Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Effective altruism)

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2018. See the about page for more details.

Table of contents

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)
AI Watch pagehttps://aiwatch.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. 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

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 2018 2017 2016 2015
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 5 4 7,890,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00 1,032,947.00 10,000.00
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 2 1 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,339,000.00 0.00
Total 7 5 9,229,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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

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

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016 2015
Effective altruism/donor pledges 2 1 4,255,600.00 3,222,653.00 0.00 1,032,947.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 2 2 2,510,000.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 0.00 10,000.00
Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growth 2 1 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,339,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth/career counseling 1 1 1,125,000.00 0.00 1,125,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 7 5 9,229,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 5 9,229,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015
Founders Pledge (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 4,255,600.00 3,222,653.00 0.00 1,032,947.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 2,500,000.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 1,339,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,339,000.00 0.00
80,000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 1,125,000.00 0.00 1,125,000.00 0.00 0.00
Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00
Total -- -- 9,229,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00

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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 2018 2017
Nick Beckstead 3 3 6,847,653.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00
Classified total 3 3 6,847,653.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00
Unclassified total 4 3 2,381,947.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 5 9,229,600.00 3,222,653.00 3,625,000.00

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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
Unknown, generic, or multiple 2 2 2,160,000.00 1,125,000.00 1,035,000.00
Nick Beckstead 2 2 1,429,000.00 1,125,000.00 304,000.00
Luke Muehlhauser 2 1 1,339,000.00 0.00 1,339,000.00
Carl Shulman 1 1 1,035,000.00 0.00 1,035,000.00
Helen Toner 1 1 304,000.00 0.00 304,000.00
Holden Karnofsky 1 1 304,000.00 0.00 304,000.00
Jacob Steinhardt 1 1 304,000.00 0.00 304,000.00
Paul Christiano 1 1 304,000.00 0.00 304,000.00
Classified total 3 2 2,464,000.00 1,125,000.00 1,339,000.00
Unclassified total 4 3 6,765,600.00 2,500,000.00 1,032,947.00
Total 7 5 9,229,600.00 3,625,000.00 2,371,947.00

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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 2016 2015
United States|Europe 1 1 1,035,000.00 1,035,000.00 0.00
Germany|France|Sweden 1 1 1,032,947.00 1,032,947.00 0.00
United States 2 2 314,000.00 304,000.00 10,000.00
Classified total 4 3 2,381,947.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00
Unclassified total 3 3 6,847,653.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 5 9,229,600.00 2,371,947.00 10,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
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 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 risk,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
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 risk,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Effective altruism,Migration policyOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Founders Pledge3,222,653.002018-02Effective altruism/donor pledgeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support-2018Nick Beckstead Total across two grants for general support over three years, representing a renewal of the 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support Since the previous grant, Founders Pledge has increased its pledge commitments and a large percentage of donations made by founders taking their pledge have been to organizations that prioritize an evidence based approach with respect to their interventions. However, its expansion into other parts of Europe has been more limited than anticipated. Instead, FP has shifted its primary expansion focus to the United States and Canada. Announced: 2018-04-05.
Centre for Effective Altruism2,500,000.002017-03Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/centre-effective-altruism-general-support-2017Nick Beckstead Grant for general support. Donor impressed by what grantee has achieved in terms of Giving What We Can pledge amounts and recruit quality. Also believes it is value-aligned with other potential donors to donee, so less fungibility concern. Expected to renew grant for $1.25 million or $2.5 million next year. Predictions included in detailed grant page. See also https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/announcing-grant-from-the-open-philanthropy-project/ for the corresponding confirmation from the grantee. See https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Effective+Altruism+Grants for the full list of Effective Altruism Grants, for which part of the funds from this grant were used. Announced: 2017-08-17.
80,000 Hours1,125,000.002017-03Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/80000-hours-general-supportNick Beckstead Grant for general support. Grant writeup not written by grant investigator. Grant includes plans to make a similar grant next year, with criteria for next year grant amount, as well as grantee plans. Forecasts made on 2016-12-16 (three months before the grant was offiically awarded) are also included. Announced: 2017-05-16.
Founders Pledge1,032,947.002016-09Effective altruism/donor pledgeshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/founders-pledge-general-support-- Grant made over two years, via the Centre for Effective Altruism, to enable expansion to Germany, France, and Sweden, and hire a developer. Affected countries: Germany|France|Sweden; announced: 2016-10-31.
Center for Applied Rationality1,035,000.002016-07Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support-- Grant over two years. Usage split: 915000 will support workshops and organizational improvements, and 120000 will fund a pilot version of EuroSPARC, an eight-day summer program in Europe run by CFAR for mathematically gifted high school students, modeled on SPARC (see also https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc the separate grant to SPARC). Reasons for grants include value alignment, improving rationality, highlighting risks for advanced AI and other GCRs, successful pipeline-building to things like the effective altruism movement. Affected countries: United States|Europe; announced: 2016-09-06.
Center for Applied Rationality304,000.002016-05Rationality improvement/effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-sparc-- Grant supports the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC), a two-week summer program for high school students. Students selected to participate in the program typically show exceptional ability in mathematics, with many scoring highly among US participants in national or international math competitions. Grant covers the program for two years, with 137000 for 2016 and 167000 for 2017. Detailed writeup available. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-07-07.
Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley10,000.002015-02Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/asuc-effective-altruists-berkeley-decal-university-course-- Grant is for the Effective Altruists of Berkeley “DeCal” University Course to be held in Spring 2015. See http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Ajeya_Cotra_6-19-2015_(public).pdf for a followup conversation with Ajeya Cotra and Oliver Habryka (course architects), Rohin Shah and Davis Foote (Effective Altruists of Berkeley members), and Helen Toner and Catherine Hollander of the Open Philanthropy Project. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: Berkeley.

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 29 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
Haseeb Qureshi 3 2 5 0.4000 0.5774 0.5723
EA Giving Group 7 3 8 0.3750 0.5669
Jonathon Smith 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Tyler John 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Peter Hurford 6 2 8 0.2500 0.4082 0.0286
Per-Erik Milam 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Pablo Stafforini 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Oxford Prioritisation Project 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.384
Michael Peyton Jones 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Mark Barnes 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Katerina Manoli 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Kat Steiner 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
David Barry 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Calum McClelland 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Christopher Bryant 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
James Hudspeth 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Grace King 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Harri Besceli 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Henry Cooksley 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Huw Thomas 1 1 4 0.2500 0.5 0.8534
Lovkush Agarwal 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.5331
Cornelis Haupt 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.0211
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.2215
Christopher O'Bleness 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.3089
Ross Reason 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.8368
Samuel Hilton 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.7542
Saulius Šimčikas 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.0672
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 2 1 5 0.2000 0.3536 0.8019
Aaron Gertler 3 1 6 0.1667 0.2887 0.5349