Vipul Naik donations made to Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research

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, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Facebook username vipulnaik.r
Donations URL
Twitter usernamevipulnaik_r
LessWrong usernameVipulNaik
Effective Altruism Forum usernamevipulnaik
Effective Altruism Hub usernamevipul-naik
GitHub usernamevipulnaik
PredictionBook usernamevipulnaik
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)
Org Watch page

Miscellaneous notes: Disclosure: creator of the site

Full donor page for donor Vipul Naik

Basic donee information

Country United Kingdom
Donate page
Donation case page
Key peopleGreg Colbourn
Launch date2018-06-04

Full donee page for donee Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research

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 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167
Effective altruism 1 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167 4,167

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 2019
Effective altruism (filter this donor) 1 4,167.10 4,167.10
Total 1 4,167.10 4,167.10

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 dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
My Q1 2019 EA Hotel donation (GW, IR)2019-03-31Vipul Naik Effective Altruism ForumVipul Naik Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research Single donation documentationEffective altruism/housingThe post documents the author's reasons for making a donation to the EA Hotel. The bulk of the post gives the author's general assessment of the EA Hotel, but the last section gives more details on how the donation decision was made. The author says he likes the idea of the EA Hotel, likes the skin-in-the-game of key players, likes the execution so far, and finds the value of marginal donations high and easy to grasp. He also explains why the lack of interest from other donors does not dissuade him

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
4,167.1012019-03-31Effective altruism/housing (GW, IR)-- Donation process: This was a spontaneous donation made based on extensive thinking and review of a somewhat time-sensitive donation opportunity, and not part of planned end-of-year giving.

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The money goes directly toward supporting the EA Hotel and extending its runway by a few weeks. (GW, IR) says: "With this model of spending, I can concretely think of my donation of 3200 GBP as having added about 13 days to the hotel's runway.". Greg Colbourn comments with an updated estimate: "Note that costs have been lower recently (due to relying more on volunteer labour, and an increase in contributions from guests) - for an average over January-March your donation covers 20 days of costs, and for March alone it covers 27 days (and will likely be similar for April)."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The blog post (GW, IR) has a number of sections explaining reasons for the donation: "I like the idea of the EA Hotel; I like the skin-in-the-game of the key players; I like the execution so far; I see institutional risk reasons for lack of institutional funding: These reasons don't apply to individual donors, so I don't see the lack of institutional funding as a reason to dissuade me from donating; I have not been dissuaded by the reasons against donating that I have seen so far; I find the value of marginal donations high and easy to grasp." The last section (GW, IR) goes into the personal thoughts of the donor and how he ultimately decided to make the donation.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The section (GW, IR) gives two reasons for donating this high an amount: (i) high savings of the author in the last few months, (ii) high overhead of donation made it seem worthwhile if it covered at least two weeks of operations. Reasons for not donating a higher amount: (i) need to build more personal savings long-term, (ii) interest in seeing how further donations play out.
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The section (GW, IR) gives the following reasons for not waiting longer before donating: (i) the author felt he was "unlikely to get anything in the next few days that would change my stance significantly", (ii) sense of urgency since the existing runway was expected to last till May, (iii) weekend is a good time to make the donation and document it, because things are busier during the week.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 1

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: (GW, IR) says: "Depending on how fundraising dynamics proceed, I may make one more donation."

Other notes: The amount listed as donated is based on currency conversion; the actual amount paid out by the donor was $4306.41 USD, including a foreign exchange fee.