GiveWell Incubation Grants donations made to Evidence Action

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
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell Good Ventures
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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: GiveWell Incubation Grants start off as GiveWell Experimental, with the goal of supporting the growth and discovery of future GiveWell top charities

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The focus is on charities that have a decent chance (usually, 10% or more at the time of the grant) of becoming GiveWell top charities, and also on academic research or evaluation processes that would help better evaluate or help improve current or future GiveWell top charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: Organizations may apply by contacting but more details on the decision process are not publicly stated

Notes on grant publication logistics: Each grant has a separate page. The grant has four associated dates: a grant date (called donation date on the Donations List Website; this is the date the grant is made), a grant announcement date (called donation announcement date; this is the date the grant page is made public and announced on the mailing list), and dates that the grant is made public in the grants databases on the websites of the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures. The latter two dates do not concern us, since they essentially just link to the GiveWell Incubation Grants grant page. The grant page is reviewed by grantee staff prior to publication

Notes on grant financing: After GiveWell decides on a grant, the grant is recommended to the Open Philanthropy Project, which in turn recommends to Good Ventures to fund the grant. Historically, grant requests were made directly to Good Ventures, and even now, in practice, the intermediate role of the Open Philanthropy Project is mostly just a formality. For these reasons, the cross-posting of the grants to the Open Philanthropy Project and Good Ventures pages is not of substantive interest to us. Even though the grants are listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database, they are not included in Open Philanthropy Project self-reports of how much grant money they decided on. Occasionally, however, grants listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants are financed via Effective Altruism Funds (specifically, the Global Health and Development Fund). We list these grants only under Effective Altruism Funds and not under GiveWell Incubation Grants

Miscellaneous notes: List last checked for completeness and accuracy on 2017-12-24

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Evidence Action in our system.

Full donee page for donee Evidence Action

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 4 800,000 2,998,554 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 2,642,300 2,642,300 7,751,915 7,751,915 7,751,915
Global health and development 4 800,000 2,998,554 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 2,642,300 2,642,300 7,751,915 7,751,915 7,751,915

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 2017
Global health and development (filter this donor) 4 11,994,215.00 8,551,915.00 3,442,300.00
Total 4 11,994,215.00 8,551,915.00 3,442,300.00

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 (4 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
800,000.0032019-03Global health and development Grant to Evidence Action for the Phase 2 pilot stage of its technical assistance to the Government of India's national school-based iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation program. Affected countries: India; announced: 2019-04-02.
7,751,915.0012019-03Global health and development Grant for organizational strengthening. Evidence Action plans to use this grant to build its fundraising function, add senior leadership capacity, review its compensation scheme, and strengthen its affiliated entity in India. The grant also includes some flexible funding. GiveWell recommends making this grant in order to: a) leverage a larger increase in funds for Evidence Action's programs, several of which we believe are highly cost-effective, through its fundraising activities, b) increase senior leadership capacity and make existing senior leaders' workloads more manageable, and c) help improve the long-term health of Evidence Action as an organization. Announced: 2019-04-02.
800,000.0032017-12Global health and development Grant for general operating support. Grantee intends to use this support to fund a deficit in its operating budget. We made this grant with two goals in mind: (a) to support the development of programs that could be future top charities (the goal of our Incubation Grants program), and (b) to support the Deworm the World Initiative and No Lean Season, programs run by Evidence Action that are GiveWell top charities. Announced: 2018-01-03.
2,642,300.0022017-04Global health and development Grant to strengthen its financial systems, human resources, and information technology. In addition to its role as an incubation grant (for the development of new top charities) the grant would also support Deworm the World Initiative, which is run by Evidence Action. Announced: 2017-07-31.