice Cosecha Animal Charity Evaluators Compassion in World Farming USA Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute 80,000 Hours Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listAnimal welfare|AI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Effective altruism|Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas
Worldview Diversification2016-12-13Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritizationThe blog post discusses the challenge of comparing donation opportunities in very different cause areas, and the importance of relying on a diversity of worldviews to inform grantmaking strategy
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
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 safetyOpen 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 safetyReviews 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 reformAn 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 Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Review of current state of cause areaAI safetyIn 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
Our Progress in 2015 and Plans for 20162016-04-29Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyScientific research|AI safetyThe blog post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2015 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/open-philanthropy-project-progress-2014-and-plans-2015 and then lays out plans for 2016. The post notes the following in relation to its 2015 plans: it succeeded in hiring and expanding the team, but had to scale back on its scientific research ambitions in mid-2015. For 2016, Open Phil plans to focus on scaling up its grantmaking and reducing its focus on hiring. AI safety is declared as an intended priority for 2016, with Daniel Dewey working on it full-time, and Nick Beckstead and Holden Karnofsky also devoting significant time to it. The post also notes plans to continue work on separating the Open Philanthropy Project from GiveWell
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
Suggestions for individual donors from Open Philanthropy Project staff2015-12-23Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Howie Lempel Alliance for Safety and Justice Bronx Freedom Fund The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Center for Global Development Center for Popular Democracy Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Global healthOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas. The post was originally published to the GiveWell blog
ALLEVIATING ANIMAL SUFFERING: A CONVERSATION WITH LEWIS BOLLARD2015-11-29Marc Gunther Nonprofit ChroniclesOpen Philanthropy 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
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 reformThe 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 reformThe 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
Open Philanthropy Project: Progress in 2014 and Plans for 20152015-03-12Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyGlobal catastrophic risks|Scientific research|Global health and developmentThe blog post compares progress made by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2015 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/givewell-labs-progress-2013-and-plans-2014 and lays out further plans for 2015. The post says that progress in the areas of U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks was substantial and matched expectations, but progress in scientific research and global health and development was less than hoped for. The plan for 2015 is to focus on growing more in the domain of scientific research and postpone work on global health and development (thus freeing up staff capacity). There is much more detail in the post
Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy2015-03-10Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Animal welfare,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Migration policy,Drug policyOriginally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/03/10/open-philanthropy-project-update-u-s-policy/ where comments can still be found. This is an annual update on where the Open Philanthropy Project stands on its investigation of United States policy issues. Some of the cause areas covered under what they call United States policy would later include grants to outside the United States (in particular, animal welfare), while others, such as criminal justice reform and macroeconomic stabilization policy, would remain within the United States
Thoughts on the Sandler Foundation2015-02-24Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectSandler Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Center for American Progress ProPublica Center for Responsible Lending Washington Center for Equitable Growth Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Third-party coverage of donor strategyThis blog post originally appeared on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/02/24/thoughts-on-the-sandler-foundation/ prior to the Open Phil blog launch. The post is part of Open Phil research into how different foundations structure their operations and giving. The post covers the Sandler Foundation, which has an unusual giving model, sacrificing cause-specific, domain-expert "program officers" and instead having a small staff that would opportunistically shift between researching different giving opportunities. Successes of the Sandler Foundation were noted, including forming the Center for American Progress, ProPublica, Center for Responsible Lending, and Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and providing support to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Sandler Foundation approach was described as follows: (1) The priority placed on funding strong leadership, (2) A high level of “opportunism”: being ready to put major funding or no funding behind an idea, depending on the quality of the specific opportunity. Ultimately, the post concluded that Open Phil would probably stick with the more standard program officer model and including a mix of larger and smaller grants. Reasons given were: (a) Open Phil's policy priorities mapped less clearly to existing political platforms than the Sandler Foundation's, so it would be harder to find fully aligned leaders, (b) Open Phil sees a good deal of value in relatively small, low-confidence, low-due-diligence grants that give a person/team a chance to “get an idea off the ground.” We’ve made multiple such grants to date and we plan on continuing to do so, (c) confidence in the Sandler Foundation's track record was not very high. However, Open Phil might experiment with using generalist staff in addition to program officers; the generalists would scan across issues to find and vet opportunities
Criminal justice reform2014-11-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaCriminal justice reformThe document gives the state of understanding of the Open Philanthropy Project as of November 2014, of the landscrape for criminal justice reform in the United States. It was originally prepared for a November 2014 convening. It is superseded by later documents, in particular https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/criminal-justice-reform-strategy (2017-03-27)
Potential Global Catastrophic Risk Focus Areas2014-06-26Alexander Berger Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Global catastrophic risksIn this blog post originally published at https://blog.givewell.org/2014/06/26/potential-global-catastrophic-risk-focus-areas/ Alexander Berger goes over a list of seven types of global catastrophic risks (GCRs) that the Open Philanthropy Project has considered. He details three promising areas that the Open Philanthropy Project is exploring more and may make grants in: (1) Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, (2) Geoengineering research and governance, (3) AI safety. For the AI safety section, there is a note from Executive Director Holden Karnofsky saying that he sees AI safety as a more promising area than Berger does
Potential U.S. Policy Focus Areas2014-05-29Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritization|Criminal justice reform|Drug policy|Migration policy|Macroeconomic stabilization policy|Global health and development|Climate change|Tax policyThe blog post reviews the current understanding of the Open Philanthropy Project of various cause areas that they are considering for their grantmaking. They break up the cause areas discussed as: Windows of opportunity: outstanding tractability (i.e., "the time is right"), Ambitious longshots: outstanding importance, and Green fields: outstanding "room for more philanthropy". Other causes of interest (that do not neatly fit into one of these boxes) are also discussed
Criminal Justice Reform2014-05-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaCriminal justice reformThe document summarizes the state of investigation of the Open Philanthropy Project into criminal justice reform in a United States context, as of May 2014. The nutshell headers are: What is the state of our investigation into U.S. criminal justice reform? Why are we making criminal justice reform grants? What is the problem? What are possible interventions?
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
GiveWell Labs - Progress in 2013 and Plans for 20142014-03-05Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritizationOriginally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2014/03/05/givewell-labs-progress-in-2013-and-plans-for-2014/ where comments can still be found. This is an annual update on the state of the Open Philanthropy Project, which, at the time, was called GiveWell Labs. It describes the areas that the Open Philanthropy Project plans to focus on, and the level of depth it plans to go into
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
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
Thoughts on the Singularity Institute (SI) (GW, IR)2012-05-11Holden Karnofsky LessWrongOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI safetyPost discussing reasons Holden Karnofsky, co-executive director of GiveWell, does not recommend the Singularity Institute (SI), the historical name for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. This evaluation would be the starting point for the initial position of the Open Philanthropy Project (a GiveWell spin-off grantmaker) toward MIRI, but Karnofsky and the Open Philanthropy Project would later update in favor of AI safety in general and MIRI in particular; this evolution is described in https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hKZNRSLm7zubKZmfA7vsXvkIofprQLGUoW43CYXPRrk/edit
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence2011-04-30Holden Karnofsky GiveWellOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI safetyIn this email thread on the GiveWell mailing list, Holden Karnofsky gives his views on the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), the former name for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). The reply emails include a discussion of how much weight to give to, and what to learn from, the support for MIRI by Peter Thiel, a wealthy early MIRI backer. In the final email in the thread, Holden Karnofsky includes an audio recording with Jaan Tallinn, another wealthy early MIRI backer. This analysis likely influences the review https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/6SGqkCgHuNr7d4yJm/thoughts-on-the-singularity-institute-si (GW, IR) published by Karnofsky next year, as well as the initial position of the Open Philanthropy Project (a GveWell spin-off grantmaker) toward MIRI
Advocacy for Improved or Increased U.S. Foreign AidOpen Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaGlobal health and developmentThe Open Philanthropy Project reviews the current state of policy advocacy for increasing development assistance from the United States government, in order to identify what a new funder (potentially, the Open Philanthropy Project) could do in the space
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 (122 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 122)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Global Food Partners3,500,000.0032019-09Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-food-partners-general-supportLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

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

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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This is a founding grant, so timing likely determined by timing of the creation of the organization
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36 Announced: 2019-09-05.
Anima367,222.00682019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/anima-movement-buildingLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Other notes: The grant is denominated in euros; it is €325,494 ($367,222.33 at the time of conversion). Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2019-07-18.
FAI Farms426,000.00622019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fai-farms-tilapia-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant page says: "This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we do not typically publish pages for contractor agreements, we chose to write about this funding because we view it as conceptually similar to an ordinary grant, despite its structure as a contract due to the recipient’s organizational form."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to develop welfare measures, best practice guidelines, and training materials to improve the welfare of farmed tilapia. FAI plans to research optimal stocking density, humane transport and slaughter methods, ways to minimize handling stress, and alternatives to mouth clipping of territorial male tilapia" Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2019-06-07.
FAI Farms107,200.00982019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fai-farms-cage-free-eggs-chinaLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. The grant page says: "This project was supported through a contractor agreement. While we do not typically publish pages for contractor agreements, we chose to write about this funding because we view it as conceptually similar to an ordinary grant, despite its structure as a contract due to the recipient’s organizational form."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support Chinese farm animal welfare auditor trainings, egg farm audits, and a cage-free conference. These projects will promote cage-free production in China, the world’s largest egg producer, and aim to reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens." Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-07.
World Animal Protection781,498.00342019-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-se-asia-broilerAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate broiler chicken campaigns in Southeast Asia with a focus on Thailand and Indonesia. WAP plans to increase its broiler chicken campaigns in Thailand and perform scoping research to lay the groundwork for future campaigns in Indonesia, as both Thailand and Indonesia have large numbers of farmed birds." Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: Thailand|Indonesia; announced: 2019-06-26.
MIT Media Lab1,000,000.00192019-03Global catastrophic risks|Global health|Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-media-lab-kevin-esveltClaire Zabel Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant over two years to the MIT Media Lab to support the research of Professor Kevin Esvelt. Professor Esvelt plans to use this funding to conduct research on global catastrophic risks, global health, and animal welfare. Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2019-06-26.
Rethink Priorities200,000.00832019-03Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rethink-priorities-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We believe more high-quality research in this area would help us and other farm animal welfare funders compare future opportunities." Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2019-07-18.
The Humane League1,565,000.00102019-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing is not explicitly discussed, but it is likely because the timeframe for the earlier grants is ending
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24 Announced: 2019-04-26.
New York University125,840.00942019-03Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/nyu-becca-frank-fish-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grant is "to support research scientist Becca Franks’ work on fish welfare. These funds will support projects including systematic reviews of the literature on aquaculture (farmed fish) welfare and general fish welfare, as well as research on curiosity, play, and positive emotions in fish." Announced: 2019-07-18.
Compassion in World Farming1,891,890.0092019-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-china-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the end of the previous two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china made February 2017
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24 Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-26.
Humane Slaughter Association570,402.00402019-03Animal welfare/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-wild-caught-fishLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £1,999,137 ($2,528,678 at time of conversion) Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2019-06-26.
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education368,188.00672019-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/jeanne-marchig-centre-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019Lewis Bollard Grant of £277,000 ($368,188.40 at time of conversion) over two years to the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh to support its work to improve farm animal welfare in China. The Centre plans to use these funds to continue hosting workshops for Chinese pig and poultry producers and to fund a promising Chinese farm animal welfare PhD to study at Edinburgh. Follows the March 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/jeanne-marchig-centre-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-04-02.
We Animals240,000.00782019-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/we-animals-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: According to the grant page, the grant is "to continue documenting the lives and experiences of farm animals. We Animals works with filmmakers, writers, and photographers to produce open-source media content that advocates and others can deploy in their campaigns. We Animals also intends to use some of the funds to support the Unbound Project, which recognizes and celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy." Announced: 2019-07-18.
World Animal Protection1,200,000.00162019-02Animal welfare/factory farming/pighttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No explicit amount-related reasons are provided, but this amount is over double the amount ($544,607) of the previous grant related to factory farming in China Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: China; announced: 2019-06-22.
University of California, Berkeley131,579.00922019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/uc-berkeley-alternate-meats-labLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support the Alternative Meats Lab, housed at The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The lab is the outgrowth of a class on developing animal product alternatives. This grant may help spur new startups developing alternatives to animal products, and could help build the talent pipeline for existing startups working in this space. Announced: 2019-02-22.
The Humane League750,000.00362019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely based on funding needs and the using up of funds from previous grants. No explicit reasons for timing are given Announced: 2019-04-30.
Compassion Over Killing250,000.00762019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-exit-grant-2019Amanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

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

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: There will be no next donation; this is an exit grant Announced: 2019-05-07.
Farm Forward166,000.00872019-01Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-exit-grantAmanda Hungerford Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: There will be no next donation; this is an exit grant Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-05-18.
Royal Veterinary College130,850.00932019-01Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/royal-vet-college-halalAmanda Hungerford Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of £100,000 ($130,850 at the time of conversion) Announced: 2019-05-23.
Princeton University170,000.00862019-01Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/princeton-university-guo-pengLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant, structured as a gift

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says the project "could bolster animal ethics in Chinese universities, foster more attention on these issues, and eventually influence policy discussions." Affected countries: China; announced: 2019-05-23.
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research3,000,000.0042018-12Animal welfare/factory farming/chick cullinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-egg-tech-challengeLewis Bollard Grant includes approximately $2,000,000 for FFAR to support research teams to compete for the prize, and approximately $1,000,000 for the prize itself, which will be awarded only if certain conditions are met. Lewis Bollard, the Open Phil program officer for farm animal welfare, believes this technology will end the acute suffering at death of ~6.5 billion chicks per year and will spare ~29 million hens per year from factory farming entirely because the aborted eggs will replace their output in the market. Grant follows an April 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-research to the same grantee to find solutions to bone fractures in cage-free hens and painful castration in piglets. Announced: 2019-03-21.
Global Animal Partnership500,000.00482018-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-farm-animal-welfare-activitiesLewis Bollard Grant to support corporate outreach and certification oversight. Renewal of past support in April 2016 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support and February 2017 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support-2017. Announced: 2018-12-12.
University of Bern150,000.00902018-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-bern-higher-welfare-cage-free-systemsLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to develop and implement a pilot project for U.S. egg producers, equipment installers, and USDA extension agents to learn about management of high-welfare, cage-free systems in Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. The funds will support Dr. Michael Toscano, Group Leader of Switzerland’s Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits, and colleagues to develop the educational program and deploy it with approximately 20 U.S. producers, installers, and extension agents. Due to Switzerland’s ban of battery cages in 1992, its producers and scientists have more than 25 years of experience managing cage-free systems. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-12-12.
University of British Columbia50,186.001112018-11Animal welfare/factory farming/pig/talent pipelinehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-british-columbia-research-pig-welfare-chinaLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to enable animal welfare science student Maria Chen to produce a Masters thesis on pig welfare in China. Her planned research could identify reform opportunities on mid-sized pig farms. Grant is devoted to building a talent pipeline for farm animal welfare research in China. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-12-12.
Chinese Animal Welfare Institute1,489,201.00132018-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-standards-project-chinese-animal-welfare-instituteLewis Bollard Grant of $2,064,034 AUD (approximately $1,489,201 US at the time of conversion; this amount may be adjusted based on future exchange rates) over three years to the Animal Welfare Standards Project (AWSP) to create an animal welfare-focused institute, to be called the Sino-Australian Animal Welfare Centre, within China. Specifically, AWSP intends to use these funds to open a central hub in Beijing, in liaison with the China Agricultural University, to focus on attitudes, motivations, engagement, and outreach on animal welfare. AWSP will be collaborating with other institutes around China to build animal welfare capacities across the region and hopes these institutes will help develop Chinese animal welfare subject matter experts. The grant renews https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-standards-project-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china (December 2016 support); general discussion of the thinking behind these grants is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-12-15.
Prevent Cruelty California4,000,000.0022018-10Animal welfare/factory farming/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/prevent-cruelty-california-prop-12Lewis Bollard Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Grantee is a coalition of veterinarians, animal shelters, farmworkers, food safety groups, and animal protection charities advocating for Proposition 12. Prop 12, which will appear on California’s general election ballot this November, would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for veal calves, pigs, and egg-laying hens, and would ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in California come from operations meeting these standards. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-10-05.
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics6,683.001222018-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/oxford-uehiro-centre-for-practical-ethics-animal-sentience-workshopLewis Bollard Discretionary grant of £5,217 ($6,683 at the time of conversion) to host a workshop on animal sentience. The one-day workshop aimed at academics and policymakers will include presentations of new science on animal sentience, including in fish and invertebrates, as well as discussions of the ethical and policy implications of those findings. Announced: 2018-10-20.
Food Frontier100,000.001002018-10Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/food-frontier-general-supportLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee is an Australian organization promoting plant-based meat alternatives, and will explore opportunities for Australia and New Zealand to supply the Asia-Pacific region with alternative proteins. Affected countries: Australia|New Zealand; announced: 2018-11-27.
University of Edinburgh102,041.00992018-10Animal welfare/talent pipelinehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/university-of-edinburgh-scholarship-program-in-applied-animal-behavior-and-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to provide scholarships for three African veterinarians or animal scientists to complete the Masters program in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. The grant is devoted to building a talent pipeline for farm animal welfare research in Africa, which could account for a large number of new farm animals in the next 50 years. Announced: 2018-11-27.
Otwarte Klatki10,350.001212018-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-care-conference-travel-grantsLewis Bollard Grant to make it possible for Eastern European farm animal advocates to attend the Conference on Animal Rights (CARE) in Europe in Prague in October. Follows previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-chicken-welfare-campaigns-poland-ukraine to Otwarte Klatki. Announced: 2019-01-31.
Eurogroup For Animals990,000.00322018-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-fish-welfare-2018Lewis Bollard Grant of €853,415 (approximately $990,000 at the time of conversion) over two years to Eurogroup for Animals to continue and expand its fish welfare advocacy. This will allow Eurogroup for Animals to continue and expand its EU-level political advocacy, its support of its member groups’ advocacy in member states, and its support for corporate reforms and increased research funding on fish welfare. Announced: 2018-10-05.
Better Eating International12,690.001192018-09Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for organizational development, follows February 2018 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-millenial-vegan-survey. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-10-20.
Griffith University100,000.001002018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018Lewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support a symposium on farm animal welfare in China in 2019 to be organized by Professor Deborah Cao, an expert on Chinese animal law, and to support Professor Cao’s work on a new book, in Chinese, about farm animal welfare. This renews the December 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-09-01.
Plant Based Foods Association250,000.00762018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/plant-based-foods-association-state-level-policy-advocacy-against-threats-to-the-plant-based-sectorLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for state-level policy advocacy against threats to the plant-based food sector. PBFA plans to use these funds to monitor, analyze, and, when necessary, oppose attempts to create policies that undermine plant-based alternatives to animal products. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-01.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal200,000.00832018-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/pig/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/forum-nacional-de-protecao-e-defesa-animal-crate-and-cage-free-campaigning-in-brazilLewis Bollard Grant over two years for campaigning to reduce the use of battery cages for layer hens and gestation crates for pigs in Brazil. FNPDA has played a role in securing crate-free pledges from Brazil’s four largest pork producers and cage-free pledges from 26 Brazilian food companies, and intends to use these funds to continue its corporate campaigns, to start a tracker of corporate implementation of cage-free pledges, and to host a conference with egg producers, food companies, scientists, and activists to discuss implementation. Renewal of October 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/forum-nacional-de-protecao-e-defesa-animal-international-cage-free-advocacy. Affected countries: Brazil; announced: 2018-09-28.
The Humane League10,000,000.0012018-08Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-support-2018Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

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

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

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

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing is not explicitly discussed, but it is likely because the timeframe for the earlier grants is ending
Intended funding timeframe in months: 42 Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-28.
Charity Science265,000.00742018-07Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/charity-science-development-of-new-animal-welfare-charitiesLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support the creation of new animal welfare charities through the Charity Entrepreneurship project. Charity Science plans to use these funds to review potential farm animal welfare interventions and incubate 3-5 new animal welfare charities, including the development of first-year plans, a training program teaching key skills, and ongoing assistance to the founders. Charity Science hopes the new groups will be able to secure ongoing funding to continue operations beyond the incubation period. Announced: 2018-07-26.
Commonwealth Veterinary Association31,355.001152018-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/commonwealth-veterinary-association-animal-welfare-workshopLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support travel for international farm animal welfare experts to attend an animal welfare workshop in March 2019 in Bangalore, India. Although legally structured as a contractor agreement, conceptually it is closer to a grant, hence is listed in the grants database. Affected countries: India; announced: 2018-07-06.
Animal Equality2,772,430.0052018-06Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Grant for corporate lobbying in the United States, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and Spain, covering cage-free and broiler welfare campaigns. Combination of five grants spanning three years. Affected countries: United States|Brazil|Italy|Mexico|Spain; announced: 2018-07-12.
Compassion in World Farming10,720.001202018-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Other notes: Discretionary grant for organizational development. Follows the October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-end-the-cage-age-campaign. Announced: 2018-06-28.
Mercy For Animals375,000.00652018-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-us-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaignsLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support broiler chicken welfare corporate campaigns. It follows two 2016 grants: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-broiler-chicken-welfare-corporate-campaigns and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/mercy-animals-corporate-cage-free-campaigns. Announced: 2018-06-15.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals231,677.00812018-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/rspca-broiler-breed-studyLewis Bollard Discretionary grant of £171,600 (approximately $231,677 at the time of conversion) to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to support a broiler chicken breed welfare study. The study, to be conducted by the Royal Veterinary College under RSPCA supervision, will test the welfare of two new breeds and will validate two new behavioral measures to enhance future breed tests. Affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2018-06-15.
International Society for Applied Ethology135,412.00912018-04Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/international-society-applied-ethology-advance-farm-animal-welfare-science-in-developing-nationsLewis Bollard Grant over two years to support workshops, scholarships, and an online hub to advance farm animal welfare science in developing nations. Announced: 2018-05-17.
Changing Tastes50,000.001122018-04Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/changing-tastes-market-insights-business-engagement-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Grant to conduct research on attitudes about humane production of fish and seafood among U.S. restaurant and supply chain decision-makers and consumers. Changing Tastes, a food consultancy, intends to conduct surveys to identify current marketplace recognition of humane production and disseminate the results via trade conferences and media. Legally structured as contract work, but conceptually considered similar to a grant, hence reported in the grants database. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-07-12.
Brighter Green430,000.00612018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018Lewis Bollard Total across two grants, one of which was discretionary. The grants represent a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china (September 2016). Grant supports work to host another national China Good Food Hero Summit as well as regional summits, administer a “Good Food Incubator” for activists and social enterprises, and research the state of factory farming and advocacy in China. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
WildAid500,000.00482018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wildaid-reducing-meat-consumption-china-2018Lewis Bollard Grant to support WildAid’s campaign to reduce meat consumption in China. More general information is available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-03-24.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council13,813.001182018-03Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-organizational-developmentLewis Bollard Discretionary grant for general support; renews https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-fish-welfare-standard-development (November 2017). Announced: 2018-04-19.
Compassion in World Farming USA1,500,000.00112018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support-2018Lewis Bollard Grant for general support for three years, starting 2018. Renewal of original grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/CIWF-USA-general-support Grantee has been a contributor to cage-free reforms and broiler welfare reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-26.
ACTAsia350,000.00692018-03Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/act-asia-reduce-fur-demand-2018Lewis Bollard Total across two grants to support work on a fur-free ad campaign, fur-free courses at Chinese design colleges, research and reporting on the fur industry, and a Sustainable Fashion Forum to discuss alternatives to fur. Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-05-31.
Better Eating International67,110.001102018-02Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/better-eating-international-millenial-vegan-surveyLewis Bollard Discretionary grant to support a market research study to "Segment U.S. millennials for Targeted Vegan Education.". Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Cynthia Schuck & Wladimir Alonso96,130.001052018-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/cynthia-schuck-wladimir-alonso-daly-projectLewis Bollard Grant to develop a model for evaluating disability-adjusted life year (DALY) impacts of animal welfare reforms. This six-month pilot project will focus on the impact of various potential welfare reforms for pigs, including banning crates or mutilations and requiring indoor enrichment or outdoor access. If successful, the project could be expanded to analyze the DALY impact of other welfare reforms for other farmed species. Announced: 2018-05-17.
Farm Forward165,691.00882018-02Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-leadership-circle-2018Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor retrospective of the donation: The exit grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-exit-grant made next year suggests that the results of the grant were not fully satisfactory Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-05.
Humane Society Legislative Fund525,000.00452017-12Animal welfare/factory farming/legislative standardshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/Humane-Society-Legislative-Fund-Opposing-King-AmendmentLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

Other notes: Grant made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, because it is being used for lobbying purposes. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-04-30.
Family Farm Action153,000.00892017-12Animal welfare/factory farming/legislative standardshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/family-farm-action-opposing-king-amendmentLewis Bollard Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, because of the funding being used for lobbying efforts

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support efforts to defeat the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, also known as the King Amendment. The amendment, if enacted, would prevent states from imposing animal welfare standards on the sale of animal products produced in another state. FFA plans to conduct grassroots outreach to affected groups, especially family farmers." Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-06-07.
Otwarte Klatki472,864.00572017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/otwarte-klatki-chicken-welfare-campaigns-poland-ukraineLewis Bollard Grant to support farm animal welfare campaigns and organizational capacity building in Poland and Ukraine. The funding will allow Otwarte Klatki to launch broiler chicken welfare campaigns in Poland and cage-free campaigns in Ukraine, as well as support expenses related to a planned merger with the Danish animal rights organization, Anima. Affected countries: Poland|Ukraine; announced: 2017-11-21.
Animal Equality2,110,460.0072017-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-eu-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Grant to support corporate outreach and animal welfare campaigns, investigations, and capacity building for Animal Equality’s teams in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Program Officer and grant investigator Lewis Bollard is pleased with the grantee who received a $500,000 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacy in 2016. Affected countries: Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-28.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council533,036.00442017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/aquaculture-stewardship-council-fish-welfare-standard-developmentLewis Bollard Grant over two years, denominatoted in euros (€459,000). Grantee goal is to develop an objective, evidence-based standard that is applicable to all eligible ASC-certified species and recognized globally. Announced: 2017-11-28.
Association L2141,347,742.00152017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/L214-broiler-chicken-campaignsLewis Bollard Grant over two years of €1,140,000 (approximately $1,347,742 at the time of conversion). Using this funding, L214 will conduct a campaign advocating for reduced chicken meat consumption as well as a corporate campaign targeting higher welfare standards for broiler chickens. Affected countries: France; announced: 2017-12-08.
theguardian.org886,600.00332017-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/the-guardian-journalism-factory-farmingLewis Bollard Grant to support journalism on factory farming and farm animal cruelty. Theguardian.org has stated that it will regard the funds to The Guardian newspaper, which will allow The Guardian to increase its reporting output on issues related to factory farming, including publishing approximately one article per week as well as the creation of multimedia content. In keeping with The Guardian’s journalistic and transparency standards, all supported content will be clearly labeled and the Open Philanthropy Project will have no editorial control over the content ultimately published. Announced: 2017-12-08.
fair-fish international association453,841.00582017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/fair-fish-international-fish-welfare-standardsLewis Bollard Grant over two years for a farmed fish welfare assessment and standards project. FFI’s research team, FishEthoBase, will work jointly with fish welfare certifier Friend of the Sea (FOS) to assess fish welfare at approximately 50% of all FOS-certified farms. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in FOS standards. Additionally, FFI plans to share its findings through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences. Announced: 2017-12-08.
The Good Food Institute1,500,000.00112017-11Animal welfare/factory farming/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support-2017Lewis Bollard Renewal of previous grant of $1,000,000 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-support Lewis Bollard considers GFI to be the leading nonprofit promoting meat alternatives, and is impressed with its strategic support for early-stage companies producing plant-based products, such as Good Dot and Good Catch. Announced: 2018-01-05.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals374,631.00662017-10Animal 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 Net50,000.001122017-10Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-net-co-organizing-workshops-world-bankLewis Bollard Grant to support engagement with the World Bank to co-organize farm animal welfare workshops. The funding is intended to allow WAN to contribute to the preparatory work and costs of the workshops; invite farm animal welfare experts/scientists who could potentially advocate for animal welfare reforms to the workshops; support research, analysis, and coordination of advocacy strategy in advance of the workshops; and conduct post-workshop follow-up and dissemination activities. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Anima683,000.00382017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/anima-corporate-campaigns-merger-supportLewis Bollard Two grants combined. Funding to support chicken welfare campaigns and organizational capacity building in Scandinavia. Affected countries: Scandinavia; announced: 2017-11-21.
Compassion in World Farming1,000,000.00192017-10Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-end-the-cage-age-campaignLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Budget available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/CIWF_End_the_Cage_Age_Campaign_2017.pdf Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-14.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries1,000,000.00192017-09Animal 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.
Global Animal Partnership285,000.00732017-09Animal 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.
Eurogroup for Animals625,400.00392017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-eu-chicken-welfare-advocacyLewis Bollard Grant over two years, denominated in euros (€530,000) to support EU policy advocacy for chicken welfare. Grantee plans to use these funds on either broiler chicken or egg-laying hen welfare campaigns, depending upon which campaign appears most tractable. Actual financing of the grant from a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Announced: 2017-11-28.
Global Aquaculture Alliance435,000.00602017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-aquaculture-alliance-fish-welfare-best-practicesLewis Bollard Grant over two years via the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation to develop best practices and proposed animal welfare standards for three farmed fish species. Announced: 2017-12-01.
The Humane League2,000,000.0082017-09Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-freehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-open-wing-alliance-2017Lewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

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

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Announced: 2017-10-09.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations332,944.00702017-07Animal 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.
Animal Welfare Action Lab79,100.001092017-06Animal welfare/factory farming/survey researchhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-welfare-action-lab-meat-reduction-surveyLewis Bollard Discretionary grant via the Reducetarian Foundation to fund a study to replicate and improve upon an earlier multi-wave study by grantee (AWAL). Improvements include a larger, more representative sample via YouGov, and the potential to fund a third-wave component analyzing whether any effect endures after two months. Funds primarily cover spending on YouGov. The initial amount of $58,550 was topped up by $20,550 in July 2018, for a total of $79,100. Announced: 2017-08-21.
Humane Slaughter Association419,236.00632017-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Grant of grant of £331,458 ($419,236 at time of conversion). Budget breakdown in the project proposal at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/HSA/Revised_HSA_Project_Proposal_190916.pdf Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-07-19.
Humane Slaughter Association2,528,678.0062017-06Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-slaughter-association-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

Other notes: Grant to support research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid). Grant made in light of perceived lack of fish welfare efforts relative to importance of the issue. The funding will allow HSA to seek proposals for research to improve the welfare of farmed fish, decapod crustaceans (crabs, lobsters), and/or coleoid cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, squid), and to translate related HSA publications. This work may take several years depending on the nature of the research applications received. Announced: 2017-11-08.
Compassion in World Farming USA30,000.001162017-05Animal 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 Equality292,000.00722017-05Animal 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.
People for Animals120,000.00952017-05Animal 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 International1,100,000.00172017-05Animal 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 Animals500,000.00482017-05Animal 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.
Eurogroup for Animals14,961.001172017-05Animal 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.
Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research1,000,000.00192017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken and pighttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/foundation-food-and-agriculture-research-farm-animal-welfare-researchLewis Bollard 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.
The Greenfield Project500,000.00482017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/greenfield-project-general-supportLewis Bollard Grant provides seed funding for new group created by Liz Hamilton and Ashley Carr pushing for federal reforms to improve farm animal welfare. Recipient plans to use this grant to conduct research, build relationships with government officials, build coalitions, and use legal and public relations advocacy to advance farm animal welfare reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-07-21.
Animal Charity Evaluators500,000.00482017-04Animal welfare/factory farming/meta/charity evaluatorhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-charity-evaluators-general-supportLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

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

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

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

Other notes: See also https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/on-receiving-a-grant-from-the-open-philanthropy-project/ on the ACE blog. It says "We feel that this grant is a reaffirmation of the value and impact of ACE’s work, and we are incredibly honored to have been selected." It says: "To those who may wonder if ACE will still be able to efficiently use additional donations, at this stage the answer is an emphatic yes." It links to https://animalcharityevaluators.org/about/background/goals-and-strategy/ fo the goals for 2017, and to https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/ace-fundraising-restrictions/ for its 2017 fundraising. Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2017-06-09.
Wageningen UR88,345.001072017-03Animal 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.
International Society for Applied Ethology40,000.001142017-03Animal welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/international-society-applied-ethology-travel-scholarshipsLewis Bollard Grant to support travel scholarships for animal welfare scientists, government and NGO veterinarians, and graduate students from developing nations to attend the 2017 51st International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Announced: 2017-06-16.
Institute for Advancement of Animal Welfare Science80,400.001082017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/colorado-state-university-planning-giftLewis Bollard Grant goes for Colorado State University research on broiler chicken welfare. Discretionary grant. Amount increased from original value of $25,300 to $80,400 on 2018-02-16. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Announced: 2017-06-26.
World Animal Protection517,588.00462017-03Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-broiler-chicken-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Donee's budget proposal is at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/World_Animal_Protection/Revised_WAP_Chicken_Campaign_Proposal_REDACTED.xlsx Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2017-06-26.
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education255,816.00752017-03Animal 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 International1,364,000.00142017-03Animal 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.
Global Animal Partnership200,000.00832017-02Animal 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.
Global Animal Partnership515,000.00472017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-broiler-chicken-welfare-researchLewis Bollard Grant to support research into broiler chicken welfare at the University of Guelph. Followup to general support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/global-animal-partnership-general-support. Announced: 2018-10-05.
Compassion in World Farming765,112.00352017-02Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Budget available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CIWF/CIWF_China_Programme_Budget_2015-16_to_2020-21.pdf Grant made in UK sterling, value 598,500, dollar amount of 765,112 at time of conversion Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-04-19.
Dyrevernalliansen378,000.00642017-02Animal 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.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals453,440.00592017-02Animal 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.
Farm Forward100,000.001002017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/farm-forward-broiler-chicken-welfare-advocacyLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

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

Other notes: Recipient works with institutions that purchase animal food products, and pushes them to raise the standards of treatment of animals for the food they purchased, through the Leadership Circle. Example: sourcing 100% of chicken from farms that are certified to at least Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step two in two years. Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; announced: 2017-03-30.
Compassion in World Farming1,026,253.00182017-01Animal welfare/factory farming/fishhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-world-farming-fish-welfareLewis Bollard Donation process: One of the two grants is being made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Other notes: Two grants totaling £805,000 ($1,026,253 at the time of conversion). Announced: 2018-01-19.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries317,060.00712017-01Animal 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 Contemporaries111,986.00972017-01Animal 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.
Griffith University120,000.00952016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Grant made to support a symposium on farm animal welfare in China, related papers, and a book. Grant supports the work of Deborah Cao, who plans to use this grant to fund her collaboration with several Chinese animal studies academics to write papers on farm animal welfare and vegetarianism in China; to host a Farm Animal Welfare in China Symposium in Beijing in 2017; and to edit and publish a book on farm animal welfare. Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-05-03.
Compassion Over Killing500,000.00482016-12Animal welfare/factory farming/chickenhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/compassion-over-killing-us-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

Other notes: Part of a strategy focus on broiler chicken welfare in late 2016, though no overarching document on this has been posted. See also https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/search/?query=broiler%20chicken. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-16.
The Pollination Project233,000.00802016-12Animal welfare/movement buildinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/pollination-project-global-animal-advocacy-movementLewis Bollard Grant to support a new pilot project focused on building the grassroots farm animal welfare movement globally. Announced: 2017-02-16.
Eurogroup for Animals535,699.00432016-12Animal welfare/fish welfarehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/eurogroup-animals-fish-welfareLewis Bollard First grant in support of fish welfare. Grant denominated in euros at €498,928. Open Phil considers fish farming a candidate for the farming that causes the most suffering; however, there are no existing groups focusing on fish welfare. Announced: 2017-03-13.
Animal Welfare Standards Project238,212.00792016-12Animal 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.
The Humane League1,000,000.00192016-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-general-supportLewis Bollard Donation process: No details are provided for this grant, but it likely builds on past vetting of the organization for the earlier cage-free campaign grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacy

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

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

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

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

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
Green Monday226,000.00822016-11Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/green-monday-promoting-work-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
The Humane Society of the United States1,000,000.00192016-11Animal 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.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.00192016-11Animal 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.
World Animal Protection544,607.00422016-10Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup February 2019 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/world-animal-protection-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2019 suggests that this grant would be considered a success Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-26.
Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal100,000.001002016-10Animal 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.
Brighter Green99,360.001042016-09Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/brighter-green-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-11.
The Good Food Institute1,000,000.00192016-09Animal welfare/meat alternativeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/good-food-institute-general-supportLewis Bollard Announced: 2016-10-25.
WildAid700,000.00372016-09Animal welfare/factory farming/Chinahttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/wildaid-reducing-meat-consumption-chinaLewis Bollard Part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09). Affected countries: China; announced: 2016-10-25.
Humane Society International1,000,000.00192016-08Animal 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 Animals1,000,000.00192016-08Animal 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 Equality500,000.00482016-08Animal 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 Animals89,392.001062016-08Animal 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.
The Humane League1,000,000.00192016-07Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Donation process: No details are provided for this grant, but it likely builds on past vetting of the organization for the previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns and general interest in cage-free campaigns described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

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

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

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

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

Other notes: Part of a second phase (focused on internationalization) of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for description of overall cage-free effort and see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d for description of internationalization phase. This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Announced: 2016-10-03.
Global Animal Partnership500,000.00482016-04Animal 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.
Compassion in World Farming USA550,000.00412016-04Animal 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.
The Humane League1,000,000.00192016-02Animal 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 Donation process: The donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more background. The specific process for The Humane League is not discussed in detail; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/humane-league-corporate-cage-free-campaigns#Our_process

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support corporate cage-free campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

Other notes: This and other grants from Open Philanthropy Project to The Humane League are discussed in https://ssir.org/articles/entry/giving_in_the_light_of_reason as part of an overview of the Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-02-24.
Mercy For Animals1,000,000.00192016-02Animal 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 States500,000.00482016-02Animal 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.

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 13 8 47 0.1702 0.3424 0.3551
Michael Sesser 4 4 42 0.0952 0.3086 0.4965
Grace King 4 4 42 0.0952 0.3086 0.6105
Vidur Kapur 3 3 42 0.0714 0.2673 0.1599
Josh Jacobson 3 3 42 0.0714 0.2673 0.3585
David Barry 3 3 42 0.0714 0.2673 0.5784
Saulius Šimčikas 3 3 42 0.0714 0.2673 0.1213
Max Broad 3 3 42 0.0714 0.2673 0.5683
Michael Dickens 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.2593
Joshua Kissel 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.137
Jonathon Smith 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.374
JP Addison 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.5413
Jay Feldman 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.6134
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.053
Nick Brown 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.6134
Robert Yaman 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.3656
Cornelis Haupt 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.1917
Catherine Low 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.5648
Amy Johnson 2 2 42 0.0476 0.2182 0.6134
Tyler John 3 2 43 0.0465 0.1782 0.2164
Peter Hurford 6 2 46 0.0435 0.126 0.0941
Paulina Widmer 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.5103
Zachary Groff 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.3572
Pablo Stafforini 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.051
Oliver Base 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.5103
Raymond Arnold 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.5103
Nicholas Link 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.051
Robin Polding 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.2551
Samuel Hilton 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.3572
Akhil Jalan 1 1 42 0.0238 0.1543 0.5103