Open Philanthropy donations made to Animal Equality

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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
Best overview URLhttps://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project
Facebook username openphilanthropy
Websitehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants
Twitter usernameopen_phil
PredictionBook usernameOpenPhilUnofficial
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values
Grant application process pagehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers
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: Open Philanthropy (Open Phil for short) spun off from GiveWell, starting as GiveWell Labs in 2011, beginning to make strong progress in 2013, and formally separating from GiveWell as the "Open Philanthropy Project" in June 2017. In 2020, it started going by "Open Philanthropy" dropping the "Project" word.

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Open Philanthropy is focused on openness in two ways: open to ideas about cause selection, and open in explaining what they are doing. It has endorsed "hits-based giving" and is working on areas of AI risk, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and other global catastrophic risks, criminal justice reform (United States), animal welfare, and some other areas.

Notes on grant decision logistics: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-grantmaking-so-far-approach-and-process for the general grantmaking process and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/questions-we-ask-ourselves-making-grant for more questions that grant investigators are encouraged to consider. Every grant has a grant investigator that we call the influencer here on Donations List Website; for focus areas that have Program Officers, the grant investigator is usually the Program Officer. The grant investigator has been included in grants published since around July 2017. Grants usually need approval from an executive; however, some grant investigators have leeway to make "discretionary grants" where the approval process is short-circuited; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/grants/discretionary-grants for more. Note that the term "discretionary grant" means something different for them compared to government agencies, see https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10213483361534364 for more.

Notes on grant publication logistics: Every publicly disclosed grant has a writeup published at the time of public disclosure, but the writeups vary significantly in length. Grant writeups are usually written by somebody other than the grant investigator, but approved by the grant investigator as well as the grantee. Grants have three dates associated with them: an internal grant decision date (that is not publicly revealed but is used in some statistics on total grant amounts decided by year), a grant date (which we call donation date; this is the date of the formal grant commitment, which is the published grant date), and a grant announcement date (which we call donation announcement date; the date the grant is announced to the mailing list and the grant page made publicly visible). Lags are a few months between decision and grant, and a few months between grant and announcement, due to time spent with grant writeup approval.

Notes on grant financing: See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers or https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/who-we-are for more information. Grants generally come from the Open Philanthropy Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with most of its money coming from Good Ventures. Some grants are made directly by Good Ventures, and political grants may be made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. At least one grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/working-families-party-prosecutor-reforms-new-york was made by Cari Tuna personally. The majority of grants are financed by the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; however, the source of financing of a grant is not always explicitly specified, so it cannot be confidently assumed that a grant with no explicit listed financing is financed through the Open Philanthropy Project Fund; see the comment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Funding for multi-year grants is usually disbursed annually, and the amounts are often equal across years, but not always. The fact that a grant is multi-year, or the distribution of the grant amount across years, are not always explicitly stated on the grant page; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information. Some grants to universities are labeled "gifts" but this is a donee classification, based on different levels of bureaucratic overhead and funder control between grants and gifts; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/october-2017-open-thread?page=2#comment-462 for more information.

Miscellaneous notes: Most GiveWell-recommended grants made by Good Ventures and listed in the Open Philanthropy database are not listed on Donations List Website as being under Open Philanthropy. Specifically, GiveWell Incubation Grants are not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=GiveWell+Incubation+Grants with donor GiveWell Incubation Grants), and grants made by Good Ventures to GiveWell top and standout charities are also not included (these are listed at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+top+and+standout+charities with donor Good Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities). Grants to support GiveWell operations are not included here; they can be found at https://donations.vipulnaik.com/donor.php?donor=Good+Ventures%2FGiveWell+support with donor "Good Ventures/GiveWell support".The investment https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/impossible-foods in Impossible Foods is not included because it does not fit our criteria for a donation, and also because no amount was included. All other grants publicly disclosed by open philanthropy that are not GiveWell Incubation Grants or GiveWell top and standout charity grants should be included. Grants disclosed by grantees but not yet disclosed by Open Philanthropy are not included; some of them may be listed at https://issarice.com/open-philanthropy-project-non-grant-funding

Full donor page for donor Open Philanthropy

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page animalequality
Websitehttp://www.animalequality.net/
Twitter usernameanimalequality
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Equality

Full donee page for donee Animal Equality

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 6 500,000 1,298,482 215,000 215,000 292,000 292,000 500,000 500,000 1,901,000 2,110,460 2,110,460 2,772,430 2,772,430
Animal welfare 6 500,000 1,298,482 215,000 215,000 292,000 292,000 500,000 500,000 1,901,000 2,110,460 2,110,460 2,772,430 2,772,430

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 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Animal welfare (filter this donor) 6 7,790,890.00 1,901,000.00 215,000.00 2,772,430.00 2,402,460.00 500,000.00
Total 6 7,790,890.00 1,901,000.00 215,000.00 2,772,430.00 2,402,460.00 500,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (3 documents)

Title (URL linked) Publication date Author Publisher Affected donors Affected donees Document scope Cause area Notes
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 2017 2017-12-18 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Holden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentation Open Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post.
How to end animal agriculture as soon as possible 2017-09-27 Robert Wiblin Lewis Bollard 80,000 Hours Open Philanthropy Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Humane Society International The Good Food Institute Animal Equality Animal Charity Evaluators Broad donor strategy Animal welfare/factory farming Podcast with interview of Lewis Bollard (Farm Animal Welfare Program Officer at the Open Philanthropy Project) by Robert Wiblin of 80000 Hours, along with transcript. The podcast covers the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project. 80000 Hours is an Open Philanthropy Project grant recipient and Wiblin was also on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, an animal welfare-focused grant recipient that is discussed in the podcast.
Grisly Undercover Video Shows Chickens Being Starved To Produce More Eggs 2016-10-11 Nico Pitney Huffington Post Open Philanthropy Humane Society International Mercy For Animals Animal Equality People for Animals The Humane League Third-party coverage of donor strategy Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free campaign/international Provides some context for the move by the Open Philanthropy Project in mid-2016 to expand its cage-free campaign funding internationally.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,901,000.0032020-02Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-cage-free-and-broiler-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support cage-free and broiler welfare. Animal Equality plans to use these funds to support work in Italy, Spain, Germany, and the UK, including investigations, fundraising, and general operations."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Animal Equality has helped secure cage-free and broiler welfare wins and conducted investigations in Europe, and plans to use these funds to continue its work."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is very similar to a similar two-year grant ($2,110,460) made to the same four countries in November 2017. However, there was a separate grant made June 2018 covering two of the countries, which confuses the comparison.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing roughly coincides with the expiration of the November 2017 support. No explicit reasons for the timing are given.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: This is a total of four grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom.
215,000.0062019-01Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-broiler-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support corporate campaigns to improve the welfare of broiler chickens. [...] Their welfare is impacted by genetics, overcrowding, inhumane slaughter, and environmental factors like chronic sleep deprivation due to lighting schedules optimized for growth. Broiler welfare campaigns seek to address these causes of suffering."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page hints at scale: "Broiler chickens are the most numerous land farm animals, with more than a billion alive at any time and approximately 9 billion slaughtered annually in the U.S. alone."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-cage-free-and-broiler-welfare (2020-02) suggests continued satisfaction with the grantee.

Other notes: Affected countries: United States.
2,772,430.0012018-06Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/broiler chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaignsLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "support corporate cage-free and broiler welfare campaigns. Animal Equality plans to expand its corporate campaigns in Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is framed as a renewal of the past grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacy (August 2016) and also cites other past grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reform (2017, India) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-eu-farm-animal-welfare (2017, Europe). It is likely made for similar reasons: track record of successful investigations and confidence of Open Phil staff in Animal Equality leadership.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made around the time that the original two-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacy expires, and is framed as a renewal, so its timing is likely determined by the original grant expiring.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-broiler-welfare-campaigns (2019-01) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-cage-free-and-broiler-welfare (2020-02) with somem overlapping countries suggests continued endorsement of Animal Equality by Open Philanthropy.

Other notes: This is a total of five grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: United States|Brazil|Italy|Mexico|Spain; announced: 2018-07-11.
2,110,460.0022017-11Animal welfare/factory farminghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-eu-farm-animal-welfareLewis Bollard Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to "support farm animal advocacy in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom." "The funding will support corporate outreach and animal welfare campaigns, investigations, and capacity building for Animal Equality’s teams in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, is excited to continue supporting Animal Equality due to its track record of successful corporate outreach and investigations to date; his confidence in its leadership team; and the organization’s alignment with our strategy to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is a total across amounts for each of the four countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom). This comes to a cost per country a little over $500,000. This is somewhat higher than the cost for the India grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reform and no explicit budget information is provided.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing matches up with Open Phil's "strategy to build a stronger farm animal welfare movement in Europe."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaigns (two overlapping countries: Italy and Spain) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-corporate-animal-welfare-campaigns (same four countries) suggest that Open Philanthropy would be satisfied with the outcomme of the grant. The latter grant's page says: "Animal Equality has helped secure cage-free and broiler welfare wins and conducted investigations in Europe, and plans to use these funds to continue its work."

Other notes: This is a total across four grants (presumably one grant per country). Affected countries: Germany|Italy|Spain|United Kingdom; announced: 2017-11-28.
292,000.0052017-05Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/chick culling|Animal welfare/diet changehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-india-animal-welfare-reformLewis Bollard Donation process: The grant is one of five grants made around the same time supporting farm animal welfare work in India.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support farm animal welfare work in India." The grant "will help support a pro-vegetarian messaging campaign, a corporate and/or institution-directed campaign encouraging animal product alternatives, organization capacity building, and advocacy related to in-ovo sex selection technology and other chicken welfare reforms." https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Equality/Animal_Equality_India_Animal_Welfare_Reform_Budget.pdf has the budget proposal (with red background for unfunded items).

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are excited about the grant primarily because of Animal Equality’s track record of successful undercover investigations and subsequent media coverage in India; our Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard’s, confidence in Animal Equality’s relevant leadership staff; and the potential opportunity we see in India—one of the world’s largest producers of eggs, fish, and chicken—to encourage farm animal welfare reforms and advocacy."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Animal_Equality/Animal_Equality_India_Animal_Welfare_Reform_Budget.pdf has the budget proposal (with red background for unfunded items).

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is one of five grants recommended around the same time for farm animal welfare work in India, so the timing is likely determined by the timing of the decision to make this batch of grants.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: India; announced: 2017-07-27.
500,000.0042016-08Animal welfare/factory farming/chicken/cage-free/corporate campaignhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/animal-equality-international-cage-free-advocacyLewis Bollard Donation process: The donation is part of a bunch of corporate cage-free campaign spending. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms for more background.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support international advocacy to end the confinement of hens in battery cages." "The present funding, part of a new series of grants focusing on international cage-free advocacy, will support Animal Equality’s work in Latin America, Europe, and Asia."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No reasons specific to the grantee are listed, but https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/initial-grants-support-corporate-cage-free-reforms lists several reasons for the general focus on cage-free reforms, and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chickens-animal-abuse-video_us_57fac5c5e4b0e655eab5485d describes the reasons for the internationalization phase.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing matches the timing of other grants in this second phase (internationalization) of corporate cage-free campaign spending.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor retrospective of the donation: Several further grants from Open Philanthropy to Animal Equality, with continued endorsement of the work, suggest satisfaction by Open Philanthropy with the grant.

Other notes: Announced: 2016-10-03.