Vipul Naik donations made

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 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username vipulnaik.r
Websitehttps://vipulnaik.com/
Donations URLhttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/
Twitter usernamevipulnaik_r
LessWrong usernameVipulNaik
Effective Altruism Forum usernamevipulnaik
Effective Altruism Hub usernamevipul-naik
GitHub usernamevipulnaik
PredictionBook usernamevipulnaik
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?person=Vipul+Naik

Miscellaneous notes: Disclosure: creator of the site

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 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007
Global health (filter this donor) 3 1 8,350.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,350.00 0.00 0.00
Education (filter this donor) 1 1 7,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,500.00 0.00 0.00
Global health and development (filter this donor) 1 1 2,000.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
(filter this donor) 8 5 1,865.50 500.00 0.00 0.00 660.00 543.00 162.50
Alternate governance (filter this donor) 1 1 520.00 0.00 0.00 520.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 1 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Cash transfers (filter this donor) 1 1 500.00 0.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 11 21,235.50 3,000.00 500.00 520.00 16,510.00 543.00 162.50

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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 2018 2012 2011 2010
Global health/vaccination 3 1 8,350.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,350.00
Education/low-cost private education in developing world 1 1 7,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,500.00
Global health and development 1 1 2,000.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Alternate governance/seasteading 1 1 520.00 0.00 0.00 520.00 0.00
AI safety 1 1 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Cash transfers 1 1 500.00 0.00 500.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 8 6 19,370.00 2,500.00 500.00 520.00 15,850.00
Unclassified total 8 5 1,865.50 500.00 0.00 0.00 660.00
Total 16 11 21,235.50 3,000.00 500.00 520.00 16,510.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007
VillageReach (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 8,350.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,350.00 0.00 0.00
Undisclosed recipient (filter this donor) 7,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,500.00 0.00 0.00
GiveWell top charities (filter this donor) Charity evaluation/global health/poverty FB Tw WP Site 2,000.00 2,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Children International (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,203.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 660.00 543.00 0.00
The Seasteading Institute (filter this donor) 520.00 0.00 0.00 520.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Donor lottery (filter this donor) 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
GiveDirectly (filter this donor) Cash transfers FB Tw WP Site GW 500.00 0.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 500.00 500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Wikimedia Foundation (filter this donor) WP Site 125.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 125.00
Creative Commons (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 25.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25.00
Mozilla Foundation (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 12.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12.50
Total -- -- 21,235.50 3,000.00 500.00 520.00 16,510.00 543.00 162.50

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Influencer Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007
GiveWell 5 3 10,850.00 2,000.00 500.00 0.00 8,350.00 0.00 0.00
Donor initiative 2 2 8,020.00 0.00 0.00 520.00 7,500.00 0.00 0.00
Street sales 4 1 1,203.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 660.00 543.00 0.00
Issa Rice 2 2 1,000.00 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Direct online solicitation 3 3 162.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 162.50
Classified total 16 11 21,235.50 3,000.00 500.00 520.00 16,510.00 543.00 162.50
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 11 21,235.50 3,000.00 500.00 520.00 16,510.00 543.00 162.50

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (6 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
My 2018 donations2018-11-23Vipul Naik Effective Altruism ForumVipul Naik GiveWell top charities Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donor lottery Periodic donation list documentationGlobal health and development|AI safetyThe blog post describes an allocation of $2,000 to GiveWell for regranting to top charities, and $500 each to MIRI and the $500,000 donor lottery. The latter two donations are influenced by Issa Rice, who describes his reasoning at https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 Vipul Naik's post explains the reason for donating now rather than earlier or later, the reason for donating this amount, and the selection of recipients. The post is also cross-posted at https://vipulnaik.com/blog/my-2018-donations/ and https://github.com/vipulnaik/working-drafts/blob/master/eaf/my-2018-donations.md
Belief status: off-the-cuff thoughts!2017-01-19Vipul Naik Facebook Machine Intelligence Research Institute Reasoning supplementAI safetyThe post argues that (lack of) academic endorsement of the work done by MIRI should not be an important factor in evaluating MIRI, offering three reasons. Commenters include Rob Bensinger, Research Communications Manager at MIRI
GiveWell money moved in 2015: a review of my forecast and some future predictions2016-05-15Vipul Naik Effective Altruism Forum GiveWell GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal health and developmentThe post is a follow-up to the forecasting post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/JRZipptLFXvJQEvQh/givewell-money-moved-forecasts-and-implications in light of GiveWell's official report of money moved and web traffic for 2015 at https://blog.givewell.org/2016/05/13/givewells-money-moved-web-traffic-2015/ The post identifies the key reasons for the significant underestimation of money moved in the forecasting post, and some phenomena highlighted by the difference between the forecast and what transpired in reality
GiveWell money moved forecasts and implications2015-12-19Vipul Naik Effective Altruism Forum GiveWell GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative Miscellaneous commentaryGlobal health and developmentThe blog post includes predictions on how much money GiveWell top charities will raise as part of the 2015 end-of-year giving season
Should you donate to the Wikimedia Foundation?2015-03-28Vipul Naik Effective Altruism Forum Wikimedia Foundation Evaluator review of doneeKnowledge commonsThe post says: "I believe that some of the common arguments people make in favor of the donating to the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the non-profit that hosts Wikipedia and a number of its sister sites, are flawed."
Evaluating GiveWell as a startup idea based on Paul Graham's philosophy2014-04-12Vipul Naik LessWrong GiveWell Miscellaneous commentaryCharity evaluatorThe blog post looks at the GiveWell founding story and compares it with essays from Paul Graham on the journeys of successful startups

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell top charities2,000.002018-12-22Global health and developmenthttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donationsGiveWell In the explanatory blog post, the author says: "For the money directly allocated by me, GiveWell top charities won as a default baseline because the alternatives were not yet compelling enough.". Employer match: LiftIgniter matched 100.00; Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Donor lottery500.002018-12-22--https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donationsIssa Rice Donation decided on by Issa Rice. The lottery in question is a $500,000 donor lottery for the end of 2018, as described at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/lotteries/63715163508813 The blog post explaining the donation says: "For each of the years 2017 and 2018, I had given Issa the option of assigning $500 of my money to charitable causes of his choosing (with no strict requirement that these be recognized as charities). In 2017, Issa deferred the use of the money, so he had $1,000 to allocate. Issa ultimately decided to allocate 50% of the $1,000 (i.e., $500) to the $500,000 EA Donor Lottery, and another 50% to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). For the donor lottery, the understanding was that although the entry was under my name, Issa would make the decision as to how to allocate the winnings in the (0.1% probability) event that I win the lottery.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 50.00%.
Machine Intelligence Research Institute500.002018-12-22AI safetyhttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donationsIssa Rice Donation decided on by Issa Rice. The blog post explaining the donation says: "For each of the years 2017 and 2018, I had given Issa the option of assigning $500 of my money to charitable causes of his choosing (with no strict requirement that these be recognized as charities). In 2017, Issa deferred the use of the money, so he had $1,000 to allocate. Issa ultimately decided to allocate 50% of the $1,000 (i.e., $500) to the $500,000 EA Donor Lottery, and another 50% to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI).". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 50.00%.
GiveDirectly500.002012-12-24Cash transfershttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/GiveWell
The Seasteading Institute520.002011-05-31Alternate governance/seasteadinghttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Donor initiative
VillageReach5,100.002010-12-22Global health/vaccinationhttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/GiveWell
Undisclosed recipient7,500.002010-09Education/low-cost private education in developing worldhttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Donor initiative
VillageReach2,000.002010-05-22Global health/vaccinationhttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/GiveWell
VillageReach1,250.002010-01-16Global health/vaccinationhttps://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/GiveWell
Children International660.002010--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Street sales
Children International--2009--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Street sales Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
Children International125.002008--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Street sales
Children International418.002008--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Street sales
Wikimedia Foundation125.002007-12--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Direct online solicitation
Mozilla Foundation12.502007-12--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Direct online solicitation
Creative Commons25.002007-12--https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/Direct online solicitation

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