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 2023. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.
|Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)||GiveWell Good Ventures|
|Best overview URL||https://causeprioritization.org/Open%20Philanthropy%20Project|
|Page on philosophy informing donations||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/vision-and-values|
|Grant application process page||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/giving/guide-for-grant-seekers|
|Regularity with which donor updates donations data||continuous updates|
|Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||continuous updates|
|Lag with which donor updates donations data||months|
|Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||days|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (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
Full donee page for donee Griffith University
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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||2019||2018||2016|
|Animal welfare (filter this donor)||3||320,000.00||100,000.00||100,000.00||120,000.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|Grants to Support Farm Animal Welfare Work in China||2017-08-09||Lewis Bollard||Open Philanthropy||Open Philanthropy||Compassion in World Farming WildAid World Animal Protection Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Slaughter Association Jeanne Marchig Centre Animal Welfare Standards Project Green Monday Griffith University Brighter Green||Broad donor strategy||Animal welfare/factory farming/China||The document describes the strategy of the Open Philanthropy Project to focus on farm animal welfare advocacy in China, and lists ten grants that are part of this strategy. It is announced 2017-08-09 at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg on the mailing list; this comes 9.5 months after the strategy was unofficially announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) on Facebook.|
Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations
|Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 3)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|100,000.00||2||Animal welfare/factory farming||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy||Amanda Hungerford||Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Grant "to provide a scholarship for a PhD candidate to study farm animal welfare in China. The funding will also support a survey of farm animal industry workers, which aims to gauge workers’ attitudes toward farm animal welfare and inform future advocacy efforts."
Other notes: Affected countries: China.
|100,000.00||2||Animal welfare/factory farming||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018||Lewis Bollard||Donation process: Discretionary grant
Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a symposium on farm animal welfare in China in 2019 to be organized by Professor Deborah Cao, an expert on Chinese animal law, and to support Professor Cao’s work on a new book, in Chinese, about farm animal welfare."
Donor reason for selecting the donee: A positive assessment of the outcome of the previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china for similar purposes seems to have played a role. The grant page says the previous grat "helped Professor Cao organize a farm animal academic conference in Beijing in 2017 attended by 60 scientists, mostly from Chinese agricultural universities and research institutes."
Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy (2019-11) suggests continued satisfaction with the grantee.
Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2018-08-31.
|120,000.00||1||Animal welfare/factory farming||https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china||Lewis Bollard||Donation process: Profesor Deborah Cao submitted a grant proposal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Deborah_Cao/Deborah_Cao_Grant_Proposal_08-29-16.pdf (2016-08-29).
Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses
Intended use of funds: The grant page says the grant is "to support the work of Professor Deborah Cao, an expert on Chinese animal law, on advancing farm animal welfare in China. Professor Cao plans to use this grant to fund her collaboration with several Chinese animal studies academics to write papers on farm animal welfare and vegetarianism in China; to host a Farm Animal Welfare in China Symposium in Beijing in 2017; and to edit and publish a book on farm animal welfare." It links to a grant proposal https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/Deborah_Cao/Deborah_Cao_Grant_Proposal_08-29-16.pdf (2016-08-29).
Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is part of a China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the China focus strategy announced by Lewis Bollard at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EffectiveAnimalActivism/permalink/656583861179155/ (2016-10-25) and explained in depth in a document https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/grants-support-farm-animal-welfare-work-china announced at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/ngrjni1iKLg (2017-08-09).
Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup grants https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy-china-2018 (2018-08) and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/griffith-university-farm-animal-welfare-advocacy (2019-11) suggest continued satisfaction with the grantee. The first followup grant write-up says that this grant "helped Professor Cao organize a farm animal academic conference in Beijing in 2017 attended by 60 scientists, mostly from Chinese agricultural universities and research institutes."
Other notes: Affected countries: China; announced: 2017-05-03.