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

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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
Migration policy (filter this donor) 2 1 760,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00
Politics (filter this donor) 1 1 628,600.00 0.00 628,600.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 2 2 600,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Total 5 4 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00 360,000.00

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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
Migration policy/politics 2 1 760,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00
Politics 1 1 628,600.00 0.00 628,600.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform/politics 2 2 600,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Classified total 5 4 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00 360,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 4 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00 360,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015
Niskanen Center (filter this donor) WP 760,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00
The Center for Election Science (filter this donor) 628,600.00 0.00 628,600.00 0.00 0.00
Real Justice PAC (filter this donor) 350,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vote Safe (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Total -- -- 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00 360,000.00

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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
William MacAskill 1 1 628,600.00 0.00 628,600.00 0.00
Chloe Cockburn 2 2 600,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 250,000.00
Alexander Berger 1 1 400,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 4 4 1,628,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00
Unclassified total 1 1 360,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 4 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 628,600.00 250,000.00

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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 2016
United States 2 2 600,000.00 350,000.00 250,000.00
Classified total 2 2 600,000.00 350,000.00 250,000.00
Unclassified total 3 2 1,388,600.00 400,000.00 0.00
Total 5 4 1,988,600.00 750,000.00 250,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Real Justice PAC350,000.002018-05Criminal justice reform/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/real-justice-pac-criminal-justice-reformChloe Cockburn Grant made personally by Cari Tuna, to develop tools and infrastructure as it seeks to raise the profile of key prosecutor and sheriff races in 2018 and elect reform-minded candidates who will work to safely reduce the number of people incarcerated in their jurisdictions. The funds were distributed to an account that is limited to work outside of California. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-28.
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.
The Center for Election Science628,600.002017-12Politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/the-center-for-election-science-general-supportWilliam MacAskill Grantee is a US-based nonprofit that promotes alternative voting methods to plurality voting, with an emphasis on cardinal methods and a special focus on approval voting. The grant is intended to go toward CES’ general expenses over the next year such as salaries, marketing, office supplies, as well as its Ballot Initiative Education Campaign project. In October of 2018, Open Phil added $30,000 to the original award amount of $598,600. Announced: 2018-01-23.
Vote Safe250,000.002016-02Criminal justice reform/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/vote-safe-criminal-justice-reform-policy-advocacyChloe Cockburn Grant personally by Cari Tuna. Grantee is affiliated with Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), an advocacy and policy reform organization that developed the first statewide network for crime victims supporting justice reform. Vote Safe crafted and ran the successful campaign for Proposition 47, a 2014 California ballot measure that reduced incarceration by changing several low-level felonies to misdemeanors, and reallocating the prison cost savings to prevention and treatment. Related separate grant to the Alliance for Safety and Justice that is trying to replicate similar strategies on a national level: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/alliance-safety-and-justice-general-support. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-06-28.
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.

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