Peter Hurford donations made to Rethink Priorities

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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).impact Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Health
Facebook username peterhurford
LinkedIn username peterhurford8
Donations URL
Twitter usernamepeterhurford
LessWrong usernamepeter_hurford
Effective Altruism Forum usernamePeter_Hurford
Effective Altruism Hub usernamepeter-hurford
GitHub usernamepeterhurford
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: Peter Hurford was involved in effective altruism from his college days and started donating a significant share of his income as soon as he started earning. He has used his donations both to donate to established charities in global health and animal welfare, and to provide funds for new, fledgling charities in the domains of global health and effective altruism/movement growth

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Focus is a mix of global health and development, animal welfare, and effective altruism/movement growth. For the last of these, Hurford has historically focused on new charities, whereas for the first two, he has generally focused more on somewhat more established charities. Also some small donations to other causes, such as civil liberties and political campaigns, as a "good citizen"

Notes on grant decision logistics: For larger grants, Hurford decides the grant amount based on discussion with the recipient charity, and often posts the amount with a TBD before actually making it. In many cases, he writes blog posts covering his reasons for the grant

Miscellaneous notes: Donations entered on Donations List Website are almost entirely a copy of with a few differences: $220 for "Help an EA go to EA Global" on 2017-08-03 is omitted. Also, the donee for contract work is listed in the source as "Rethink Priorities" or "Charity Entrepreneurship" but is listed as the actual contract worker on Donations List Website. This means that part of the total that Hurford's page attributes to these two charities is attributed to specific contract workers on the Donations List Website. After accounting for these omissions and discrepancies, consistency of totals against the listed totals by year and by donee at was last verified on 2019-01-21

Full donor page for donor Peter Hurford

Basic donee information

Country United States
Key peopleMarcus A. Davis|Peter Hurford
Launch date2018-03-02

Full donee page for donee Rethink Priorities

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 2 37 6,269 37 37 37 37 37 37 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500
Effective altruism 2 37 6,269 37 37 37 37 37 37 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500

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 2018 2017
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 2 12,537.00 12,500.00 37.00
Total 2 12,537.00 12,500.00 37.00

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

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
12,500.0012018-01-08Effective altruism/cause prioritization See for more background and thinking.
37.0022017-04-18Effective altruism Research materials.