EA orgs are trying to fundraise ~$10m - $16m

Many or­gani­sa­tions in the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity (‘EA orgs’) are cur­rently fundrais­ing (see Rob Wiblin’s GDoc “Fundrais­ing and an­nual re­view posts on the EA Fo­rum around Dec 2018”).

I’ve cre­ated a spread­sheet sum­ming up the fundrais­ing tar­gets of EA orgs. In brief, EA orgs are cur­rently try­ing to raise roughly $10m - $16m.

Three points:

  1. Some EA orgs seem to be ma­tur­ing to the point at which they have multi-mil­lion dol­lar bud­gets.

  2. One con­cern: Big donors of­ten do not fully fund an or­gani­sa­tion and it is good for or­gani­sa­tions to di­ver­sify fund­ing from differ­ent sources. This might lead to a situ­a­tion where big EA orgs are hov­er­ing up dona­tions from many small EA donors. This money is likely to be very valuable coun­ter­fac­tu­ally, be­cause it could be given to smaller EA pro­jects or high-im­pact non-meta causes. EA orgs might want to try to pro­fes­sion­al­ize their fundrais­ing efforts and di­ver­sify their fund­ing by reach­ing out to more non-tra­di­tional EA donors. For in­stance, like other big non-prof­its, EA orgs might want to hire in­sti­tu­tional fundraisers to tap into larger grants from big foun­da­tions other than the usual sus­pects (e.g. Vox’s Fu­ture Perfect has re­ceived a $380k grant from the Rock­efel­ler Foun­da­tion), or get aca­demic or gov­ern­ment grants (e.g. the aca­demic in­sti­tute GPI at Oxford Univer­sity wants to hire some­one to do “Fundrais­ing, par­tic­u­larly from pri­vate donors.”).

  3. Th­ese figures might also sug­gest that the EA com­mu­nity is rel­a­tively more fund­ing con­strained again. In other words, earn­ing to give might be rel­a­tively more effec­tive again (even though the tal­ent vs. fund­ing con­straints topic is which is a com­plex is­sue).