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

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice (see his commits) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; please do not share this data without consulting with Vipul Naik. We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

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Basic donor information

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

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

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

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

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

Notes on grant financing: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers or https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are for more information. Grants generally come from the Open Philanthropy Project Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with most of its money coming from Good Ventures. Some grants are made directly by Good Ventures, and political grants may be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. At least one grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york was made by Cari Tuna personally. 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 grants made by Good Ventures and listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database are not listed on Donations List Website as being under Open Philanthropy Project. Specifically, GiveWell Incubation Grants are not included (these are listed with donor GiveWell Incubation Grants), and grants made by Good Ventures to GiveWell top and standout charities are also not included (these are listed with donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities). The investment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/impossible-foods in Impossible Foods is not included because it does not fit our criteria for a donation, and also because no amount was included. All other grants publicly disclosed by the Open Philanthropy Project that are not GiveWell Incubation Grants or GiveWell top and standout charity grants should be included. Grants disclosed by grantees but not yet disclosed by the Open Philanhtropy Project are not included; some of them may be listed at https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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

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

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 83 64 28,216,943.00 6,086,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Drug policy (filter this donor) 1 1 1,400,000.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Alliance for Safety and Justice (filter this donor) 4,750,000.00 0.00 4,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
JustLeadershipUSA (filter this donor) 4,300,000.00 0.00 3,400,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00
Pew Public Safety Performance Project (filter this donor) 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00
Impact Justice (filter this donor) 2,050,000.00 0.00 2,050,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fair and Just Prosecution (filter this donor) 1,500,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Drug Policy Alliance (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,400,000.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Essie Justice Group (filter this donor) 900,000.00 300,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (filter this donor) 809,600.00 404,800.00 404,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (filter this donor) 783,000.00 0.00 783,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (filter this donor) 736,000.00 688,000.00 48,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Faith in Texas (filter this donor) 637,000.00 0.00 637,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dream Corps (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
LatinoJustice (filter this donor) 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Youth First Initiative (filter this donor) 500,000.00 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ordinary People Society (filter this donor) 475,000.00 0.00 475,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Blackbird (filter this donor) WP 425,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ayni Institute (filter this donor) Criminal justice reform FB Tw Site 405,000.00 0.00 405,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Conservative Union Foundation (filter this donor) 400,000.00 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vera Institute of Justice (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 358,000.00 50,000.00 308,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Accountable Justice Project (filter this donor) 350,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mijente (filter this donor) 255,000.00 0.00 255,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (filter this donor) 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington Office on Latin America (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 245,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 245,000.00
The Soze Agency (filter this donor) 216,500.00 0.00 216,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Civil Rights Corps (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
LEAD National Support Bureau (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
BetaGov (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00
Justice Strategies (filter this donor) 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Network for Safe Communities (filter this donor) WP 161,040.00 161,040.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Court Innovation (filter this donor) WP 160,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon (filter this donor) 145,000.00 145,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ReFrame Mentorship (filter this donor) 137,000.00 100,000.00 37,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (filter this donor) 136,600.00 0.00 136,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Dignity and Power Now (filter this donor) 132,000.00 132,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Court Watch NOLA (filter this donor) 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Workers Center for Racial Justice (filter this donor) 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Prison Policy Initiative (filter this donor) WP 116,000.00 66,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Justice Solutions (filter this donor) 112,613.00 112,613.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Working Families Party (filter this donor) 109,600.00 109,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
National Alliance of Faith and Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Common Justice (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Corrections Accountability Project (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gamechanger Labs (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
We Got Us Now (filter this donor) 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Promise of Justice Initiative (filter this donor) 81,000.00 0.00 81,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00
Forward Justice (filter this donor) 75,000.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (filter this donor) 70,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas Fair Defense Project (filter this donor) 63,000.00 0.00 63,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Human Impact Partners (filter this donor) 60,990.00 0.00 0.00 60,990.00 0.00 0.00
Mission: Launch, Inc. (filter this donor) 55,000.00 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Texas After Violence Project (filter this donor) 52,000.00 52,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Mothers Against Police Brutality (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Virginia Majority Education Fund (filter this donor) 50,000.00 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 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Institute of the Black World (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
College and Community Fellowship (filter this donor) 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Correctional Association of New York (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (filter this donor) 45,000.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York Working Families (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Voice of the Ex-Offender (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Color of Change (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Ahimsa Collective (filter this donor) 15,000.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiate Justice (filter this donor) 5,000.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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

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

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015
Chloe Cockburn 78 59 24,591,943.00 6,086,053.00 17,544,900.00 960,990.00
Classified total 78 59 24,591,943.00 6,086,053.00 17,544,900.00 960,990.00
Unclassified total 6 6 5,025,000.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 180,000.00
Total 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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

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

Disclosures Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016
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 78 61 27,788,943.00 7,091,053.00 16,111,900.00
Total 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00

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Donation amounts by country and year

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

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

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
United States 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00
Classified total 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 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
Total 84 65 29,616,943.00 7,486,053.00 17,544,900.00 1,140,990.00 3,000,000.00 445,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (43 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
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 80000 HoursOpen Philanthropy Project Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Humane Society International The Good Food Institute Animal Equality Animal Charity Evaluators Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingPodcast with interview of Lewis Bollard (Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer at the Open Philanthropy Project) by Robert Wiblin of 80000 Hours, along with transcript. The podcast covers the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project. 80000 Hours is an Open Philanthropy Project grant recipient and Wiblin was also on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, an animal welfare-focused grant recipient that is discussed in the podcast
The impacts of inacercation on crime2017-09-25David Roodman Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe document reviews three mechanisms through which incarceration might reduce crime: deterrence, incapacitation, and aftereffects. It is also published in the form of four blog posts https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/reasonable-doubt-new-look-whether-prison-growth-cuts-crime https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/deterrence-de-minimis https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/incapacitation-how-much-does-putting-people-inside-prison-cut-crime-outside https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/aftereffects-us-evidence-says-doing-more-time-typically-leads-more-crime-after and is also available as http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/impacts_of_incarceration_v4.mobi (Kindle) and http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Focus_Areas/Criminal_Justice_Reform/impacts_of_incarceration_v4.epub (Mobi)
How Will Hen Welfare Be Impacted by the Transition to Cage-Free Housing?2017-09-15Ajeya Cotra Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaignA followup to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms which described the original cage-free campaign funding strategy. This report compares aviaries (cage-free living environments) with cages for hens. It tempers original enthusiasm for cage-free by noting higher mortality rates, but continues to support the position that cage-free is likely better on net for hens. Described in blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-welfare-differences-between-cage-and-cage-free-housing that expresses regret for not investigating this more thoroughly earlier, and thanks Direct Action Everywhere for highlighting the issue. See https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/cnK5yNlYHuc for the announcement
The Open Philanthropy Project AI Fellows Program2017-09-12Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAI riskThis annouces an AI Fellows Program to support students doing Ph.D. work in AI-related fields who have interest in AI safety. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10213116327718748 and https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/long-term-world-improvement/FeZ_h2HXJr0 for critical discussions
Should EAs think twice before donating to GFI?2017-08-31Kevin Watkinson Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project The Good Food Institute Third-party case against donationAnimal welfareThe post argues against donations to The Good Food Institute, noting its limited track record as well as the huge amount of funding it is already receiving from the Open Philanthropy Project. This post is made shortly after an exchange between the post author (Kevin Watkinson) and Holden Karnofsky of the Open Philanthropy Project in http://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/march-2017-open-thread?page=1#comment-305 (the open thread of the Open Philanthropy Project). The post also critiques Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) for a positive assessment of GFI, and comments include a response from an ACE employee and an ACE board member (neither in an official capacity)
Relationship Disclosure Policy2017-08-30Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryThe document, announced on a mailing list at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/4-0KIw2aVmQ (2017-08-30) describes a change in relationship disclosure policy on grant pages published by the Open Philanthropy Project. Relationship disclosures would now no longer be included on grant pages. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10212973153219475 (cross-posted at https://github.com/vipulnaik/working-drafts/blob/master/open-phil/relationship-disclosure-policy.txt to GitHub) for a critique
Grants to Support Farm Animal Welfare Work in China2017-08-09Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Compassion in World Farming WildAid World Animal Protection Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Slaughter Association Jeanne Marchig Centre Animal Welfare Standards Project Green Monday Griffith University Brighter Green Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/ChinaThe document describes the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project to focus on farm animal welfare advocacy in China, and lists ten grants that are part of this strategy. It is announced 2017-08-09 at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg on the mailing list; this comes 9.5 months after the strategy was unofficially announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) on Facebook
My current thoughts on MIRI’s highly reliable agent design work2017-07-07Daniel Dewey Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskPost discusses thoughts on the MIRI work on highly reliable agent design. Dewey is looking into the subject to inform Open Philanthropy Project grantmaking to MIRI specifically and for AI risk in general; the post reflects his own opinions that could affect Open Phil decisions. See https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/long-term-world-improvement/FeZ_h2HXJr0 for critical discussion, in particular the comments by Sarah Constantin
Hi, I’m Luke Muehlhauser. AMA about Open Philanthropy’s new report on consciousness and moral patienthood2017-06-28Luke Muehlhauser Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareLuke Muehlhauser hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Effective Altruism Forum about his recently published report https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood (2017-06-06). The post gets 61 comments
2017 Report on Consciousness and Moral Patienthood2017-06-06Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Dyrevernalliansen Albert Schweitzer Foundation for Our Contemporaries Eurogroup for Animals Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareThe writeup announced at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood provides an overview of the findings of Luke Muehlhauser on moral patienthood -- a broad subject covering what creatures are the subject of moral concern. As described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/radical-empathy Open Phil identifies with radical empathy, extending concern to beings considered of moral concern, even if they are not traditionally subjects of empathy and concern. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1426329927423360/ for a discussion of the post on the Effective Altruism Facebook group, and see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/ for a related AMA. The writeup influenced the Open Philanthropy Project Farm Animal Welfare Officer Lewis Bollard to investigate and donate in the domain of fish welfare; see http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1c3/hi_im_luke_muehlhauser_ama_about_open/b8o for a comment clarifying this effect
An Open Letter to SOZE and the Open Philanthropy Project: The Right of Return Fellowship and Ethics in Funding2017-04-27Taylar Nuevelle MediumOpen Philanthropy Project The Soze Agency Third-party case against donationCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe writer, a contestant for the Right of Return Fellowship, feels that the contest was rigged, and is writing to bring that to the attention of the Open Philanthropy Project, that funded the Soze Agency for this work
Soros Connected Groups Dominate Ayala’s Personal & Professional Life2017-04-19Jacob Engels Central Florida PostOpen Philanthropy Project Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Fair and Just Prosecution Third-party case against donationCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe writer notes how the Open Philanthropy Project (that he mistakenly believes to be a Soros-funded group) has been attempting to influence Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala, and argues for more openness. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10212752692588097 for a discussion
Why Are the US Corporate Cage-Free Campaigns Succeeding?2017-04-11Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project The Humane League Mercy For Animals The Humane Society of the United States Compassion in World Farming USA Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/factory farming/cage-free campaignLewis Bollard, Open Philanthropy Project Program Officer for Animal Welfare, who brought passion about cage-free campaigns to the organization when he joined, provides a timeline of cage-free campaigns and an assessment of the success of these campaigns, and the role of the Open Philanthropy Project as a funder
OpenAI makes humanity less safe2017-04-03Ben Hoffman LessWrongOpen Philanthropy Project OpenAI Evaluator review of doneeAI riskHoffman argues that OpenAI is good intentions gone awry, and is critical of the Open Philanthropy Project donation to OpenAI
Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding2017-04-02Issa Rice Open Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryThe document lists some funding by the Open Philanthropy Project that is publicly disclosed (either by Open Philanthropy Project or by the donee or another reliable source) but is not part of the Open Philanthropy Project grants database, and is not included in employee salaries and benefits.
Criminal Justice Reform Strategy2017-03-27Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesExplanation of the criminal justice reform strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project in the United States, under the leadership of Chloe Cockburn. Discusses broad goals, types of organizations funded, other funders in the space, and expected impact. Announced in email https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/_aKeLKRqtQY by Devin Jacob on 2017-03-27
A conversation with Lewis Bollard, February 23, 20172017-02-23Lewis Bollard Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfareFarm animal welfare program officer Lewis Bollard speaks with Luke Muehlhauser, investigator into moral patienthood, on the history of the animal rights and welfare movements as well as recent developments
Daniel May: "Open Science: little room for more funding."2017-02-15Daniel May Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaScientific researchThe summary states: "I consider open science as a cause area, by reviewing Open Phil’s published work, as well as some popular articles and research, and assessing the field for scale, neglectedness, and tractability. I conclude that the best giving opportunities will likely be filled by foundations such as LJAF and Open Phil, and recommend that the Oxford Prioritisation Project focusses elsewhere." Also available as a Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/13wsMAugRacu52EPZo6-7NJh4QuYayKyIbjChwU0KsVU/edit?usp=sharing and at the Effective Altruism Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17g/daniel_may_open_science_little_room_for_more/ (10 comments)
Forget Washington. Criminal Justice Funders Have Big Plans at the Local Level2017-02-08Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation MacArthur Foundation Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe post compares the criminal justice reform strategies followed by, on the one hand, the Arnold and MacArthur Foundation (working on the inside with government agencies and power players), on the other hand, the Open Philanthropy Project (keeping the pressure for reform from the outside). It says that the two strategies are complementary, and taken together, improve the expected amount of reform
Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later (2016 Update)2016-12-28Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Reasoning supplementGlobal health and global povertyExplanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities
Catastrophic Global Risks: A Silicon Valley Funder Thinks the Unthinkable2016-11-30Sue Lynn-Moses Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Center for International Security and Cooperation Third-party coverage of donor strategyBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessA discussion of the overall work done by the Open Philanthropy Project on global catastrophic risks, with a particular focus on biosecurity. Comparisons are made with the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and the historical work of the Rockefeller Foundation in disease surveillance (that it recently pulled out of) is referenced
Vast Suffering, Clear Solutions: The Logic Behind a Global Push to Help Farm Animals2016-11-17Tate Williams Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingThe article reviews Open Philanthropy Project grants for animal welfare, primarily grants focused on cage-free campaigns, decided by program officer Lewis Bollard. The connection with the effective altruist movement is also highlighted
The Open Philanthropy Project just announced our latest grant to WildAid in China2016-10-25Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Green Monday World Animal Protection Brighter Green WildAid Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/ChinaAnnouncement of strategy on Facebook; official document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).
Grisly Undercover Video Shows Chickens Being Starved To Produce More Eggs2016-10-11Nico Pitney Huffington PostOpen Philanthropy Project Humane Society International Mercy for Animals Animal Equality People for Animals The Humane League Third-party coverage of donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalProvides some context for the move by the Open Philanthropy Project in mid-2016 to expand its cage-free campaign funding internationally
Brian Tomasik, Research Lead, Foundational Research Institute on October 6, 20162016-10-06Brian Tomasik Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementMoral patienthood/animal welfareConversation as part of research by Muehlhauser into moral patienthood, that would culminate in the writeup https://www.openphilanthropy.org/2017-report-consciousness-and-moral-patienthood published in 2017
Machine Intelligence Research Institute — General Support2016-09-06Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskOpen Phil writes about the grant at considerable length, more than it usually does. This is because it says that it has found the investigation difficult and believes that others may benefit from its process. The writeup also links to reviews of MIRI research by AI researchers, commissioned by Open Phil: http://files.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/MIRI/consolidated_public_reviews.pdf (the reviews are anonymized). The date is based on the announcement date of the grant, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/XkSl27jBDZ8 for the email
Anonymized Reviews of Three Recent Papers from MIRI’s Agent Foundations Research Agenda (PDF)2016-09-06Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Machine Intelligence Research Institute Evaluator review of doneeAI riskReviews of the technical work done by MIRI, solicited and compiled by the Open Philanthropy Project as part of its decision process behind a grant for general support to MIRI documented at http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support (grant made 2016-08, announced 2016-09-06)
Why the Open Philanthropy Project Should Prioritize Wild Animal Suffering2016-08-26Michael Dickens Effective Altruism ForumOpen Philanthropy Project Unsolicited third-party suggestions for donorAnimal welfare/wild animalsMichael Dickens offers reasons that the Open Philanthropy Project should prioritize Wild Animal Suffering. He writes: "What we need is a large, committed source of funding to jump-start the cause. If the Open Philanthropy Project began funding work on wild animal suffering, it could stimulate new research efforts or small-scale interventions by offering grants. Specifically, Open Phil should probably create a new focus area for wild animal suffering and possibly hire dedicated staff. This problem has such large scale, and so many possible interventions, that it absolutely deserves to be a dedicated focus area. Open Phil might consider lumping WAS under its farm animal welfare program, but this would excessively constrain its budget and limit the amount of staff time that it could receive. Wild animal suffering is a massive problem, and easily deserves as much attention as most of Open Phil’s other focus areas."
Housing and Incarceration Memorandum2016-08-22Chelsea Tabart Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Reasoning supplementCriminal justice reform/United StatesAn internal memorandum on the intersection between housing and incarceration written by Chelsea Tabart for Chloe Cockburn (the criminal justice program officer). The memorandum would be publicly announced and linked to from https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/jQyJCLBgenc (2017-10-25)
Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence: The Philanthropic Opportunity2016-05-06Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaAI riskIn this blog post that that the author says took him over over 70 hours to write (See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/update-how-were-thinking-about-openness-and-information-sharing for the statistic), Holden Karnofsky explains the position of the Open Philanthropy Project on the potential risks and opportunities from AI, and why they are making funding in the area a priority
Initial Grants to Support Corporate Cage-free Reforms2016-03-31Lewis Bollard Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project The Humane League Mercy for Animals The Humane Society of the United States Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/internationalWritten to explain a bunch of grants already made in 2016-02 to support cage-free reforms in the United States for egg-laying chicken. The blog post had a heated comment section, potentially influencing future Open Phil communication on the subject
EPISODE 324: LEWIS BOLLARD FROM THE OPEN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT2016-03-26Lewis Bollard Jasmin Singer Mariann Sullivan Our Hen HouseOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyAnimal welfare/factory farmingLewis Bollard, who recently joined the Open Philanthropy Project and has recently recommended a bunch of grants related to corporate campaigns, describes what he is working on
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 stff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas. The post is 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 reform/United StatesThe blog post describes the Open Philanthropy Project and its broad strategy of selecting a few areas through cause prioritization, studying them in depth, and granting a lot in those areas. She particularly focuses on criminal justice reform and the hiring of Chloe Cockburn
Incoming Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform: Chloe Cockburn2015-06-16Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCriminal justice reform/United StatesThe post notes that the Open Philanthropy Project is hiring Chloe Cockburn as the Program Officer in criminal justice reform, poaching her from the American Civil Liberties Union. Cockburn would direct tens of millions of dollars in funding in criminal justice reform over the next few years. The post was originally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/06/16/incoming-program-officer-for-criminal-justice-reform-chloe-cockburn/ and has 5 comemnts there
Macroeconomic policy2014-05-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaMacroeconomic stabilization policyInitial findings from a medium-depth investigation into the current state of macroeconomic stabilization policy
Biosecurity2014-01-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the current state of biosecurity and its funding
Treatment of Animals in Industrial Agriculture2013-09-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaAnimal welfare/factory farming/United StatesInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the impact of industrial agriculture on animal welfare in the United States
Migration policy/international labor mobility2013-05-01Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaMigration policy/international labor mobilityInitial findings from a shallow investigation into the current state of labor mobility, with more focus on the United States
Open Philanthropy Project: Grants for Global SecurityInside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Center for International Security and Cooperation Third-party coverage of donor strategyBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessAn overview by Inside Philanthropy of the Open Philanthropy Project and its work on biosecurity grants

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (84 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Youth First Initiative250,000.002017-11Criminal 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.
Essie Justice Group300,000.002017-10Criminal justice 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 NOLA100,000.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://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; announced: 2017-11-21.
Working Families Party109,600.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-yorkChloe Cockburn Grant made personally by Cari Tuna to the New York State Committee of the Working Families Party. Grant is intended to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
Initiate Justice5,000.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/initiate-justice-prisoner-education-prop-57Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support prisoner education on Proposition 57. Funds will be used to conduct direct mail campaign to prisoners in California educating them on the proposition and its potential effect on their sentences. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-11-10.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.002017-10Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-national-bail-fund-networkChloe Cockburn Discreionary grant to support National Bail Fund Network, led by Pilar Weiss. The Network is comprised of bail funds around the country—including immigration and movement-oriented funds as well as more traditional community-based funds engaging with local criminal justice systems—which pay bail for defendants who cannot otherwise afford to pay bail. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-25.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition558,000.002017-09Criminal 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.
New York Working Families40,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-working-families-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant made via The Advocacy Fund to support work to pass legislation to reduce prison and jail populations in New York, and not for other priorities of New York Working Families. Affected countries: United STates; affected states: New York; announced: 2017-11-10.
We Got Us Now100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/we-got-us-now-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support the launch of a digital platform devoted to the interests of children of incarcerated parents. The digital platform will include resources for children of incarcerated parents, storytelling media such as videos, audio files, and a blog, and a leadership institute to train children of incarcerated parents (ages 16-35) to organize and advocate for relevant criminal justice reforms. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-20.
Gamechanger Labs100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/gamechanger-labs-student-organizing-initiativeChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via the Movement Voter Fund at the Tides Foundation to support awareness-raising and organizing of college students. This funding will support project planning, initial campaign staffing, travel, and potentially small sub-grants to partner organizations. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-09.
Corrections Accountability Project100,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/corrections-accountability-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to project housed at the Urban Justice Center and led by Bianca Tylek. Grantee aims to eliminate the influence of commercial interests on the criminal system and end the exploitation of those it touches. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-10-03.
Texas After Violence Project52,000.002017-09Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-after-violence-project-video-documentation-projectChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant to support a research and video documentation project in collaboration with Texas Advocates for Justice, focused on inacarceration and its effects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-10-03.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.002017-07Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reform-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant to support the Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) led by Pat Nolan and David Safavian. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-21.
The Ahimsa Collective15,000.002017-07Criminal justice reform/restorative justicehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ahimsa-collective-restorative-justice-reportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Community Works West to support the completion of a restorative justice movement building report. The report is intended to be a resource for donors and advocates interested in supporting restorative justice1 work, and will include reference data on movement building efforts to date as well as recommendations on funding strategy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-08-16.
Dignity and Power Now132,000.002017-06Criminal justice reform/Jail planhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dignity-and-power-now-la-jail-oppositionChloe Cockburn Grant for an organized campaign to permanently defeat Los Angeles plans for jails. Grantee plans to organize a convening of community coalitions, labor groups, elected officials, and other interested parties to discuss and assess the potential for a larger campaign opposing the jails. Specifically, the funding will cover meeting materials, food and location costs, staff support, and potentially a commissioned report on alternative uses for the city and state funds estimated to be needed for the jail construction projects. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-08-08.
Forward Justice75,000.002017-05Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/forward-justice-daryl-atkinson-north-carolinaChloe Cockburn Grant via Repairers of the Breach to support the advocacy and organizing activities of Daryl Atkinson in North Carolina. The funding is intended to support the hiring of two organizers in North Carolina who will attempt to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None—a grassroots advocacy organization—and outreach and public education activities in Durham and Pitt counties related to prosecutorial accountability and reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: North Carolina; announced: 2017-09-28.
Color of Change30,000.002017-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/color-change-criminal-justice-meetingChloe Cockburn Grant to support activities including meeting on bail reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-16.
Common Justice100,000.002017-04Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/common-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant via Vera Institute of Justice structured as an exit grant since grantee has made progress in meeting goals and securing alternate funding. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice for the previous grant to Vera Institute of Justice that provided grantee funds to meet its goals. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-10-03.
Court Watch NOLA25,000.002017-04Criminal justice reform/Court watchinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/court-watch-nola-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Grantee supports over 100 volunteers who do regular court watching and data gathering on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Court watchers gather data relating to violations of transparency, constitutional rights, ethics rules, state law, and victim rights. This data is compiled into regular reports that the organization uses for advocacy. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2017-08-11.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation45,000.002017-04Criminal justice reform/disability rightshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-disability-rights-fellowshipChloe Cockburn Grant for Disability Rights Program to support a fellowship for Zoe Brennan-Kohn, a disability rights attorney. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
Workers Center for Racial Justice125,000.002017-03Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/workers-center-racial-justice-prosecutorial-accountability-chicagoChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on prosecutorial accountability in Chicago. The Workers Center for Racial Justice plans to use this grant to a) support local organizing to work with Cook County State’s Attorney (SA) Kim Foxx to ensure that her policies are ensuring the safety of Cook County communities without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration, and b) build these groups’ capacity to relate to SA Foxx in a productive way. Possible activities include town hall meetings, prayer vigils, and quarterly meetings with SA Foxx to determine whether she is meeting the groups’ standards for community accountability and reduced use of harsh criminal justice sanctions. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2017-09-07.
College and Community Fellowship50,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/education for formerly incarcerated peoplehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/college-and-community-fellowship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant for general support. Grantee works to increase access to education for formerly incarcerated people via direct service work in New York City (including academic support and peer mentoring programs), policy advocacy, and technical assistance. CCF’s direct service work informs its national advocacy and national technical assistance programs, both of which aim to increase awareness about issues related to mass incarceration and education and to encourage community members and decision-makers to push for criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-07-19.
Vera Institute of Justice50,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/Safety and justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-criminal-justice-reform-reportChloe Cockburn Grant to support a report on the state of safety and justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-06-26.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon145,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/Prosecutorial reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-civil-liberties-union-foundation-oregon-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant to support prosecutorial reform, including a report cost on district attorney (DA) policies, practices, and positions, to be completed for each elected DA. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Oregon; announced: 2017-06-09.
National Alliance of Faith and Justice100,000.002017-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-alliance-faith-and-justice-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support the National Alliance of Faith and Justice work in advancing criminal justice reform by empowering victims of crime to become advocates for safe and just communities. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Grant page published on 2017-04-27, see https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/_iLMF5lWwnQ for the email announcing the grant. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-26.
Drug Policy Alliance1,400,000.002017-03Drug policy/United States/Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/drug-policy-alliance-drug-decriminalization-- Grant supports the work of asha bandele and Kassandra Frederique, who plan to lead culture change and pilot project strategies to advance a public health approach to the use and sale of all drugs. Although the grantee is working on drug policy, the current criminalization of various drugs also makes the grant fall under criminal justice reform. Open Phil hopes to move the United States toward a Portugal-style public health approach to drugs, and sees the grant as a step in that direction. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-04-22.
LatinoJustice500,000.002017-02Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/latino-justice-work-end-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support work to end mass incarceration by increasing the visibility and changing the public will of Latinx in favor of criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-09-07.
National Network for Safe Communities161,040.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-network-safe-communities-la-larceny-projectChloe Cockburn Grant to support a larceny intervention project in Los Angeles. Grant page published on 2017-03-31. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Los Angeles; announced: 2017-03-31.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition130,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chlor Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2017-03-17.
Prison Policy Initiative66,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
Justice Solutions112,613.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-solutions-anne-seymours-crime-victims-and-survivors-workChloe Cockburn Grant supports work of well-known victim rights advocate Anne Seymour. The project aims to assess the status of victims’ rights to dignity and respect, which are included in statutes and constitutions in many states but are not defined in most of these states. Discretionary grant by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
ReFrame Mentorship100,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support-2017Chloe Cockburn Grant via Center for Civic Policy, following up on https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-support an earlier grant. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California250,000.002017-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/aclu-nor-cal-prosecutorial-accountabilityChloe Cockburn Grant supports project on prosecutorial accountability called “What a difference a DA makes” and led by Ana Zamora. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2017-03-15.
Fair and Just Prosecution1,500,000.002017-01Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/fair-and-just-prosecution-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant to support launch of new project, a 501(c)(3) organization housed at the Tides Center. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-21.
Mission: Launch, Inc.55,000.002017-01Criminal justice reform/United States/child welfare, drug policy, criminalizationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mission-launch-inc-lisa-sangoi-child-welfareChloe Cockburn Grant to be used to increase awareness of the negative impacts of the criminal justice system and increase interest in criminal justice reform. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-03-15.
JustLeadershipUSA3,400,000.002016-12Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign-2016Chloe Cockburn Grant renews a previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaign supporting a campaign to close Rikers Island. Detailed writeup on previous grant page. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2017-09-01.
Blackbird425,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/blackbird-ending-mass-incarcerationChloe Cockburn Grant to support efforts to end mass inacercation. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-05-31.
Dream Corps500,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/dream-corps-criminal-justice-and-criminalizationChloe Cockburn Grant supports the work of Van Jones and his team. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-16.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition75,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United States/prosecutorial reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to be used to reach out to voters with criminal convictions, to provide public education on the powers and practices of prosecutors, and to work closely with a newly-elected district attorney on criminal justice reform. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2017-02-16.
Impact Justice2,050,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/impact-justice-restorative-justice-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supported the Restorative Justice Project. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-06.
Civil Rights Corps200,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/civil-rights-corps-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
Ayni Institute250,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-and-metricsChloe Cockburn Grant was to support work on research, communication, and training on movement ecology and movement metrics. These metrics would be used to assess the capacity of groups to successfully mobilize the public on a large scale around issues such as mass incarceration, specifically 1) the capacity of movements to create or capitalize on trigger events to shift public opinion, 2) their capacity to absorb increased partition in high-profile moments. Discretionary grant decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
LEAD National Support Bureau200,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/lead-national-support-bureau-general-supportChloe Cockburn Intended uses of grant money: 1) to hire Chief Brendan Cox, a highly-regarded retiring police chief, to serve as a police ambassador for LEAD, and 2) to provide technical support to the 20-30 places that are planning to be implementing or considering implementing LEAD programs by the end of 2017. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Soze Agency216,500.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/soze-agency-returning-citizens-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Returning Citizens Project. Michael Skolnik, CEO, plans to use the grant to coordinate the launch of a formerly incarcerated artist network, with an initial group of five selected artists. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-02-02.
The Ordinary People Society300,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-prodigal-child-projectChloe Cockburn Grant supports the Prodigal Child Project, which organizes pastors in the Southern U.S. in support of prisoners, former prisoners, their families, and communities, as part of larger campaigns to raise public awareness and reduce incarceration. The work is led by Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, a formerly incarcerated person who has long worked for reforms in Alabama and surrounding states. This grant would allow Pastor Glasgow to begin building up the infrastructure of his organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2017-02-02.
Mothers Against Police Brutality50,000.002016-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mothers-against-police-brutality-prosecutorial-reformChloe Cockburn Grant supports efforts to increase prosecutorial accountability in Texas. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2017-02-02.
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice50,000.002016-11Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/national-association-community-and-restorative-justice-restorative-justice-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant was for the Restorative Justice Conference. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
New Virginia Majority Education Fund50,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-virginia-majority-formerly-incarcerated-organizersChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Virginia; announced: 2017-01-17.
Justice Strategies200,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justice-strategies-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-15.
Texas Fair Defense Project63,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/texas-fair-defense-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; announced: 2016-12-05.
Youth First Initiative250,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/youth-first-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Essie Justice Group600,000.002016-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/essie-justice-group-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-12-05.
Faith in Texas637,000.002016-09Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/faith-texas-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant intended to support work to build grassroots support for criminal justice reform among members of white evangelical, black, and Hispanic faith communities in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Texas; affected cities: Dallas,Fort Worth; announced: 2016-10-06.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund404,800.002016-09Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/brooklyn-community-bail-fund-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant accompanies identification of bail reform as a highly impactful area of policy change to reduce incarceration. Grant to CBF is to organize existing bail funds around the country into a national network and support that network through coordination staffing, and develop a plan for strategic bail fund expansion connected to advocacy around reducing incarceration. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-09-16.
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition48,000.002016-08Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-rights-restoration-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2016-10-06.
Mijente255,000.002016-08Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/mijente-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant via Puente Arizona. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Arizona; announced: 2016-09-02.
Vera Institute of Justice100,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-new-orleans-user-funded-justice-systemChloe Cockburn Grant supports the New Orleans office for research into and cost-benefit analysis of the New Orleans user-funded justice system. Specifically: impposition of financial bail as a condition of pretrial release, the assessment of fines and fees at sentencing, and the relationship between these practices and the number of people in jail. Disclosure: Open Philanthropy Project Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, had worked at the Vera Institute New Orleans office for a year earlier. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Orleans; announced: 2016-09-20.
The Ordinary People Society125,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-peoples-society-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was support Pastor Kenneth Glasgow in launching the Prodigal Child Project, which will train and organize pastors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia as advocates for reducing incarceration. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2016-09-09.
Center for Court Innovation160,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/center-court-innovation-new-thinking-about-criminal-justice-responsesChloe Cockburn Grant intended to promote new thinking about criminal justice responses in Cook County. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Illinois; affected cities: Chicago; announced: 2016-09-02.
ReFrame Mentorship37,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/reframe-mentorship-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-09-02.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children70,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/legal-services-prisoners-children-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Ayni Institute40,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-momentum-trainingChloe Cockburn Grant to support momentum trainings. This was the second grant to the Ayni Institute; the first grant had supported initial work on developing and running a training on movement ecology. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-08-01.
Harvard University Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management783,000.002016-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/harvard-university-program-criminal-justice-policy-and-managementChloe Cockburn Program receiving funds housed at the Harvard Kennedy School. Grant supports work on reforms impacting young adults convicted of crimes. Grant intended to support staff, travel, and incidental costs for work of Senior Fellow Vincent Schiraldi providing though leadership, technical support, and strategic advice for state-level reforms to treatment of young adults (ages 18 to 25) in the criminal justice system. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-22.
Alliance for Safety and Justice3,000,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support-2Chloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-01-10.
Vera Institute of Justice8,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice-2Chloe Cockburn Grant to support Brooklyn-based project Common Justice. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. This is a followup grant to a much larger grant (200000 USD) made in 2016-02 for the same purpose; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justice. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-07-01.
Prison Policy Initiative50,000.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/prison-policy-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-01.
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition61,600.002016-06Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/colorado-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Colorado; announced: 2016-06-28.
American Conservative Union Foundation200,000.002016-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/american-conservative-union-center-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant was to support the work of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform led by Pat Nolan. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-06-02.
Promise of Justice Initiative81,000.002016-05Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/promise-justice-initiative-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. No detailed writeup. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-11.
Accountable Justice Project350,000.002016-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/accountable-justice-project-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant was made to the Proteus Fund to support the launch of the Accountable Justice Project. Majority of grant to be used to hire staff to conduct nationwide research on misconduct by elected prosecutors and to share this information with a wide audience through media engagement. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-05-24.
Correctional Association of New York50,000.002016-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/correctional-association-new-york-general-supportChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant decided by program office Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; announced: 2016-04-28.
Ayni Institute115,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ayni-institute-movement-ecology-trainingChloe Cockburn Grant was made via Centre Presente, on the recommendation of program officer Chloe Cockburn. It was intended to sponsor the development and running of a training on the topic of movement ecology. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
Institute of the Black World50,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/institute-black-world-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
The Ordinary People Society50,000.002016-03Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/ordinary-people-society-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant to support work on criminal justice reform only. Discretionary grant (called a "no-process" grant at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-03-15.
Vera Institute of Justice200,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vera-institute-justice-common-justiceChloe Cockburn Grant is for Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based initiative. Grant intended to scale up space and staff for Common Justice to 1) increase outreach and promotion of its ideas, 2) scale up its intervention program so that its effectiveness can be studies more robustly. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-04-07.
Alliance for Safety and Justice1,750,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-supportChloe Cockburn Grant for general support. Goal is to build off and scale up Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) to partner with state-based advocates across different states of the United States. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California,others; announced: 2016-02-26.
Voice of the Ex-Offender40,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/voice-ex-offender-southern-regional-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant for a Southern strategy meeting on building capacity to end mass incarceration in the South. Discretionary grant (called "no-process grant" at the time) decided by program officer Chloe Cockburn. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Alabama,Mississippi,Florida,Georgia; announced: 2016-02-19.
JustLeadershipUSA900,000.002015-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/justleadershipusa-close-rikers-campaignChloe Cockburn Grant to support campaign to close Rikers Island. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York; affected cities: New York City; announced: 2016-02-19.
Human Impact Partners60,990.002015-10Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/human-impact-partners-conveningChloe Cockburn Grant supported a convening intended to advance a public health approach to criminal justice policy. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-11-06.
New York University80,000.002015-04Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/new-york-university-work-swift-and-certain-sanctions-- The grant supported the work of Mark Kleiman on swift-and-certain sanctions. It followed up on a previous grant to the Washington Office of Latin America that supported earlier work by Mark Kleiman, available at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation. Affected countries: United States.
Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice100,000.002015-02Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/florida-state-university-project-accountable-justice-general-support-- The recipient aims to "advance public safety through evidence-based practices and policies in Florida and beyond.". Affected countries: United States; affected states: Florida; announced: 2015-03-03.
Pew Public Safety Performance Project3,000,000.002014-07Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/pew-public-safety-performance-project-- PSPP has engaged in the following activities: (1) Research and public education, (2) Engaging nontraditional allies of criminal justice reform, (3) Providing technical assistance to individual states. The grant would support and expand this work. Affected countries: United States.
BetaGov200,000.002013-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/betagov-- Grant made to Pepperdine University to support the work of Angela Hawken on BetaGov. BetaGov aims to generate knowledge about what works in the public sector (in areas including but not limited to criminal justice) by serving as a repository for practitioners’ ideas to be tested, serving as a database of results to facilitate learning across studies, and providing a toolkit (including web-based training, webinars, assessment tools, and an RCT call-in hotline) so that practitioners can conduct their own RCTs. Affected countries: United States.
Washington Office on Latin America245,000.002013-12Criminal justice reform/United Stateshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/research-crime-incarceration-and-cannabis-regulation-- Grant made to support research projects on crime, incarceration and cannabis regulation led by Mark Kleiman. Affected countries: United States.

Similarity to other donors

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

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Effective Altruism Funds 11 8 195 0.041 0.1741 0.0195
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 362 17 537 0.0317 0.0645 0.0239
Michael Dickens 6 5 193 0.0259 0.1473 0.0208
Grace King 8 5 195 0.0256 0.1276 0.1202
Saulius Šimčikas 8 5 195 0.0256 0.1276 0.0095
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 9 5 196 0.0255 0.1203 0.0294
Raymond Arnold 5 4 193 0.0207 0.1291 0.106
Nick Brown 6 4 194 0.0206 0.1179 0.0707
Michael Sesser 7 4 195 0.0205 0.1091 0.0758
David Barry 9 4 197 0.0203 0.0962 0.0426
Peter Hurford 20 4 208 0.0192 0.0645 0.0085
Gordon Irlam 3 3 192 0.0156 0.125 0.096
Jonathon Smith 3 3 192 0.0156 0.125 0.0865
Robert Yaman 3 3 192 0.0156 0.125 0.0691
Josh Jacobson 4 3 193 0.0155 0.1083 0.0795
JP Addison 5 3 194 0.0155 0.0968 0.009
Tyler John 5 3 194 0.0155 0.0968 0.0514
Cornelis Haupt 6 3 195 0.0154 0.0884 0.0035
Max Broad 6 3 195 0.0154 0.0884 0.0788
Vidur Kapur 7 3 196 0.0153 0.0818 0.0317
Samuel Hilton 8 3 197 0.0152 0.0765 0.041
Elizabeth Van Nostrand 13 3 202 0.0149 0.06 0.0019
Pablo Stafforini 21 3 210 0.0143 0.0472 0.0053
Amy Johnson 2 2 192 0.0104 0.1021 0.136
Blake Borgeson 2 2 192 0.0104 0.1021 0.1026
Joshua Kissel 2 2 192 0.0104 0.1021 0.0304
Katerina Manoli 3 2 193 0.0104 0.0833 0.0236
Kyle Bogosian 2 2 192 0.0104 0.1021 0.0963
Mark Barnes 3 2 193 0.0104 0.0833 0.0548
Richard Schwall 2 2 192 0.0104 0.1021 0.1025