Ozy Brennan donations made to Tostan

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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)Foundational Research Institute
Facebook username https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007139566626
LinkedIn username ozy-brennan-1b86b3b2
Donations URLhttps://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/donations-post-2016/
GitHub usernameozybrennan
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Full donor page for donor Ozy Brennan

Basic donee information

Country United States
Donate pagehttp://www.tostan.org/donate
Donors list pagehttp://www.tostan.org/about-us/our-partners-and-donors
Transparency and financials pagehttp://www.tostan.org/annual-reports-financials
Twitter usernameTostan
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tostan
Instagram usernametostaninc
Timelines wiki pagehttps://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Tostan
Key peopleMolly Melching|Susanne Bowles
Launch date1991

Full donee page for donee Tostan

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 1 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Education 1 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

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
Education (filter this donor) 1 100.00 100.00
Total 1 100.00 100.00

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

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

Title (URL linked) Publication date Author Publisher Affected donors Affected donees Document scope Cause area Notes
Seeing Like A State, Flashlights, and Giving This Year 2016-12-01 Elizabeth Van Nostrand Personal blog Elizabeth Van Nostrand Ozy Brennan Tostan Third-party case for donation Education Argues that donations to things that build capacity could be more valuable than donations to things with directly measured impact. Recommends Tostan for its capacity-building. The post influenced others to donate to Tostan: see https://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/donations-post-2016/ and https://acesounderglass.com/2017/01/05/tracking-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
100.0012016-12-22Educationhttps://thingofthings.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/donations-post-2016/-- References https://acesounderglass.com/2016/12/01/5167/; says: While I don’t have a firm opinion on the underlying issue, I think that not enough people do independent charity research, and in particular not enough global poverty effective altruists do independent charity research. While GiveWell is an amazing organization, it’s important not to have a single point of failure; a diversity of viewpoints means that we’re more likely to notice their mistakes and things they overlook. And since effective altruism has major talent gaps, it’s good for people to try to fill them. Therefore, I am giving to Tostan to encourage more people to do such research. I will probably give to other charities recommended by particularly impressive blog posts, until it seems like there is enough independent charity research.