GiveWell discretionary regranting donations made to Malaria Consortium

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)GiveWell
Best overview URLhttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
Websitehttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Donations URLhttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmaking
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://blog.givewell.org/2016/12/19/discretionary-grant-making-and-implications-for-donor-agency/
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)continuous updates
Lag with which donor updates donations datadays
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 has given donors the option to give money to Givewell to allocate to top charities. This differed from simply giving to GiveWell top charities using the recommended allocation, because GiveWell would determine the best use of marginal funds at the time of each regrant decision. GiveWell began highlighting discretionary regranting in late 2016, and announced some major discretionary regrants in 2017. For giving seasons 2017, Givewell recommended that donors give to GiveWell for discretionary regranting

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Same focus areas that inform GiveWell top charity recommendations. Top areas in recent years have included malaria, deworming, vitamin A supplementation, cash transfers, and seasonal intracountry migration

Notes on grant decision logistics: For each discretionary regrant, which may be done about once a quarter, GiveWell looks at the most pressing of the needs of its top charities, and regrants funds based on those. Grant decisions have to be approved by the board

Notes on grant publication logistics: In 2017, decisions were published in blog posts. As per https://blog.givewell.org/2017/09/12/september-open-thread/#comment-946059 and https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/#comment-946301 GiveWell plans to add a page listing all discretionary regrants

Notes on grant financing: Money for the grants mostly comes from funds donated by donors to "GiveWell top charities" for regranting at its discretion. In the case of regrant to the Against Malaria Foundation, the original donors show up in the Against Malaria Foundation donor list

Full donor page for donor GiveWell discretionary regranting

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 2 1,100,000 4,750,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000
Global health 2 1,100,000 4,750,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000 8,400,000

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
Global health (filter this donor) 2 9,500,000.00 8,400,000.00 1,100,000.00
Total 2 9,500,000.00 8,400,000.00 1,100,000.00

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 (2 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
8,400,000.0012019-03Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmakingGiveWell 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

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 $8.4 million includes $7.6 million in discretionary funds directly available to GiveWell for regranting, and an additiona $0.8 million held by the Centre for Effective Altruism on its behalf. $1.7 million from the Effective Altruism Funds (Global Health and Development Fund) is also allocated to Malaria Consortium along with this $8.4 million
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. The discretionary regranting is relatively delayed compared to normal (it is usually completed within two months after the end of the quarter). The reason for the delay is likely that GiveWell waited for the end-of-year giving season to finish in order to better assess the remaining room for more funding

Donor retrospective of the donation: Although not an explicit retrospective, the blog post discussing the next GiveWell discretionary regrant https://blog.givewell.org/2019/06/12/allocation-of-discretionary-funds-from-q1-2019/ describes some of GiveWell's updated thinking about the same problem

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.
1,100,000.0022018-11Global health/malariahttps://www.givewell.org/about/FAQ/discretionary-grantmakingGiveWell See https://blog.givewell.org/2018/11/26/our-updated-top-charities-for-giving-season-2018/ for more detail. Grant uses money donated between July and September 2018 (i.e., Q3 2018) of $1.1 million. The entire amount was donated to Malaria Consortium because that was identified by GiveWell at the time as the charity with the most pressing funding gap to fill. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.