Blake Borgeson donations made to Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Facebook username blakeborgeson
LinkedIn username blakeborgeson
Twitter usernameblakeweb
Effective Altruism Hub usernameblakeborgeson
GitHub usernameblakeweb
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch page

Full donor page for donor Blake Borgeson

Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page MachineIntelligenceResearchInstitute
Donate page
Donors list page
Transparency and financials page
Donation case page
Twitter usernameMIRIBerkeley
Wikipedia page
Open Philanthropy Project grant review
Charity Navigator page
Guidestar page
Timelines wiki page
Org Watch page
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

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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 3 50,460 116,823 10 10 10 10 50,460 50,460 50,460 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
AI safety 3 50,460 116,823 10 10 10 10 50,460 50,460 50,460 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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 2016 2015
AI safety (filter this donor) 3 350,470.00 10.00 300,000.00 50,460.00
Total 3 350,470.00 10.00 300,000.00 50,460.00

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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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked) Publication date Author Publisher Affected donors Affected donees Document scope Cause area Notes
EAs write about where they give 2016-12-09 Julia Wise Effective Altruism Forum Blake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentation Global health and development, AI risk Julia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
10.0032018AI safety
300,000.0012016AI safety Second biggest donation in the history of MIRI, see also for more context on overall donations for the year. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.
50,460.0022015AI safety Took total donation amount and subtracted known donation of 300000 for 2016.