Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund donations made to The Humane League

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United Kingdom
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for Effective Altruism
Websitehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare
Donations URLhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/
Regularity with which donor updates donations datairregular
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: This is one of four Effective Altruism Funds that are a program of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). The creation of the funds was inspired by the success of the EA Giving Group donor-advised fund run by Nick Beckstead, and also by the donor lottery run in December 2016 by Paul Christiano and Carl Shulman (see https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/WvPEitTCM8ueYPeeH/donor-lotteries-demonstration-and-faq (GW, IR) for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/a8eng4PbME85vdoep/introducing-the-ea-funds (GW, IR) and launched on 2017-02-28 in the post http://effective-ahttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/iYoSAXhodpxJFwdQz/ea-funds-beta-launch The first round of allocations was announced on 2017-04-20 at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MsaS8JKrR8nnxyPkK/update-on-effective-altruism-funds (GW, IR) The funds allocation information appears to have next been updated in November 2017; see https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1606722932717391/ for more

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: As the name suggests, the Fund's focus area is animal welfare, but it includes both factory farming and wild animal welfare, and it has also funded opportunities for priorities research. At inception, the Fund had Lewis Bollard (Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare at Open Philanthropy Project) as its sole manager. In October 2018, https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/yYHKRgLk9ufjJZn23/announcing-new-ea-funds-management-teams (GW, IR) announces a new management team for the Fund, with Bollard staying on as chair of the management team, but with three new members Jamie Spurgeon, Natalie Cargill, and Toni Adleberg

Notes on grant decision logistics: Money from the fund is supposed to be granted about thrice a year, with the target months being November, February, and June. Actual grant months may differ from the target months. The amount of money granted with each decision cycle depends on the amount of money available in the Fund as well as on the available donation opportunities

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant details are published on the EA Funds website, and linked to from the Fund page. Each grant is accompanied by a brief description of the grantee's work (and hence, the intended use of funds) as well as reasons the grantee was considered impressive

Notes on grant financing: Money in the Animal Welfare Fund only includes funds explicitly donated for that Fund. In each grant round, the amount of money that can be allocated is limited by the balance available in the fund at that time

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country United States
Facebook page thehumaneleague
Websitehttp://www.thehumaneleague.com/
Donate pagehttp://www.thehumaneleague.com/donate/
Donation case pagehttp://www.thehumaneleague.com/impact/
Twitter usernameTheHumaneLeague
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Humane_League
Instagram usernamethehumaneleague
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_The_Humane_League
Launch date2005-01

Full donee page for donee The Humane League

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 3 30,000 46,667 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Animal welfare 3 30,000 46,667 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000

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 2019 2018 2017
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 3 140,000.00 100,000.00 10,000.00 30,000.00
Total 3 140,000.00 100,000.00 10,000.00 30,000.00

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 donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.0012019-03-06Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/7ysr1iPZTjf4fBAPfP3xuBLewis Bollard Natalie Cargill Toni Adleberg Jamie Spurgeon Donation process: Part of the March 2019 grant round disbursing $445,000

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "We are providing funding for THL UK’s continued development of corporate campaign work globally, through two positions focused on coordinating members of the Open Wing Alliance. [...] THL UK is aiming to use these positions to ensure follow-through on all cage-free commitments that are scheduled to come into effect in 2020."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "The UK is an important location for these roles, as most OWA members are based in Europe, and the timezone allows for improved coordination between USA, Europe, and East Asia. [...] We think [ensuring follow-though on cage-free commitments] is a particularly important aspect of corporate campaigning, and may be crucial to get right early on."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined by the cost of the two positions in the UK. It is not clear how many months the two positions are being paid forr
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 22.47% Affected countries: United Kingdom.
10,000.0032018-01-14Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/3tRg1Hfwu46EQ8mskEGUOELewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the November 2017 grant round disbursing $150,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page identifies two major activities of THL: "securing major corporate pledges to reduce the suffering of layer hens and broiler chickens" and "building a large grassroots movement for farm animals — especially through its international Open Wing Alliance"

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page mentions how Lewis Bollard, the fund manager, continues to be impressed by THL's performance in both areas where he expects the funds to be used

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "I’m not recommending more funding primarily because I expect Open Phil and other funders to fill most of what I perceive to be THL’s room for more funding this year."
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 6.67%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round

Donor retrospective of the donation: Furthe grants from the Open Philanthropy Project to THL, as well as a followup grant from the Animal Welfare Fund to THL in 2019, suggest that Bollard would continue to stand by his positive impression of the grantee that motivated this grant

Other notes: The grant page provides more background: "To beat this benchmark, I think I need to identify groups that are potentially as or more promising than ACE’s top charities and have greater room for more funding (but not so much room for more funding that we’ll have invested time at the Open Philanthropy Project in making a large grant to them). Typically these groups will be small, esoteric, or high risk. [...] I’m also recommending a smaller sum to two ACE top charities that may have some capacity for extra funding — I view this as basically following the benchmark with the remainder of the funds. $10K to The Humane League $10K to the Good Food Institute".
30,000.0022017-04-14Animal welfarehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/animal-welfare/payouts/tI97LtH5AsIkgUa2IMCKiLewis Bollard Donation process: Part of the April 2017 grant round disbursing $180,000

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "THL is one of two key campaigning groups responsible for the major recent US corporate wins for layer hens and broiler chickens. [...] THL has also played a critical role in the global corporate campaign wins for layer hens, via the Open Wing Alliance, a grouping of 33 campaign groups that it organized."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "I’ve been consistently impressed by THL’s management, focus on staff and activist development, and wise use of funds across program areas. Open Phil already accounts for roughly half of THL’s budget, so dependence concerns may constrain our ability to fill its funding needs in future." Also: "The other is Mercy for Animals, which I’m not supporting via this Fund because I’m confident that major donors, including Open Phil, will fill its funding needs for now"

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round, and also by The Humane League's progress with its corporate campaigns

Donor retrospective of the donation: The Animal Welfare Fund would make grants to The Humane League in two later grant rounds. Also, the Open Philanthropy Project would continue to make grants to THL on the recommendation of Lewis Bollard, so it seems that Bollard would consider the grant a success

Other notes: Explaining the general decisionmaking process behind the grant round, Bollard writes: "I want to signal to donors the sort of things I’m likely to recommend via this fund, and signal groups that I think have (a) additional room for more funding by individual donors and (b) Open Phil can’t fully fund because we already account for much of their budgets, e.g. The Humane League and Compassion in World Farming USA.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.