Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities donations made to Iodine Global Network

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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 Good Ventures Open Philanthropy Project
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 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: Starting in 2011, when GiveWell first started working with Good Ventures, Good Ventures has been making grants to GiveWell top and standout charities. Over time, they have worked more closely together on deciding the amounts to be granted, and incorporating these into the room for more funding that is communicated to other donors. The grants are almost always announced along with the year-end recommendation refresh in late November. Starting 2016, the decision of "how much in total to allocate" was moved over to the Open Philanthropy Project, and the grants began being listed in the Open Philanthropy Project database. The decision on how to split the allocation between specific top and standout charities remains with GiveWell

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The focus areas are the areas that GiveWell top and standout charities operate in, which are usually global health and development. Top areas in recent years have included malaria, deworming, vitamin A supplementation, cash transfers, and seasonal intracountry migration

Notes on grant decision logistics: GiveWell receives a total budget from the Open Philanthropy Project of money that can be granted to top charities. The budget was $50 million in end 2016 and $75 million in end 2017. It grants some minimum amount to all top charities ($2.5 million per charity in 2017) and a smaller minimum amoun to all standout charities ($100,000 in 2017). For the rest of its total allocated amount, it allocates the money to the highest-priority funding gaps, using a greedy algorithm. Some top charities may end up getting no money other than the $2.5 million minimum. According to https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/#comment-946042 the willingness of other donors to fund specific charities is not a factor in the decision

Notes on grant publication logistics: The grants are not published separately on the GiveWell website; rather, the amounts and rationale are described in a long blog post along with the description of the refreshed top charity recommendations (see https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/ for the 2017 version). The grants later show up in the databases of the Open Philanthropy Project (that signs off on them, despite not being involved in the individual grant decisions) and Good Ventures (that provides the actual financing)

Notes on grant financing: The financing for the grants comes from Good Ventures, which may give the money directly or via the Open Philanthropy Project Fund held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The total budget is set by the Open Philanthropy Project. The actual grants are usually made between December and February, after the announcement of the grant amounts in November.

Miscellaneous notes: For grants already published in the Good Ventures database, we use the date there as the authoritative grant date. For grants not yet published, we use the date of the donation announcement

Full donor page for donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities

Basic donee information

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Full donee page for donee Iodine Global Network

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 2017 2016 2015 2014
Global health (filter this donor) 3 600,000.00 100,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 250,000.00
(filter this donor) 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Total 4 850,000.00 100,000.00 250,000.00 250,000.00 250,000.00

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 (4 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.002017-12Global health/nutrition/iodinehttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/iodine-global-network-general-support-december-2017GiveWell Grant is the $100,000 for being a standout charity.
250,000.002016-12Global health/deworminghttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/the-end-fund-dewormingGiveWell Grant for general operating support to a standout charity focused on improving iodine content in food. Grant announced on 2016-11-28 at https://blog.givewell.org/2016/11/28/updated-top-charities-giving-season-2016/#Sec3a along with GiveWell top and standout charities list.
250,000.002015-12--http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/iodine-global-network-general-supportGiveWell Grant to standout charity announced on 2015-11-20 at https://blog.givewell.org/2015/11/18/our-updated-top-charities-for-giving-season-2015/#Sec4a along with grants to other GiveWell top and standout charities.
250,000.002014-12-01Global health/nutrition/iodinehttp://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/ign-general-supportGiveWell Grant to standout charity announced at https://blog.givewell.org/2014/12/01/our-updated-top-charities/ based on GiveWell charity recommendations in the same post; see also https://www.givewell.org/charities/top-charities/November-2014 and the review https://www.givewell.org/charities/IGN.

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (5 documents)

Title (URL linked) Publication date Author Publisher Affected donors Affected donees Document scope Cause area Notes
Our top charities for giving season 2017 2017-11-27 Natalie Crispin GiveWell GiveWell discretionary regranting Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Malaria Consortium Deworm the World Initiative Helen Keller International Sightsavers END Fund No Lean Season GiveDirectly Development Media International Dispensers for Safe Water Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development GiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added two new top charities
Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later (2016 Update) 2016-12-28 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Project Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Reasoning supplement Global health and development Explanation of reasoning that led to $50 million allocation to GiveWell top charities
Our updated top charities for giving season 2016 2016-11-28 Natalie Crispin GiveWell Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Malaria Consortium Sightsavers END Fund Development Media International Food Fortification Initiative Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Project Healthy Children Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development GiveWell annual top charity refresh, also announced amounts recommended for Good Ventures to donate to top charities. Added three new top charities
Our updated top charities for giving season 2015 2015-11-20 Elie Hassenfeld Josh Rosenberg GiveWell Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Development Media International Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Evaluator consolidated recommendation list GLobal health and global poverty No change to charity list; significant funding recommended from Good Ventures. This would be later classified as Open Philanthropy Project spending
Our updated top charities 2014-12-01 Elie Hassenfeld GiveWell Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveDirectly Development Media International Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Iodine Global Network Living Goods Evaluator consolidated recommendation list Global health and development Against Malaria Foundation returned to top charities list. Amounts donated by Good Ventures would later be classified as Open Philanthropy Project spending