Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise donations made to EA Giving Group

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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)Centre for Effective Altruism
Best overview URL
Facebook username jefftk
LinkedIn username jeff-kaufman-28a8bab
Donations URL
LessWrong usernamejkaufman
Effective Altruism Forum usernameJeff_Kaufman
Effective Altruism Hub usernamejeff-kaufman
GitHub usernamejeffkaufman
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)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise have been giving since 2003 and have been practicing "earning to give" -- giving about 50% of their annual income -- every year, except years when they were financially tighter because of working at startups or pursuing graduate school. The couple has been highlighted by Peter Singer, and discussed in the mainstream media, for instance

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The couple makes sure to donate about half of their donation budget for charities that have a direct impact in global health and development, usually based on GiveWell recommendations. See for the latest affirmation of this; and see for more explanation of the focus. The remaining half includes effective altruism/movement growth charities (such as the Centre for Effective Altruism) and more speculative charities.

Notes on grant decision logistics: The couple determines their charity budget by computing their adjusted gross income (AGI) with the help of their accountant and then calculating a fixed percentage (usually 50%) of that. See for more details on why the AGI figure is used. They then do a 50-50 or similar split between GiveWell-recommended charities in global health and development, and other areas like effective altruism. The allocations in the GiveWell slice are informed by GiveWell recommendations, the allocations in the other slice are decided based on their own investigation. The actual pacing and modality of payments may depend on personal finances, available payment modalities, and donation matching options. As of late 2017, the couple have started using PayPal Giving Fund where possible because it can use a 2% cash-back credit card without charging either donor or donee any transaction fees, and also does a 1% matching, thus generating an extra 3% altogether. See and for more.

Notes on grant financing: The couple generally finances grants from savings, but may in some cases borrow money against future earnings to make donations. The latter is the case in 2017 as explains: "This does mean borrowing some money. Modeling our cash flow I think we will have it paid back in March or April. Much of my current compensation is in stock, and I will not start getting that until I will have been back at Google for a year, which will be this September."

Miscellaneous notes: It looks like the 50% of AGI became a target as a result of a compromise between Jeff and Julia: Jeff sought a little less and Julia sought a little more. In 2017, the couple targeted 30% initially, while Jeff was working at a lower-pay but potentially higher direct-impact job at money transfer company Wave. However, it went back up to 50% after he was fired from Wave and returned to Google. In 2011, the couple did not donate because Jeff was working at a startup and Julia was paying for graduate school out of pocket, see note [1] at Also, note that donations listed in italics are not included as separate line items in the donations list on the Donations List Website; however, the ones among these that are employer matches are noted as employer matches to the corresponding donation. Consistency of totals against the totals listed on top at was last verified on 2020-10-24.

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Basic donee information

Country United States
Donate page
Donation case
Key peopleNick Beckstead

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Donor–donee relationship

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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 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100
1 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100 80,100

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 2016
(filter this donor) 1 80,100.00 80,100.00
Total 1 80,100.00 80,100.00

Skipping spending graph as there is at most one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (0 documents)

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

Graph of all donations (with known year of donation), showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
80,100.0012016-12-24-- See for more on the thinking and context.