Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project donations made to Startup:Education

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 March 2022. 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)Good Ventures
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
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)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Historically, Good Ventures and GiveWell worked together but were separate entities, and Good Ventures made a number of grants based on the beliefs and interets of Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna; in some cases these were helped by some GiveWell research. As GiveWell Labs began taking off and morphed into the Open Philanthropy Project, the majority of Good Ventures money moved shifted to the Open Philanthropy Project, and most of the rest was to GiveWell top and standout charities. Other than that, they also support GiveWell operations. The grants listed here are basically all the grants that may be informed by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project research but are not directly recommended by GiveWell or the Open Philanthropy Project, and do not support GiveWell operations

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Focus areas here include "marriage equality", drug policy, and education. Decisions in drug policy are sometimes assisted by research of the Open Philanthropy Project but the grants themselves are not recommended by the Open Philanthropy Project. Recently, some funding for Alzheimers disease based on Open Philanthropy Project study has been funded separately by Good Ventures, see

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant pages are published on the Good Ventures website, generally within a few months after the grant is made

Notes on grant financing: Financing for these grants is provided by Good Ventures. The exact financing mechanism is not clear

Miscellaneous notes: See also "51:59: Cari and Dustin aren’t tied down, they have their own thing"

Full donor page for donor Good Ventures/not recommended by GiveWell or Open Philanthropy Project

Basic donee information

Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Startup:Education

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 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Education 1 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000

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 2014
Education (filter this donor) 1 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00
Total 1 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00

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

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

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
5,000,000.0012014-04Education/United States Zuckerberg Priscilla Chan Cory Booker Grant structured as a "match" to the grant by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan of $100 million for school reform in Newark. Matching grants from other donors were needed to unlock the funding from Zuckerberg and Chan. Though the grant was not recommended by GiveWell, GiveWell staff assisted with a writeup at to help decide on the grant. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New Jersey; affected cities: Newark.