Vipul Naik donations made to GiveWell top charities

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

Country United States
Facebook page
Donate page
Donation case page
Donation statistics page
Twitter usernamegivewell
Wikipedia page
Key peopleHolden Karnofsky|Elie Hassenfeld

Full donee page for donee GiveWell top charities

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 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Global health and development 1 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000

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
Global health and development (filter this donor) 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Total 1 2,000.00 2,000.00

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
2,000.0012018-12-22Global health and development (GW, IR)GiveWell Donation process: Part of a set of year-end donations made in 2018

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Money to GiveWell for regranting to its top charities (through GiveWell discretionary regranting) based on GiveWell's assessment of which charity can make the best use of funds at the margin

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The section (GW, IR) goes into detail on this, comparing GiveWell top charities with Effective Altruism Funds and various rising stars. The summary says: "For the money directly allocated by me, GiveWell top charities won as a default baseline because the alternatives were not yet compelling enough."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The section (GW, IR) goes into detail on this. It works out the total amount of $3,000 ($2,000 direct + $1,000 donated based on recommendations from Issa Rice) based on a few heuristics; $500/year for 6 years, 1% of income, and the right size where it justifies transaction costs
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) goes into detail on this. It talks about how the author stopped making donations after 2012, to focus on building a savings buffer and funding contract work, and how the situation has recently changed enough to make it worth considering a standard charity donation

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section (GW, IR) says: "I hope to continue working on projects like the Donations list website on my personal time and through contract work. I also hope to get a clearer picture of a number of things that might lead to more interesting donation decisions in the future." Employer match: LiftIgniter matched 100.00.