Comment author: JacobTref 30 December 2017 11:57:02PM 0 points [-]

This is a useful write-up, thank you for this and your previous posts on alternate foods.

Do you know which US government departments are working on food in catastrophes, if any? DHS? FEMA? USDA (e.g. https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster)? I assume that in catastrophes government coordination on food is key - the closest parallel that comes to mind is rationing in the UK after WW2. I'd be interested if there's anything public to read about departments' budgets for things like this, or how they're thinking about it.

Comment author: JacobTref 22 December 2017 09:17:21AM 3 points [-]

Chiming in with another thank you for putting in the time to do this - I found it helpful.

One data point on your idea for a year-round blog: I would find it interesting to read, though it wouldn't change my donations as much as targeted holiday giving posts like these, since I currently donate yearly.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 16 January 2017 04:19:14PM 6 points [-]

Cool, I always love work surfacing an otherwise unknown donation opportunity! I also find your initial framework compelling and think it motivates some of my donations, for example with SHIC.

Under "Reservations about the donation", I think it's worth mentioning the possibility that the threat is misperceived and the Trump administration turns out to not pose any significant risk to the integrity or existence of those datasets.

Comment author: JacobTref 16 January 2017 09:41:51PM 0 points [-]

Yep, good point - that's a biggie.

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Why I donated to the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative

This post has two parts: Part 1 outlines a type of donation that I think donors aiming for high expected impact should consider making: one-off donations to young organisations with highly uncertain futures. Part 2 is a case study that falls into this category, with my reasons for donating $3,000... Read More
Comment author: JacobTref 31 December 2016 12:44:29PM *  0 points [-]

Thanks for this - I found this useful, especially the details on your process for making the decision(s).