Luke Ding|Alex Foster|Denise Melchin|Matt Wage|Tara MacAulay money moved

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (6 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
EA Meta Fund: we are open to applications2019-01-05Denise Melchin Effective Altruism ForumEffective Altruism Funds Request for proposalsThe post announces the existence of a form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeID5kjD9zsvlwgqB3hlX54EINg6_pY6sYl4hm7s-bYuDGiwA/viewform through which one can apply for consideration for receiving a grant from the EA Meta Fund. Submissions made by midnight GMT on January 20 will be considered for the grant distribution to be announced in mid-February, but applications made after this date will be considered for future rounds
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
Scaling OFTW: Our First Hire And Funding From The Open Philanthropy Project2018-08-01Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan One for the WorldOpen Philanthropy Project Luke Ding One for the World Donee periodic updateOne for the World announces grants to it recommended by GiveWell, of $153,750 from the Open Philanthropy Project and $51,250 from Luke Ding. The funding is to cover two years of expenses, including hiring a COO for the first year, and a CEO in the second year. The post also announces the hiring of Evan McVail as COO, fulfilling part of the plan for the grant
EA Funds Beta Launch2017-02-28Tara MacAulay Centre for Effective AltruismEffective Altruism Funds Effective Altruism Funds LaunchTara MacAulay of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), the parent of Effective Altruism Funds, describes the beta launch of the project. CEA will revisit within three months to decide whether to make the EA Funds permanent
EAs write about where they give2016-12-09Julia Wise Effective Altruism ForumBlake Borgeson Eva Vivalt Ben Kuhn Alexander Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin Elizabeth Van Nostrand Machine Intelligence Research Institute Center for Applied Rationality AidGrade Charity Science: Health 80,000 Hours Centre for Effective Altruism Tostan Periodic donation list documentationJulia Wise got submissions from multiple donors about their donation plans and put them together in a single post. The goal was to cover people outside of organizations that publish such posts for their employees
CEA Staff Donation Decisions 20162016-12-06Sam Deere Centre for Effective AltruismWilliam MacAskill Michelle Hutchinson Tara MacAulay Alison Woodman Seb Farquhar Hauke Hillebrandt Marinella Capriati Sam Deere Max Dalton Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Michael Page Stefan Schubert Pablo Stafforini Amy Labenz Centre for Effective Altruism 80,000 Hours Against Malaria Foundation Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Animal Charity Evaluators Charity Science Health New Incentives Project Healthy Children Deworm the World Initiative Machine Intelligence Research Institute StrongMinds Future of Humanity Institute Future of Life Institute Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Effective Altruism Foundation Sci-Hub Vote.org The Humane League Foundational Research Institute Periodic donation list documentationCentre for Effective Altruism (CEA) staff describe their donation plans. The donation amounts are not disclosed.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (13 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%.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2018
80,000 Hours Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Career coaching/life guidance FB Tw WP Site 45,000.00 45,000.00
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
AI summer school Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 21,000.00 21,000.00
Ozzie Gooen Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00
Founders Pledge Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Effective altruism/donor pledges FB Tw WP Site 16,000.00 16,000.00
Centre for Effective Altruism Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Effective altruism/movement growth FB Site 15,000.00 15,000.00
Charity Entrepreneurship Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 14,000.00 14,000.00
Global Priorities Institute Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Cause prioritization Site 14,000.00 14,000.00
Let's Fund Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 10,000.00 10,000.00
Ought Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) AI safety Site 10,000.00 10,000.00
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
Berkeley REACH Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) Rationality community FB Site 5,000.00 5,000.00
AI Safety Unconference Effective Altruism Funds (filter this donor) 4,500.00 4,500.00
Total ---- -- 224,500.00 224,500.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Luke Ding|Alex Foster|Denise Melchin|Matt Wage|Tara MacAulay

Donor Donees Total 2018
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
Total -- 224,500.00 224,500.00

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