Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund donations made to Malaria Consortium

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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/global-development
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 for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/a8eng4PbME85vdoep/introducing-the-ea-funds 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 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: Since its inception, the fund has had Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell as its fund manager. The fund has made grants in global health and development to GiveWell-aligned organizations. It has mostly been used to make grants under GiveWell Incubation Grants as well as provide further funding to GiveWell top and standout charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: Money from the fund is supposed to be granted about thrice a year, with the target months being December, March and July. 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. Grants are usually of two types: (1) Grants that are also GiveWell Incubation Grants, so they will be cross-posted to the GiveWell Incubation Grants page on GiveWell's site (but are listed only with donor Effective Altruism Funds on the donations list website), (2) Grants that are decided along with and similarly to GiveWell discretionary regranting

Notes on grant financing: Money in the Global Health and Development 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: Global Health and Development Fund

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page MalariaConsortium
Websitehttp://www.malariaconsortium.org/
Donate pagehttp://www.malariaconsortium.org/support/donate.htm
Transparency and financials pagehttp://www.malariaconsortium.org/pages/international-aid-transparency-initiative.htm
Twitter usernameFightingMalaria
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria_Consortium
GiveWell reviewhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/malaria-consortium
Instagram usernamemalaria_consortium

Full donee page for donee Malaria Consortium

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 1 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000
Global health 1 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000 1,705,000

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
Global health (filter this donor) 1 1,705,000.00 1,705,000.00
Total 1 1,705,000.00 1,705,000.00

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

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

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,705,000.0012019-03-12Global health/malariahttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/659BJJ1NQSu4xWdZvjE1bBGiveWell Elie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Andrew Martin Isabel Arjmand Donation process: GiveWell looked at the funding gap and value of marginal funds for each of its top charities. Two charities that competed closely for the discretionary regrant were Malaria Consortium and Against Malaria Foundation. The blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/29/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2018/ has a lengthy section "Comparing Malaria Consortium and AMF" that applies the six principles in https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-recommendation-to-good-ventures/#Principles to compare the two options, ultimately deciding on allocating 100% to Malaria Consortium. The funds held by the Effective Altruism Global Health and Development Fund were also granted to Malaria Consortium. There was discussion of holding funds for work investigating opportunities in public health regulation https://blog.givewell.org/2019/02/07/how-givewells-research-is-evolving/ but ultimately, the grant investigators decided to grant all the money to Malaria Consortium

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Malaria Consortium expects to use the funding (earmarked for seasonal malaria chemoprevention) on these projects, in decreasing order of priority: (1) Contribute to filling a potential funding gap in Burkina Faso, (2) Scale up further in Nigeria and Chad in 2020, (3) Fund the continuation of programs into 2021.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Malaria Consortium is operating in a domain, seasonal malaria chemprevention, that GiveWell considers highly cost-effective, and is estimated at delivering 8.3x as much value per unit money as cash transfers. Reasons for selecting Malaria Consortium over the Against Malaria Foundation include: stronger organizational management at Malaria Consortium, and more cooperation from Malaria Consortium in helping with GiveWell's evaluation process

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount of $1.705 million is based on the funds available in the Effective Altruism Global Health and Development Fund. This money is on top of the $8.4 million being directly regranted by GiveWell
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): This discretionary regrant is done every quarter, for the completed quarter. This particular grant is for Q4 2018 (September to December) and would therefore be expected to be in Q1 2019. Also, grants from the EA Global Health and Development Fund are supposed to be made in March, which probably explains the timing

Other notes: The reasoning for the allocation is described in detail in the blog post https://blog.givewell.org/2019/03/29/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q4-2018/ (published 2019-03-29). Affected countries: Burkina Faso|Nigeria|Chad.