Peter Hurford donations made (filtered to cause areas matching AI safety)

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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).impact Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Health
Facebook username peterhurford
LinkedIn username peterhurford8
Websitehttp://peterhurford.com/
Donations URLhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html
Twitter usernamepeterhurford
LessWrong usernamepeter_hurford
Effective Altruism Forum usernamePeter_Hurford
Effective Altruism Hub usernamepeter-hurford
GitHub usernamepeterhurford
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 datadays
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Peter Hurford was involved in effective altruism from his college days and started donating a significant share of his income as soon as he started earning. He has used his donations both to donate to established charities in global health and animal welfare, and to provide funds for new, fledgling charities in the domains of global health and effective altruism/movement growth

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Focus is a mix of global health and development, animal welfare, and effective altruism/movement growth. For the last of these, Hurford has historically focused on new charities, whereas for the first two, he has generally focused more on somewhat more established charities. Also some small donations to other causes, such as civil liberties and political campaigns, as a "good citizen"

Notes on grant decision logistics: For larger grants, Hurford decides the grant amount based on discussion with the recipient charity, and often posts the amount with a TBD before actually making it. In many cases, he writes blog posts covering his reasons for the grant

Miscellaneous notes: Donations entered on Donations List Website are almost entirely a copy of http://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html with a few differences: $220 for "Help an EA go to EA Global" on 2017-08-03 is omitted. Also, the donee for contract work is listed in the source as "Rethink Priorities" or "Charity Entrepreneurship" but is listed as the actual contract worker on Donations List Website. This means that part of the total that Hurford's page attributes to these two charities is attributed to specific contract workers on the Donations List Website. After accounting for these omissions and discrepancies, consistency of totals against the listed totals by year and by donee at http://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html was last verified on 2019-01-21

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90
AI safety 1 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90

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 2014
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 1 90.00 90.00
Total 1 1 90.00 90.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

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 2014
AI safety 1 1 90.00 90.00
Classified total 1 1 90.00 90.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00
Total 1 1 90.00 90.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2014
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 90.00 90.00
Total -- -- 90.00 90.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
How does MIRI Know it Has a Medium Probability of Success? (GW, IR)2013-08-01Peter Hurford LessWrong Machine Intelligence Research Institute Miscellaneous commentaryAI safetyIn this bleg, Peter Hurford asks why MIRI thinks it has a medium probability of success at achieving the goal of friendly AI (and avoiding unfriendly AI). The post attracts multiple comments from Eliezer Yudkowsky, Carl Shulman, Wei Dai, and others.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Machine Intelligence Research Institute90.0012014-05-06AI safetyhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--

Similarity to other donors

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