Open Philanthropy Project donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Migration 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 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)
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 2014
Migration policy (filter this donor) 12 8 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00
Total 12 8 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00

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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 2014
Migration policy/international labor mobility 2 1 2,984,720.00 0.00 1,800,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,184,720.00
Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migration 3 2 2,090,505.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 0.00 1,490,505.00
Migration policy/politics 2 1 760,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00
Migration policy/refugee migration 1 1 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00
Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotion 2 1 435,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 285,000.00
Migration policy/labor mobility/RCT 1 1 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Migration policy/humanitarian migration/free migration 1 1 24,000.00 0.00 0.00 24,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 12 8 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12 8 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Center for Global Development (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,984,720.00 0.00 1,800,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,184,720.00
U.S. Association for International Migration (filter this donor) 1,490,505.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,490,505.00
Niskanen Center (filter this donor) WP 760,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00
International Refugee Assistance Project (filter this donor) Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help FB Tw Site 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00
Protect the People (filter this donor) 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00
ImmigrationWorks Foundation (filter this donor) 435,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 285,000.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Free Migration Project (filter this donor) 24,000.00 0.00 0.00 24,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00 540,000.00 2,960,225.00

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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
Alexander Berger 3 3 2,250,000.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 50,000.00
Classified total 3 3 2,250,000.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 50,000.00
Unclassified total 9 8 4,774,225.00 0.00 0.00 1,274,000.00
Total 12 8 7,024,225.00 400,000.00 1,800,000.00 1,324,000.00

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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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 - 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
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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (12 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Niskanen Center400,000.002018-01Migration policy/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration-2018Alexander Berger Grant over two years to continue to support work on immigration policy. Grant is a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration and is in recognition of the Niskanen Center growing its immigration program to $1 million/year, while also keeping in mind the expectation of no significant positive movement on immigration at the federal level. Announced: 2018-01-30.
Center for Global Development (Earmark: Michael Clemens)1,800,000.002017-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-programAlexander Berger Grant supports work at CGD of Michael Clemens and his team. Continues a 2014 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-research for the same purpose. Announced: 2017-06-27.
Protect the People50,000.002016-10Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-exit-grantAlexander Berger Exit grant to close out support for helping workers from Haiti access season work in the US. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/may-2017-update-protect-people-grant for a grant update. Announced: 2017-10-20.
Free Migration Project24,000.002016-05Migration policy/humanitarian migration/free migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/free-migration-project-planning-grant-- Grantee organization in planning phase at time of grant; represented by David Bennion, immigration lawyer and activist. Announced: 2017-01-10.
International Refugee Assistance Project700,000.002016-05Migration policy/refugee migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support-- Grant references https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy for background. Followup conversation with Becca Heller of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Becca_Heller_05-09-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-05-09 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Becca_Heller_07-06-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-06. Announced: 2016-06-16.
Protect the People550,000.002016-02Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-seasonal-migration-haiti-- A second grant in the area; after a 2014 grant described at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/usaim-seasonal-migration-haiti to other organizations. New grant builds on positive and negative lessons from earlier grant. Followup conversation with Sarah Williamson of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Sarah_Williamson_09-09-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-09-09. Announced: 2016-02-29.
ImmigrationWorks Foundation150,000.002015-12Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/immigrationworks-general-support-2016-- Second grant; previous grant made in July 2014. New grant provided based on satisfaction with first grant and review of grantee situation. Followup conversation with Tamar Jacoby of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Tamar_Jacoby_03-31-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-03-31. Announced: 2015-12-14.
Niskanen Center360,000.002015-10Migration policy/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration-- Grantee is a libertarian think tank looking to hire legal counsel. Followup conversation with grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/David_Bier_12-14-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-14 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Niskanen_Center_07-22-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-22. Announced: 2015-10-29.
New York University30,000.002015-08Migration policy/labor mobility/RCThttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/new-york-university-support-labor-mobility-rct-- Grantee represented by Suresh Naidu and Yaw Nyarko; grant references cause page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/labor-mobility. Announced: 2015-09-23.
U.S. Association for International Migration1,490,505.002014-07Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/usaim-seasonal-migration-haiti-- Grant first published in August 2014; updated with progress report. Grantee was USAIM but project was carried out by it along with International Organization for Migration (IOM). Grant was not repeated next year, but a new grant was made to Protect the People for a similar purpose.
ImmigrationWorks Foundation285,000.002014-07Migration policy/low-skilled migration promotionhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/immigrationworks-foundation-general-support-- First major grant to an advocacy group related to promoting more low-skilled migration from the perspective of interests of potential employers of low-skilled workers.
Center for Global Development (Earmark: Michael Clemens)1,184,720.002014-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-research-- Grant supports the CGD research agenda on labor mobility, including 75% of the time of Michael Clemens. Followup conversation with Michael Clemens and Cynthis Rathinasamy of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Michael_Clemens_and_Cynthia_Rathinasamy_12-15-2015_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-15 and again at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Michael_Clemens_Cynthia_Rathinasamy_06-21-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-06-21.

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