During the last six months of 2017 our supporters donated $3,606,752 to our recommended charities1. We want to thank all donors for their generous contributions to effective charities which led to a record-breaking year for us.
|Charity||Direct Donations (USD)||Discretionary Funds (USD)||Total Donations (USD)|
|The Good Food Institute||725,904||0||725,904|
|Against Malaria Foundation||589,859||0||589,859|
|EA Funds — Animal Welfare||456,784||0||456,784|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||445,017||0||445,017|
|Brooklyn Community Bail Fund||249,547||0||249,547|
|Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||148,876||0||148,876|
|Future of Humanity Institute||60,384||56,460||116,844|
|EA Funds — Long-Term Future||57,073||0||57,073|
|Helen Keller International||42,420||0||42,420|
|END Fund (deworming program only)||34,998||0||34,998|
|Foundational Research Institute||20,930||0||20,930|
|The Humane Slaughter Association||11,037||0||11,037|
|Animal Charity Evaluators||5,195||0||5,195|
|Sightsavers (deworming program only)||220||0||220|
|Malaria Consortium (seasonal malaria chemoprevention program only)||200||0||200|
Highlights of S2 2017
Matching challenge by the Crowley brothers and Dan Smith raises $3.1 million
- In December, we teamed up with Tom Crowley, Martin Crowley, and Dan Smith to launch a $1,000,000 matching challenge for ten highly effective charities.
- When the cap was reached shortly before Christmas, they doubled their commitment to $2,000,000 in matching funds.
- When the second cap was also reached before the year end, Fedor Holz chipped in another $250,000, which was soon matched as well
- As a result, a total of $4,500,340 was donated as part of the challenge (see below for a breakdown between the recipient charities).
- We did not include all donations made as part of the challenge in our report, but only $3,144,741 (70%). Since the challenge had also been advertised the charities themselves, it was very likely that people contributed who would have made the donation in any case. We inquired with individual donors and charities to estimate how much of the total contributions had been donated because of the matching challenge itself and extrapolated conservatively from the results.2
|Charity||Total Donations (USD)||Counterfactual Adjustment||Adjusted Donations (USD)|
|The Good Food Institute||831,932||87%||725,904|
|Against Malaria Foundation||551,572||83%||457,964||EA Funds — Animal Welfare||501,054||91%||456,784|
|Machine Intelligence Research Institute||598,602||64%||382,656|
|Brooklyn Community Bail Fund||340,924||73%||249,547|
|Schistosomiasis Control Initiative||286,626||47%||134,515|
|EA Funds — Long-Term Future||87,002||66%||57,073|
|Helen Keller International (Vitamin A)||50,420||84%||42,420|
Benjamin Pollak finishes third in the WSOP Main Event
- At the World Series Of Poker 2017, Benjamin Pollak made it to the final table of the Main Event wearing the REG patch.
- Ultimately, he finished third and won $3,000,000. He had decided to donate 3%, which amounted to $105,000.
- He decided to split his donation evenly between the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), the END Fund, and Animal Ethics.
- Jack Sinclair also wore the REG patch at the final table and finished 8th. He donated $10,000 to the Against Malaria Foundation.
PokerStars donates all fees from $25,000 WCOOP High-Roller and matched up to $50,000
- After our collaboration for SCOOP in May 2017, we partnered up with PokerStars again for the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) in September.
- PokerStars donated the rake from Event 66-H – $25,000 NLHE worth $59,375
- They had also decided to match up to $50,000 bringing their total donation to $120,775.
- They decided to split the funds evenly between the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) and the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford.
888poker donates all fees from three events at XL Eclipse
- After our collaboration with 888poker for XL Inferno in May 2017, we also advised them for their Chip In events during XL Eclipse in September.
- The total rake from the three events was $40,825 which they decided to give to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF).
Charity auction for extra WSOP 2017 Bracelet raises $10,200
- Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov (two of our co-founders) put up an extra WSOP 2017 $10,000 Tag Team Bracelet for auction on eBay, with all proceeds going to REG-recommended charities.
- The 10-day auction ended with a winning bid of $10,200.
Of the donations made during this period, $66,460 (1.8%) was given without restriction for REG to allocate to our recommended charities. We decided to give $10,000 to Animal Ethics and $56,460 to the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford (see our FAQ for more details on the allocation process).
Update to Recommended Charities
Every six months, we conduct a review of our charity recommendations to ensure they remain the most impactful giving opportunities. If we find that new evidence warrants a change, we update our list of charities accordingly. During this period, we have concluded the following:
- We added No Lean Season and Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation Program to our Standout recommendations.
- We added The Good Food Institute to our Top recommendations and moved Animal Charity Evaluators from Top recommendation to Standout recommendation.
- We removed Mercy for Animals and the Nonhuman Rights Project from our list of recommended charities.
Donations to the Effective Altruism Foundation
During the second half of 2017, donors decided to give $25,337 in unrestricted donations to the Effective Altruism Foundation, $8,601 to its project REG, $495 to Wild Animal Suffering Research, and $20,930 to its project FRI. Because of our conflict of interest, we do not allocate any funds to EAF or its projects ourselves. With the exception of FRI (which is one of our recommended charities), we do not include these donations in the overall amount of money raised.
1 We included some donations to highly cost-effective charities that were not recommended by us at the time: The Good Food Institute, Helen Keller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation Program, two Effective Altruism Funds, and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
2 For donations where we had no information whatsoever we used the average between donations for which we had information and a conservative base rate of 10%. This resulted in an estimate of 41% of the money being donated as a result of the matching challenge for donations for which we had no specific information.