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 analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.
|Effective Altruism Forum username||vipulnaik|
|Effective Altruism Hub username||vipul-naik|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||Manual (no scripts used)|
|Org Watch page||https://orgwatch.issarice.com/?person=Vipul+Naik|
Miscellaneous notes: Disclosure: creator of the site
Full donor page for donor Vipul Naik
Full donee page for donee VillageReach
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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||2010|
|Global health (filter this donor)||3||8,350.00||8,350.00|
Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.
Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations
|Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 3)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|5,100.00||1||Global health/vaccination||https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/||GiveWell||Donation process: According to https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "In October 2010, I returned to considering VillageReach for my next donation. I talked over the phone with Holden of GiveWell. I shared some concerns: [...] Holden addressed my questions, and, shortly thereafter, GiveWell elaborated further in the blog posts https://blog.givewell.org/2010/11/10/health-system-strengthening-sustainability-accountability/ and https://blog.givewell.org/2010/11/17/after-extraordinary-and-unorthodox-comes-the-valley-of-death/ "
Intended use of funds (category): Organization general support
Intended use of funds: Funding for VillageReach's work of last-mile delivery of vaccines
Donor reason for selecting the donee: https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ says: "I was reasonably convinced that low-income country health systems was low-hanging fruit for donor money. The approach of GiveWell's top charity VillageReach (GiveWell review here) impressed me." Further: "Holden addressed my questions [about VillageReach and GiveWell's review of it]"
Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The donation is explained as being a straightforward, relatively low-risk donation made after exhausting a budget for a high-risk, speculative donation, as per https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "[I]n September 2010, I made a donation covering part of the costs of a new research project [...] However, such opportunities are rare and inherently risky. In October 2010, I returned to considering VillageReach for my next donation."
Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: According to https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ "I talked over the phone with VillageReach employee John Beale about VillageReach's activities, to help me in future donation decisions." and "I planned to make my next donation in April 2011 [contingent on GiveWell updates]"
Donor retrospective of the donation: As https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ explains, the donor ultimately did not continue supporting VillageReach. The planned April 2011 support was not given. The donor said that either of two things would have convinced him to donate, but neither seemed to hold: "(1) [VillageReach] could deliver demonstrably greater benefits by rolling out their program much more quickly, and they could do so by getting funding more quickly. (2) GiveWell could identify other top charities so that, once VillageReach's funding gap was closed, other donors could donate instead to these other top charities."
Other notes: See more of the thought process behind the donation at https://blog.givewell.org/2011/08/05/guest-post-from-vipul-naik/ Also, https://vipulnaik.com/donation-history/ says: "This was my first time making such a large donation using my debit card. Predictably, it led to some back-and-forth with the bank because the transaction was initially blocked for security reasons. I later realized that it would have been better to use a check or ACH, as it would have saved on something in the range of $100+ in transaction fees, while also reducing the need for back-and-forth with the bank.".