Peter Hurford donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Effective altruism)

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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 37 164 1,807 13 14 40 79 90 164 500 1,000 4,000 6,000 12,500
Effective altruism 37 164 1,807 13 14 40 79 90 164 500 1,000 4,000 6,000 12,500

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 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 37 7 66,843.00 164.00 12,619.00 11,645.00 26,727.00 11,200.00 2,708.00 1,780.00
Total 37 7 66,843.00 164.00 12,619.00 11,645.00 26,727.00 11,200.00 2,708.00 1,780.00

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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 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Effective altruism/community project coordination 15 1 27,285.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,677.00 6,000.00 608.00 0.00
Effective altruism/movement growth 15 4 13,771.00 164.00 119.00 11,608.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 1,780.00
Effective altruism/cause prioritization 1 1 12,500.00 0.00 12,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism/outreach 2 1 11,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,000.00 5,200.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism/meta/outreach 2 1 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000.00 0.00
Effective altruism/meta/fundraising 1 1 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Effective altruism 1 1 37.00 0.00 0.00 37.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 37 7 66,843.00 164.00 12,619.00 11,645.00 26,727.00 11,200.00 2,708.00 1,780.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 37 7 66,843.00 164.00 12,619.00 11,645.00 26,727.00 11,200.00 2,708.00 1,780.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Rethink Charity (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Community project coordination FB Site 39,076.00 164.00 119.00 11,508.00 20,677.00 6,000.00 608.00 0.00
Charity Science Outreach (filter this donor) 13,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,000.00 5,200.00 2,000.00 0.00
Rethink Priorities (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 12,537.00 0.00 12,500.00 37.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 1,700.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,700.00
80,000 Hours (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 180.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 80.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 100.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Raising for Effective Giving (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 66,843.00 164.00 12,619.00 11,645.00 26,727.00 11,200.00 2,708.00 1,780.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Rethink Priorities Plans for 20192018-12-17Peter Hurford Effective Altruism Forum Rethink Priorities Donee periodic updateCause prioritization|Animal welfare|Effective altruism|Global catastrophic risksPeter Hurford outlines the budget and plans for the priorities research group Rethink Priorities for 2019. The budget is $447,000, of which $153,000 has been raised already. The blog post discusses the sort of research that Rethink Priorities plans to conduct: analysis of the impact of ballot initiatives on animal welfare, understanding corporate campaigns for animal welfare, identifying ways to improve wild animal welfare, doing surveys and polling, understanding EA movement growth, understanding mental health interventions, analysis of catastrophic risk reduction
Four Organizations EAs Should Fully Fund for 20182017-12-12Peter Hurford Effective Altruism ForumPeter Hurford Charity Science Health Rethink Charity Sentience Institute Wild-Animal Suffering Research Donation suggestion listPeter Hurford makes the case to donate to four organizations that he plans to donate to in 2018, based on the promise of their programs as well as their room for more funding
Students for High Impact Charity: Review and $10K Grant2016-09-27Peter Hurford Peter Hurford Students for High Impact Charity Single donation documentationEffective altruism/movement growthExplanation of some of the investigative process that led the author to decide to donate to SHIC. The focus is on the investigation process and information revealed about SHIC rather than on the amount donated

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (37 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 37)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Rethink Charity164.00192019-01-09Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Donation covers tech fees.
Rethink Charity31.00332018-06-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity74.00272018-04-11Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity14.00342018-02-28Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Web hosting.
Rethink Priorities12,500.0012018-01-08Effective altruism/cause prioritizationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- See https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/EgCiFPbcQqbphv4Pv/four-organizations-eas-should-fully-fund-for-2018 for more background and thinking.
Rethink Charity13.00352017-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- For a domain name.
Rethink Charity1,000.00112017-10-31Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Support to send Tee Barnett to EA London on behalf of Rethink Charity.
Rethink Charity1,150.00102017-09-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Grant intended for Students for High Impact Charity, part of a $10,000 grant decision announced on 2016-09-27. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/128/students_for_high_impact_charity_review_and_10k/ for more context. The first $4,000 of the grant amount was sent on 2017-01-13 and the next $5,030 was sent 2017-06-30.
Rethink Charity255.00172017-07-31Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Covers $255 out of $306 of annual SurveyMonkey subscription cost. Remaining $51 covered by the Center for Effective Altruism.
Rethink Charity5,000.0072017-06-30Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Grant intended for Students for High Impact Charity, part of a $10,000 grant decision announced on 2016-09-27. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/128/students_for_high_impact_charity_review_and_10k/ for more context. The first $4,000 of the grant amount was sent on 2017-01-13.
Rethink Priorities37.00312017-04-18Effective altruismhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Research materials.
Effective Altruism Funds100.00202017-04-04Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- 25% to each fund, for informational purposes.
Rethink Charity90.00222017-03-01Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- For meetup.com fees.
Rethink Charity4,000.0082017-01-13Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Grant originally made to Students for High Impact Charity before it merged with .impact to form Rethink Charity. See http://effective-altruism.com/ea/128/students_for_high_impact_charity_review_and_10k/ for the explanation; the remaining amount would be granted later.
Raising for Effective Giving50.00282016-12-24Effective altruism/meta/fundraisinghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- For a fundraiser.
Rethink Charity13.00352016-11-28Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Domain name purchase.
Rethink Charity90.00222016-08-28Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity500.00152016-08-24Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity192.00182016-08-07Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity12,000.0022016-05-01Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity7,792.0032016-04-20Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Science Outreach6,000.0042016-04-20Effective altruism/outreachhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity90.00222016-03-01Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity5,377.0052015-12-23Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity47.00292015-09-03Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity500.00152015-09-03Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity40.00302015-08-14Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Science Outreach5,200.0062015-04-24Effective altruism/outreachhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity36.00322015-04-20Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
80,000 Hours100.00202014-12-19Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity13.00352014-11-25Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity516.00142014-09-30Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Rethink Charity79.00262014-09-07Effective altruism/community project coordinationhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Science Outreach1,000.00112014-08-15Effective altruism/meta/outreachhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Science Outreach1,000.00112014-06-12Effective altruism/meta/outreachhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
80,000 Hours80.00252013-12-12Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Centre for Effective Altruism1,700.0092013-07-04Effective altruism/movement growthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 30 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
Haseeb Qureshi 3 3 6 0.5000 0.7071 0.5431
Samuel Hilton 2 2 6 0.3333 0.5774 0.4812
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 2 2 6 0.3333 0.5774 0.0307
Lovkush Agarwal 2 2 6 0.3333 0.5774 0.776
Patrick Brinich-Langlois 2 2 6 0.3333 0.5774 0.0101
EA Giving Group 7 3 10 0.3000 0.4629
Aaron Gertler 3 2 7 0.2857 0.4714 0.0215
Open Philanthropy Project 4 2 8 0.2500 0.4082 0.0286
Katerina Manoli 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Tyler John 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Mark Barnes 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Michael Dickens 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.0009
Michael Peyton Jones 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Oxford Prioritisation Project 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.0034
Pablo Stafforini 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Per-Erik Milam 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Pierre Zakarauskas 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.9681
Aahan Rashid 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.9681
Kat Steiner 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Jonathon Smith 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
James Hudspeth 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Huw Thomas 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Henry Cooksley 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Harri Besceli 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Grace King 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Elizabeth Van Nostrand 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.0009
David Barry 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Christopher Bryant 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032
Catherine Low 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.9681
Calum McClelland 1 1 6 0.1667 0.4082 0.032