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 2019. See the about page for more details.
|Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)||GiveWell Good Ventures|
|Best overview URL||https://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project|
|Page on philosophy informing donations||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values|
|Grant application process page||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers|
|Regularity with which donor updates donations data||continuous updates|
|Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||continuous updates|
|Lag with which donor updates donations data||months|
|Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||days|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (no scripts used)|
|Org Watch page||https://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Open+Philanthropy+Project|
Brief history: The Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil for short) spun off from GiveWell, starting as GiveWell Labs in 2011, beginning to make strong progress in 2013, and formally separating from GiveWell in June 2017
Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The Open Philanthropy Project is focused on openness in two ways: open to ideas about cause selection, and open in explaining what they are doing. It has endorsed "hits-based giving" and is working on areas of AI risk, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and other global catastrophic risks, criminal justice reform (United States), animal welfare, and some other areas.
Notes on grant decision logistics: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process for the general grantmaking process. 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
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||2016||2014||2013||2012|
|Global poverty (filter this donor)||2||1||3,300,000.00||3,000,000.00||0.00||300,000.00||0.00|
|Global health (filter this donor)||3||3||2,224,929.00||724,929.00||500,000.00||0.00||1,000,000.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
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||2016||2014||2013||2012|
|Global poverty/Global health and development||2||1||3,300,000.00||3,000,000.00||0.00||300,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Center for Global Development (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||3,300,000.00||3,000,000.00||0.00||300,000.00||0.00|
|Population Services International (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00|
|Project Peanut Butter (filter this donor)||724,929.00||724,929.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|International Development Association (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||500,000.00||0.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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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||2012|
Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.
|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Where, why and how I donated in 2017||2018-02-01||Ben Kuhn||Ben Kuhn Open Philanthropy Project Effective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Grants||GiveWell GiveWell top charities EA Giving Group Effective Altruism Funds||Periodic donation list documentation||Global health and global poverty||Kuhn describes his decision to allocate money between GiveWell, GiveWell top charities, and his own donor-advised fund managed by Fidelity. Kuhn also discusses the Open Philanthropy Project, EA Funds, and EA Grants, and the EA Giving Group he donated to the previous year|
|Update on Investigating Neglected Goals in Biological Research||2017-11-30||Nick Beckstead||Open Philanthropy Project||Open Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project||Target Malaria||Broad donor strategy||Scientific research,Global health,Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness,Agriculture||The 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|
|Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later (2016 Update)||2016-12-28||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy Project||Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities||GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children||Reasoning supplement||Global health and global poverty||Explanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities|
|Suggestions for individual donors from Open Philanthropy Project staff||2015-12-23||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy Project||Chloe 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 list||Criminal justice reform,animal welfare,Global health||Open 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|
|Potential U.S. Policy Focus Areas||2014-05-29||Holden Karnofsky||Open Philanthropy Project||Open Philanthropy Project||Broad donor strategy||Cause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Drug policy,Migration policy,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Global health and development,Climate change,Tax policy||The blog post reviews the current understanding of the Open Philanthropy Project of various cause areas that they are considering for their grantmaking. They break up the cause areas discussed as: Windows of opportunity: outstanding tractability (i.e., "the time is right"), Ambitious longshots: outstanding importance, and Green fields: outstanding "room for more philanthropy". Other causes of interest (that do not neatly fit into one of these boxes) are also discussed|
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|Project Peanut Butter||724,929.00||Global health/nutrition||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/project-peanut-butter-ready-use-therapeutic-food-rct||--||Grant over three years to support Project Peanut Butter to run a RCT on the effect on cognitive development of reformulated ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) with additional omega-3 fatty acids and decreased omega-6 fatty acids, compared to conventional RUTF. Announced: 2016-10-26.|
|Center for Global Development||3,000,000.00||Global poverty/Global health and development||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/miscellaneous/center-global-development-general-support-2016||--||Grant for general support. Note that the grant was misclassified on the Open Phil website as being under U.S. policy. Followup conversation with Todd Moss and Kathy Smith of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Todd_Moss_Kathy_Smith_06-21-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-06-21. Announced: 2016-02-24.|
|International Development Association||500,000.00||Global health/measurement||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/service-delivery-indicators-project||--||Grant supports work on the Service Delivery Indicators Program (SDI). Estimated budget is $27 million.|
|Center for Global Development||300,000.00||Global poverty/Global health and development||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/miscellaneous/center-global-development-general-support||--||Grant for general support, to support efforts to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement. See also the blog post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/grant-center-global-development-cgd for more. Followup conversation with Todd Moss and Kathy Smith of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Todd_Moss_and_Kathy_Smith_12-15-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-15.|
|Population Services International||1,000,000.00||Global health/malaria/resistance||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-health-and-development/miscellaneous/containment-artemisinin-resistance-eastern-myanmar||--||Grant made by Good Ventures before Open Phil formally came into being. Grant is a co-funding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and supports work to prevent the spread of artemisinin resistance in Myanmar. Good Ventures hoped to use the grant opportunity to learn how big players like the Gates Foundation effect progress in global health. Affected countries: Myanmar.|
The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 1 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|
|Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||1111||2||1112||0.0018||0.0346||0.0656|