Alex Flint|Andrew Critch|Eric Rogstad money moved

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Table of contents

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (7 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
Seeking Testimonials - IPR, Leverage, and Paradigm2018-11-15Andrew Critch Berkeley Existential Risk InitiativeBerkeley Existential Risk Initiative Leverage Research Institute for Philosophical Research Paradigm Academy Request for reviews of doneeIn the blog post, Andrew Critch of BERI talks about plans to make grants to Leverage Research and the Institute for Philosophical Research (IPR). Critch says that IPR, Leverage, and Paradigm Academy are three related organizations that BERI internally refers to as ILP. In light of communtiy skepticism about ILP, Critch announces that BERI is inviting feedback through a feedback form on these organizations till December 20. He also explains what sort of feedback will be taken more seriously by BERI. The post was also announced on the Effective Altruism Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/fvvRZMJJ7g4gzXjSH/seeking-information-on-three-potential-grantee-organizations on 2018-12-09
Opportunities for individual donors in AI safety2018-03-12Alex Flint Effective Altruism Forum Machine Intelligence Research Institute Future of Humanity Institute Review of current state of cause areaAlex Flint discusses the history of AI safety funding, and suggests some heuristics for individual donors based on what he has seen to be successful in the past.
Announcing BERI Computing Grants2017-12-01Andrew Critch Berkeley Existential Risk InitiativeBerkeley Existential Risk Initiative Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Donee periodic update
Forming an engineering team2017-10-25Andrew Critch Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Donee periodic update
What we’re thinking about as we grow - ethics, oversight, and getting things done2017-10-19Andrew Critch Berkeley Existential Risk InitiativeBerkeley Existential Risk Initiative Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Donee periodic updateOutlines BERI's approach to growth and "ethics" (transparency, oversight, trust, etc.).
LW 2.0 Strategic Overview2017-09-14Oliver Habryka LessWrongCentre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Grants Eric Rogstad LessWrong 2.0 Miscellaneous commentaryHabryka describes his plans for LessWrong 2.0 as its primary developer.
Considerations against pledging donations for the rest of your life2016-12-07Andrew Critch Center for Applied Rationality Miscellaneous commentaryIn this post about earning to give, Andrew Critch argues against pledging to donate in perpetuity, even though he encourages people to donate during years when it makes sense. He writes: "If you either (1) make less than $100k/year, or (2) might be willing to make less than that at some future time in order to work directly on something the world needs you to do (besides giving), I would not be surprised to find myself recommending against you pledging to always donate 10% of your income every year." He talks about his own time spent on setting up the Center for Applied Rationality, and feels that donating money instead of spending resources creating CFAR would have been worse. He writes later: "Expecting variance + respecting your judgement = not pledging"

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Survival and Flourishing Fund80,000 Hours280,000.002019-08Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this 80,000 Hours grant may represent a followup to a $350,000 grant made by BERI to 80,000 Hours earlier in the year

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant may represent a followup to a $350,000 grant made by BERI to 80,000 Hours earlier in the year

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%; announced: 2019-08-29.
Survival and Flourishing FundCenter for Applied Rationality110,000.002019-08Rationality improvementhttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to CFAR may represent a followup to past grants by BERI to CFAR

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant may represent a followup to past grants by BERI to CFAR

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%; announced: 2019-08-29.
Survival and Flourishing FundCentre for the Study of Existential Risk40,000.002019-08Global catastrophic riskshttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to FLI may represent a followup to past grants by BERI in support of CSER (though BERI did not grant directly to CSER)

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This grant may represent a followup to past grants by BERI in support of CSER (though BERI did not grant directly to CSER)

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%; announced: 2019-08-29.
Survival and Flourishing FundFuture of Life Institute130,000.002019-08Global catastrophic riskshttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to FLI may represent a followup to past grants by BERI to FLI

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This grant may represent a followup to past grants by BERI to FLI

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%; announced: 2019-08-29.
Survival and Flourishing FundGlobal Catastrophic Risk Institute60,000.002019-08Global catastrophic riskshttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to GCRI may represent a followup to past grants by BERI in support of GCRI

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This grant may represent a followup to past grants by BERI in support of GCRI

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019

Other notes: Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%; announced: 2019-08-29.
Survival and Flourishing FundLessWrong 2.0260,000.002019-08Global catastrophic riskshttp://survivalandflourishing.org/ Donation process: Part of the founding batch of grants for the Survival and Flourishing Fund made in August 2019. The fund is partly a successor to part of the grants program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) that handled grantmaking by Jaan Tallinn; see http://existence.org/tallinn-grants-future/ As such, this grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Donor reason for selecting the donee: This grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): This grant to LessWrong 2.0 may represent a renewal of grants totaling $250,000 made by BERI to LessWrong 2.0 in 2018
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 29.55%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing determined by timing of grant round; the Survival and Flourishing Fund is making its first round of grants in August 2019. Also, it is likely that the timeframe previous BERI grant to LessWrong 2.0 (made September 2018) has ended

Other notes: Announced: 2019-08-29.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2019
80,000 Hours Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 280,000.00 280,000.00
LessWrong 2.0 Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) Rationality improvement FB WP Site 260,000.00 260,000.00
Future of Life Institute Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) AI safety/other global catastrophic risks FB Tw WP Site 130,000.00 130,000.00
Center for Applied Rationality Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) Rationality FB Tw WP Site TW 110,000.00 110,000.00
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) Global catastrophic risks FB Tw Site 60,000.00 60,000.00
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00
Total ---- -- 880,000.00 880,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Alex Flint|Andrew Critch|Eric Rogstad

Donor Donees Total 2019
Survival and Flourishing Fund (filter this donee) 80,000 Hours (filter this donee), Center for Applied Rationality (filter this donee), Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (filter this donee), Future of Life Institute (filter this donee), Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (filter this donee), LessWrong 2.0 (filter this donee) 880,000.00 880,000.00
Total -- 880,000.00 880,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.