Comment author: Tom_Voltz 26 September 2018 03:32:01PM *  5 points [-]

Having stumbled here via the blog posts from the 2017 survey's donation statistics, I have a request for the upcoming 2018 donation statistics: would it be possible to make a diagram and/or table showing the distribution of donations by their amount?

To clarify, I would be interested in answering questions like: "What percentage of the total amount donated in [year] were made through individual annual donations above 100$? Above 500$? Above 1,000$?" ... and so on.

Graphically, this could take the form of a cumulative donation curve, with the % of the total amount donated on the y-axis and the individual donation amounts on the x-axis, sorted from smallest to largest (left to right).

Depending on how it turned out, this could (charitably interpreted):

(a) provide "smaller" donors with encouragement about how important all of their individual contributions are, despite their apparent individual insignificance, or

(b) provide the EA community with confirmation of just how much impact a tiny number of individual large donors can have, any why it's so important to continue to actively enlist their financial support.

I was inspired to comment by looking into the two most recent AMF financial reports ( and discovering that despite the highest ~4 donations being 15.1 million $, and 3 times ~ 1 million $, the remainder of the donations still made up 45 to 65% of the total donations. But then I wanted to know what the distribution below 1 million $ looked like, since e.g. 500,000$ is still quite a large amount of money that very few people are able to donate.

I'd be happy to take the lead on this using Excel, once the link to the data is restored. In case this could in your view lead to undesirable unintended consequences, how and whether to display this information at all could still be discussed and decided by you guys.

Thanks so much for all your efforts!

Comment author: laurenwhetstone 02 October 2018 11:54:18PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for the feedback Tom, this would be awesome to dig into! We'll let you know once the data is restored.

Comment author: lukefreeman  (EA Profile) 22 September 2018 10:46:53AM 7 points [-]

Nice work! Very interesting!

33 people said Sydney which ranks us at #11 (between Cambridge and Los Angeles)... do we get a radio button next time ;)

Comment author: laurenwhetstone 02 October 2018 11:53:10PM 1 point [-]

Noted for next year! :)

Comment author: Daniel_Eth 22 September 2018 09:30:56AM 4 points [-]

Similarly, the word "majority" is used in a couple places where it should have instead said "plurality." (Sorry to be nitpicky)

Comment author: laurenwhetstone 02 October 2018 11:52:55PM 0 points [-]

Appreciate the feedback!

Comment author: DavidNash 01 October 2018 10:39:50AM *  0 points [-]

Edit - Incorrect guess.

My guess is it was meant to say 1.3%, and that not prefer wasn't included.

Looking at this year the figure is 1.9%, and I'm assuming the second figure for prefer not to answer is meant to be 2.1% not 21 people.

Comment author: laurenwhetstone 02 October 2018 11:49:31PM 2 points [-]

Apologies! We had a data error here and included the incorrect percentages from rebasing. I've corrected the chart and data in the report

Comment author: Chi 21 September 2018 03:25:14PM *  3 points [-]
Comment author: laurenwhetstone 21 September 2018 03:43:46PM 0 points [-]

We've fixed the data link so it should be working now. Apologies for the inconvenience!


EA Survey 2018 Series: Community Demographics & Characteristics

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Comment author: laurenwhetstone 20 September 2018 04:21:12AM 12 points [-]

The results from the 2018 Survey are about to be posted in the next day. I'll need enough upvotes to post and then we'll be sharing out: -Methodology -Demographics of the EA Survey -Community Demographics & Characteristics