Vipul Naik donations made to Donor lottery

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 2022. 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


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Full donee page for donee Donor lottery

Donor–donee relationship

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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 1 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500
1 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

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
(filter this donor) 1 500.00 500.00
Total 1 500.00 500.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of 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
500.0012018-12-22-- (GW, IR)Issa Rice Donation process: One of two year-end donations made in 2018 made by Vipul Naik but directed by Issa Rice

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The lottery in question is a $500,000 donor lottery for the end of 2018, as described at

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donation decided on by Issa Rice. The lottery in question is a $500,000 donor lottery for the end of 2018, as described at and accounts for 50% of his $1,000 allocation. The reasoning is explained at which says: "After watching the donor lottery for the first two years, I felt comfortable about giving to it. The donor lottery seemed like a good choice given my general uncertainties about the world."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is capped by the amount of $1,000 available from Vipul Naik to Issa Rice to direct; he directed $500 out of that $1,000 because of the decision to direct the other $500 to MIRI
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 50.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of availability of the $1,000 from Vipul Naik for Issa Rice to direct. The initial $500 to direct had been made available at the end of 2017, but Rice had deferred allocating it; with the additional $500 available at the end of 2018, Rice decided to allocate the entire $1,000

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section talks about thoughts regarding further donations, and does not mention the donor lottery as a future donation target

Other notes: (GW, IR) by Vipul Naik explains the financing context: "For each of the years 2017 and 2018, I had given Issa the option of assigning $500 of my money to charitable causes of his choosing (with no strict requirement that these be recognized as charities). In 2017, Issa deferred the use of the money, so he had $1,000 to allocate. Issa ultimately decided to allocate 50% of the $1,000 (i.e., $500) to the $500,000 EA Donor Lottery, and another 50% to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). For the donor lottery, the understanding was that although the entry was under my name, Issa would make the decision as to how to allocate the winnings in the (0.1% probability) event that I win the lottery.".