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Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesAffected influencersDocument scopeCause areaNotes
The best $5,800 I’ve ever donated (to pandemic prevention) (GW, IR)2022-02-05Andrew Snyder-Beattie Effective Altruism ForumAndrew Snyder-Beattie Carrick Flynn for Congress Single donation documentationBiosecurity and pandemic preparednessIn this blog post, Andrew Snyder-Beattie, who leads biosecurity and pandemic preparedness grantmaking for Open Philanthropy, documents his personal decision to donate $5,800 (the maximum allowed) to the Congressional campaign of Carrick Flynn in Oregon. The post talks about personal friendship with Carrick Flynn and the latter's great track record and promise, as well as some back-of-the-envelope calculations of how much the donation would help the Flynn campaign. The post would be highly influential, leading several people in the comments to announce having donated to the campaign, with at least some of the commenters explicitly citing the post's influence.

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

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Ben WestCarrick Flynn for Congress5,800.002022-02-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention?commentId=MdasAWLWhPjzhLAtc Donor reason for selecting the donee: The announcement of the donation by Ben West is on Andrew Snyder-Beattie's post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) advocating that people donate to the cause. The comment says: "I also donated $5,800. Thanks Andrew for making this post – this seems like a somewhat rare opportunity for <$10k donations to be unusually impactful." This suggests that West was influenced by some of the reasons articulated in the post.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Donations to United States political campaigns are limited to $2,900 per donor per campaign. The limit applies separately to the primary and the general election, resulting in an effective limit of $5,800.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of https://www.carrickflynnfororegon.com/ (the political campaign). The comment announcing the donation happens shortly before the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) is published.
Luke MuehlhauserCarrick Flynn for Congress5,800.002022-02-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention?commentId=xFrQ5WbgcLo8JBimd Donor reason for selecting the donee: The announcement of the donation by Luke Muehlhauser is on Andrew Snyder-Beattie's post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) advocating that people donate to the cause. This suggests that Muehlhauser was influenced by some of the reasons articulated in the post.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Donations to United States political campaigns are limited to $2,900 per donor per campaign. The limit applies separately to the primary and the general election, resulting in an effective limit of $5,800.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of https://www.carrickflynnfororegon.com/ (the political campaign). The comment announcing the donation happens shortly before the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/Qi9nnrmjwNbBqWbNT/the-best-usd5-800-i-ve-ever-donated-to-pandemic-prevention (GW, IR) is published.
Open PhilanthropyCenter for Security and Emerging Technology3,330,000.002021-08Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-security-and-emerging-technology-biosecurity-research Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support a project investigating the extent and risks of dual-use research in the biosciences."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says: "The hope is that the results of this project will better inform policymakers and other stakeholders of the security implications of such research."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 36.
Open PhilanthropyMIT Media Lab1,000,000.002021-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/massachusetts-institute-technology-media-lab-kevin-esvelt-2021 Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to continue to support the research of Professor Kevin Esvelt. Professor Esvelt plans to use this funding to conduct work on topics related to biosecurity."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page does not discuss reasoning but alludes to an earlier grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/miscellaneous/massachusetts-institute-technology-media-lab-kevin-esvelt also supporting Kevin Esvelt's lab, though the earlier grant was more broadly focused on global health, animal welfare, and global catastrophic risks.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24.
Open PhilanthropyGeorgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security2,400,000.002020-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-march-2020 Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to provide general support and to support GHSS project activities on deliberate events and global health security."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is an "exit grant" intended to provide approximately two years of operating support. It follows a February 2020 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-2020 and is probably intendd to give the grantee enough time to find other sources of support.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says that the grant "will provide GHSS with approximately two years of operating support." This is probably considered a reasonable amount of time for the grantee to find alternativ sources of support.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Reasons for timing are unclear; it seems that the timing is determined by Open Phil's decision to stop supporting GHSS long-term. The decision seems relatively sudden, considering the February 2020 operating support grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-2020 just one month before this exit grant.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: This grant is an exit grant, which means that Open Phil plans to make no further grants to GHSS.

Other notes: This exit grant comes at around the time that the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to be recognized, and Open Phil is doubling down on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness spending related to COVID-19. The relationship of this exit to COVID-19, if any, is unclear. Announced: 2020-04-27.
Open PhilanthropyCenter for Global Development250,000.002020-03Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/COVID-19https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-global-development-covid-19-local-response-guidelines Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work led by Jeremy Konyndyk on developing COVID-19 response guidelines and decision support tools to disseminate to local leaders. The guidelines and tools are intended to help local leaders take appropriate measures to limit the spread of the virus."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is made around the time that COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, and as efforts to fight the pandemic are ramping up. The grant page notes: "Konyndyk was formerly the director of the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, where he managed an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and helped lead the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made around the time that COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, and as efforts to fight the pandemic are ramping up.

Other notes: Announced: 2020-03-18.
Open PhilanthropyJohns Hopkins Center for Health Security1,860,000.002020-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/johns-hopkins-center-health-security-masters-phd-program-support Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support the implementation of a Masters and PhD program. The program will focus on major biological and health security risks. This funding will support four PhD students for four years each and four masters students for one year each, as well as faculty time for advising students and a junior administrator."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 48; announced: 2020-03-23.
Open PhilanthropyGeorgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security1,200,000.002020-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-2020 Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The intended uses are not described explicitly, but the previous three-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support that this renews had a list of intended uses, and this renewal likely has similar intended uses.

Donor retrospective of the donation: Just one month later, in March 2020, Open Phil would make an exit grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity-and-pandemic-preparedness/georgetown-center-global-health-science-and-security-general-support-march-2020 to the grantee, covering two years of operating support. This suggests a change of some sort within the interim one-month period in Open Phil's evaluation of GHSS.

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 12; announced: 2020-03-09.
Open PhilanthropyBipartisan Commission on Biodefense2,620,000.002020-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/bipartisan-commission-on-biodefense-general-support Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: The grant page says that the grantee "advocates for improvements to U.S. biodefense policy through a variety of activities, including hosting public meetings, publishing reports, and conducting outreach to those in the U.S. government."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant page says that this grant follows January 2018 support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-general-support-2018 to the Blue Ribbon Panel Study on Biodefense, but the connection between the two grantees is not explained.

Other notes: Announced: 2020-03-16.
Open PhilanthropyNuclear Threat Initiative6,000,000.002020-02Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support-2020 Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support NTI's biosecurity program. This includes "work to reduce Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, enhance biosecurity, and advance pandemic preparedness."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No reasons stated, but reasons likely similar to the previous three-year $6 million support https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/nuclear-threat-initiative-biosecurity-program-support#Case_for_the_grant lists these reasons for the previous grant: (1) "NTI’s track record of securing wins in the nuclear security and arms control space." (2) "Our confidence in Dr. Elizabeth Cameron". (3) "NTI appears open to considering work focused on GCR prevention." Also: "we consider biosecurity a neglected area, particularly with regard to GCRs, and this grant is part of a broader effort to fund influential organizations and individuals working in this space that we find credible and that share some of our priorities."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Both the amount and duration of the funding timeframe ($6 million over 3 years) are identical to the previous grant to support the program, made October 2017.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the three-year window of the previous grant coming to an end. However, the grant is made a little before the end of the three-year window.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Other notes: Announced: 2020-04-10.
Open PhilanthropyJohns Hopkins Center for Health Security19,500,000.002019-09Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/center-health-security-biosecurity-health-security-gcrs-2019 Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on biosecurity, global catastrophic risks posed by pathogens, and other work related to CHS’s mission, and to support the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. CHS plans to use these funds to continue to conduct policy research and continue to build communications and advocacy capacity."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No explicit reason for amount given, but it is similar to the previous three-year support amount of $16 million

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Timing likely determined by the fact that the timeframe for the previous three-year grant (starting January 2017) is coming to an end
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Other notes: Announced: 2019-10-04.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2022 2021 2020 2019
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness FB Tw WP Site 21,360,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,860,000.00 19,500,000.00
Nuclear Threat Initiative Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 6,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 6,000,000.00 0.00
Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 3,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 3,600,000.00 0.00
Center for Security and Emerging Technology Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 3,330,000.00 0.00 3,330,000.00 0.00 0.00
Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 2,620,000.00 0.00 0.00 2,620,000.00 0.00
MIT Media Lab Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Global Development Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
Carrick Flynn for Congress Ben West (filter this donor), Luke Muehlhauser (filter this donor) 11,600.00 11,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total ---- -- 38,171,600.00 11,600.00 4,330,000.00 14,330,000.00 19,500,000.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Andrew Snyder-Beattie

Donor Donees Total 2022 2021 2020 2019
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense (filter this donee), Center for Global Development (filter this donee), Center for Security and Emerging Technology (filter this donee), Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security (filter this donee), Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (filter this donee), MIT Media Lab (filter this donee), Nuclear Threat Initiative (filter this donee) 38,160,000.00 0.00 4,330,000.00 14,330,000.00 19,500,000.00
Ben West (filter this donee) Carrick Flynn for Congress (filter this donee) 5,800.00 5,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Luke Muehlhauser (filter this donee) Carrick Flynn for Congress (filter this donee) 5,800.00 5,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- 38,171,600.00 11,600.00 4,330,000.00 14,330,000.00 19,500,000.00

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