Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Criminal justice reform)

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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 199 150,000 366,654 5,000 40,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 280,000 491,000 900,000 4,000,000
Criminal justice reform 198 145,000 361,579 5,000 40,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 145,000 200,000 279,000 425,000 850,000 4,000,000
Drug policy 1 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630 1,371,630

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 2015 2014 2013
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 198 123 71,592,586.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 20,089,473.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Drug policy (filter this donor) 1 1 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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

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

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Criminal justice reform 89 65 37,076,556.00 708,300.00 11,595,885.00 11,623,433.00 8,803,938.00 900,000.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reform 29 20 11,359,340.00 1,550,000.00 3,100,000.00 4,657,240.00 2,052,100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/decriminalization 8 8 4,888,990.00 0.00 1,066,000.00 552,000.00 3,210,000.00 60,990.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated people 13 10 3,664,500.00 0.00 1,920,000.00 355,000.00 1,389,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/jail-closing campaign 1 1 3,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/bail reform 12 9 2,409,200.00 0.00 506,600.00 734,800.00 1,167,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/restorative justice 6 5 2,395,000.00 30,000.00 150,000.00 115,000.00 2,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reform 1 1 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/bail reform/prosecutorial reform 1 1 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/movement growth 5 2 706,000.00 264,000.00 42,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/unclassified 5 5 686,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 586,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/court watching 5 2 500,000.00 0.00 375,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/decriminalization/drug policy 1 1 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/conservative advocacy 3 2 449,000.00 0.00 212,000.00 200,000.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/decriminalization and bail reform 1 1 400,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/movement growth/prosecutorial reform and decriminalization 1 1 279,000.00 0.00 0.00 279,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/decriminaliation 1 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/politics 1 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/prison life quality 3 3 230,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/litigation 1 1 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/data collection 2 1 166,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 66,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/Reallocation of funds outside criminal justice 1 1 132,000.00 0.00 0.00 132,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/transformative justice 1 1 121,000.00 0.00 121,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/incarcerated people 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/prisin life quality 1 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/disability rights 2 2 95,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/prison length reduction 1 1 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/child welfare, drug policy, criminalization 1 1 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Alliance for Safety and Justice (filter this donor) 11,750,000.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 4,000,000.00 4,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
JustLeadershipUSA (filter this donor) 4,440,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 3,440,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00
The Justice Collaborative (filter this donor) 3,101,280.00 0.00 1,800,000.00 1,301,280.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Pew Public Safety Performance Project (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00
Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fair and Just Prosecution (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Color of Change (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,937,872.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 1,030,000.00 907,872.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Impact Justice (filter this donor) 2,050,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,050,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
People's Action (filter this donor) 1,927,640.00 0.00 0.00 1,927,640.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
PICO National Network (filter this donor) 1,444,250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,444,250.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Drug Policy Alliance (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 1,371,630.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Organizing Project (filter this donor) 1,319,900.00 0.00 0.00 1,195,500.00 124,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (filter this donor) 1,291,000.00 491,000.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Real Justice PAC (filter this donor) 1,250,000.00 50,000.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Just Liberty (filter this donor) 1,199,000.00 100,000.00 569,000.00 0.00 530,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (filter this donor) 909,600.00 0.00 100,000.00 404,800.00 404,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Essie Justice Group (filter this donor) 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Faith in Texas (filter this donor) 887,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 637,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
PICO Action Fund (filter this donor) 866,188.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 866,188.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Blackbird (filter this donor) WP 850,000.00 0.00 0.00 425,000.00 425,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (filter this donor) 850,000.00 0.00 850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (filter this donor) 821,000.00 0.00 56,000.00 765,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Faith in Action (filter this donor) 800,000.00 0.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (filter this donor) 783,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 783,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ordinary People Society (filter this donor) 755,000.00 0.00 0.00 280,000.00 475,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Floridians for a Fair Democracy (filter this donor) 750,000.00 0.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (filter this donor) 736,000.00 0.00 0.00 688,000.00 48,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ayni Institute (filter this donor) Criminal justice reform FB Tw Site 664,000.00 264,000.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dignity and Power Now (filter this donor) 632,000.00 0.00 0.00 632,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Voters Organized to Educate (filter this donor) 627,500.00 0.00 100,000.00 305,000.00 222,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Conservative Union Foundation (filter this donor) 612,000.00 0.00 212,000.00 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
LatinoJustice (filter this donor) 550,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Soze Agency (filter this donor) 516,500.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 216,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mijente (filter this donor) 510,000.00 0.00 0.00 255,000.00 255,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gamechanger Labs (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Youth First Initiative (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dream Corps (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Court Watch NOLA (filter this donor) 425,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Million Voters Project Action Fund (filter this donor) 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Southerners On New Ground (filter this donor) 400,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Team Network (filter this donor) 400,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vera Institute of Justice (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 358,000.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 308,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Accountable Justice Project (filter this donor) 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (filter this donor) 336,600.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 136,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Working Families Party (filter this donor) 336,500.00 117,300.00 109,600.00 109,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Voice of the Educated (filter this donor) 325,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 325,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Color of Change Education Fund (filter this donor) 321,228.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 321,228.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Strategies (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Safety and Justice Action Fund (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
People's Action Institute (filter this donor) 279,000.00 0.00 0.00 279,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grassroots Leadership, Inc. (filter this donor) 275,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 275,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Virginia Majority Education Fund (filter this donor) 270,000.00 0.00 220,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Citizen Action of New York (filter this donor) 266,000.00 0.00 266,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Workers Center for Racial Justice (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The People’s Lobby Education Institute (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Corrections Accountability Project (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Community Justice Exchange (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vote Safe (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington Office on Latin America (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 245,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 245,000.00
Forward Justice (filter this donor) 225,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Civil Rights Corps (filter this donor) 225,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Prison Policy Initiative (filter this donor) WP 216,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 66,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Citizens for Juvenile Justice (filter this donor) 215,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 75,000.00 65,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
We Got Us Now (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Inmate Families Association (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Yes on Prop. 57 (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
BetaGov (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00
Accountable Justice Collaborative (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
LEAD National Support Bureau (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ColorOfChange PAC (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ahimsa Collective (filter this donor) 165,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Network for Safe Communities (filter this donor) WP 161,040.00 0.00 0.00 161,040.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Court Innovation (filter this donor) WP 160,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Promise of Justice Initiative (filter this donor) 156,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 81,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ladies of Hope Ministries (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (filter this donor) 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon (filter this donor) 145,000.00 0.00 0.00 145,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Media Mobilizing Project (filter this donor) 140,000.00 0.00 140,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ReFrame Mentorship (filter this donor) 137,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Project NIA (filter this donor) 121,000.00 0.00 121,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Family Defense Project (filter this donor) 120,000.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mass Liberation Project (filter this donor) 120,000.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Solutions (filter this donor) 112,613.00 0.00 0.00 112,613.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Common Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Alliance of Faith and Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Aubin Pictures (filter this donor) 85,000.00 0.00 60,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Chicago Community Bond Fund (filter this donor) 80,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00
VOCAL-NY (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (filter this donor) 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice (filter this donor) 64,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 64,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Fair Defense Project (filter this donor) 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Human Impact Partners (filter this donor) 60,990.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 60,990.00 0.00 0.00
Mission: Launch, Inc. (filter this donor) 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas After Violence Project (filter this donor) 52,000.00 0.00 0.00 52,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Correctional Association of New York (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Players Coalition Charitable Foundation (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Institute of the Black World (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
College and Community Fellowship (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mothers Against Police Brutality (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Project South (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Prosecutor Impact (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Detroit Justice Center (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Columbia University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Smart Justice CA (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (filter this donor) 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Economy Organisers Network (filter this donor) 42,285.00 0.00 42,285.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
SPIN Academy (filter this donor) 42,000.00 0.00 42,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York Working Families (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
VOCAL-NY Action Fund (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Voice of the Ex-Offender (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Just Outcomes (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Silicon Valley De-Bug (filter this donor) 20,600.00 0.00 20,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Prodigal Child Project (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Momentum (filter this donor) 15,000.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Photo Patch Foundation (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiate Justice (filter this donor) 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Chloe Cockburn 188 117 67,323,586.00 2,258,300.00 20,098,485.00 20,089,473.00 23,916,338.00 960,990.00
Michelle Crentsil 3 3 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Chloe Cockburn|Jesse Rothman 2 2 294,000.00 294,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 193 118 67,967,586.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 20,089,473.00 23,916,338.00 960,990.00
Unclassified total 6 6 4,996,630.00 0.00 0.00 1,371,630.00 0.00 180,000.00
Total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00

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Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
Chloe Cockburn 6 5 1,828,000.00 395,000.00 1,433,000.00
Classified total 6 5 1,828,000.00 395,000.00 1,433,000.00
Unclassified total 193 120 71,136,216.00 21,066,103.00 22,483,338.00
Total 199 124 72,964,216.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00

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Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
United States 198 123 72,921,931.00 2,552,300.00 20,406,200.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
United States|United Kingdom 1 1 42,285.00 0.00 42,285.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 199 124 72,964,216.00 2,552,300.00 20,448,485.00 21,461,103.00 23,916,338.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (111 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Our Progress in 2019 and Plans for 20202020-05-08Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|AI safety|Effective altruismThe post compares progress madee by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2019 against plans laid out in https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-progress-2018-and-plans-2019 and then lays out plans fr 2020. The post notes that grantmaking, including grants to GiveWell topo charities, was over $200 million. The post reviews the following from 2019: continued grantmaking, growth of the operations team, impact evaluation (with good progress in evaluation of giving in criminal justice reform and animal welfare), worldview investigations (that was harder than anticipated, resulting in slower progress), other cause prioritization work, hiring and other capacity building, and outreach to external donors.
How Philanthropists are Tackling COVID-192020-03-18Abby Schultz Barron'sOpen Philanthropy Project Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Wellcome Trust Mastercard Impact Fund Schmidt Futures COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Sherlock Biosciences Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Review of current state of cause areaBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessThe article describes how private philanthropy is helping in the fight against COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic caused by it. The role of Open Philanthropy Project in funding Sherlock Biosciences as well as the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in prior years is described. The article also describes the joint financing of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and Mastercard Impact Fund.
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. To make selective reading of the document easier, the author ends each paragraph with a hashtag, and lists the hashtags at the beginning of the document.
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.
Co-funding Partnership with Ben Delo2019-11-11Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Ben Delo PartnershipAI safety|Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness|Global catastrophic risks|Effective altruismBen Delo, co-founder of the cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX, recently signed the Giving Pledge. He is entering into a partnership with the Open Philanthropy Project, providing funds, initially in the $5 million per year range, to support Open Phil's longtermist grantmaking, in areas including AI safety, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, global catastrophic risks, and effective altruism. Later, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) would reveal at https://intelligence.org/2020/04/27/miris-largest-grant-to-date/ that, of a $7.7 million grant from Open Phil, $1.46 million is coming from Ben Delo.
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
Has the Giving Pledge Changed Giving? A proposal unveiled nearly a decade ago was intended to turbocharge philanthropy. There’s little evidence so far it’s doing that.2019-06-04Marc Gunther Chronicle of PhilanthropyWarren Buffett Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Dalio Philanthropies George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Good Ventures Open Philanthropy Project Simons Foundation Miscellaneous commentaryIn a long-form article for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Marc Gunther describes the history of the Giving Pledge, created ten years ago at a meeting including Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, Charles Feeney, George Soros, Eli Broad, and Oprah Winfrey. Gunther writes that the Giving Pledge has failed to increase the overall level of charitable giving in general, and has not inspired much more charitable giving even among the superrich, to whom it was targeted. The article says that fewer than one in six billionaires in the United States have taken the pledge, and moreover, many of those who took the pledge had either already given or already been planning to give large amounts to charity, so the counterfactual impact of the pledge was low. The article includes a table of the current net worth and total donations so far by the wealthiest signatories of the Giving Pledge, as well as profiles of several Giving Pledge signatories.
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
Co-funding Partnership with Kaitlyn Trigger and Mike Krieger2015-04-21Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger PartnershipThe blog post announces that Mike Krieger and Kaitlyn Krieger (then Kaitlyn Trigger) "have made a financial commitment of $750,000 over the next two years. 10% will go to GiveWell to support operations related to the Open Philanthropy Project. 90% will be allocated to grants identified and recommended through the Open Philanthropy Project process. We expect that the funds will be allocated evenly to all grants, rather than selectively allocated on the basis of individual grants." Later, Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger would create their own Future Justice Fund, focused on giving in the criminal justice reform space.
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 (199 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 199)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Real Justice PAC50,000.001562019-04Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reform-april-2019Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally (normally, grants for lobbying are recommended to be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund)

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Real Justice intends to use these funds to elect reform-minded candidates who will work to safely reduce the number of people incarcerated in their jurisdictions." Use of funds is limited to work in New York state Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2019-05-24.
Working Families Party117,300.001142019-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york-2019Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to personally make

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues in New York, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform, and not other priorities of the Working Families Party. The grant page says: "The funding will allow the Working Families Party to recruit, interview, and support potentially reform-minded prosecutor candidates throughout New York State."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reason for selecting the donee is given, but the reason is likely similar to that for the first October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is a little higher than the previous December 2018 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-general-support

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely because of the timeframe of the previous grant ending; however, no explicit timing-related reasons are given Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2019-05-24.
Just Liberty100,000.001192019-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2019Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Discretionary grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the money is being used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Just Liberty intends to use these funds to continue its organizing, lobbying, and outreach activities to build support for criminal justice reform in Texas. Many of its activities appeal to center-right voters, whose voices may be impactful on Republican lawmakers."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Many of its activities appeal to center-right voters, whose voices may be impactful on Republican lawmakers."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount of this grant ($100,000) is much less than the amounts of previous grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2016 (October 2016, $530,000) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2018 (January 2018, $569,000). However, it is also, unlike the previous grants, a discretionary grant. Reasons for these changes are not discussed

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the expiration of the previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2018 (January 2018). The spacing from the previous grant to this one of 15 months matches the spacing between the previous grant and the grant before that (October 2016) https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2016 Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2019-06-07.
Ayni Institute264,000.00642019-03Criminal justice reform/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-criminal-justice-reform-coachingChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Donation process: Discretionary grant co-decided by Chloe Cockburn, the Program Officer for criminal justice reform

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support coaching and training on strategy, operational capacity, leadership, and scaling. The Ayni Institute plans to provide this support to other organizations working on criminal justice reform.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reason given, but it is likely for reasons similar to the original March 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-training and the December 2016 followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metrics Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-05-18.
Just Outcomes30,000.001852019-03Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-outcomes-restorative-justiceChloe Cockburn Jesse Rothman Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant via the Social Good Fund to hire a third facilitator and support statewide restorative justice standards convenings in Oregon. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Oregon; announced: 2019-05-18.
Fair and Just Prosecution1,500,000.00112019-02Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/fair-and-just-prosecution-general-support-2019Chloe Cockburn Grant over two years via the Tides Center. Grantee brings together recently elected local prosecutors as part of a network interested in implementing innovative criminal justice system policy and practicing reforms in their own offices. Grant renews the January 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/fair-and-just-prosecution-general-support. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-04-26.
Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative491,000.00402019-01Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reform-jails-and-community-reinvestment-initiative-reform-la-jails-ballot-measure-january-2019Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to support work on the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (Reform L.A. Jails). If passed by voters, Reform L.A. Jails will task Los Angeles leaders with developing a comprehensive plan to reduce jail populations and redirect the cost savings to alternatives to incarceration. The original grant amount in January 2019 was $150,000; in March 2019, $341,000 was added to the grant amount, giving a total of $491,000. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2019-01-28.
Smart Justice CA25,000.001872018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/smart-justice-ca-california-criminal-justice-reform-lobbying-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, via the Tides Foundation, to support lobbying on criminal justice bills considered during the 2018 California legislative session, including bills related to bail reform, youth justice, mandatory sentencing, and law enforcement misconduct. Renewal of December 2017 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/smart-justice-ca-california-criminal-justice-reform-lobbying. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2019-01-26.
Mass Liberation Project120,000.001122018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mass-liberation-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, via Tides Advocacy Fund, for general support. Grantee is a new organization planning to focus on organizing and capacity building in target jurisdictions where there is opportunity for prosecutorial and bail reform. Grantee is interested in training formerly incarcerated organizers and helping to build robust, accountable relationships between prosecutors and communities most impacted by incarceration. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2019-01-26.
Promise of Justice Initiative75,000.001392018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/promise-justice-initiative-east-baton-rouge-parish-prison-reform-coalitionChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition, which is leading a campaign to replace the East Baton Rouge jail with a smaller, safer facility. This follows May 2016 general support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/promise-justice-initiative-general-support. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Louisiana; affected cities: Baton Rouge; announced: 2019-01-26.
Color of Change1,000,000.00172018-12Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-criminal-justice-reform-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to support grantee to continue increasing the salience of prosecutor and bail reform at a national level and support local groups to win electoral and prosecutorial accountability campaigns in various jurisdictions. Renews December 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-criminal-justice-reform-2017. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-01-31.
Citizens for Juvenile Justice75,000.001392018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/citizens-juvenile-justice-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to allow grantee continue advocating for reforms to the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, in particular, raising the age of criminal court jurisdiction to 21. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts; announced: 2019-02-12.
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls350,000.00492018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-council-incarcerated-and-formerly-incarcerated-women-and-girls-general-support-december-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. The grant is a renewal of the March 2018 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-council-incarcerated-and-formerly-incarcerated-women-and-girls-general-support. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-02-12.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights200,000.00802018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/leadership-conference-on-civil-and-human-rights-cjr-in-dcChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund for advocacy on federal criminal justice reform policy. LCCHR works with over 200 civil rights oriented groups and has taken a strong position on risk assessment. This funding will pay for staff time and overhead. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-02-12.
Working Families Party109,600.001172018-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-general-supportChloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to personally make

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues in New York, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform, and not other priorities of the Working Families Party. The grant page says: "The funding will allow the Working Families Party to recruit, interview, and support potentially reform-minded prosecutor candidates throughout New York State."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reason for selecting the donee is given, but the reason is likely similar to that for the previous October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is the same as the amount for the previous (October 2017) grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely because of the timeframe of the previous grant ending; however, no explicit timing-related reasons are given

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup April 2019 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york-2019 suggests that the grant would be considered a success Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2019-01-15.
Corrections Accountability Project150,000.00962018-11Criminal justice reform/prison life qualityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/corrections-accountability-project-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support, renewing October 2017 seed grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/corrections-accountability-project-general-support Grantee is housed at the Urban Justice Center. Grantee, led by Bianca Tylek, educates the public about the harms of the commercialization of the corrections system, advocates against exploitation of incarcerated people, and supports others to lead campaigns that address these harms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-11-27.
Forward Justice150,000.00962018-11Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/forward-justice-criminal-justice-reform-advocacy-and-organizing-2018Chloe Cockburn Grantee is led by nationally prominent formerly incarcerated advocate Daryl Atkinson, to support local prosecutor accountability and organizing work in North Carolina in Durham and Pitt counties. This funding will support Forward Justice to continue to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None, and will also support local organizing, public forums, and town halls to work with Durham’s newly elected district attorney to ensure policies are keeping communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration. Renewal of May 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/forward-justice-daryl-atkinson-north-carolina. Affected countries: United States; affected states: North Carolina; announced: 2018-11-27.
The Ahimsa Collective150,000.00962018-11Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ahimsa-collective-life-comes-from-it-fundChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to grantee organization run by restorative justice practitioner and leader Sonya Shah, renewing July 2017 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ahimsa-collective-restorative-justice-report Grant to support administrative costs of the Life Comes From It fund. The fund provides grants up to $25,000 to restorative justice, transformative justice, and peacemaking projects. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-11-27.
Alliance for Safety and Justice3,000,000.0032018-11Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant via the Tides Center for general support. Renewal of previous support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2017 of $4,000,000. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-action-fund-general-support-2018 to the Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund of $2,000,000. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-12-12.
Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund2,000,000.0072018-11Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-action-fund-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, via The Advocacy Fund, for general support. This funding is intended to support ASJ Action’s ongoing policy reform, legislative and ballot advocacy, and lobbying efforts. Companion grant to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2018 to the Alliance for Safety and Justice. Renewal of April 2017 grant of $1,000,000. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-12-12.
Court Watch NOLA200,000.00802018-11Criminal justice reform/court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-support-november-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform. Grant follows February 2018 support: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-support-2018. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2019-01-26.
New Virginia Majority Education Fund220,000.00772018-10Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-virginia-majority-education-fund-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Renews October 2016 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-virginia-majority-formerly-incarcerated-organizers Grant funds will help support court watching, allow New Virginia Majority to hire and train formerly incarcerated organizers and increase its capacity in key counties, and lay groundwork for future elections. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Virginia; announced: 2018-10-30.
Chicago Community Bond Fund80,000.001372018-10Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/chicago-community-bond-fund-coordinator-for-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support coordination of a criminal justice coalition in Chicago. CCBF intends to use these funds to support and coordinate local organizers working on bail reform issues. The work will be led by Sharlyn Grace. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2018-11-03.
Citizen Action of New York266,000.00632018-10Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/citizen-action-of-new-york-criminal-justice-reform-advocacy-in-new-york-stateChloe Cockburn Grant to support legislative advocacy and organizing work for criminal justice reform in New York State. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2018-11-03.
Momentum15,000.001952018-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/momentum-cjr-trainingsChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to Momentum, a training institute and movement incubator, to support a training in the South for organizers of color in Fall 2018. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-11-27.
Photo Patch Foundation10,000.001972018-10Criminal justice reform/prison life qualityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/photo-patch-foundation-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant. Grantee has a website and an app that allows kids with incarcerated parents to send letters and pictures to their parents in prison for free. This diminishes barriers, helps families remain in touch, and reduces the number of children who have not communicated with their parents in weeks, months, or sometimes years. The grant will pay for packaging, shipping, and other related costs. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-11-27.
Community Justice Exchange250,000.00672018-09Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/community-justice-exchange-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via the Tides Foundation for general support. CJE is a new organization that will house the National Bail Fund Network, which was previously supported by the Open Philanthropy Project https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-network-2018 CJE intends to use these funds to support information exchange across campaigns working with bail, court watching, participatory defense, and similar approaches, and to support particular campaigns seeking to implement litigation and policy wins relevant to bail reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-10-20.
Floridians for a Fair Democracy750,000.00262018-08Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/floridians-for-a-fair-democracy-ballot-committee-contributionChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund for a ballot measure committee seeking to pass an amendment to restore voting eligibility to 1.4 million people in Florida who were previously convicted of felonies. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2018-08-24.
Civil Rights Corps25,000.001872018-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/civil-rights-corps-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support; renewal of December 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/civil-rights-corps-general-support In the interim, Civil Rights Corps has been successful raising funds to support litigation of cases about money bail, probation, prosecutorial misconduct, and other matters relevant to decarceration. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-07.
Faith in Texas250,000.00672018-08Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/faith-texas-criminal-justice-reform-workChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support criminal justice reform work, including prosecutorial accountability. This funding is intended to support organizing faith communities for accountability in the lead-up to and aftermath of district attorney elections this fall, and organizing for statewide legislative work in 2019. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-07.
The Ladies of Hope Ministries150,000.00962018-08Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/the-ladies-of-hope-ministries-hope-house-projectChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the crafting of a scaling plan for Hope House and staffing for Hope House, a reentry housing program for and by formerly incarcerated women. These funds will be used to manage internal logistics and policies to inform the culture of the house and help manage relationships with the community. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-07.
The Soze Agency300,000.00552018-08Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/soze-agency-right-of-return-fellowshipChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the Right of Return fellowship program for formerly incarcerated artists. This is a renewal and expansion of the December 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/soze-agency-returning-citizens-project which The Soze Agency used to support seven artists. Co-founders and previous fellows Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig will continue to provide mentorship and leadership for the new class. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-07.
Players Coalition Charitable Foundation50,000.001562018-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/players-coalition-charitable-foundation-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support criminal justice reform efforts. Members of the players coalition have been vocal supporters of criminal justice reform work, writing op-eds, participating in prosecutor candidate forums, and working with communities to push for changes that will ensure better safety and representation for people impacted by crime and incarceration. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-19.
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund56,000.001532018-08Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-organizing-project-education-fund-working-with-move-san-antonio-foundationChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support partnership with the MOVE San Antonio Foundation on criminal justice reform work. MOVE San Antonio is a grassroots organizing group with an emphasis on engaging young people and has worked with TOP on issues including bail reform. MOVE San Antonio plans to use these funds for staffing, leadership, training, and other expenses. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; affected cities: San Antonio; announced: 2018-09-21.
American Conservative Union Foundation212,000.00792018-08Criminal justice reform/conservative advocacyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant to support the work of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), led by Pat Nolan and David Safavian. CCJR aims to increase support for criminal justice reform from conservative policymakers in Congress and at the state level, as well as among the conservative base more broadly. It renews the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform-2017 of July 2017 and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform of May 2016. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-28.
Real Justice PAC850,000.00212018-08Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reform-august-2018Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally (normally, grants for lobbying are recommended to be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund)

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Real Justice intends to use these funds to develop tools and infrastructure as it seeks to raise the profile of key prosecutor and sheriff races in 2018 and elect reform-minded candidates who will work to safely reduce the number of people incarcerated in their jurisdictions." Use of funds is limited to work outside California

Donor retrospective of the donation: The renewal of support with the April 2019 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reform-april-2019 suggests that the donor considered the grant successful Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-28.
New Economy Organisers Network42,285.001772018-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-economy-organisers-network-KIN-conveningsChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant of £32,000 ($42,284.80 at the time of conversion) to the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) to support planning, travel, and other costs for convenings in London later this year and in 2019. The convenings will bring together black organizers from the U.S. and the UK to build relationships and discuss strategy on a number of issues, including mass incarceration. Affected countries: United States|United Kingdom; announced: 2018-07-20.
National Family Defense Project120,000.001122018-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-family-defense-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Two discretionary grants totaling $120,000 to support the formation of a new organization —the National Family Defense Project, led by Lisa Sangoi and Erin Miles Cloud — via Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The organization will work on challenging the separation of children from their parents under current policies of the criminal justice and child welfare systems. One of the two grants was made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Previously, the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mission-launch-inc-lisa-sangoi-child-welfare had funded a report by Lisa Sangoi (one of the people starting the new organization) on child welfare, drug policy and criminalization. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-07-26.
Prosecutor Impact50,000.001562018-07Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prosecutor-impact-prosecutor-training-pilotChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via TNSE MissionWorks to support a partnership with Ideo for development of a prosecutor training pilot in Philadelphia. Prosecutor Impact believes taking a cohort of incoming district attorneys into prisons and jails and sharing skills and wisdom from national leaders can build community and camaraderie that helps the vision of reform-minded prosecutors permeate through their offices. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Pennsylvania; affected cities: Philadelphia; announced: 2018-08-02.
Aubin Pictures60,000.001522018-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aubin-pictures-criminal-justice-media-archiveChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the launch of the Criminal Justice Media Archive, an online portal and offline networking and convening hub for filmmakers working with criminal justice reform content. The Criminal Justice Media Archive will compile footage from documentaries and news interviews and make it available for repurposing. Renewal of December 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aubin-pictures-criminal-justice-media-archive-scoping. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-09-07.
VOCAL-NY75,000.001392018-06Criminal justice reform/court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vocal-ny-court-watch-nycChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the Court Watch NYC program. Court Watch NYC seeks to increase accountability by training New Yorkers to watch court proceedings, collect data, and report out what they see. The goal of the program is to improve prosecutor practices on bail, plea deals, sentencing, and other related areas. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2018-06-21.
Project NIA121,000.001112018-06Criminal justice reform/transformative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/project-nia-transformative-justice-work-mariame-kabaChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Chicago Freedom School to support Mariame Kaba’s transformative justice work. The funding is intended to support trainings to develop a model of intervention, prevention, and community engagement around violence against women and gender-nonconforming people; and the creation of a toolkit, a convening, and advocacy around incarcerated people who have been the victims of sexual harm and domestic violence. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2018-06-23.
Prison Policy Initiative100,000.001192018-06Criminal justice reform/data collectionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to compile and report on key data trends in criminal justice reform and package that information in a manner that is most helpful to advocates, organizers, and others working to understand and reform the criminal justice system. Renewal of February 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-support-2017. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-28.
We Got Us Now100,000.001192018-06Criminal justice reform/incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/we-got-us-now-general-support-2018Michelle Crentsil Grant for a digital platform seeking to organize children of incarcerated parents and raise public awareness about the impacts of parental incarceration. Michelle Crentsil, our Associate for Criminal Justice Reform and the investigator of this grant, believes it’s plausible that We Got Us Now will continue to encourage members to take various actions; begin to build a national network; develop partnerships to develop and deploy this constituency; and identify other leaders in this constituency. Renewal of September 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/we-got-us-now-general-support. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-28.
The People’s Lobby Education Institute125,000.001052018-06Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-lobby-education-institute-support-work-prosecutorial-accountability-chicago-2018Michelle Crentsil Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. Grantee plans to use this grant to support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are keeping Cook County communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration. Grant renews March 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-lobby-education-institute-support-work-prosecutorial-accountability-chicago. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2018-07-12.
Workers Center for Racial Justice125,000.001052018-06Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/workers-center-racial-justice-prosecutorial-accountability-chicago-2018Michelle Crentsil Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. Grantee plans to use this grant to support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are keeping Cook County communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration. Grant renews March 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/workers-center-racial-justice-prosecutorial-accountability-chicago. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2018-07-12.
Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice20,000.001932018-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/greenburger-center-for-social-and-criminal-justice-criminal-justice-conveningChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a convening regarding the intersection of mental health and incarceration. The purpose of the convening is to organize directly affected people to discuss strategies to decriminalize mental illness. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-05-31.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition200,000.00802018-05Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support its work on prosecutorial accountability, civic engagement, and crime survivor organizing. CCJRC plans to register and mobilize eligible voters who have a criminal record, are incarcerated in jail, or are members of several target communities most impacted by over-criminalization; push for larger reforms; expand community-based services for victims; and raise community awareness of the power of prosecutors and the need for greater accountability. Renewal of December 2016 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-prosecutorial-reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2018-06-15.
Faith in Action800,000.00232018-05Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/faith-in-action-live-free-campaign-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the national Live Free Campaign. This renews the August 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-national-network-live-free-campaign. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-15.
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities50,000.001562018-05Criminal justice reform/disability rightshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/helping-educate-advance-rights-deaf-communities-heard-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant. Grantee, HEARD, plans to educate deaf and disabled communities about their rights and to train and support attorneys and advocates on how to work with and protect the rights of deaf/disabled defendants as well as incarcerated and formerly imprisoned people. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-15.
SPIN Academy42,000.001782018-05Criminal justice reform/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/spin-academy-communications-trainingChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Community Initiatives to support criminal justice reform leaders seeking communications training. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-15.
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign500,000.00332018-05Criminal justice reform/decriminalization/drug policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ohio-safe-and-healthy-communities-campaign-ohio-neighborhood-safety-drug-treatment-and-rehabilitation-amendment-may-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant to support the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment. The amendment, which advocates plan to place on the ballot in November 2018, aims to reduce imprisonment for low-level, nonviolent drug and probation violation offenses; encourage participation in rehabilitation for people in prison; and reallocate prison spending to drug treatment, community alternatives to incarceration, and victim services. Grant made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Ohio; announced: 2018-06-28.
Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative300,000.00552018-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reform-jails-and-community-reinvestment-initiative-reform-la-jails-ballot-measure-may-2018Chloe Cockburn Grant to support work on the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (Reform L.A. Jails). If passed by voters, Reform L.A. Jails will task Los Angeles leaders with developing a comprehensive plan to reduce jail populations and to redirect the cost savings to alternatives to incarceration, which advocates believe will reduce recidivism, prevent crime, and permanently reduce the population of people cycling into and out of jail that are experiencing mental health, drug dependency, or chronic homelessness issues. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. It is a renewal of the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reform-jails-and-community-reinvestment-initiative-reform-la-jails-ballot-measure made in April 2018 (a month ago). Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2018-04-26.
Real Justice PAC350,000.00492018-05Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally (normally, grants for lobbying are recommended to be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund)

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "Real Justice intends to use these funds to develop tools and infrastructure as it seeks to raise the profile of key prosecutor and sheriff races in 2018 and elect reform-minded candidates who will work to safely reduce the number of people incarcerated in their jurisdictions." Use of funds is limited to work outside California

Donor retrospective of the donation: The renewal of support with the August 2018 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reform-august-2018 suggests that the donor considered the grant successful Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-28.
Texas Freedom Network Education Fund150,000.00962018-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-freedom-network-education-fund-texas-rising-programChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support the Texas Rising program. This grant will allow Texas Rising to increase its base of young people (under 30 years old) engaged on criminal justice reform issues. The grant will pay for computers, student stipends, and field staff salaries for activities including convenings, trainings, leadership development, digital organizing, and grassroots organizing. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-04-19.
Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative500,000.00332018-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reform-jails-and-community-reinvestment-initiative-reform-la-jails-ballot-measureChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (Reform L.A. Jails). If passed by voters, Reform L.A. Jails will task Los Angeles leaders with developing a comprehensive plan to reduce jail populations and to redirect the cost savings to alternatives to incarceration, which advocates believe will reduce recidivism, prevent crime, and permanently reduce the population of people cycling into and out of jail that are experiencing mental health, drug dependency, or chronic homelessness issues. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Previously, Open Phil made a grant to Justice Team Network, the parent organization: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-team-network-justice-la-campaign. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-04-26.
Gamechanger Labs400,000.00452018-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/gamechanger-labs-student-organizing-initiative-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant that is a renewal of September 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/gamechanger-labs-student-organizing-initiative The grant is via the Movement Voter Fund at the Tides Foundation to support student and community organizing to reduce incarceration. Gamechanger Labs intends to use these funds to organize convenings, hire support staff and a digital communications strategist, and support local youth and student organizations working on criminal justice reform issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-05-17.
Project South50,000.001562018-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/project-south-criminal-justice-reform-workChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for criminal justice reform work. Grantee works in education, local and regional organizing, legal infrastructure and advocacy, and movement support throughout the southern U.S. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-05-17.
Justice Strategies100,000.001192018-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-strategies-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Tides Center for general support. Justice Strategies is a small think tank that produces reports and convenings and provides testimony, thought-partnership and leadership, and other support to advocates. Grant renews 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-strategies-general-support. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-12.
Media Mobilizing Project140,000.001022018-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/media-mobilizing-project-criminal-justice-coalitionChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support coordination of the Coalition for a Just District Attorney. The coalition seeks to amplify the voices of communities fighting to end mass incarceration, raise the dignity of communities in Philadelphia, maintain public support for decarceration reforms in Philadelphia, and increase justice in the city and nationwide. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Pennsylvania; affected cities: Philadelhpia; announced: 2018-04-12.
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls500,000.00332018-03Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-council-incarcerated-and-formerly-incarcerated-women-and-girls-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Families for Justice as Healing for general support. The National Council is a network of women impacted by incarceration focused on ending the incarceration of women and girls—a fast-growing incarcerated population—through a mix of relationship building, research, leadership training, and advocacy work. Original grant amount was $250,000; in July 2018, an additional $250,000 was added to the grant amount. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-12.
The Justice Collaborative1,800,000.0092018-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/the-justice-collaborative-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support via the Tides Center. The grant is a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/the-justice-collaborative-general-support-2017 (2017-01, $1,301,280). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign500,000.00332018-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ohio-safe-and-healthy-communities-campaign-ohio-neighborhood-safety-drug-treatment-and-rehabilitation-amendmentChloe Cockburn Grant to support the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment. The amendment, which advocates plan to place on the ballot in November 2018, aims to reduce imprisonment for low-level, nonviolent drug and probation violation offenses; encourage participation in rehabilitation for people in prison; and reallocate prison spending to drug treatment, community alternatives to incarceration, and victim services. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-04-26.
Justice Team Network400,000.00452018-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-team-network-justice-la-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on the JusticeLA campaign. Justice Team Network intends to use this funding for base-building (e.g. town halls), lobbying, communications, and research activities related to the campaign. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dignity-and-power-now-justice-la-campaign to Dignity and Power Now. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2018-03-15.
Columbia University50,000.001562018-02Criminal justice reform/decriminalization and prison time reduction and formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/columbia-university-beyond-the-bars-conference-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (labeled a gift) to the Center for Justice at Columbia University’s School of Social Work to support its 2018 Beyond the Bars conference. Beyond the Bars is an annual interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration that brings together stakeholders including formerly incarcerated individuals as well as community organizations interested in ending mass incarceration and promoting justice and equity. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Texas Inmate Families Association200,000.00802018-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-inmate-families-association-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee (TIFA) is a primarily volunteer-driven organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for family members of incarcerated individuals. This funding is intended to allow TIFA to hire a full-time organizer to increase membership, provide marketing assistance, and conduct more trainings and workshops. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-02-22.
Court Watch NOLA100,000.001192018-02Criminal justice reform/court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant. Grantee utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform. Follows up on grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-support-october-2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2018-03-08.
Southerners On New Ground400,000.00452018-02Criminal justice reform/decriminalization and bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/southerners-on-new-ground-anti-criminalization-workChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant over two years to Southerners On New Ground (SONG) to support anti-criminalization work. SONG intends to use this funding to hire more full-time organizers and increase efforts on anti-criminalization campaigns, particularly those focused on the abolition of cash bail and the closure or slowed expansion of local jails. Open Phil is impressed by SONG’s reputation for effective community organizing around multiple issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-08.
Voters Organized to Educate100,000.001192018-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voters-organized-to-educate-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee intends to use these funds to hire a senior legislative policy consultant and build administrative capacity for its criminal justice reform legislative efforts in Louisiana. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; affected cities: Louisiana; announced: 2018-03-08.
LatinoJustice50,000.001562018-01Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/latino-justice-media-fellowship-programChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a media fellowship. The fellowship program is intended to allow a member of the Latinx community to document and eventually publish an account of his or her direct involvement with the criminal justice and correction system. For its inaugural fellow, LatinoJustice selected Jason Hernandez, one of the first individuals to receive clemency under President Barack Obama’s clemency program. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-15.
Just Liberty569,000.00302018-01Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2018Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the money is being used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant "will allow the organization to continue its organizing, lobbying, and outreach activities to build support for criminal justice reform ahead of the 2019 Texas legislative session. Just Liberty intends to target many of its activities toward center-right voters, whose voices may be impactful on Republican lawmakers."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Just Liberty intends to target many of its activities toward center-right voters, whose voices may be impactful on Republican lawmakers."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is similar to (slightly higher than) the previous general support amount of $530,000 for the October 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2016

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the expiration of the previous round of support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2016 (made October 2016, likely for a year). No explicit timing-related considerations are discussed.

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2019 is much reduced (only $100,000) which suggests a mixed evaluation of the success of this grant. No explicit retrospective is provided Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-03-15.
Detroit Justice Center50,000.001562018-01Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/detroit-justice-center-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via the Urban Justice Center for general support. DJC is a new nonprofit law firm focused on remedying the impacts of mass incarceration by building a model of integrated legal services, advocacy, and alternatives in Detroit. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Michigan; affected cities: Detroit; announced: 2018-02-22.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund100,000.001192018-01Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-network-2018Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant supports the National Bail Fund Network led by Pilar Weiss. It is accompanied by a grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/silicon-valley-debug-bail-fund-participatory-defense-pilot to Silicon Valley De-Bug, a collaboator on the project. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-01.
Silicon Valley De-Bug20,600.001922018-01Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/silicon-valley-debug-bail-fund-participatory-defense-pilotChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a pilot project exploring a partnership between bail funds and participatory defense, led by Raj Jayadev. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-network-january-2018 to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-01.
Blackbird425,000.00412017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/blackbird-ending-mass-incarceration-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant to support efforts to end mass incarceration. The grant is intended to support communications, policy and organizing work. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-05.
Aubin Pictures25,000.001872017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aubin-pictures-criminal-justice-media-archive-scopingChloe Cockburn Grant to support a criminal justice media archive scoping project. The grant will allow Aubin Pictures to conduct a needs assessment and propose a strategic development plan to catalogue and archive media footage related to criminal justice reform (e.g. interviews, courtroom or prison footage). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-23.
Smart Justice CA25,000.001872017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/smart-justice-ca-california-criminal-justice-reform-lobbyingChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via The Advocacy Fund to support lobbying on criminal justice bills in the California legislature in 2017. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-01-23.
Color Of Change1,000,000.00172017-12Criminal justice reform/bail reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-criminal-justice-reform-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant supports work on criminal justice reform, and continues https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-prosecutor-accountability (2016 grant). Grantee works on movement coordination and prosecutor accountability activities, as well as work on bail reform. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-02-15.
The Ordinary People Society280,000.00602017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant renews https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-prodigal-child-project (2016 grant) and is for general support. See also https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prodigal-child-project-general-support (a related grant). Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama|Georgia|Florida|Tennessee; announced: 2018-02-15.
The Prodigal Child Project20,000.001932017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prodigal-child-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support work training and organizing pastors to advocate for criminal justice reform with legislators across several southern U.S. states. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. See also https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-general-support-2017 to an affiliated organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama|Georgia|Florida|Tennessee; announced: 2018-02-15.
Voters Organized to Educate305,000.00542017-12Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voters-organized-to-educate-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant intended to allow Voters Organized to continue developing and testing its electoral impact and voter engagement strategies, vet and publicly endorse local political candidates who support policies aligned with Voters Organized’s mission, and raise its profile as an organization representing the interests of formerly incarcerated people. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Louisiana; announced: 2018-02-15.
Citizens for Juvenile Justice75,000.001392017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/citizens-for-juvenile-justice-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Total across two discretionary grants (one made via the Open Philanthropy Action Fund) for general support, representing a continuation of the 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/citizens-for-juvenile-justice-general-support-2016. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts; announced: 2018-03-01.
Mijente255,000.00652017-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mijente-anti-criminalization-workChloe Cockburn Two discretionary grants totaling $255,000 to support criminal justice reform and anti-criminalization work. Mijente is a national hub for Latinx- and Chincanx-focused organizing and direct action, and this grant is intended to help Mijente mobilize Latinxs, particularly young activists and organizers, on issues related to criminal justice reform. Renewal of 2016 grant: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mijente-criminal-justice-reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-01.
Youth First Initiative250,000.00672017-11Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/youth-first-initiative-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee is undertaking a coordinated national advocacy campaign with the ultimate goals of completely ending youth incarceration, closing youth prisons, and redirecting young people to community-based programs, and is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-01.
ColorOfChange PAC200,000.00802017-11Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-pac-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support electoral engagement work related to prosecutor accountability and reform. Color of Change PAC intends to use this funding to organize national and local partners to participate in voter engagement activities several months prior to important district attorney elections, with a goal to promote prosecutors or prosecutor candidates who are supportive of criminal justice reform.. See the related grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-criminal-justice-reform-2017 to the parent 501(c)(4) organization. Grant financed by Cari Tuna personally. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-02-15.
Dignity and Power Now500,000.00332017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dignity-and-power-now-justice-la-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant is for work on the JusticeLA campaign. The campaign is a coalition of organizations opposed to the planned construction of two new jail facilities in Los Angeles county, which currently contains the largest jail system in the country, with an average daily inmate population of approximately 17,000. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-team-network-justice-la-campaign to the Justice Team Network from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2018-03-15.
Working Families Party109,600.001172017-10Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-yorkChloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues in New York, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform, and not other priorities of the Working Families Party.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Changing prosecutors’ behavior would go a long way towards increasing the chances for substantial reforms, and we believe the Working Families Party is well-positioned to try to do so in New York State."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup December 2018 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-general-support suggests that the grant would be considered a success Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.00432017-10Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-networkChloe Cockburn Discreionary grant to support National Bail Fund Network, led by Pilar Weiss. The Network is comprised of bail funds around the country—including immigration and movement-oriented funds as well as more traditional community-based funds engaging with local criminal justice systems—which pay bail for defendants who cannot otherwise afford to pay bail. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-25.
Initiate Justice5,000.001992017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/initiate-justice-prisoner-education-prop-57Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support prisoner education on Proposition 57. Funds will be used to conduct direct mail campaign to prisoners in California educating them on the proposition and its potential effect on their sentences. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-11-10.
Essie Justice Group300,000.00552017-10Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/essie-justice-group-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee organizes women with incarcerated loved ones for criminal justice reform. Grantee plans to expand its on-the-ground network of women with incarcerated loved ones and continue to advocate for an end to the money bail system and industry. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-11-21.
Court Watch NOLA100,000.001192017-10Criminal justice reform/court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-support-october-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grant based on perceived success of previous grant made in April 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2017-11-21.
Corrections Accountability Project100,000.001192017-09Criminal justice reform/prisin life qualityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/corrections-accountability-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to project housed at the Urban Justice Center and led by Bianca Tylek. Grantee aims to eliminate the influence of commercial interests on the criminal system and end the exploitation of those it touches. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-03.
Texas After Violence Project52,000.001552017-09Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-after-violence-project-video-documentation-projectChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a research and video documentation project in collaboration with Texas Advocates for Justice, focused on inacarceration and its effects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-10-03.
Gamechanger Labs100,000.001192017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/gamechanger-labs-student-organizing-initiativeChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via the Movement Voter Fund at the Tides Foundation to support awareness-raising and organizing of college students. This funding will support project planning, initial campaign staffing, travel, and potentially small sub-grants to partner organizations. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-09.
We Got Us Now100,000.001192017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/we-got-us-now-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support the launch of a digital platform devoted to the interests of children of incarcerated parents. The digital platform will include resources for children of incarcerated parents, storytelling media such as videos, audio files, and a blog, and a leadership institute to train children of incarcerated parents (ages 16-35) to organize and advocate for relevant criminal justice reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-20.
New York Working Families40,000.001792017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-working-families-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant made via The Advocacy Fund to support work to pass legislation to reduce prison and jail populations in New York, and not for other priorities of New York Working Families. Affected countries: United STates; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition558,000.00312017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-power-buildingChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via The Advocacy Fund to support power-building work. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2017-11-21.
The Ahimsa Collective15,000.001952017-07Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ahimsa-collective-restorative-justice-reportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Community Works West to support the completion of a restorative justice movement building report. The report is intended to be a resource for donors and advocates interested in supporting restorative justice1 work, and will include reference data on movement building efforts to date as well as recommendations on funding strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-16.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.00802017-07Criminal justice reform/conservative advocacyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant to support the Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) led by Pat Nolan and David Safavian. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-21.
Dignity and Power Now132,000.001032017-06Criminal justice reform/Reallocation of funds outside criminal justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dignity-and-power-now-la-jail-oppositionChloe Cockburn Grant for an organized campaign to permanently defeat Los Angeles plans for jails. Grantee plans to organize a convening of community coalitions, labor groups, elected officials, and other interested parties to discuss and assess the potential for a larger campaign opposing the jails. Specifically, the funding will cover meeting materials, food and location costs, staff support, and potentially a commissioned report on alternative uses for the city and state funds estimated to be needed for the jail construction projects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-08-08.
Color of Change30,000.001852017-05Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-change-criminal-justice-meetingChloe Cockburn Grant to support activities including meeting on bail reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-16.
Forward Justice75,000.001392017-05Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/forward-justice-daryl-atkinson-north-carolinaChloe Cockburn Grant via Repairers of the Breach to support the advocacy and organizing activities of Daryl Atkinson in North Carolina. The funding is intended to support the hiring of two organizers in North Carolina who will attempt to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None—a grassroots advocacy organization—and outreach and public education activities in Durham and Pitt counties related to prosecutorial accountability and reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: North Carolina; announced: 2017-09-28.
JustLeadershipUSA100,000.001192017-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-summer-canvassingChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support advocacy campaign to close the Rikers Island Prison Compex in New York City. Continuation of grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-2016. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2018-01-19.
Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund1,000,000.00172017-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-action-fund-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant to support ongoing policy reform, legislative and ballot advocacy, and lobbying efforts in states such as Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and California, and to lay the foundation for future advocacy work in Florida, Ohio, and California. Open Phil considers grantee an effective organization that has contributed to the passing of several criminal justice reform bills at the state level, such as Illinois Senate Bill 2872, the Neighborhood Safety Act, in March 2017. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund; companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2017 made via Tides Center. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
Alliance for Safety and Justice4,000,000.0012017-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support; renewal of previous similar grants such as https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support Donor considers grantee an exceptionally high-performing organization with a track record of securing significant criminal justice policy reforms. Grant via Tides Center. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-action-fund-general-support-2017 made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation45,000.001762017-04Criminal justice reform/disability rightshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-disability-rights-fellowshipChloe Cockburn Grant for Disability Rights Program to support a fellowship for Zoe Brennan-Kohn, a disability rights attorney. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
Court Watch NOLA25,000.001872017-04Criminal justice reform/court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Grantee supports over 100 volunteers who do regular court watching and data gathering on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Court watchers gather data relating to violations of transparency, constitutional rights, ethics rules, state law, and victim rights. This data is compiled into regular reports that the organization uses for advocacy. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2017-08-11.
Common Justice100,000.001192017-04Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/common-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Vera Institute of Justice structured as an exit grant since grantee has made progress in meeting goals and securing alternate funding. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice for the previous grant to Vera Institute of Justice that provided grantee funds to meet its goals. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-10-03.
People's Action Institute279,000.00612017-03Criminal justice reform/movement growth/prosecutorial reform and decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-action-institute-prosecutor-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support its prosecutor accountability campaign.1 The People’s Action Institute is a national organization driven by local and state organizing, with member organizations across several states. Using this funding, they plan to expand their community organizing and public education activities related to prosecutor accountability and reform to several new cities and regions. The broad goal will be to mobilize stakeholders to advocate for reforms that reduce incarceration levels. We expect these funds to cover expenses related to personnel, leadership trainings, consulting fees, materials and supplies, communications, travel and lodging, and re-grants to member organizations. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-action-prosecutor-accountability to the People’s Action by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
People's Action1,927,640.0082017-03Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-action-prosecutor-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant over two years to support prosecutor accountability campaign. People’s Action is a national organization driven by local and state organizing, with member organizations across several states. Using this funding, they plan to expand their community organizing and advocacy activities related to prosecutor accountability and reform to several new cities and regions such as Brooklyn, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. The broad goal was intended to be to mobilize stakeholders to advocate for policy reforms that reduce incarceration levels, particularly through movement building and voter engagement and outreach. Grant made by the Open Philnthropy Action Fund. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-action-institute-prosecutor-accountability to the People’s Action Institute. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
Texas Organizing Project1,195,500.00162017-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-organizing-project-criminal-justice-reform-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant intended to grow TOP’s organizational capacity so that it can continue building pressure for criminal justice reforms in Texas. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Detailed writeup available. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/texas-organizing-project-education-fund-criminal-justice-reform made to the Texas Orgaizing Project Education Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-04-19.
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund765,000.00252017-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-organizing-project-education-fund-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant intended to support a build-up of TOP Ed Fund’s organizational capacity in Texas, in order to allow it to continue pushing for criminal justice reforms. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-organizing-project-criminal-justice-reform-2017 by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-04-19.
Drug Policy Alliance1,371,630.00142017-03Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/drug-policy-alliance-drug-decriminalization-- Grant supports the work of asha bandele and Kassandra Frederique, who plan to lead culture change and pilot project strategies to advance a public health approach to the use and sale of all drugs. Although the grantee is working on drug policy, the current criminalization of various drugs also makes the grant fall under criminal justice reform. Open Phil hopes to move the United States toward a Portugal-style public health approach to drugs, and sees the grant as a step in that direction. Of the original grant amount of $1.4 million, $28,370 of unspent funds were returned by DPA in December 2018, and the grant amount was updated to reflect this. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-22.
National Alliance of Faith and Justice100,000.001192017-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-alliance-faith-and-justice-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support the National Alliance of Faith and Justice work in advancing criminal justice reform by empowering victims of crime to become advocates for safe and just communities. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Grant page published on 2017-04-27, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/_iLMF5lWwnQ for the email announcing the grant. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-26.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon145,000.001012017-03Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-oregon-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support prosecutorial reform, including a report cost on district attorney (DA) policies, practices, and positions, to be completed for each elected DA. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Oregon; announced: 2017-06-09.
Vera Institute of Justice50,000.001562017-03Criminal justice reform/Safety and justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-criminal-justice-reform-reportChloe Cockburn Grant to support a report on the state of safety and justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
College and Community Fellowship50,000.001562017-03Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/college-and-community-fellowship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee works to increase access to education for formerly incarcerated people via direct service work in New York City (including academic support and peer mentoring programs), policy advocacy, and technical assistance. CCF’s direct service work informs its national advocacy and national technical assistance programs, both of which aim to increase awareness about issues related to mass incarceration and education and to encourage community members and decision-makers to push for criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-07-19.
Workers Center for Racial Justice125,000.001052017-03Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/workers-center-racial-justice-prosecutorial-accountability-chicagoChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. The Workers Center for Racial Justice plans to use this grant to a) support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are ensuring the safety of Cook County communities without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration, and b) build these groups’ capacity to relate to SA Foxx in a productive way. Possible activities include town hall meetings, prayer vigils, and quarterly meetings with SA Foxx to determine whether she is meeting the groups’ standards for community accountability and reduced use of harsh criminal justice sanctions. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2017-09-07.
The People’s Lobby Education Institute125,000.001052017-03Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/peoples-lobby-education-institute-support-work-prosecutorial-accountability-chicagoChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2018-01-05.
Prison Policy Initiative66,000.001462017-02Criminal justice reform/data collectionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
Justice Solutions112,613.001152017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-solutions-anne-seymours-crime-victims-and-survivors-workChloe Cockburn Grant supports work of well-known victim rights advocate Anne Seymour. The project aims to assess the status of victims’ rights to dignity and respect, which are included in statutes and constitutions in many states but are not defined in most of these states. Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
ReFrame Mentorship100,000.001192017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant via Center for Civic Policy, following up on https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support an earlier grant. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California250,000.00672017-02Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aclu-nor-cal-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant supports project on prosecutorial accountability called “What a difference a DA makes” and led by Ana Zamora. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-03-15.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition130,000.001042017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chlor Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2017-03-17.
National Network for Safe Communities161,040.00942017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-network-safe-communities-la-larceny-projectChloe Cockburn Grant to support a larceny intervention project in Los Angeles. Grant page published on 2017-03-31. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-03-31.
LatinoJustice500,000.00332017-02Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/latino-justice-work-end-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support work to end mass incarceration by increasing the visibility and changing the public will of Latinx in favor of criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-09-07.
The Justice Collaborative1,301,280.00152017-01Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/the-justice-collaborative-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grantee houses the Accountable Justice Project, that was launched via an April 2016 Open Phil grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-project-general-support Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-collaborative-advocacy-fund-general-support-2017 by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-15.
Mission: Launch, Inc.55,000.001542017-01Criminal justice reform/child welfare, drug policy, criminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mission-launch-inc-lisa-sangoi-child-welfareChloe Cockburn Grant to be used to increase awareness of the negative impacts of the criminal justice system and increase interest in criminal justice reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
Fair and Just Prosecution1,500,000.00112017-01Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/fair-and-just-prosecution-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support launch of new project, a 501(c)(3) organization housed at the Tides Center. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-21.
Accountable Justice Collaborative200,000.00802017-01Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-collaborative-advocacy-fund-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund via The Advocacy Fund to the Accountable Justice Collaborative (AJC) for general support. The funding is intended to increase AJC’s organizational capacity to facilitate advocacy, media engagement, and outreach related to prosecutor accountability. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/the-justice-collaborative-general-support-2017 to The Justice Collaborative. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-15.
Ayni Institute250,000.00672016-12Criminal justice reform/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metricsChloe Cockburn Donation process: Discretionary grant decided by Chloe Cockburn, the Program Officer for criminal justice reform

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support further research, communication and training on movement ecology and movement metrics. The Ayni Institute aims to identify metrics that can be used to determine both 1) the capacity of movements to create or capitalize on trigger events to shift public opinion, and 2) their capacity to absorb increased participation in high-profile moments.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The Open Phil grant writeup says: "We believe that the resulting analysis of how to strategically fund the movement ecosystem may help to inform the way that we and other funders think about supporting movement-building, both in criminal justice reform and in other areas. We believe that the creation of movement metrics, if successful, is likely to increase the effectiveness of funding for social movements and attract new funders who currently do not support social movements due to the lack of measurability."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Although no explicit timing-related considerations are discussed, the timing is likely based on the approximate end of life of the earlier $110,000 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-training made March 2016

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-criminal-justice-reform-coaching in March 2019 suggests that this grant was considered successful, but there is no explicit retrospective of the grant Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
Impact Justice2,050,000.0062016-12Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/impact-justice-restorative-justice-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supported the Restorative Justice Project. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-06.
Civil Rights Corps200,000.00802016-12Criminal justice reform/litigationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/civil-rights-corps-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
LEAD National Support Bureau200,000.00802016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/lead-national-support-bureau-general-supportChloe Cockburn Intended uses of grant money: 1) to hire Chief Brendan Cox, a highly-regarded retiring police chief, to serve as a police ambassador for LEAD, and 2) to provide technical support to the 20-30 places that are planning to be implementing or considering implementing LEAD programs by the end of 2017. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Soze Agency216,500.00782016-12Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/soze-agency-returning-citizens-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Returning Citizens Project. Michael Skolnik, CEO, plans to use the grant to coordinate the launch of a formerly incarcerated artist network, with an initial group of five selected artists. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Ordinary People Society300,000.00552016-12Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-prodigal-child-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Prodigal Child Project, which organizes pastors in the Southern U.S. in support of prisoners, former prisoners, their families, and communities, as part of larger campaigns to raise public awareness and reduce incarceration. The work is led by Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, a formerly incarcerated person who has long worked for reforms in Alabama and surrounding states. This grant would allow Pastor Glasgow to begin building up the infrastructure of his organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama|Mississippi|Florida|Georgia; announced: 2017-02-02.
Mothers Against Police Brutality50,000.001562016-12Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mothers-against-police-brutality-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant supports efforts to increase prosecutorial accountability in Texas. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-02-02.
Dream Corps500,000.00332016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dream-corps-criminal-justice-and-criminalizationChloe Cockburn Grant supports the work of Van Jones and his team. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-16.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition75,000.001392016-12Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to be used to reach out to voters with criminal convictions, to provide public education on the powers and practices of prosecutors, and to work closely with a newly-elected district attorney on criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2017-02-16.
Blackbird425,000.00412016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/blackbird-ending-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support efforts to end mass inacercation. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-31.
JustLeadershipUSA3,400,000.0022016-12Criminal justice reform/jail-closing campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-2016Chloe Cockburn Grant renews a previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign supporting a campaign to close Rikers Island. Detailed writeup on previous grant page. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-09-01.
Grassroots Leadership, Inc.275,000.00622016-12Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/grassroots-leadership-texas-advocates-for-justice-projectChloe Cockburn Grant over two years to support the Texas Advocates for Justice Project (TAJ). TAJ offers intensive community organizing and communications trainings for formerly incarcerated people, who then lead and participate in local policy-change campaigns in cities across Texas. TAJ intends to use this grant to expand its staff and launch chapters in six additional cities by 2019, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-01-19.
PICO Action Fund50,000.001562016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-action-fund-general-support-cosechaChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee intends to use these funds to support Cosecha’s community organizing and advocacy work, which may include lobbying activities. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. See also the related grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-national-network-general-support-cosecha to the PICO National Network. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
PICO National Network50,000.001562016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-national-network-general-support-cosechaChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee intends to use these funds to support Cosecha’s community organizing and advocacy work, including hiring full time organizers for a Detention Defense Campaign in several communities across 12 states. See also the related grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-action-fund-general-support-cosecha to the PICO Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice50,000.001562016-11Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-association-community-and-restorative-justice-restorative-justice-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant was for the Restorative Justice Conference. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
Citizens for Juvenile Justice65,000.001472016-11Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/citizens-for-juvenile-justice-general-support-2016Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant, made in two parts. One part of the grant was made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Grantee campaign aims to promote healthier outcomes and less recidivism among 18- to 25-year-olds involved in the criminal justice system including: (1) restructuring the juvenile justice system to include 18- to 20-year-olds to prevent them from long-term entanglement in the adult justice system; and (2) improving recidivism outcomes for 21- to 24-year-olds in the adult justice system by creating targeted, developmentally appropriate changes designed to better engage and rehabilitate emerging adults. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
Color of Change229,100.00752016-10Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-change-studying-voter-activity-prosecutorial-electionsChloe Cockburn Grant to support research on voter behavior in prosecutorial elections. This work is intended to help learn whether criminal justice reform messages are effective in increasing turnout in prosecutorial elections, and whether messages about prosecutorial elections increase overall voter turnout in general election years. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-19.
Yes on Prop. 57200,000.00802016-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/yes-on-prop-57-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to the Yes on Prop. 57, Californians and Governor Brown for Public Safety and Rehabilitation committee (“Yes on Prop. 57”) for general support. Proposition 57 was a 2016 California ballot measure which passed with 64% of the vote. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-04-19.
Just Liberty530,000.00322016-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2016Chloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the money is being used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: " The funds were intended to primarily cover expenses related to piloting and potentially expanding a digital media campaign—including the creation and maintenance of a statewide email list devoted to criminal justice issues—as well as staffing support for traditional grassroots organizing and outreach activities."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Just Liberty’s constituency includes center-right voters concerned about criminal justice reform, whose voices are likely to be impactful on Republican lawmakers."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup Janaury 2018 renewal grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-liberty-general-support-2018 suggests that the grant was considered a success Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2018-01-19.
New Virginia Majority Education Fund50,000.001562016-10Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-virginia-majority-formerly-incarcerated-organizersChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Virginia; announced: 2017-01-17.
Texas Fair Defense Project63,000.001492016-10Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-fair-defense-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2016-12-05.
Justice Strategies200,000.00802016-10Criminal justice reform/unclassifiedhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-strategies-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
Youth First Initiative250,000.00672016-10Criminal justice reform/decriminaliationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/youth-first-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Essie Justice Group600,000.00292016-10Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/essie-justice-group-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Safety and Justice Action Fund300,000.00552016-10Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/safety-and-justice-action-fund-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for prosecutorial reform in Oregon. Funds intended to primarily cover costs related to program staffing, contracting fees, and polling activities to be used for future lobbying efforts. Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Oregon; announced: 2017-12-28.
Million Voters Project Action Fund400,000.00452016-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/million-voters-project-action-fund-proposition-57Chloe Cockburn Grant for lobbying and field operations work related to the passing of California Proposition 57. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.00432016-09Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant accompanies identification of bail reform as a highly impactful area of policy change to reduce incarceration. Grant to CBF is to organize existing bail funds around the country into a national network and support that network through coordination staffing, and develop a plan for strategic bail fund expansion connected to advocacy around reducing incarceration. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-09-16.
Faith in Texas637,000.00282016-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/faith-texas-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant intended to support work to build grassroots support for criminal justice reform among members of white evangelical, black, and Hispanic faith communities in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; affected cities: Dallas|Fort Worth; announced: 2016-10-06.
Color of Change678,772.00272016-09Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-prosecutor-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support prosecutorial reform and accountability work. Grant is intended to consist largely of movement coordination activities for advocates of reform, such as facilitating conversations, hosting convenings, developing strategy, tracking activities, as well as civic education and engagement campaigns related to prosecutorial accountability. An accompanying grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-education-fund-prosecutor-accountability is made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Texas Organizing Project124,400.001102016-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-organizing-project-criminal-justice-reform-2016Chloe Cockburn Grant to support criminal justice reform work in Houstin, in particular community organizing and civic engagement activities. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; affected cities: Houston; announced: 2018-04-19.
Mijente255,000.00652016-08Criminal justice reform/unclassifiedhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mijente-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant via Puente Arizona. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Arizona; announced: 2016-09-02.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition48,000.001752016-08Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2016-10-06.
Color of Change Education Fund321,228.00532016-08Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-education-fund-prosecutor-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support prosecutorial reform and accountability work. Supplements the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-of-change-prosecutor-accountability Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Voters Organized to Educate222,500.00762016-08Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voters-organized-to-educate-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support development of evidence-based voter engagement strategies for formerly incarcerated people and families throughout Louisiana. Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Louisiana; announced: 2017-12-28.
Voice of the Educated325,500.00522016-08Criminal justice reform/formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voice-of-the-experienced-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support the development of a rigorously constructed organizing and voter engagement system for formerly incarcerated people and their families. An accompanying grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voters-organized-to-educate-general-support is made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Louisiana; announced: 2017-12-28.
PICO National Network1,394,250.00132016-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-national-network-live-free-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support the Live Free Campaign. See also the related grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-action-fund-live-free-campaign to the PICO Action Fund. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
PICO Action Fund816,188.00222016-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-action-fund-live-free-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support the Live Free Campaign. Money is intended to primarily be used for voter education and engagement campaigns related to accountability measures for district attorneys and sheriffs. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pico-national-network-live-free-campaign for the corresponding grant to the PICO National Network. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice64,500.001482016-08Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/katal-center-health-equity-and-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support, and part of the effort to close the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-2016 for more detail. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2018-01-19.
Ayni Institute40,000.001792016-07Criminal justice reform/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-momentum-trainingChloe Cockburn Donation process: Discretionary grant decided by Chloe Cockburn, the Program Officer for criminal justice reform

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support a “Momentum” training session for black organizers, including from the Movement for Black Lives. This buids on a March 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-training

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Likely same as for the March 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-training

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely based on the budget for running the training, but no explicit reason or budget details provided

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Given that this grant happens about four months after the first grant to develop movement ecology, this likely reflects the amount of time it took for the Ayni Institute to use the money from the first grant to make enough progress to be ready to run a workshop

Donor retrospective of the donation: Further donations to the Ayni Institute, such as https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metrics (December 2016), suggest that the grant was considered successful, but there is no explicit retrospective of the grant Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children70,000.001452016-07Criminal justice reform/prison life qualityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/legal-services-prisoners-children-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Center for Court Innovation160,000.00952016-07Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/center-court-innovation-new-thinking-about-criminal-justice-responsesChloe Cockburn Grant intended to promote new thinking about criminal justice responses in Cook County. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2016-09-02.
ReFrame Mentorship37,000.001842016-07Criminal justice reform/conservative advocacyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-09-02.
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management783,000.00242016-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/harvard-university-program-criminal-justice-policy-and-managementChloe Cockburn Program receiving funds housed at the Harvard Kennedy School. Grant supports work on reforms impacting young adults convicted of crimes. Grant intended to support staff, travel, and incidental costs for work of Senior Fellow Vincent Schiraldi providing though leadership, technical support, and strategic advice for state-level reforms to treatment of young adults (ages 18 to 25) in the criminal justice system. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-22.
Vera Institute of Justice100,000.001192016-07Criminal justice reform/bail reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-new-orleans-user-funded-justice-systemChloe Cockburn Grant supports the New Orleans office for research into and cost-benefit analysis of the New Orleans user-funded justice system. Specifically: impposition of financial bail as a condition of pretrial release, the assessment of fines and fees at sentencing, and the relationship between these practices and the number of people in jail. Disclosure: Open Philanthropy Project Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, had worked at the Vera Institute New Orleans office for a year earlier. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2016-09-20.
The Ordinary People Society125,000.001052016-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-peoples-society-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was support Pastor Kenneth Glasgow in launching the Prodigal Child Project, which will train and organize pastors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia as advocates for reducing incarceration. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama|Mississippi|Florida|Georgia; announced: 2016-09-09.
JustLeadershipUSA40,000.001792016-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support, and part of suport for the campaign to close the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City. Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-12-28.
VOCAL-NY Action Fund40,000.001792016-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant for general support, and part of suport for the campaign to close the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City. Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-12-28.
Alliance for Safety and Justice3,000,000.0032016-06Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition61,600.001502016-06Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2016-06-28.
Vera Institute of Justice8,000.001982016-06Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice-2Chloe Cockburn Grant to support Brooklyn-based project Common Justice. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. This is a followup grant to a much larger grant (200000 USD) made in 2016-02 for the same purpose; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-07-01.
Prison Policy Initiative50,000.001562016-06Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-01.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.00802016-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant was to support the work of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform led by Pat Nolan. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-06-02.
Promise of Justice Initiative81,000.001362016-05Criminal justice reform/unclassifiedhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/promise-justice-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-11.
Accountable Justice Project350,000.00492016-04Criminal justice reform/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was made to the Proteus Fund to support the launch of the Accountable Justice Project. Majority of grant to be used to hire staff to conduct nationwide research on misconduct by elected prosecutors and to share this information with a wide audience through media engagement. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-24.
Correctional Association of New York50,000.001562016-04Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/correctional-association-new-york-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2016-04-28.
Ayni Institute110,000.001162016-03Criminal justice reform/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-trainingChloe Cockburn Donation process: Grant investigator Chloe Cockburn has participated in an Ayni Institute training, and has also spoken at some length with others who have participated in trainings, in all cases run by the same people who will be responsible for the training funded by this grant.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Ayni Institute's work on movement ecology. Ayni plans to formulate this analysis into a training, and to recruit as participants for this training leaders from the criminal justice field, two other major social reform fields, and others. The goal is for the criminal justice participants to come away with a shared language that enables them to deeply collaborate and build more advanced strategies together. Including participants from other movements in the training is intended to provide outside perspectives and new ideas. The Ayni Institute intends to provide additional training and support beyond the initial convening with the aim of sustaining and deepening connections between the participants and continuing to improve the analysis developed at the workshop.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Grant investigator Chloe Cockburn, also the Open Phil Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, believes that "the lack of shared language and coordination between groups seeking criminal justice reform will limit the reach and impact of reforms." She is "impressed by Ayni’s rigorous training development process, sophisticated pedagogy, and rich analysis. She believes this training has a high probability of being very beneficial to at least some participants." Risks are reservations are also noted on the grant page, but not considered serious enough to prevent making the grant

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount seems to be determined based on a budget submitted by the Ayni Institute, available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Ayni_Institute/Ayni_proposal_outline.pdf

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-momentum-training to support Momentum training and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metrics to continue developing movement ecology suggest that the Open Philanthropy Project considered the grant successful

Other notes: Grant was made via Centre Presente, on the recommendation of program officer Chloe Cockburn. It was intended to sponsor the development and running of a training on the topic of movement ecology. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
Institute of the Black World50,000.001562016-03Criminal justice reform/unclassifiedhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/institute-black-world-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
The Ordinary People Society50,000.001562016-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on criminal justice reform only. Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
Vote Safe250,000.00672016-02Criminal justice reform/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vote-safe-criminal-justice-reform-policy-advocacyChloe Cockburn Grant personally by Cari Tuna. Grantee is affiliated with Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), an advocacy and policy reform organization that developed the first statewide network for crime victims supporting justice reform. Vote Safe crafted and ran the successful campaign for Proposition 47, a 2014 California ballot measure that reduced incarceration by changing several low-level felonies to misdemeanors, and reallocating the prison cost savings to prevention and treatment. Related separate grant to the Alliance for Safety and Justice that is trying to replicate similar strategies on a national level: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-06-28.
Alliance for Safety and Justice1,750,000.00102016-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Goal is to build off and scale up Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) to partner with state-based advocates across different states of the United States. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California|others; announced: 2016-02-26.
Voice of the Ex-Offender40,000.001792016-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voice-ex-offender-southern-regional-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant for a Southern strategy meeting on building capacity to end mass incarceration in the South. Discretionary grant (called "no-process grant" at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama|Mississippi|Florida|Georgia; announced: 2016-02-19.
Vera Institute of Justice200,000.00802016-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justiceChloe Cockburn Grant is for Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based initiative. Grant intended to scale up space and staff for Common Justice to 1) increase outreach and promotion of its ideas, 2) scale up its intervention program so that its effectiveness can be studies more robustly. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-04-07.
JustLeadershipUSA900,000.00202015-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support campaign to close Rikers Island. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-02-19.
Human Impact Partners60,990.001512015-10Criminal justice reform/decriminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/human-impact-partners-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant supported a convening intended to advance a public health approach to criminal justice policy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-11-06.
New York University80,000.001372015-04Criminal justice reform/prison length reductionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-university-work-swift-and-certain-sanctions-- The grant supported the work of Mark Kleiman on swift-and-certain sanctions. It followed up on a previous grant to the Washington Office of Latin America that supported earlier work by Mark Kleiman, available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation. Affected countries: United States.
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice100,000.001192015-02Criminal justice reform/unclassifiedhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-state-university-project-accountable-justice-general-support-- The recipient aims to "advance public safety through evidence-based practices and policies in Florida and beyond.". Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2015-03-03.
Pew Public Safety Performance Project3,000,000.0032014-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pew-public-safety-performance-project-- PSPP has engaged in the following activities: (1) Research and public education, (2) Engaging nontraditional allies of criminal justice reform, (3) Providing technical assistance to individual states. The grant would support and expand this work. Affected countries: United States.
BetaGov200,000.00802013-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/betagov-- Grant made to Pepperdine University to support the work of Angela Hawken on BetaGov. BetaGov aims to generate knowledge about what works in the public sector (in areas including but not limited to criminal justice) by serving as a repository for practitioners’ ideas to be tested, serving as a database of results to facilitate learning across studies, and providing a toolkit (including web-based training, webinars, assessment tools, and an RCT call-in hotline) so that practitioners can conduct their own RCTs. Affected countries: United States.
Washington Office on Latin America245,000.00742013-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation-- Grant made to support research projects on crime, incarceration and cannabis regulation led by Mark Kleiman. Affected countries: United States.

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 3 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
Public Welfare Foundation 39 5 117 0.0427 0.0879 0.0297
Google.org 12 3 92 0.0326 0.0951 0.109
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 96 4 175 0.0229 0.0448 0.0044