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Arguments from the org about why to donate  Why I donate



GiveDirectly "gives cash directly to people living in poverty."
They measure their impact in peer-reviewed randomized control trials. One of their studies claims an impact per $1000 transferred of: $270 increase in earnings, $430 increase in assets, $330 increase in annual nutrition spend, 0% effect on alcohol or tobacco spend.

See summaries and links to their papers here.

I have not studied their methodology directly. The key (anec)data that drive my donations are excerpts from interviews with transfer recipients. They describe using the money for things like water-resistant roofing, schooling for children, and building wells. 

Here I optimize jointly for the probability that my donation improves some specific person's lives and the expected value of the magnitude of improvement.



chosen after the rest of the numbers to make the sum a round number.

"Ought is a research lab that develops mechanisms for delegating open-ended thinking to advanced machine learning systems. We study this delegation problem using experiments with human participants."

Here is a technical summary of their latest batch of experiments. 

I read their published research program in depth, and I find the directions promising. It is one of three places I was willing to leave grad school to be employed at. (The other two were Jane Street, where I currently work, and OpenAI, which is much more well funded than Ought.)

I aim to eventually transition to direct technical work on problems that require theoretical contributions from individuals thinking deeply for a long time. With this work I'm aiming to support the efforts of agents that are similar to future-me. 



chosen as approximately 1000 * pi.

"BEAM asks itself, 'what do most scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers do growing up?' and then, 'how can we bring those same opportunities to underserved students?' 

BEAM then creates a series of experiences for students in grades 6-12: a 6th grade summer program in Los Angeles and New York City; a 7th grade residential summer program on college campuses; advising from 8th-12th grade to help students attend great high schools, pass algebra in 8th grade, access other enrichment programs, and ultimately go to a great college.  Students declaring STEM majors even get support during college.  Through our work, BEAM helps to diversify other enrichment programs and gives students a realistic chance at the career of their dreams."

I worked at BEAM as a counselor in their residential summer program for 7th graders. Since moving to NYC, I've taught classes in their Saturday continuing enrichment program ~10 times. 

I consider this in part a "local" donation to people that live near me (the students in general) and people that I know personally (students I've worked with and staffpeople that are my close friends).

Canada/USA Mathcamp


chosen as approximately 1000 * sqrt(2).

"Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.

More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics."

I consider this entirely a "local" donation for the benefit of agents that are similar to 15-year-old me. I give Mathcamp a significant fraction of the credit of my career path as a theorem-prover and quantitative thinker.


chosen by committing 100/month.

"The Berkeley REACH (Rationality and Effective Altruism Community Hub) is a physical community space for people trying to optimize their lives and their philanthropy. We facilitate cooperation between individuals and groups who are trying to improve the world."

I consider this entirely a "local" donation for the benefit of agents that are similar to grad-school me --- people living in the SF Bay area, trying to define their intellectual and career identities, looking for communities outside of academia in which to do this.