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MvK

Project Manager @ FAR AI
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Hi Thomas! Have you looked at the charities that were incubated by Charity Entrepreneurship (CE)? They have quite some overlap with the things you care about and especially the policy ones might benefit hugely from someone with your expertise! Some are hiring and others are working with volunteers/interns, so this might be a good place to start.

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You've probably seen this (or have already applied) but this role seems like a potentially good fit: https://www.forethought.org/ra-exa

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Hi Luke! Looks like this role could be a good fit: https://www.forethought.org/ra-exa

Hi Chukwubuikem! I might be misunderstanding your point but if you are referring to the Effective Giving charities, this is by design! We should expect most prospective donors to be in countries with high income levels, and so a charity whose main objective is to grow the pool of donors and the amount of funds committed to charitable causes should focus on countries like France, Australia, the UK, or Germany!

If you look at the direct intervention charities that Joey is talking about here (and that have been incubated by CE so far), you can see that many of them operate in and focus on African countries! (e.g. LEEP or FEM)

Hi Diego!

Thanks for your reply. I don't know your financial situation so I don't want to make assumptions but I think saving for retirement or building some general runway is important, and I would never want you to think that you aren't doing enough, especially if you are donating 63% (!) of your income. That's fantastic! And there will always be someone who donates more than you 😉 it's not a race! 63% might be what works for you, and that's great.

I should also note that while I have always been frugal, I was only able to donate this much because for a large part of the year, I didn't have to pay anything for housing (and, sometimes, meals), and I didn't count "immediate" donations of the kind mentioned above as income, so this maybe explains the high percentage. In 2024, I will likely move, and other changes in my personal life will likely mean I will get a lot closer to ~50% or less.

Answer by MvKDec 16, 202312
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Doesn't go much into probabilities or extinction and may therefore not be what you are looking for, but I've found Dan Hendrycks' overview/introduction to AI risks to be a pretty comprehensive collection. (https://arxiv.org/abs/2306.12001)

(I for one, would love to see someone critique this, although the FAQ at the end is already a good start to some counterarguments and possible responses to those)

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In 2023, I donated 46,645 $, which represents ~75% of my post-tax income

[My donations are a bit messy, since I often asked employers or clients to donate my "salary" to a charity instead of having it paid out to me and only then re-directing it. Sometimes this limited my choices of where to donate, and not all employers offered this. I work on AI Safety and so my donations go towards GHD which reflects my hedging and has some other philosophical reasons I am happy to share if you reach out to me.]

My 2023 donations will be split as follows:

  • GiveWell (Top Charities Fund): 26,655 $
  • GiveDirectly: 6,000 $
  • Malaria Consortium: 3,000 $
  • CEA [1]: 3,150 $
  • Misc [2]: ~2,340 $
  • Effektiv Spenden (as gift vouchers): ~5,500 $

Going forward, I will re-evaluate whether to include or even prioritize animal welfare in my giving (I had previously decided against that, but I'm now questioning my reasoning behind that decision).  

[Edited to include new donations that I just made]

  1. ^

    This is compensation for contracting work that I negotiated an hourly salary for which I then never claimed. 

  2. ^

    This mostly covers smaller amounts of work test compensation that wasn't claimed or re-directed immediately, or work that I was offered money for but ultimately turned down the payment. I don't want to name any organization here but am happy to share details if you are curious. 

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