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 March 2022. 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.
|Effective Altruism Forum username||vipulnaik|
|Effective Altruism Hub username||vipul-naik|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (no scripts used)|
|Org Watch page||https://orgwatch.issarice.com/?person=Vipul+Naik|
Miscellaneous notes: Disclosure: creator of the site
|Cause area||Count||Median||Mean||Minimum||10th percentile||20th percentile||30th percentile||40th percentile||50th percentile||60th percentile||70th percentile||80th percentile||90th percentile||Maximum|
|Global health and development||1||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000|
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||2010|
|Global health (filter this donor)||3||1||8,350.00||0.00||8,350.00|
|Global health and development (filter this donor)||1||1||2,000.00||2,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
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||2010|
|Global health and development||1||1||2,000.00||2,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|VillageReach (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||8,350.00||0.00||8,350.00|
|GiveWell top charities (filter this donor)||Charity evaluation/global health/poverty||FB Tw WP Site||2,000.00||2,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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||2010|
Graph of spending by influencer and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by influencer and year (cumulative)
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|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|My 2018 donations (GW, IR)||2018-11-23||Vipul Naik||Effective Altruism Forum||Vipul Naik||GiveWell top charities Machine Intelligence Research Institute Donor lottery||Periodic donation list documentation||Global health and development|AI safety||The 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|
|GiveWell money moved in 2015: a review of my forecast and some future predictions (GW, IR)||2016-05-15||Vipul Naik||Effective Altruism Forum||GiveWell GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative||Miscellaneous commentary||Global health and development||The post is a follow-up to the forecasting post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/JRZipptLFXvJQEvQh/givewell-money-moved-forecasts-and-implications (GW, IR) 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 implications (GW, IR)||2015-12-19||Vipul Naik||Effective Altruism Forum||GiveWell GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative||Miscellaneous commentary||Global health and development||The blog post includes predictions on how much money GiveWell top charities will raise as part of the 2015 end-of-year giving season|
Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 4)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|GiveWell top charities||2,000.00||2||Global health and development||https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations (GW, IR)||GiveWell||Donation process: Part of a set of year-end donations made in 2018
Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Money to GiveWell for regranting to its top charities (through GiveWell discretionary regranting) based on GiveWell's assessment of which charity can make the best use of funds at the margin
Donor reason for selecting the donee: The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#The_selection_of_recipients (GW, IR) goes into detail on this, comparing GiveWell top charities with Effective Altruism Funds and various rising stars. The summary says: "For the money directly allocated by me, GiveWell top charities won as a default baseline because the alternatives were not yet compelling enough."
Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#My_reason_for_choosing_this_amount_to_donate (GW, IR) goes into detail on this. It works out the total amount of $3,000 ($2,000 direct + $1,000 donated based on recommendations from Issa Rice) based on a few heuristics; $500/year for 6 years, 1% of income, and the right size where it justifies transaction costs
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#My_reason_for_donating_now_rather_than_earlier_or_later (GW, IR) goes into detail on this. It talks about how the author stopped making donations after 2012, to focus on building a savings buffer and funding contract work, and how the situation has recently changed enough to make it worth considering a standard charity donation
Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#Summary (GW, IR) says: "I hope to continue working on projects like the Donations list website on my personal time and through contract work. I also hope to get a clearer picture of a number of things that might lead to more interesting donation decisions in the future."
Other notes: Employer match: LiftIgniter matched 100.00.
|VillageReach||5,100.00||1||Global health/vaccination||https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/||GiveWell||Donation process: According to https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "In October 2010, I returned to considering VillageReach for my next donation. I talked over the phone with Holden of GiveWell. I shared some concerns: [...] Holden addressed my questions, and, shortly thereafter, GiveWell elaborated further in the blog posts https://blog.givewell.org/2010/11/10/health-system-strengthening-sustainability-accountability/ and https://blog.givewell.org/2010/11/17/after-extraordinary-and-unorthodox-comes-the-valley-of-death/ "
Intended use of funds (category): Organization general support
Intended use of funds: Funding for VillageReach's work of last-mile delivery of vaccines
Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ says: "I was reasonably convinced that low-income country health systems was low-hanging fruit for donor money. The approach of GiveWell's top charity VillageReach (GiveWell review here) impressed me." Further: "Holden addressed my questions [about VillageReach and GiveWell's review of it]"
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation is explained as being a straightforward, relatively low-risk donation made after exhausting a budget for a high-risk, speculative donation, as per https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "[I]n September 2010, I made a donation covering part of the costs of a new research project [...] However, such opportunities are rare and inherently risky. In October 2010, I returned to considering VillageReach for my next donation."
Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: According to https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "I talked over the phone with VillageReach employee John Beale about VillageReach's activities, to help me in future donation decisions." and "I planned to make my next donation in April 2011 [contingent on GiveWell updates]"
Donor retrospective of the donation: As https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ explains, the donor ultimately did not continue supporting VillageReach. The planned April 2011 support was not given. The donor said that either of two things would have convinced him to donate, but neither seemed to hold: "(1) [VillageReach] could deliver demonstrably greater benefits by rolling out their program much more quickly, and they could do so by getting funding more quickly. (2) GiveWell could identify other top charities so that, once VillageReach's funding gap was closed, other donors could donate instead to these other top charities."
Other notes: See more of the thought process behind the donation at https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ Also, https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/ says: "This was my first time making such a large donation using my debit card. Predictably, it led to some back-and-forth with the bank because the transaction was initially blocked for security reasons. I later realized that it would have been better to use a check or ACH, as it would have saved on something in the range of $100+ in transaction fees, while also reducing the need for back-and-forth with the bank.".
The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 2 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|
|Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||1111||1||1111||0.0009||0.03||0.0024|