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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (4 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20192019-12-10Catherine Hollander GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Isabel Arjmand Nicole Zok Dan Brown Olivia Larsen Steph Stojanovic James Snowden Michael Eddy Kimberly Huynh Teryn Mattox Jim Bobowski GiveWell top charities Malaria Consortium GiveDirectly StrongMinds Cool Earth Clean Air Task Force ProPublica Sogorea Te Land Trust Stonewall (UK) Afrinspire Against Malaria Foundation One for the World Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention Young1ove Namati Astraea Foundation UHAI-EASHRI The Other Foundation Colombia Diversa The Trevor Project Médecins Sans Frontières Effective Altruism Funds: Animal Welfare Fund Periodic donation list documentationContinuing an annual tradition started in 2013, GiveWell staff members describe where they are donating. Some of the main themes: staff members deciding whether to donate directly to specific GiveWell top charities or donate to GiveWell for regranting to top charities. While most people choose the latter, a few choose the former for reasons including tax advantages, opinion of other family members, and slightly different moral weights than those used by GiveWell. Donors also talk about setting aside small portions of their giving for other kinds of causes, including animal welfare, AI safety, climate change, mental health, social justice, and local philanthropy. Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20182018-12-10Catherine Hollander GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Devin Jacob Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Christian Smith Isabel Arjmand James Snowden Dan Brown Olivia Larsen Amar Radia GiveWell top charities Donor lottery GiveDirectly International Refugee Assistance Project RAICES National Immigration Law Center CALmatters Center for Investigative Reporting ProPublica Malaria Consortium Against Malaria Foundation StrongMinds Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cool Earth Causa Justa::Just Cause Initiate Justice Sorea Te Land Trust No Means No Worldwide Stonewall (UK) Afrinspire Effective Altruism Funds Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff members describe where they are donating in 2018. The majority are donating most of their money to GiveWell top charities (i.e., to GiveWell for discretionary regranting). A few explicitly donate to Malaria Consortium, Against Malaria Foundation, and GiveDirectly. Many staff members announce intent to donate a small fraction of their donation budget for animal welfare charities, but explicit names of animal welfare charities are not included. A number of donors mention donating small amounts to charities focused on justice-related themes and local causes. Not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell
Our recommendation to Good Ventures2018-11-26Andrew Martin Catherine Hollander Elie Hassenfeld James Snowden Josh Rosenberg GiveWellGood Ventures/GiveWell top and standout charities Malaria Consortium Helen Keller International Against Malaria Foundation Deworm the World Initiative Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Sightsavers END Fund GiveDirectly Periodic donation list documentationThe document explains, along with a detailed rationale, the amounts that GiveWell is recommending to Good Ventures to grant to each of its top charities for the 2018 end-of-year giving season. The corresponding acknowledgement post from the Open Philanthropy Project was published on 2018-12-12 at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/2018-allocation-givewell-top-charities
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20172017-12-11Josh Rosenberg GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Sophie Monahan Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Chelsea Tabart Christian Smith Isabel Arjmand James Snowden GiveWell top charities Effective Altruism Funds No Lean Season Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Causa Justa::Just Cause Planned Parenthood ProPublica Earthjustice Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff describe where they are donating in 2017. 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 (2 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development FundInstiglio60,000.002019-04-29Global healthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/1qrRBknrSXGe4825arATUb Donation process: GiveWell found an interesting donation opportunity with Instiglio that fit into GiveWell Incubation Grants and would normally be funded by Good Ventures. Since this is a more high-risk high-reward grant than typical for GiveWell Incubation Grants, they decided to use funds from the Global Health and Development Fund rather than request money from Good Ventures

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant is intended to cover a portion of the design costs for the initial technical specification of a new Health Outcomes Fund, intended to be between $50 million and $100 million, focused on primary health care. Partners working with Instiglio and likely contirbutors to the fund include GiveWell, UBS Optimus, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The fund should allow funders in global health and development to fund programs based on results, while reducing the transaction costs of a typical results-based contract. Design decisions include metric pricing, the selection of implementers and payment metrics, and verification and evaluation methodologies.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell has four reason to recommend donating to the fund: (1) GiveWell can help push the fund to adopt its values of cost-effectiveness and transparency. (2) Participating in the fund may lead GiveWell to work with and influence international aid agencies toward GiveWell's approach. (3) GiveWell may also learn and update its approach from working with the other agencies. (4) The result-based financing method being tried by this fund may be worthwhile. Reservations include (a) Skepticism of some arguments for results-based financing. (b) Uncertainty about whether GiveWell will contribute to the fund after initial scoping. (c) Lower cost-effectiveness than the top GiveWell-recommended charities. The reason for funding through EA Funds rather than Good Ventures is the greater risk and reward, making it more suited for the fund

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely a sufficient amount for this initial phase of scoping. No explicit amount-related discussions are included
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the stage of the fund

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: GiveWell writes: "We are uncertain whether we will contribute funding to the Outcomes Fund once the scope is finalized. We would guess that there is sufficient alignment between partners to co-design a fund which meets our minimum criteria for cost-effectiveness, but we are uncertain whether this is the case."

Other notes: The grant is also listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants and has a page there: https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/april-2019-instiglio.
Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development FundInnovation in Government Initiative1,000,000.002019-01-29Global health and developmenthttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/39NNV4WFeKGsbrbHMZboHN Grant recommended by GiveWell Incubation Grants in December 2018 https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/innovation-in-government-initiative/december-2018-grant It is not listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants on the Donations List Website because the grant is not financed by the typical funding source of GiveWell Incubation Grants (namely, Good Ventures). Rather, it was financed by the Effective Altruism Funds. The grant is of a more exploratory nature than GiveWell Incubation Grants generally are. Grantee was (from 2015 to December 2018) known as the Government Partnership Initiative (GPI). Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2019
Innovation in Government Initiative Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund (filter this donor) 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
Instiglio Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund (filter this donor) 60,000.00 60,000.00
Total ---- -- 1,060,000.00 1,060,000.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer James Snowden

Donor Donees Total 2019
Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund (filter this donee) Innovation in Government Initiative (filter this donee), Instiglio (filter this donee) 1,060,000.00 1,060,000.00
Total -- 1,060,000.00 1,060,000.00

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