Donation Plans for 2017

post by Jeff_Kaufman · 2017-12-23T22:25:49.690Z · score: 14 (15 votes) · EA · GW · Legacy · 7 comments

Each year Julia and I need to decide where we're giving. Here's what we've been thinking about this year:

I've also enjoyed reading the posts by GiveWell, Open Phil staff about where they're giving and why.


[1] This does mean borrowing some money. Modeling our cash flow I think we'll have it paid back in March or April. Much of my current compensation is in stock, and I won't start getting that until I'll have been back at Google for a year, which will be this September.

[2] Before I left Google, in January 2017, I wanted to max out their donation match for the year.

[3] That our division favored AMF a bit more than GiveWell's shouldn't be taken as disagreement, and if anything we (especially Julia) lean a bit more towards towards SCI.

[4] Another option for this sort of funding would be EA Grants [? · GW] if it used a rolling process.

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comment by DonyChristie · 2018-01-08T05:27:06.844Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

For more speculative things, we want to put part of the money towards a project that a friend we know through the Effective Altruism movement is starting. In general I think this is a good way for people to get funding for early stage projects, presenting their case to people who know them and have a good sense of how to evaluate their plans.

What is the project (at the finest granularity of detail you are comfortable disclosing)?

comment by Julia_Wise · 2018-02-12T16:13:47.674Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

We didn't end up giving to this, as the project's founder happily got a grant from elsewhere.

The project is a coaching service for EAs that we see as a complement to 80k's work - ongoing sessions aimed at developing professional skills and productivity, rather than a single session aimed at choosing a career path as 80k does. It's currently in beta/word-of-mouth stage, but I expect the founder will do a public writeup at some point.

comment by turnercore · 2018-02-12T18:12:31.701Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

This was a great write-up of your method. I wasn't aware of the Paypal Giving Fund, but I'm so glad you shared.

comment by Nekoinentr · 2018-01-04T07:22:12.701Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

For more speculative things, we want to put part of the money towards a project that a friend we know through the Effective Altruism movement is starting. In general I think this is a good way for people to get funding for early stage projects, presenting their case to people who know them and have a good sense of how to evaluate their plans.

Agreed. Thanks for the work you do supporting things that'd otherwise not happen!

comment by Khorton · 2017-12-24T19:45:27.039Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Shouldn't the title be about 2018?

comment by Jeff_Kaufman · 2017-12-25T01:21:27.112Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

These are our plans for the rest of 2017. While there aren't many days left, we also haven't made most of our annual donations yet.