Where should I donate?

post by evelynciara · 2021-11-22T20:56:32.078Z · EA · GW · 9 comments

This is a question post.

I'm about to start a new job, so I will be able to donate a lot more money to charity in the coming year, but I'm really confused as to where I ought to donate. Some information about my situation and beliefs:

I would appreciate any advice as to where I should donate and what proportions I should allocate to each org in the coming year, given what I've said here.


answer by IanDavidMoss · 2021-11-23T03:05:18.228Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Congratulations on the job!

  • I'm interested in funding "broad longtermist" interventions - ones that make society better able to deal with future challenges in general, like better institutional decision-making, reducing great-power conflict, and protecting liberal democracy. Ben Todd notes (10:34 in this talk) that this category is greatly under-resourced. I care about liberal democracy for longtermist as well as non-EA reasons, and although it seems like it's already really popular, I'm not confident that the existing funding is going to the best interventions.

FYI, Effective Institutions Project is highly funding-constrained and would welcome gifts in the range you're thinking about. I agree with Ben that the category in general could benefit from a lot more funding, especially to help establish strategic foundations for the work going forward.

Separately, I run a giving circle focused on liberal democracy interventions in the United States specifically and am happy to talk further about options in that space if you like. Feel free to PM me to set up a call.

comment by KevinO · 2021-11-23T12:55:33.927Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

How does one donate to the Effective Institutions Project?

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comment by IanDavidMoss · 2021-11-23T14:32:01.014Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for your interest! I'm hoping to get us set up for online donations in the near future, but until then, the easiest thing is to write me here or at ian@effectiveinstitutionsproject.org and I'll send you some options for check/wire.

answer by JP Addison · 2021-11-23T14:16:21.067Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I donate to, and generally advise other small donors to donate to, a donor lottery, for roughly the reasons outlined here [EA · GW].

answer by HStencil · 2021-11-22T21:51:29.666Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

In the vein of “democracy promotion” and “longer-term/less measurable global development interventions,” you might consider donating to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and/or Partnership for Transparency Fund. I know more about ICIJ than Partnership for Transparency, but both strike me as a very strong organizations with impressive track records in fighting corruption in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to anecdotes of their achievements, there is also a growing body of evidence in economics showing that local investigative journalism can have really striking (positive) effects on various sorts of favorable political outcomes. Admittedly, most of this evidence, as far as I’m aware, is not from LMICs. Assuming it generalizes to that context, though (and I think there is good reason to believe it does), ICIJ in particular may be one of the few organizations out there with a reasonable prospect of cost-effectively improving the quality of institutions in LMICs, which (as others have [EA · GW] noted [EA · GW] elsewhere on this forum) is likely quite important for bringing about faster economic growth and other related positive development outcomes.

comment by evelynciara · 2021-11-23T05:42:29.257Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Can you link to some studies on the political effects of local investigative journalism?

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comment by HStencil · 2021-11-24T17:22:33.305Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Yeah, I’d be happy to, but I may not get around to it until next week, if that’s alright.


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comment by Khorton · 2021-11-22T22:48:18.756Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Congratulations on the new job! That's very exciting :)

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comment by evelynciara · 2021-11-23T03:14:12.253Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you so much!