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RandomEA comments on EA Funds - An update from CEA - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: RandomEA 09 August 2018 04:55:09AM 1 point [-]

Would it be a good idea to create an EA Fund for U.S. criminal justice? It could potentially be run by the Open Phil program officer for U.S. criminal justice since it seems like a cause area where Open Phil is unlikely to fund everything the program officer thinks should be funded, which makes it more likely that extra funding can be spent effectively.

This could help attract more people into effective altruism. However, that could be bad if you think those people are less likely to fully embrace the ideas of effective altruism and thus would dilute the community.

Comment author: Carl_Shulman 09 August 2018 07:21:56AM *  3 points [-]

Would it be a good idea to create an EA Fund for U.S. criminal justice?

Open Phil's Chloe Cockburn has a fund for external donors. See Open Phil's recent blog post:

Chloe Cockburn leads our work in this area, and as such has led our outreach to other donors. To date, we estimate that her advice to other donors (i.e., other than Dustin and Cari) has resulted in donations moved (in the same sense as the metric GiveWell tracks) that amount to a reasonable fraction (>25%) of the giving she has managed for Open Philanthropy.

It appears that interest in her recommendations has been growing, and we have recently decided to support the creation of a separate vehicle - the Accountable Justice Action Fund - to make it easier for donors interested in criminal justice reform to make donations to a pool of funds overseen by Chloe. The Fund is organized as a 501(c)(4) organization; those interested in contributing to AJAF should contact us.

Comment author: RandomEA 09 August 2018 01:52:58PM *  1 point [-]

Do you know if it's just a fund for other large donors? It seems unusual to require small donors to send an email in order to donate.

If the fund is open to small donors, I hope CEA will consider mentioning it on the EA Funds website and the GWWC website.

Comment author: Carl_Shulman 09 August 2018 06:10:22PM 4 points [-]

I don't know, you could email and ask. If Chloe wanted to take only large donations one could use a donor lottery to turn a small donation into a chance of a large one.