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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (9 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
GiveWell’s Top Charities Are (Increasingly) Hard to Beat2019-07-09Alexander Berger Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project GiveDirectly Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Target Malaria JustLeadershipUSA Broad donor strategyIn the blog post, Alexander Berger discusses how, originally, Open Philanthropy Project donations for near-term human well-being (primarily in the areas of criminal justice reform and scientific research) are compared against a cost-effectiveness benchmark of direct cash transfers, which is set as 100x (every $1 donated should yield $100 in benefits). However, since GiveWell has recently made its cost-effectiveness calculations for top charities more thorough, and now estimates that top charities are 5-15x as cost-effective as cash (or 500-1500x, with 1000x as a median), Berger is now comparing all the existing near-term human well-being grants against the 1000x benchmarks. He finds that, using the back-of-the-envelope calculations (BOTECs) done at the time of justifying the grants, many of the criminal justice reform grants do not clear the bar; in total only $32 million of the grants clears the bar, and about half of it is a single grant to Target Malaria. Berger links to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsE2_TNWn0x6MWL1PTdkZT2vQNFW8VFBslC5qjk4sgo/edit?ts=5cc10604 for some sample BOTECs
Suggestions for Individual Donors from Open Philanthropy Project Staff - 20182018-12-20Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Amanda Hungerford Alexander Berger Luke Muelhhauser National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Texas Organizing Project Effective Altruism Funds: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund The Humane League Center for Global Development International Refugee Assistance Project Donor lottery Donation suggestion listOpen Philanthropy Project staff give suggestions on places that might be good for individuals to donate to. Each suggestion includes a section "Why I suggest it", a section explaining why the Open Philanthropy Project has not funded (or not fully funded) the opportunity, and links to relevant writeups. The post continues a tradition of similar posts published once a year
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: Meta Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Long-Term Future Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund 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
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
Suggestions for individual donors from Open Philanthropy Project staff2015-12-23Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy ProjectChloe Cockburn Lewis Bollard Alexander Berger Nick Beckstead Howie Lempel Alliance for Safety and Justice Bronx Freedom Fund The Humane League The Humane Society of the United States Center for Global Development Center for Popular Democracy Ploughshares Fund Donation suggestion listOpen Philanthropy Project staff describe suggestions for best donation opportunities for individual donors in their specific areas. The post was originally published to the GiveWell blog
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
Staff members’ personal donations – giving season 20142014-12-17Holden Karnofsky GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Holden Karnofsky Natalie Crispin Alexander Berger Eliza Scheffler Timothy Telleen-Lawton Josh Rosenberg Ben Rachbach Jake Marcus Rebecca Raible Milan Griffes Tyler Heishman GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Deworm the World Initiative GiveWell standout charities Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff describe their annual donation plans for 2014. 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
Potential Global Catastrophic Risk Focus Areas2014-06-26Alexander Berger Open Philanthropy ProjectOpen Philanthropy Project Broad donor strategyIn this blog post originally published at https://blog.givewell.org/2014/06/26/potential-global-catastrophic-risk-focus-areas/ Alexander Berger goes over a list of seven types of global catastrophic risks (GCRs) that the Open Philanthropy Project has considered. He details three promising areas that the Open Philanthropy Project is exploring more and may make grants in: (1) Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, (2) Geoengineering research and governance, (3) AI safety. For the AI safety section, there is a note from Executive Director Holden Karnofsky saying that he sees AI safety as a more promising area than Berger does
Staff members’ personal donations2013-12-12Holden Karnofsky GiveWellHolden Karnofsky Elie Hassenfeld Alexander Berger Natalie Crispin Eliza Scheffler Timothy Telleen-Lawton Sean Conley Josh Rosenberg Ben Rachbach Howie Lempel Jake Marcus GiveDirectly Mercy For Animals Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Against Malaria Foundation Deworm the World Initiative The Humane Society of the United States Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff describe their annual donation plans for 2013. 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 (38 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Open Philanthropy ProjectEmploy America300,000.002019-04Macroecononic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/employ-america-start-up Donation process: This is a total across two grants, one of which is being made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to help launch Employ America and cover a six-month pilot period." The grant page says: "Employ America will focus on making the public and intellectual case for policies that support full employment and building a broader set of allies to further that goal, especially with an eye to the next economic downturn. In order to do so, it will produce research and analysis on the state of the labor market and current and potential macroeconomic policies and policymakers. It will be led by Sam Bell, who has previously consulted for us and our grantee Fed Up."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "As labor market conditions have improved over the last few years, we’ve become less confident about the appropriate short term stance of monetary policy, but we continue to believe it is worthwhile to support research and advocacy like this, at least through the next recession."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined based on how much is needed for an initial 6-month startup

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-05-29.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Global Development709,888.002019-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-partnerships Grant over 1.5 years to the Center for Global Development to support a working group on and incubation of a new organization aimed at enhancing international labor mobility. The new organization, called LaMP (Labor Mobility Partnerships), hopes to assist countries negotiating new legal channels for migration on terms of mutual benefit and to generate research and evidence on effective labor mobility regimes, in the ultimate service of reducing global poverty and inequality. Rebekah Smith and Lant Pritchett, who will be working together on the incubation and launch, proposed the idea for this type of organization in a 2016 CGD working paper https://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/goldilocks-solution-just-right-promotion-labor-mobility.pdf. Announced: 2019-04-19.
Open Philanthropy ProjectSightline Institute150,000.002019-02Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2019 Donation process: Discretionary grant. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the funds are to be used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on housing and land use." Grantee "plans to use these funds to support priority housing legislation in Washington and Oregon."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reasons given, but reasons likely similar to those for the October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2017 and the October 2015 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development (which has the most detailed write-up)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount of this grant ($100,000) is less than the amount for previous two-year grants ($400,000 and $350,000) so it is more a supplement than a renewal

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington|Oregon; announced: 2019-06-07.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCalifornia Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund400,000.002019-02Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support-2019 Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grantee intends to continue pursuing litigation, advocating against regulatory barriers to building housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and developing educational resources.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Renewal of previous June 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2019-05-18.
Open Philanthropy ProjectInternational Refugee Assistance Project1,000,000.002019-01Migration policy/refugee migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support-2018 Grant renews May 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support Grantee plans to expand its work to Europe, focusing on family reunification, asylum, and humanitarian visas. In the grant writeup, the donor notes: "our immigration policy work has not focused much on refugee resettlement, which we had assumed would be more crowded than other aspects of immigration policy with funders aimed at supporting increased opportunities for people to move to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons. While we continue to believe that is directionally correct, our increased interest in supporting advocacy around refugee resettlement is partially based on learning more about the fairly limited foundation funding for advocacy around refugee resettlement.". Announced: 2019-03-30.
Open Philanthropy ProjectPeterson Institute for International Economics400,000.002019-01Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/peterson-institute-international-economics-macroeconomic-projects Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support research by non-resident fellows Karen Dynan and Jason Furman on key questions in macroeconomic stabilization policy. Karen Dynan will study the optimal design of automatic stabilizer programs — taxes and government programs that respond automatically to changing economic conditions. Jason Furman will study the costs and benefits of allowing employment to exceed some estimates of full employment.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We see these both as crucially important questions in macroeconomic stabilization policy and believe Dynan and Furman are especially well-placed to address them in an influential and informative fashion."

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2019-05-18.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUniversity of Southern California2,250,000.002019-01Scientific research/tools and techniqueshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/Social-Science-Genetic-Association-Consortium-general-support Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC). Approximately 20% of this grant is intended to support work on bioethics and the public discussion of these topics.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "Our understanding is that SSGAC has received substantially less funding to date than comparable consortia (such as in psychiatric genetics), but still produces high-quality, replicable research and serves as a model of careful public communication, most notably through their discussions of frequently asked questions."

Other notes: Announced: 2019-05-18.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Global Development333,550.002019-01Scientific research/human health and wellbeinghttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/center-for-global-development-gene-drive-research Discretionary grant to support research on the assessment and regulation of gene drive technology. CGD plans to use this grant to identify key political and social considerations that may inform global decisions on the development and deployment of gene drive technology, particularly with respect to malaria. CGD will conduct interviews and site visits to develop a better understanding of regulatory, social, and political considerations at play in different contexts. The research will be led by Gyude Moore, CGD visiting fellow and former Minister of Public Works in Liberia. Announced: 2019-02-15.
Open Philanthropy ProjectWashington Center for Equitable Growth100,000.002018-10Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/washington-center-for-equitable-growth-automatic-stabilizers-conference Grant to host a conference, in partnership with the Hamilton Project, on a framework for thinking about optimal design of automatic stabilizer programs as well as specific suggestions for reforms. Automatic fiscal stabilizers are taxes and government programs that respond automatically to changing economic conditions, and do not require additional Congressional action, and the Open Philanthropy Project believes they are important for mitigating the effects of economic downturns. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-11-27.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCalifornia YIMBY350,000.002018-08Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support-august-2018 Grant by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to complete a match that had been established at the same time as the previous general operating support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support California YIMBY plans to use our support to hire additional staff members to focus on organizing, communications, digital outreach, data and analytics, and finance and operations. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-09-28.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities250,000.002018-07Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2018 Exit grant to support the Full Employment Project. Renewal of July 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2016 Open Phil will discontinue support after this grant, which completes five years of support for the project. The reason for not continuing further is the unclear impact of marginal funding and the desire to give space to other funders. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-08-02.
Open Philanthropy ProjectEconomic Policy Institute700,000.002018-07Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/economic-policy-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research-2018 Grant to support macroeconomic policy research. EPI plans to use these funds primarily to continue producing policy-relevant research on the ways in which macroeconomic policy can boost living standards for working Americans, including work on different aspects of the relationships between unemployment, wage growth, inflation, and productivity. Renewal of 2016 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/economic-policy-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-08-16.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities100,000.002018-05Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-automatic-stabilizers Grant to support work on enhancing automatic fiscal stabilizers. Automatic fiscal stabilizers are taxes and government programs that respond automatically to changing economic conditions, and do not require additional Congressional action. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-06-21.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCalifornia YIMBY500,000.002018-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-yimby-general-support Grant to new organization founded by people that Open Phil previously funded at CaRLA (California Renters Legal Advocacy Fund): https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform who successfully sponsored legislation in 2017 to strengthen California’s Housing Accountability Act, and who subsequently saw sufficient opportunity and need for statewide legislative advocacy to justify a new organization. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; announced: 2018-05-24.
Open Philanthropy ProjectHarborlight Community Partners40,000.002018-03Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/harborlight-community-partners-YIMBYtown-2018 Discretionary grant to support the 2018 national "Yes In My Back Yard" conference, scheduled to take place in Boston, Masschusetts, in September. Open Phi has supported the conference for two previous years: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/better-boulder-yimby-2016 (2016, grant to Better Boulder, organizing the conference in Boulder, Colorado), and https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/east-bay-forward-yimbytown-2017-conference (2017, to East Bay Forward, organizing the conference in Oakland, California). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-04-12.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy Action Fund100,000.002018-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2018 Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to the 501(c)(4) Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve. Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2018 to the Center for Popular Democracy, the associated 501(c)(3). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy1,200,000.002018-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2018 Grant to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve. Renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017 (2017 grant). Companion grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2018 by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to the Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, the associated 501(c)(4). Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-03-24.
Open Philanthropy ProjectNiskanen Center400,000.002018-01Migration policy/politicshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration-2018 Grant over two years to continue to support work on immigration policy. Grant is a renewal of https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/niskanen-immigration and is in recognition of the Niskanen Center growing its immigration program to $1 million/year, while also keeping in mind the expectation of no significant positive movement on immigration at the federal level. Announced: 2018-01-30.
Open Philanthropy ProjectUrban Institute165,833.002017-12History of philanthropyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/history-of-philanthropy/urban-institute-history-of-philanthropy-project Grant to support a series of literature reviews and case studies on the history of philanthropy. The work will be led primarily by Benjamin Soskis, a research associate at the Urban Institute, who has previously produced case studies for our history of philanthropy project. Announced: 2018-02-22.
Open Philanthropy ProjectGreater Greater Washington250,000.002017-06Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/greater-greater-washington-housing-and-land-use-reform Grant to support work on housing affordability and land use reform, and the grant writeup cites the existing coalition http://www.dchousingpriorities.org/ as impressive evidence of progress so far. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C.; announced: 2017-08-11.
Open Philanthropy ProjectEast Bay Forward40,000.002017-04Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/east-bay-forward-yimbytown-2017-conference Money to support a YIMBYtown 2017 conference planned for July 2017. Grant via the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA). Follows up on grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/better-boulder-yimby-2016 to Better Boulder supporting the YIMBY 2016 conference. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-07-07.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Global Development1,800,000.002017-03Migration policy/international labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-program Grant supports work at CGD of Michael Clemens and his team. Continues a 2014 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-research for the same purpose. Announced: 2017-06-27.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy Action Fund305,000.002017-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2017 Grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund to CPD Action to support the "Fed Up" Campaign. This supplements the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017 to the Center for Popular Democracy. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy1,100,000.002017-02Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2017 Grant from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund for the "Fed Up" campaign, renewing https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016 It is accompanied by the grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-2017 to the CPD Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/F-AE_gVn6Zg the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2017-12-28.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy Action Fund31,500.002016-10Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-action-fund-fed-campaign-october-2016 Grant to support the “Fed Up” campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more accommodative monetary policies and greater transparency and public engagement in the governance of the Federal Reserve, and specifically in the selection of regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents and leaders. Related to other grants made to the Center for Popular Democracy; see https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016. Grant financed by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund. As explained at https://groups.google.com/a/openphilanthropy.org/forum/#!topic/newly.published/FrHyHKPNy-M the grant announcement was delayed till the Open Philanthropy Project was completely separate from GiveWell. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2018-01-19.
Open Philanthropy ProjectProtect the People50,000.002016-10Migration policy/Haiti/US agricultural migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/protect-people-exit-grant Exit grant to close out support for helping workers from Haiti access season work in the US. See https://www.openphilanthropy.org/may-2017-update-protect-people-grant for a grant update. Announced: 2017-10-20.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities425,000.002016-07Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project-2016 Grant supports the Full Employment Project, and renews a previous grant to CBPP made in 2014. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Open Philanthropy ProjectRoosevelt Institute200,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/roosevelt-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Open Philanthropy ProjectEconomic Policy Institute500,000.002016-06Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/economic-policy-institute-macroeconomic-policy-research Grant supports work on macroeconomic policy. Includes exploring monetary policy tools, automatic stabilizes, novel fiscal stimulus measures, also making the case for importance of continued focus on reducing unemployment and against premature monetary tightening today. Essentially, same as grant to Roosevelt Institute. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-10-25.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCalifornia Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund300,000.002016-06Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support Donation process: According to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support#Our_process "Alexander Berger, who leads our work on land use reform, heard from Trauss that she was planning to start a new organization focused on land use reform in the Bay Area."

Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grantee is a nascent advocacy organization that intends to litigate and advocate against regulatory barriers to building housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. More at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support#Proposed_activities

Donor reason for selecting the donee: According to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support#Case_for_the_grant (1) The San Francisco Bay Area is a key region for land use reform, (2) The founder, Sonja Trauss, has been able to attract some public interest to the issue in San Francisco through the SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation (SFBARF), which she also founded.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): There is background at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/california-renters-legal-advocacy-and-education-fund-general-support#Budget_and_room_for_more_funding saying the organization has received $100,000 from another donor, and may be able to raise more funding if it attempts

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): This is (sort of) a founding grant to a nascent advocacy organization
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; affected states: California; affected cities: San Francisco; announced: 2016-06-28.
Open Philanthropy ProjectPeterson Institute for International Economics250,000.002016-04Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/peterson-institute-international-economics-macroeconomic-stabilization Grant supports work on macroeconomic stabilization. Initial grant; Open Phil considering larger grant to support much more work. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-29.
Open Philanthropy ProjectPeterson Institute for International Economics250,000.002016-04Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/peterson-institute-international-economics-macroeconomic-stabilization Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support work on macroeconomic stabilization

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "We are considering making a larger grant to support PIIE to do substantially more work in this area (which is a focus area of ours), and are thinking of the present funding as an opportunity to try working with the organization while we (and they) think more about potential future engagement."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant is a relatively small one and is intended to kickstart a relationship with the donee, to decide on whether to make a bigger grant later

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-29.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for American Progress500,000.002016-03Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-american-progress-macroeconomic-stabilization Grant for macroeconomic stabilization policy: convenings, research reports on impacts (e.g., impact of Taylor rule on income distribution), policy proposals, and network and outreach capacity to share research and proposals with media, politicians, and Federal Reserve. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-19.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy1,429,000.002015-12Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2016 Grant supports the "Fed Up" campaign. Deemed unlikely to succeed but high-impact if it succeeds. Conversation with Ady Barkman of grantee organization around the time of the grant allocation at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Ady_Barkan_12-8-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-12-08. Followup conversations with Ady Barkan and Shawn Sebastian of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Fed_Up_07-14-16_and_08_31_16_and_09_02_16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-14, 2016-08-31, and 2016-09-02. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2016-04-06.
Open Philanthropy ProjectMoveOn.org Civic Action375,000.002015-10Migration policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/moveon-civic-action-syrian-refugee-advocacy Grant to support work on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States. Grant recommended for Cari Tuna to make personally; grantee is a 501(c)(4) organization. Announced: 2018-06-09.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy750,000.002015-01Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-fed-campaign-2015 Grant is for Fed Up Campaign 2015. Supports campaign to educate public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2015-02-27.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities335,000.002014-09Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-budget-and-policy-priorities-full-employment-project Grant is for the Full Employment Project. Open Phil is impressed by the track record of CBPP. Followup conversation with Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Jared_Bernstein_and_Ben_Spielberg_10-21-15_%28public%29.pdf on 2015-10-21. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-19.
Open Philanthropy ProjectCenter for Popular Democracy100,000.002014-08Macroeconomic stabilization policyhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/macroeconomic-policy/center-popular-democracy-federal-reserve-campaign Grant is to support a campaign to educate the public and policymakers about monetary policy issues. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2014-09-25.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Center for Popular Democracy Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) WP 4,579,000.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 2,179,000.00 100,000.00
Center for Global Development Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,843,438.00 1,043,438.00 0.00 1,800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Southern California Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,250,000.00 2,250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Economic Policy Institute Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,200,000.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,110,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 335,000.00
International Refugee Assistance Project Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) Migration policy/refugee assistance/legal help FB Tw Site 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Peterson Institute for International Economics Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 900,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
California YIMBY Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 850,000.00 0.00 850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 700,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for American Progress Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 436,500.00 0.00 100,000.00 305,000.00 31,500.00 0.00 0.00
Niskanen Center Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) WP 400,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
MoveOn.org Civic Action Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 375,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 375,000.00 0.00
Employ America Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 300,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Greater Greater Washington Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Roosevelt Institute Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Urban Institute Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 165,833.00 0.00 0.00 165,833.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sightline Institute Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 150,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington Center for Equitable Growth Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Protect the People Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
East Bay Forward Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harborlight Community Partners Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donor) 40,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total ---- -- 18,439,771.00 5,543,438.00 3,740,000.00 3,660,833.00 2,506,500.00 2,554,000.00 435,000.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Alexander Berger

Donor Donees Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (filter this donee), California YIMBY (filter this donee), Center for American Progress (filter this donee), Center for Global Development (filter this donee), Center for Popular Democracy (filter this donee), Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund (filter this donee), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (filter this donee), East Bay Forward (filter this donee), Economic Policy Institute (filter this donee), Employ America (filter this donee), Greater Greater Washington (filter this donee), Harborlight Community Partners (filter this donee), International Refugee Assistance Project (filter this donee), MoveOn.org Civic Action (filter this donee), Niskanen Center (filter this donee), Peterson Institute for International Economics (filter this donee), Protect the People (filter this donee), Roosevelt Institute (filter this donee), Sightline Institute (filter this donee), University of Southern California (filter this donee), Urban Institute (filter this donee), Washington Center for Equitable Growth (filter this donee) 18,439,771.00 5,543,438.00 3,740,000.00 3,660,833.00 2,506,500.00 2,554,000.00 435,000.00
Total -- 18,439,771.00 5,543,438.00 3,740,000.00 3,660,833.00 2,506,500.00 2,554,000.00 435,000.00

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