Loren Merritt donations made to Center for Applied Rationality

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Basic donor information

Country United States
LessWrong usernamepengvado
GitHub usernamepengvado
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Miscellaneous notes: Loren Merritt is famous as the creator of x264 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X264 a free software library for encoding video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, which has been the main way he got wealthy (see http://www.x264.nl/developers/Dark_Shikari/loren.html and https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=320102 for some related discussion). See the comment http://lesswrong.com/lw/ftg/2012_winter_fundraiser_for_the_singularity/807l for the link between his LessWrong handle and his real name; also see https://mailman.videolan.org/pipermail/x264-devel/2008-March/004227.html for other evidence of his use of the pengvado handle

Full donor page for donor Loren Merritt

Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page AppliedRationality
Donate pagehttp://rationality.org/donate
Donors list pagehttp://rationality.org/about/top-donors
Transparency and financials pagehttp://rationality.org/about/official-records
Donation case pagehttp://lesswrong.com/lw/n39/why_cfar_the_view_from_2015/
Twitter usernamecfarnews
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Applied_Rationality
Open Philanthropy Project grant reviewhttp://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/center-applied-rationality-general-support
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Center_for_Applied_Rationality
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Center+for+Applied+Rationality
Key peopleJulia Galef|Anna Salamon
Launch date2012

Full donee page for donee Center for Applied Rationality

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 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
Rationality improvement 1 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000

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
Rationality improvement (filter this donor) 1 40,000.00 40,000.00
Total 1 40,000.00 40,000.00

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
40,000.0012014-01-07Rationality improvementhttp://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ab0o-- Donation is announced in response to the post http://lesswrong.com/lw/jej/why_cfar/ by Anna Salamon of CFAR, making the case for donating to it.