Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative donations made to LessWrong 2.0

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, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Facebook username Berkeley-Existential-Risk-Initiative-1875638366085846
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch page

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page lesswrong2
Wikipedia page
Key peopleOliver Habryka|Ben Pace|Raymond Arnold
Launch date2017-06-18

Full donee page for donee LessWrong 2.0

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 2 100,000 125,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Rationality improvement 1 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
AI safety 1 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000

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 Total 2018
AI safety (filter this donor) 1 150,000.00 150,000.00
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 1 100,000.00 100,000.00
Total 2 250,000.00 250,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
150,000.0012018-09-04AI safety Given via the Center for Applied Rationality. To support the development of LessWrong 2.0. Announced at
100,000.0022018-02-08Rationality improvement Grant via the Center for Applied Rationality for the support of activities to develop and improve the website LessWrong 2.0. See announcement at