Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Macroeconomic stabilization policy)

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.

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Basic donor information

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

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

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

Notes on grant decision logistics: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process for the general grantmaking process. 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 2014
Macroeconomic stabilization policy (filter this donor) 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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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 2014
Macroeconomic stabilization policy 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Classified total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Center for Popular Democracy (filter this donor) WP 4,579,000.00 1,200,000.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 2,179,000.00 100,000.00
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,110,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 335,000.00
Center for American Progress (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Economic Policy Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund (filter this donor) 436,500.00 100,000.00 305,000.00 31,500.00 0.00 0.00
Peterson Institute for International Economics (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00
Roosevelt Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00

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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 2016 2015 2014
Alexander Berger 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Classified total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
United States 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Classified total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 7 7,575,500.00 1,650,000.00 1,405,000.00 1,906,500.00 2,179,000.00 435,000.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy2015-03-10Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Animal welfare,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Migration policy,Drug policyOriginally published on the GiveWell blog at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/03/10/open-philanthropy-project-update-u-s-policy/ where comments can still be found. This is an annual update on where the Open Philanthropy Project stands on its investigation of United States policy issues. Some of the cause areas covered under what they call United States policy would later include grants to outside the United States (in particular, animal welfare), while others, such as criminal justice reform and macroeconomic stabilization policy, would remain within the United States
Potential U.S. Policy Focus Areas2014-05-29Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyCause prioritization,Criminal justice reform,Drug policy,Migration policy,Macroeconomic stabilization policy,Global health and development,Climate change,Tax policyThe blog post reviews the current understanding of the Open Philanthropy Project of various cause areas that they are considering for their grantmaking. They break up the cause areas discussed as: Windows of opportunity: outstanding tractability (i.e., "the time is right"), Ambitious longshots: outstanding importance, and Green fields: outstanding "room for more philanthropy". Other causes of interest (that do not neatly fit into one of these boxes) are also discussed
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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities250,000.002018-07Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2018Alexander Berger Exit grant to support the Full Employment Project. Renewal of July 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2016 Open Phil will discontinue support after this grant, which completes five years of support for the project. The reason for not continuing further is the unclear impact of marginal funding and the desire to give space to other funders. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-08-02.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities100,000.002018-05Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-automatic-stabilizersAlexander Berger Grant to support work on enhancing automatic fiscal stabilizers. Automatic fiscal stabilizers are taxes and government programs that respond automatically to changing economic conditions, and do not require additional Congressional action. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-21.
Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund100,000.002018-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2018Alexander Berger Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to the 501(c)(4) Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2018 to the Center for Popular Democracy, the associated 501(c)(3). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Center for Popular Democracy1,200,000.002018-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2018Alexander Berger Grant to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve. Renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017 (2017 grant). Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2018 by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to the Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, the associated 501(c)(4). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund305,000.002017-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2017Alexander Berger Grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to CPD Action to support the "Fed Up" Campaign. This supplements the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017 to the Center for Popular Democracy. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Center for Popular Democracy1,100,000.002017-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017Alexander Berger Grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund for the "Fed Up" campaign, renewing https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016 It is accompanied by the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2017 to the CPD Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund31,500.002016-10Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-october-2016Alexander Berger Grant to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve, and specifically in the selection of regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents and leaders. Related to other grants made to the Center for Popular Democracy; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/FrHyHKPNy-M the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities425,000.002016-07Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2016Alexander Berger Grant supports the Full Employment Project, and renews a previous grant to CBPP made in 2014. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Roosevelt Institute200,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/roosevelt-institute-macroeconomic-policy-researchAlexander Berger Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Economic Policy Institute500,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/economic-policy-institute-macroeconomic-policy-researchAlexander Berger Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Essentially, same as grant to Roosevelt Institute. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Peterson Institute for International Economics250,000.002016-04Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/peterson-institute-international-economics-macroeconomic-stabilizationAlexander Berger Grant supports work on macroeconomic stabilization. Initial grant; Open Phil considering larger grant to support much more work. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-29.
Center for American Progress500,000.002016-03Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-american-progress-macroeconomic-stabilizationAlexander Berger Grant for macroeconomic stabilization policy: convenings, research reports on impacts (e.g., impact of Taylor rule on income distribution), policy proposals, and network and outreach capacity to share research and proposals with media, politicians, and Federal Reserve. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
Center for Popular Democracy1,429,000.002015-12Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016Alexander Berger Grant supports the "Fed Up" campaign. Deemed unlikely to succeed but high-impact if it succeeds. Conversation with Ady Barkman of grantee organization around the time of the grant allocation at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Ady_Barkan_12-8-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-08. Followup conversations with Ady Barkan and Shawn Sebastian of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Fed_Up_07-14-16_and_08_31_16_and_09_02_16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-14, 2016-08-31, and 2016-09-02. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-06.
Center for Popular Democracy750,000.002015-01Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2015Alexander Berger Grant is for Fed Up Campaign 2015. Supports campaign to educate public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-02-27.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities335,000.002014-09Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-projectAlexander Berger Grant is for the Full Employment Project. Open Phil is impressed by the track record of CBPP. Followup conversation with Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Jared_Bernstein_and_Ben_Spielberg_10-21-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-10-21. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-19.
Center for Popular Democracy100,000.002014-08Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-federal-reserve-campaignAlexander Berger Grant is to support a campaign to educate the public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-25.

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