Peter Hurford donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Global health)

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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 33 200 1,096 8 33 50 106 177 200 200 493 1,000 2,650 15,717
Global health 33 200 1,096 8 33 50 106 177 200 200 493 1,000 2,650 15,717

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 2013 2012 2011
Global health (filter this donor) 33 8 36,158.00 5,433.00 1,687.00 1,678.00 25,735.00 1,259.00 33.00 323.00 10.00
Total 33 8 36,158.00 5,433.00 1,687.00 1,678.00 25,735.00 1,259.00 33.00 323.00 10.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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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 2013 2012 2011
Global health 5 2 20,650.00 250.00 400.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/vaccination/SMS reminders 3 1 5,024.00 5,000.00 24.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/deworming 9 2 4,631.00 0.00 200.00 337.00 4,061.00 0.00 33.00 0.00 0.00
Global health/malaria 12 1 4,607.00 0.00 0.00 1,341.00 1,674.00 1,259.00 0.00 323.00 10.00
Global health/mental health 4 2 1,246.00 183.00 1,063.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 33 8 36,158.00 5,433.00 1,687.00 1,678.00 25,735.00 1,259.00 33.00 323.00 10.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 33 8 36,158.00 5,433.00 1,687.00 1,678.00 25,735.00 1,259.00 33.00 323.00 10.00

Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donor) 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Charity Science Health (filter this donor) 5,024.00 5,000.00 24.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Against Malaria Foundation (filter this donor) Global health/malaria FB Tw WP Site GW CN GS TW 4,607.00 0.00 0.00 1,341.00 1,674.00 1,259.00 0.00 323.00 10.00
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 4,232.00 0.00 200.00 337.00 3,662.00 0.00 33.00 0.00 0.00
Elizabeth Van Nostrand (filter this donor) 1,063.00 0.00 1,063.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sebastian Sanchez (filter this donor) 650.00 250.00 400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Deworm the World Initiative (filter this donor) Global health/deworming Tw WP Site GW 399.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 399.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Unspecified recipient (filter this donor) 183.00 183.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 36,158.00 5,433.00 1,687.00 1,678.00 25,735.00 1,259.00 33.00 323.00 10.00

Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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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 donations in reverse chronological order (33 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 33)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Sebastian Sanchez250.00132018-08-04Global healthhttps://contractwork.vipulnaik.com/tasks.php?receptacle=Timeline+of+Zika+virus&matching=exact-- Payment for preparing the timeline https://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Zika_virus which was relevant for Rethink Priorities research.
Charity Science Health5,000.0022018-05-02Global health/vaccination/SMS remindershttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Part of a total of $25,000 intended for granting to the donee. See https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/EgCiFPbcQqbphv4Pv/four-organizations-eas-should-fully-fund-for-2018 (GW, IR) for more background and thinking. Ultimately, because the recipient organization ran out of room for more funding, the remaining $20,000 was not granted.
Unspecified recipient183.00182018-01-16Global health/mental healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Payment for review or followup to work published in a series of blog posts starting with http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ha/mental_health_shallow_review/ by http://effective-altruism.com/user/Elizabeth/.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand300.00122017-12-02Global health/mental healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Part of a payment for work published in a series of blog posts starting with http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ha/mental_health_shallow_review/ by http://effective-altruism.com/user/Elizabeth/.
Sebastian Sanchez200.00142017-10-05Global healthhttps://contractwork.vipulnaik.com/tasks.php?receptacle=Timeline+of+tetanus&matching=exact-- Payment for timeline of tetanus: https://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_tetanus.
Sebastian Sanchez200.00142017-10-05Global healthhttps://contractwork.vipulnaik.com/tasks.php?receptacle=Timeline+of+diphtheria&matching=exact-- Payment for timeline of diphtheria: https://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_diphtheria that would be used by Hurford to help with writing.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand613.0082017-10-02Global health/mental healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Part of a payment for work published in a series of blog posts starting with http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ha/mental_health_shallow_review/ by http://effective-altruism.com/user/Elizabeth/.
Charity Science Health16.00312017-09-06Global health/vaccination/SMS remindershttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- AWS billing.
Charity Science Health8.00332017-08-03Global health/vaccination/SMS remindershttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- AWS billing.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand150.00212017-07-22Global health/mental healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- Part of a payment for work published in a series of blog posts starting with http://effective-altruism.com/ea/1ha/mental_health_shallow_review/ by http://effective-altruism.com/user/Elizabeth/.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative200.00142017-05-13Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative337.00112016-12-30Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- For a fundraiser.
Against Malaria Foundation50.00262016-12-24Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- See receipt at http://peterhurford.com/other/donation_receipts/amf-24dec2016.png.
Against Malaria Foundation1,000.0072016-12-16Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html-- For a fundraiser.
Against Malaria Foundation35.00292016-10-13Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation50.00262016-09-26Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation100.00252016-04-29Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation106.00242016-01-11Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Entrepreneurship15,717.0012015-12-23Global healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Charity Entrepreneurship4,283.0032015-12-23Global healthhttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative2,650.0042015-12-22Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation150.00212015-12-03Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Deworm the World Initiative45.00282015-04-23Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Deworm the World Initiative177.00192015-04-06Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Deworm the World Initiative177.00192015-04-06Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative493.00102015-03-28Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative519.0092015-03-22Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation1,524.0052015-01-02Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation1,259.0062014-12-31Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative33.00302013-12-22Global health/deworminghttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation123.00232012-05-10Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation200.00142012-04-10Global health/malariahttp://peterhurford.com/other/donations.html--
Against Malaria Foundation10.00322011-12-31Global health/malariahttp://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
Adam Nightingale 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1824
Catherine Low 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1432
Cullen O'Keefe 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1634
David Barry 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1566
Elie Hassenfeld 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746
Grace King 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.132
Henry Cooksley 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1665
Isabel Juniewicz 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1801
Joel Troughton 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1634
Kat Steiner 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1644
Luke Freeman 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1494
Oliver Base 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1817
Peter O'Brien 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.1522
Samuel Hilton 3 3 5 0.6000 0.7746 0.0835
GiveWell discretionary regranting 4 3 6 0.5000 0.6708 0.143
Aahan Rashid 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.141
Alexander Berger 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325
Alexandre Zani 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1317
Alfredo Parra 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1776
Andrew Kokemoor 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1587
Andrew Martin 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325
Ben Kuhn 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1792
Brent Shaw 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1084
Carol Thomas 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1434
Håkon Harnes 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1842
Holly Elmore 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1659
Isabel Arjmand 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325
Jay Feldman 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1632
Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1483
Jørgen Ljønes 2 2 5 0.4000 0.6325 0.1791