Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative donations made to Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook username Berkeley-Existential-Risk-Initiative-1875638366085846
Websitehttp://existence.org/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Berkeley+Existential+Risk+Initiative

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page MachineIntelligenceResearchInstitute
Websitehttps://intelligence.org
Donate pagehttps://intelligence.org/donate/
Donors list pagehttps://intelligence.org/topdonors/
Transparency and financials pagehttps://intelligence.org/transparency/
Donation case pagehttp://effective-altruism.com/ea/12n/miri_update_and_fundraising_case/
Twitter usernameMIRIBerkeley
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support
Charity Navigator pagehttps://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=582565917
Guidestar pagehttps://www.guidestar.org/profile/58-2565917
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Machine_Intelligence_Research_Institute
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Machine+Intelligence+Research+Institute
Key peopleEliezer Yudkowsky|Nate Soares|Luke Muehlhauser
Launch date2000

This entity is also a donor.

Full donee page for donee Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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 4 100,000 275,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 300,000 300,000 600,000 600,000 600,000
AI safety 4 100,000 275,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 300,000 300,000 600,000 600,000 600,000

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 2020 2019 2017
AI safety (filter this donor) 4 1,100,000.00 300,000.00 600,000.00 200,000.00
Total 4 1,100,000.00 300,000.00 600,000.00 200,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
300,000.0022020-03-02AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants/-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Other notes: The grant is mentioned by MIRI in the blog post https://intelligence.org/2020/04/27/miris-largest-grant-to-date/ along with a large grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2020 from the Open Philanthropy Project. The post says: "at the time of our 2019 fundraiser, we expected to receive a grant from BERI in early 2020, and incorporated this into our reserves estimates. However, we predicted the grant size would be $600k; now that we know the final grant amount, that estimate should be $300k lower.".
600,000.0012019-02-26AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants/-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor retrospective of the donation: BERI would make a further to MIRI, indicating continued confidence in the grantee. The followup grant would be in March 2020 for $300,000. By that point, BERI would have transitioned these grantmaking responsibilities to the Survival and Fluorishing Fund.

Other notes: This grant is also discussed by the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (the grant recipient) at https://intelligence.org/2017/11/08/major-grant-open-phil/ along with a grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/machine-intelligence-research-institute-general-support-2019 from the Open Philanthropy Project. Announced: 2019-05-09.
100,000.0032017-12-28AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants/-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor retrospective of the donation: BERI would make two further grants to MIRI, indicating continued confidence in the grantee. The last grant would be in March 2020 for $300,000. By that point, BERI would have transitioned these grantmaking responsibilities to the Survival and Fluorishing Fund.

Other notes: Announced: 2018-01-11.
100,000.0032017-09-13AI safetyhttp://existence.org/grants-- Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The announcement page says: "Broadly, we believe these groups [Machine Intelligence Research Institute and Future of Life Institute] to have done good work in the past for reducing existential risk and wish to support their continued efforts."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This is one of two opening grants made by BERI to begin its grants program.

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant page says: "Over the next few months, we may write more about our reasoning behind these and other grants." It further outlines the kinds of organizations that BERI will be granting to in the short run.

Donor retrospective of the donation: BERI would make three further grants to MIRI, indicating continued confidence in the grantee. The last grant would be in March 2020 for $300,000. By that point, BERI would have transitioned these grantmaking responsibilities to the Survival and Fluorishing Fund.

Other notes: Announced: 2017-09-25.