The Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative provides operational and administrative support to researchers working on existential risks in a university setting. The idea is to make operations faster and more flexible for these groups—not only to make them more directly effective, but also to improve morale by unblocking tasks and projects they care about that are hard to do efficiently through other means (e.g. existing university administration channels).
Some specific examples: Hiring a software engineer, graphic designer, web developer, or copy editor; hiring a research assistant for month on 2 days notice; paying monthly software subscriptions; paying international contractors; buying stuff from a supplier that your university doesn't support.
How beneficial would this same service be to researchers working on global poverty or animal welfare (or other cause areas for that matter) in a university setting?
I'll add some of my preliminary arguments for and against below.