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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeNotes
Our Criminal Justice Reform Program Is Now an Independent Organization: Just Impact2021-11-16Zachary Robinson Alexander Berger Open PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Just Impact LaunchIn the blog post, Open Philanthropy announces that its criminal justice reform grantmaking is being split out into its own organization called Just Impact, led by Chloe Cockburn and Jesse Rothman, who have been leading Open Philanthropy's criminal justice reform program. Open Philanthropy is providing seed funding of $50 million spread over 3.5 years. Open Philanthropy connects this change with its previous post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/givewells-top-charities-are-increasingly-hard-beat that suggested that it was finding that a lot of its near-termist, human-centric grantmaking was failing to beat GiveWell top charities in cost-effectiveness analyses. Open Philanthropy is now making changes to reduce such grantmaking, and spinning off criminal justice reform grantmaking to its own organization is a step toward that. Other advantages of the spinout are: ability to attract other donors focused on criminal justice reform, independence better positioning the team to implements its vision and strategy, and benefits as an experiment in spinning out programs, possibly toward a long-term vision of Open Philanthropy as focused on cause selection and incubation.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 donations)

DonorDoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLNotes
Open PhilanthropyJust Impact50,000,000.002021-11Criminal justice reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/just-impact-safely-reducing-incarceration Donation process: The money is seed funding for an organization being spun out of Open Philanthropy. The decision to provide seed funding is tied with the whole process of spinning out. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-criminal-justice-reform-program-now-independent-organization-just-impact has more details.

Intended use of funds (category): Regranting

Intended use of funds: Grant "to launch Just Impact. Just Impact describes itself as “a criminal justice reform advisory group and fund that is focused on building the power and influence of highly strategic, directly-impacted leaders and their allies to create transformative change from the ground up.”" Given its role as a successor to Open Phil's grantmaking, it is expected that most of these funds will be regranted to other criminal justice reform organizations.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-criminal-justice-reform-program-now-independent-organization-just-impact goes into details on the reasons for spinning Just Impact out of Open Philanthropy, including: reduced interest in Open Philanthropy continuing to fund criminal justice reform, ability of a separate organization to attract other donors, ability of a separate organizations to implement more vision and strategy, and value as an experiment in spinning out organizations. The seed funding is provided to "make this transition in a way that positions the CJR work to maintain its successes, navigate the transitional period smoothly, and hopefully raise enough from other funders to have even more impact in the future."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount per unit time is a little lower than Open Philanthropy's criminal justice reform grantmaking so far ($130 million over 6 years), but likely enough for Open Philanthropy's goal to "make this transition in a way that positions the CJR work to maintain its successes, navigate the transitional period smoothly, and hopefully raise enough from other funders to have even more impact in the future."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The timing of the grant is determined by the timing of the decision to spin out the organization. It comes two years after the post https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/givewells-top-charities-are-increasingly-hard-beat that has the background thinking that led to Open Philanthropy deprioritizing criminal justice reform philanthropy. It also comes a few months after https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/open-philanthropy-s-new-co-ceo where the near-termist portion of grantmaking got its own name "Global Health and Wellbeing" and a co-CEO, Alexander Berger, to lead it.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 42

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-criminal-justice-reform-program-now-independent-organization-just-impact says: "We will continue to follow progress and continually revisit the right level of support in light of both Just Impact’s impact and our understanding of our alternative giving opportunities, and may continue our support beyond this initial seed grant."

Other notes: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/our-criminal-justice-reform-program-now-independent-organization-just-impact has more details on the spinout. It is also cross-posted to the EA Forum at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/5jTiPa2MJ3umhzT3S/our-criminal-justice-reform-program-is-now-an-independent (GW, IR) by an unaffiliated individual. Affected countries: United States; announced: 2021-11-16.
Open PhilanthropyCalifornians Against Pandemics5,000,000.002021-10Biosecurity and pandemic preparednesshttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/californians-against-pandemics-ballot-initiative Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on the California Pandemic Early Detection and Prevention Act ballot initiative. If passed by voters, the California Pandemic Early Detection and Prevention Act will create a grantmaking institute that will fund research on and development of pathogen genomics in order to reduce biosecurity risks posed by novel pathogens."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
Open PhilanthropyAbundant Housing Massachusetts600,000.002021-03Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/abundant-housing-massachusetts Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "for general support. Abundant Housing Massachusetts is a new statewide organization that advocates for more housing across Massachusetts and within the Greater Boston Area."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant page calls the grantee a "new statewide organization" so this is likely an initial/founding grant and the timing is explained accordingly.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts; affected cities: Boston.
Open PhilanthropyYIMBY Law500,000.002020-10Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/yimby-law-general-support-october-2020 Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "for general support. YIMBY Law is a new organization that advocates for more available and affordable housing in California and pursues litigation to ensure compliance with state housing laws."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made about nine months after the first grant to the grantee, which was a founding grant. The timeframe of the original grant was not specified, but the amount ($100,000) suggests a timeframe of under a year, so the timing of this new grant is likely determined by the previous grant running out.
Intended funding timeframe in months: 24

Other notes: Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
Open PhilanthropyLabor Mobility Partnerships500,000.002020-08Migration policy/labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/labor-mobility-partnerships-international-labor-mobility Intended use of funds (category): Organizational general support

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work to enhance international labor mobility. LaMP aims to ensure workers can access employment opportunities abroad. It focuses on connecting governments, employers, researchers, and advocates to bridge gaps in international labor markets, and creating and curating resources to design and implement mobility partnerships."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Open Philanthropy had provided the original grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-partnerships (2019-03) to incubate the organization. This is a renewal of that grant and also an exit grant.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount was chosen to provide a year of operating support, which is a typical amount for an exit grant.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made at around the end of the timeframe of the previous grant (the incubation grant) https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-labor-mobility-partnerships (2019-03).
Intended funding timeframe in months: 12

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: This is an exit grant; there are no plans for followup grants.
Open PhilanthropyMercy Corps1,000,000.002020-04Migration policy/labor mobility/seasonal migrationhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/mercy-corps-seasonal-migration-pilot-project-and-rct Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "in partnership with the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University, to conduct a pilot project with a randomized control trial (RCT) on seasonal migration for rural Nigeriens. The project and the RCT will examine the drivers and returns to seasonal migration, and will subsidize the transportation of underemployed men in the rural Tillabéri region to urban centers in Niger and surrounding countries."

Other notes: Intended funding timeframe in months: 24; affected countries: Nigeria.
Open PhilanthropyCenter for Global Development1,000,000.002020-03Migration policy/labor mobilityhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-program-2020 Donation process: This renews a previous grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-program (2017-03). A conversation https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Michael_Clemens_11-29-17_%28public%29.pdf (2017-11-29) with Michael Clemens happens between the two grants.

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support its migration program, led by Dr. Michael Clemens. [...] this funding includes one additional year at the previous funding level and two subsequent years at a funding level that we believe may be more sustainable for the long run. This funding is intended to support Dr. Clemens’s ongoing research and policy work on immigration." https://www.openphilanthropy.org/files/Grants/CGD/CGD_Migration_Program_Description.pdf describes the activities that the previous grant (renewed by this) funded; this grant is likely similar.

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The grant page says: "this funding includes one additional year at the previous funding level and two subsequent years at a funding level that we believe may be more sustainable for the long run." The previous funding level was $600,000 per year, so this breaks down to $600,000 for one year and $200,000 each for the next two years.

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made right at the end of the timeframe for the previous three-year grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/center-global-development-migration-program#About_the_grant (2017-03).
Intended funding timeframe in months: 36

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The framing "funding level that we believe may be more sustainable for the long run" in the grant page suggests that Open Philanthropy is planning to renew funding at the reduced level ($200,000/year) after this three-year grant ends.

Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Donors influenced Cause area Metadata Total 2021 2020
Just Impact Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 50,000,000.00 50,000,000.00 0.00
Californians Against Pandemics Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 0.00
Center for Global Development Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Mercy Corps Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Abundant Housing Massachusetts Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 600,000.00 600,000.00 0.00
Labor Mobility Partnerships Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00
YIMBY Law Open Philanthropy (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 500,000.00
Total ---- -- 58,600,000.00 55,600,000.00 3,000,000.00

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Donation amounts by donor and year for influencer Zachary Robinson

Donor Donees Total 2021 2020
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) Abundant Housing Massachusetts (filter this donee), Californians Against Pandemics (filter this donee), Center for Global Development (filter this donee), Just Impact (filter this donee), Labor Mobility Partnerships (filter this donee), Mercy Corps (filter this donee), YIMBY Law (filter this donee) 58,600,000.00 55,600,000.00 3,000,000.00
Total -- 58,600,000.00 55,600,000.00 3,000,000.00

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