Issa Rice|Double Up Drive money moved

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

Table of contents

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
Against Malaria Foundation2017-04-27Issa Rice Against Malaria Foundation Evaluator review of doneeThe document records off-the-cuff thoughts that the author had while creating https://timelines.issarice.com/wiki/Timeline_of_Against_Malaria_Foundation as part of contract work. It is a collection of interrelated but distinct observations. See https://www.facebook.com/vipulnaik.r/posts/10211866218306794 for a Facebook discussion of the post
Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding2017-04-02Issa Rice Open Philanthropy Project Miscellaneous commentaryThe document lists some funding by the Open Philanthropy Project that is publicly disclosed (either by Open Philanthropy Project or by the donee or another reliable source) but is not part of the Open Philanthropy Project grants database, and is not included in employee salaries and benefits.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Vipul NaikDonor lottery500.002018-12-22--https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations Donation process: One of two year-end donations made in 2018 made by Vipul Naik but directed by Issa Rice

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The lottery in question is a $500,000 donor lottery for the end of 2018, as described at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/lotteries/63715163508813

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donation decided on by Issa Rice. The lottery in question is a $500,000 donor lottery for the end of 2018, as described at https://app.effectivealtruism.org/lotteries/63715163508813 and accounts for 50% of his $1,000 allocation. The reasoning is explained at https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 which says: "After watching the donor lottery for the first two years, I felt comfortable about giving to it. The donor lottery seemed like a good choice given my general uncertainties about the world."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is capped by the amount of $1,000 available from Vipul Naik to Issa Rice to direct; he directed $500 out of that $1,000 because of the decision to direct the other $500 to MIRI
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 50.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of availability of the $1,000 from Vipul Naik for Issa Rice to direct. The initial $500 to direct had been made available at the end of 2017, but Rice had deferred allocating it; with the additional $500 available at the end of 2018, Rice decided to allocate the entire $1,000

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 talks about thoughts regarding further donations, and does not mention the donor lottery as a future donation target

Other notes: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#The_selection_of_recipients (GW, IR) by Vipul Naik explains the financing context: "For each of the years 2017 and 2018, I had given Issa the option of assigning $500 of my money to charitable causes of his choosing (with no strict requirement that these be recognized as charities). In 2017, Issa deferred the use of the money, so he had $1,000 to allocate. Issa ultimately decided to allocate 50% of the $1,000 (i.e., $500) to the $500,000 EA Donor Lottery, and another 50% to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). For the donor lottery, the understanding was that although the entry was under my name, Issa would make the decision as to how to allocate the winnings in the (0.1% probability) event that I win the lottery.".
Vipul NaikMachine Intelligence Research Institute500.002018-12-22AI safetyhttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations Donation process: One of two year-end donations made in 2018 made by Vipul Naik but directed by Issa Rice

Intended use of funds (category): Orgnaizational general support

Intended use of funds: Unrestricted funding to support MIRI's operations

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Donation decided on by Issa Rice. The donation to MIRI accounts for 50% of the $1,000 that Vipul Naik gave Issa Rice to direct. Rice explains his reasoning in https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 as follows: "$500 to Machine Intelligence Research Institute (with an additional $500 from REG’s Double Up Drive). This was mostly intended as a retrospective donation, as thanks for producing useful content and ideas, and for doing work that I consider useful in the AI safety space."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount is capped by the amount of $1,000 available from Vipul Naik to Issa Rice to direct; he directed $500 out of that $1,000 because of the decision to direct the other $500 to the donor lottery
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 50.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing is determined by the timing of availability of the $1,000 from Vipul Naik for Issa Rice to direct. The initial $500 to direct had been made available at the end of 2017, but Rice had deferred allocating it; with the additional $500 available at the end of 2018, Rice decided to allocate the entire $1,000

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The section https://issarice.com/donation-history#section-3 says: "As of late 2018, for prospective funding, I do share concerns about MIRI’s new nondisclosure-by-default policy and also think that its “room for more funding” may not be as great as in the past (the latter is sort of hard to assess due to the former)."

Other notes: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dznyZNkAQMNq6HtXf/my-2018-donations#The_selection_of_recipients (GW, IR) by Vipul Naik explains the financing context: "For each of the years 2017 and 2018, I had given Issa the option of assigning $500 of my money to charitable causes of his choosing (with no strict requirement that these be recognized as charities). In 2017, Issa deferred the use of the money, so he had $1,000 to allocate. Issa ultimately decided to allocate 50% of the $1,000 (i.e., $500) to the $500,000 EA Donor Lottery, and another 50% to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI)." As the document also says: "The donation qualified for donation double from Raising for Effective Giving's Double Up Drive".

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2018
Donor lottery Vipul Naik (filter this donor) 500.00 500.00
Machine Intelligence Research Institute Vipul Naik (filter this donor) AI safety FB Tw WP Site CN GS TW 500.00 500.00
Total ---- -- 1,000.00 1,000.00

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

Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Issa Rice|Double Up Drive

Donor Donees Total 2018
Vipul Naik (filter this donee) Donor lottery (filter this donee), Machine Intelligence Research Institute (filter this donee) 1,000.00 1,000.00
Total -- 1,000.00 1,000.00

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