Alex Zhu|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Matt Wage|Oliver Habryka money moved

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (11 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
Major Donation: Long Term Future Fund Application Extended 1 Week2019-02-16Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsThe blog post announces that the EA Long-Term Future Fund has received a large donation, which doubles the amount of money available for granting to ~$1.2 million. It extends the deadline for applications at at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDTbCDbnIN11vcgHM3DKq6M0cZ3itAy5GIPK17uvTXcz8ZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link by 1 week, to 2019-02-24 midnight PST. The application form was previously annonced at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/oFeGLaJ5bZBBRbjC9/ea-funds-long-term-future-fund-is-open-to-applications-until and supposed to be open till 2019-02-07 for the February 2019 round of grants. Cross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ZKsSuxHWNGiXJBJ9Z/major-donation-long-term-future-fund-application-extended-1
EA Funds: Long-Term Future fund is open to applications until Feb. 7th2019-01-17Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsCross-posted to LessWrong at https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/dvGE8JSeFHtmHC6Gb/ea-funds-long-term-future-fund-is-open-to-applications-until The post seeks proposals for the Long-Term Future Fund. Proposals must be submitted by 2019-02-07 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDTbCDbnIN11vcgHM3DKq6M0cZ3itAy5GIPK17uvTXcz8ZFA/viewform?usp=sf_link to be considered for the round of grants being announced mid-February. From the application, excerpted in the post: "We are particularly interested in small teams and individuals that are trying to get projects off the ground, or that need less money than existing grant-making institutions are likely to give out (i.e. less than ~$100k, but more than $10k). Here are a few examples of project types that we're open to funding an individual or group for (note that this list is not exhaustive)"
EA Meta Fund AMA: 20th Dec 20182018-12-19Alex Foster Denise Melchin Matt Wage Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Donee AMAThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Effective Altruism Meta Fund. The questions and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including alexherwix, Luke Muehlhauser, Tee Barnett,and Peter Hurford. Answers are provided by Denise Melchin, Matt Wage, and Alex Foster, three of the five people managing the fund. The other two, Luke Ding and Tara MacAulay, do not post any comment replies, but are referenced in some of the replies. The questions include how the meta fund sees its role, how much time they expect to spend allocating grants, what sort of criteria they use for evaluating opportunities, and what data inform their decisions
Long-Term Future Fund AMA2018-12-18Helen Toner Oliver Habryka Alex Zhu Matt Fallshaw Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds Donee AMAThe post is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for the Long-Term Future Find. The question and answers are in the post comments. Questions are asked by a number of people including Luke Muehlhauser, Josh You, Peter Hurford, Alex Foster, and Robert Jones. Fund managers Oliver Habryka, Matt Fallshaw, Helen Toner, and Alex Zhu respond in the comments. Fund manager Matt Wage does not appear to have participated. Questions cover the amount of time spent evaluating grants, the evaluation criteria, the methods of soliciting grants, and research that would help the team
EA Funds: Long-Term Future fund is open to applications until November 24th (this Saturday)2018-11-20Oliver Habryka Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsThe post seeks proposals for the CEA Long-Term Future Fund. Proposals must be submitted by 2018-11-24 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf46ZTOIlv6puMxkEGm6G1FADe5w5fCO3ro-RK6xFJWt7SfaQ/viewform in order to be considered for the round of grants to be announced by the end of November 2018
Staff Members’ Personal Donations for Giving Season 20172017-12-18Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectHolden Karnofsky Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Helen Toner Claire Zabel Lewis Bollard Ajeya Cotra Morgan Davis Michael Levine GiveWell top charities GiveWell GiveDirectly EA Giving Group Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Effective Altruism Funds Sentience Institute Encompass The Humane League The Good Food Institute Mercy For Animals Compassion in World Farming USA Animal Equality Donor lottery Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationOpen Philanthropy Project staff members describe where they are donating this year, and the considerations that went into the donation decision. By policy, amounts are not disclosed. This is the first standalone blog post of this sort by the Open Philanthropy Project; in previous years, the corresponding donations were documented in the GiveWell staff members donation post
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.
Welcome to Lesswrong 2.02017-06-18Oliver Habryka LessWrong LessWrong 2.0 LaunchPost outlines thinking for LessWrong 2.0, covering in part changes to the codebase, moderation, discourse norms.
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20162016-12-09Natalie Crispin GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Rebecca Raible Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Lewis Bollard Chelsea Tabart Sarah Ward Chris Somerville Ajeya Cotra Chris Smith Isabel Arjmand A political campaign GiveWell top charities International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation UPMC Center for Health Security Donor lottery EA Giving Group GiveDirectly Center for Applied Rationality Malaria Consortium Animal Charity Evaluators Northwest Health Law Advocates StrongMinds Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative The Humane Society of the United States The Humane League Mercy For Animals Humane Society International Compassion in World Farming USA The Good Food Institute Citizens for Farm Animal Protection END Fund Causa Justa Planned Parenthood International Refugee Assistance Project Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2016. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
Donor lotteries: demonstration and FAQ2016-12-07Carl Shulman Effective Altruism ForumTimothy Telleen-Lawton Gregory Lewis Ajeya Cotra Rohin Shah Helen Toner Nicole Ross Howie Lempel Rebecca Raible Pablo Stafforini Aaron Gertler Brayden McLean Benjamin Hoffman Catherine Olsson Eric Herboso Ian David Moss Glenn Willen Jacob Steinhardt Brandon Reinhart Donor lottery Donee donation caseCarl Shulman announces a donor lottery coordinated/sponsored by Paul Christiano, and provides a FAQ discussing questions people might have for participating in the lottery
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20152015-12-09Elie Hassenfeld GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Timothy Telleen-Lawton Sean Conley Josh Rosenberg Jake Marcus Rebecca Raible Milan Griffes Helen Toner Sophie Monahan Laura Muñoz Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Claire Zabel Nicole Ross Lewis Bollard GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation GiveWell GiveDirectly Wikimedia Foundation Center for Global Development Martha’s Table Country Dance and Song Society Northwest Health Law Advocates Mercy For Animals The Humane League Animal Charity Evaluators Raising for Effective Giving Humane Society of te United States Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project staff describe their annual donation plans for 2015. Some of these are tentative and get superseded by further events. Also, not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (15 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Effective Altruism FundsMachine Intelligence Research Institute40,000.002018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi Grant made from the Long-Term Future Fund. Donor believes that the new research directions outlined by donee at https://intelligence.org/2018/11/22/2018-update-our-new-research-directions/ are promising, and donee fundraising post suggests it could productively absorb additional funding. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 41.88%.
Effective Altruism FundsOught10,000.002018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi Grant made to implement AI alignment concepts in real-world applications. Donee seems more hiring-constrained than fundraising-constrained, hence only a small amount, but donor does believe that donee has a promising approach. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.47%.
Effective Altruism FundsAI summer school21,000.002018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi Grant to fund the second year of a summer school on AI safety, aiming to familiarize potential researchers with interesting technical problems in the field. Last year’s iteration of this event appears to have gone well, per https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/bXLi3n2jrfqRwoSTH/human-aligned-ai-summer-school-a-summary and private information available to donor. Donor believes that well-run education efforts of this kind are valuable (where “well-run” refers to the quality of the intellectual content, the participants, and the logistics of the event), and feels confident enough that this particular effort will be well-run. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 21.99%.
Effective Altruism FundsOzzie Gooen20,000.002018-11-29Forecastinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi Ozzie Gooen sought funding to build an online community of EA forecasters, researchers, and data scientists to predict variables of interest to the EA community. Ozzie proposed using the platform to answer a range of questions, including examples like “How many Google searches will there be for reinforcement learning in 2020?” or “How many plan changes will 80,000 hours cause in 2020?”, and using the results to help EA organizations and individuals to prioritize. The grant decision was made based on past success by Ozzie Gooen with Guesstimate https://www.getguesstimate.com/ as well as belief both in the broad value of the project and the specifics of the project plan. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 20.94%.
Effective Altruism FundsAI Safety Unconference4,500.002018-11-29AI safetyhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future/payouts/3JnNTzhJQsu4yQAYcKceSi Orpheus Lummis and Vaughn DiMarco are organizing an unconference on AI Alignment on the last day of the NeurIPS conference, with the goal of facilitating networking and research on AI Alignment among a diverse audience of AI researchers with and without safety backgrounds. Based on interaction with the organizers and some participants, the donor feels this project is worth funding. However, the donee is still not sure if the unconference will be held, so the grant is conditional to the donee deciding to proceed. The grant would fully fund the request. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 4.71%.
Effective Altruism Funds80,000 Hours45,000.002018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growth/career counselinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW The grant write-up gives a number of factors that influence the grant decision. These include the excellent track record of 80,000 Hours, including cost-effectiveness and rapid growth, the planned 2019 expansion of 80,000 Hours, and the importance of the work 80,000 Hours is doing. The write-up concludes: "At the margin, this grant is expected to contribute towards the budget for their expanded team. A typical marginal hire could give one-on-one advice to around 300 additional people per year, which 80,000 Hours estimates will produce around 400 impact-adjusted plan changes over the following two years. This seems like a highly effective use of funding.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 34.88%.
Effective Altruism FundsFounders Pledge16,000.002018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW The grant write-up talks about how Founders Pledge has a huge amount of money pledged and has successfully moved a lot of money, with a rapid growth rate. The grant money will support their 2019 plans to expand their US operations and further develop their methodology to evaluate and support high-impact interventions. Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 12.40%.
Effective Altruism FundsCentre for Effective Altruism15,000.002018-11-29Effective altruism/movement growthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant write-up talks of the strong track record of the CEA and their success at introducing EA concepts to a large number of people. The write-up concludes: "CEA is aiming to raise $3 million for their 2019 budget, and currently has significant room for more funding due to expansion efforts. At the margin, this grant is expected to contribute towards CEA’s expansion of their events, technology and community health teams.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 11.63%.
Effective Altruism FundsGlobal Priorities Institute14,000.002018-11-29Cause prioritizationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant write-up notes that donee (Global Priorities Institute) is solving an important problem of spreading EA-style ideas in the academic and policy worlds, and has shown impressive progress in its first year. The write-up concludes: "This grant is expected to contribute to GPI’s plans to grow its research team, particularly in economics, in order to publish a strong initial body of papers that defines their research focus. GPI also plans to sponsor DPhil students engaging in global priorities research at the University of Oxford through scholarships and prizes, and to give close support to early career academics with its summer visiting program.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.85%.
Effective Altruism FundsCharity Entrepreneurship14,000.002018-11-29Charity incubationhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant to support the incubation of new charities, which the donor believes to be highly valuable. The write-up concludes: "Marginal donations will allow Charity Entrepreneurship to expand the number of applicants they can accept to the program and give larger seed grants. The latter is likely to increase both the number of people applying and the level of stability at which the new charities start off, allowing them to focus more on long-term impact rather than short-term fundraising.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 10.85%.
Effective Altruism FundsRaising for Effective Giving10,000.002018-11-29Effective altruism/meta/fiundraisinghttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant write-up talks of the huge fundraising multiplier of the donee (which is a fundraising organization) as well as its significant growth in recent years. The donor was also impressed by the KPI tracking and estimation of the donee, as well as their directing significant funds to organizations focused on the long-term future. The write-up concludes by saying that the donee "will use this grant to expand their HNW advisory work in 2019. At the margin, this funding will likely enable them to build their research capacity and provide more effective advice to their HNW audience. This will allow them to better target their fundraising for effective organisations.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 7.75%.
Effective Altruism FundsLet's Fund10,000.002018-11-29Effective altruismhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant write-up notes that both the idea and the team are potentially promisingm and the quality of initial work is good. It concludes: "Let’s Fund will use additional capital to increase their fundraising ratio through careful outreach and marketing. In the future, they aim to undertake more and better research, especially into global catastrophic risk reduction, and have it evaluated and peer-reviewed by other researchers.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 7.75%.
Effective Altruism FundsBerkeley REACH5,000.002018-11-29Rationality communityhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/ea-community/payouts/2dyBJqJBSIq6sAGU6gMYQW Grant is to provide funds to support the panel for dispute resolution, as the donor "would like the panel to succeed in becoming a trusted resource for the local community, and want to ensure they have the capacity to engage in training or seek professional advice where this could be useful." The grant write-up concludes: "This grant will provide the panel with readily available funding in the event that they wish to seek legal counsel, the services of an independent investigator, or other professional support, particularly if they are faced with a time-sensitive matter.". Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 3.88%.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for a New American Security260,000.002017-08Global catastrophic riskshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/center-for-a-new-american-security-richard-danzig-outreach-on-technological-risk Grant awarded to support outreach by Richard Danzig,1 former Secretary of the Navy, on technological risks. Specifically, this funding will allow Mr. Danzig to revise and publish an already-drafted manuscript exploring and providing guidance on issues facing the US government related to potential risks from advanced technology (e.g., biosecurity, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence risks). The funding would be used by Dr. Danzig to produce Technology Roulette https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/technology-roulette a report intended for the national security community detailing the management of risks from losing control of advanced technology. Earmark: Richard Danzig; announced: 2017-10-16.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUCLA School of Law1,536,222.002017-05AI safetyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/potential-risks-advanced-artificial-intelligence/ucla-artificial-intelligence-governance Grant to support work on governance related to AI risk led by Edward Parson and Richard Re. Earmark: Edward Parson,Richard Re; announced: 2017-07-27.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017
UCLA School of Law Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 1,536,222.00 0.00 1,536,222.00
Center for a New American Security Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 260,000.00 0.00 260,000.00
80,000 Hours Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 45,000.00 45,000.00 0.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00
AI summer school Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 21,000.00 21,000.00 0.00
Ozzie Gooen Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Founders Pledge Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 16,000.00 16,000.00 0.00
Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 15,000.00 15,000.00 0.00
Charity Entrepreneurship Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 14,000.00 14,000.00 0.00
Global Priorities Institute Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 14,000.00 14,000.00 0.00
Let's Fund Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Ought Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) AI safety Site 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Raising for Effective Giving Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Effective altruism/Fundraising/Poker and sports FB Tw WP Site 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00
Berkeley REACH Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Rationality community FB Site 5,000.00 5,000.00 0.00
AI Safety Unconference Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 4,500.00 4,500.00 0.00
Total ---- -- 2,020,722.00 224,500.00 1,796,222.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Alex Zhu|Helen Toner|Matt Fallshaw|Matt Wage|Oliver Habryka

Donor Donees Total 2018 2017
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) Center for a New American Security (filter this donee), UCLA School of Law (filter this donee) 1,796,222.00 0.00 1,796,222.00
Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donee) 80,000 Hours (filter this donee), AI Safety Unconference (filter this donee), AI summer school (filter this donee), Berkeley REACH (filter this donee), Centre for Effective Altruism (filter this donee), Charity Entrepreneurship (filter this donee), Founders Pledge (filter this donee), Global Priorities Institute (filter this donee), Let's Fund (filter this donee), Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donee), Ought (filter this donee), Ozzie Gooen (filter this donee), Raising for Effective Giving (filter this donee) 224,500.00 224,500.00 0.00
Total -- 2,020,722.00 224,500.00 1,796,222.00

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