Latest Update: On Nov 24 at 1:01pm PT, the matching fund pool was increased to $600,000. Check the realtime dashboard to see how much is still available to allocate.
Of the first $250,000 in matching funds, more than 82% went to nonprofits you all donated to:
Donation Match Terms
This year, starting on November 1, Every.org is offering a very attractive $250,000 true counterfactual donation match. (Realtime dashboard of remaining funds.)
Every.org will match the first donation you make to each US 501(c)(3) nonprofit you give to 1:1 up to $100 per donor per nonprofit.
Currently, Every.org will contribute an extra $10 to your donation if you click to share your donation after donating. This might change (what it was originally).
The Match Terms in Every.org's words:
A donor can support multiple nonprofits, but only the first donation they make to each of those nonprofits will be matched. If someone makes two $50 donations to the same organization, then only the first $50 would be matched. If someone makes a $1000 donation, then only the first $100 is matched. If someone makes ten $100 donations to different organizations, then all ten donations will be matched.
Steps to Participate
- Join with: https://firstname.lastname@example.org?c=gg25 (If you're a new user, this will give you and I $25 in giving credit in addition to the match described above (Update: I believe this new user incentive was removed by Nov 24), plus help me track how many EAs participate in the match so I can share the information with the community.)
- Check the live dashboard to see if there are remaining matching funds.
- If so, donate $100 to a nonprofit of your choice (to get your donation automatically matched 1:1)
- After donating, click one of the links to share your donation (to get the extra share incentive, currently +$10)
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for every nonprofit you want to support!
- Everyone can participate, regardless of country, even if you already joined last year.
- Fees are low, so donate by card if it's easier for you. Or if you'd prefer to eliminate all fees you can do so by connecting your bank account.
- Tax receipts: You can get these easily in your account on your My Giving page.
If this sounds familiar...
It's because 198 of you participated in a previous donation match sponsored by the same Every.org after seeing the post Make a $10 donation into $35 in December 2020.
We successfully directed $4,950 in matching funds to highly effective nonprofits during that match. It was quite popular because it only took ~3 minutes for each person to direct $25 in matching funds. I'm hopeful that even more of you will participate in Every.org's current match since it's just as easy and yet the limits are much higher.
You can donate less than $100 and still get matched, but note that you will forfeit your ability to get the full match for that nonprofit, even if you donate again. Per the terms: "If someone makes two $50 donations to the same organization, then only the first $50 would be matched." ↩︎
Based on their dashboard, EA charities got ~$200,000 of the first $250,000 in matching funds.
Wow, very impressive! I badly underestimated how much matching funds would be directed to EA-aligned nonprofits. And since the matching funds has been increased to $350k, this number is likely to go up significantly.
I count $210k in donations towards nonprofits that are at least marginally EA-aligned, out of $252k currently (83%):
But that may be an underestimate, because the page only lists the top 100 nonprofits. So there could be more EA-aligned nonprofits that are each receiving <= $210 in matching funds and are not listed. If we consider just the top 100, then that's $210k out of $238k (88%).
I think the following should probably be considered EA-aligned nonprofits (at least marginally) as well, which would imply somewhat higher impact:
Consider coordinating donation trades with others, i.e. you donate to their preferred charities in order for them to donate to yours, so that you both get more matched donations for your preferred charities overall.
Longtermists who want to donation trade against animal charities send me a message on the forum. UPDATE: Here are the ones I've already donated to: https://email@example.com
Done! Thanks for posting this!
+1. This was fun, it was a great excuse to bring up some EOY giving by a month — and your instructions were ultra-clear. Thank you, William!
every.org just announced on the #FallGivingChallenge blog post that another $100k has been added to the matching fund, bringing the total up to $475k.
Change history for the "share incentive" after donating:
Original language from the post: (no longer applies)
Updated "share incentive" language from 10 hours into the match:
Every.org gave the reason for this change to me in an email: "At the current pace the funds would expire in about 4 days instead of lasting the entire month, so we are planning to change the share incentive to a flat $10. We might update it throughout the month."
The funds clearly aren't going to last a month. I think another 24-48 hours would be good going given the trajectory. I guess they haven't factored in EAs being attracted to it like moths to a (heart-filamented) lightbulb :)
Thank you so much for sharing! From the dashboard it looks like they've upped the matching fund to $350K (adding $100K from the original $250K).
"Nov 2 8:43pm PT update - Amazing! Givers have rallied in less than 48 hours to unlock nearly $250k in matching. We are thrilled to announce that a generous donor has added an additional $100k into the Incentive Fund to keep the momentum going! Check out our realtime dashboard to see how much of the funds are left." https://blog.every.org/fall-giving-challenge/
Thanks for sharing, William! I just donated $3000 to all the charities with Every.org profile's from this GWWC list: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/best-charities-to-donate-to-2021/
Edit: just refer to this list of orgs https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/f6kg8T2Lp6rDqxWwG/list-of-ea-related-organisations
+ see the Founder's Pledge funds that Michael shared https://www.every.org/founderspledge
Here's the subset of longtermist and infrastructure orgs I was able to find on the site:
- Founder's Pledge (also their funds that Michael links in another comment)
- Future of Life Institute
- The Center for Human-Compatible AI
- Legal Priorities Project
- Nuclear Threat Initiative
- Machine Intelligence Research Institute
- Rethink Ch... (read more)
Thanks! Just used this for a few donations. It looks like they've increased the pool to $620K and there is still ~15K left.
Uh, I think I just failed every.org:
It's Nov 22, and there's still plenty left, so I donated a bit to a few EA charities.
But I saw this Milo thing and well…
It’s this sanctuary for oddball cats, just look at it!
So you got Thaddeus Truespell, who was shy and blind and abandoned, until he got adopted into the sanctuary and blossomed with all his new friends.
There's even pictures of Thaddeus throughout his day.
There is plenty of matching room left:
There’s still thousands of matching dollars left!... (read more)
LEEP is now live on everyorg.com too! Thanks for alerting us to this @WilliamKiely
Thanks so much for posting this! For those who want to know, as of now, the 2:1 match is still ongoing, and there are still $213,811 left in matching funds (see live count here). I assume this will run out within the next 1-3 days.
Should we crowdsource a list of EA charities (and how to find them, if they're harder to find)? Do we have a list from last year?
New additions since the start of the match: ALLFED and CEEALAR
For someone interested in donating to animal charities, I checked through the past 2 years of Open Phil grants, current ACE recommended charities, and the last two EA Animal Welfare Fund payouts, and donated to most of the ones I could find and that still made sense (e.g. weren't small temporary programs, or restricted funding to only a very small part of what the group does), plus a few others. You can access them on my profile, but here are direct links that are shareable and don't have my profile name in them:
I maintain such a list.
Charity Entrepreneurship and some more of their incubated charities are now up with their own individual pages that each can get matched for:
Another fairly new EA charity people might have missed:
Fish Welfare Initiative is now live on every.com! Thanks @WilliamKiely for making us aware of this opportunity.
Thanks a lot for sharing! :) I donated to RP, CEA, OWID, Legal Priorities Project, CEEALAR, Founders Pledge, FLI, CHAI, ALLFED, OpenPhil & Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute.
Thanks! You allowed me to redeem myself after screwing up my alarm and not getting up in time for the Facebook match.
There's still 4~5K matching funds left, which at this rate will probably last 1~2h, so jump on it quickly if you see this.
every.org just announced yet another addition to the matching fund on the #FallGivingChallenge blog post: this extra $50k brings the total matching funds up to $525k, about $75k of which are still unused as of this evening.
Is Every.org EA-aligned? They're partnered with Founders Pledge and Giving Multiplier, two EA charities. They're also supported by the Gates Foundation.
Was one of the points to support crypto and stock donations more easily?
EDIT: Also I guess their goal is to be like a more accessible donor-advised fund.
To spare some others the hassle, while donating by bank is supposedly free of fees, the add-a-bank process asks for a "bank routing number", which as far as I can tell is a US-only concept, so if you're from outside the US you'll have to donate by another method instead.
Thanks for posting this. Have donated. For 3 donations, I got 3x100$ matched, plus 25$ from the referal link, plus 3x10$ for ostensibly "sharing" donations, plus 3$ from "liking" donations, or 358$ in matching funds for 300$ donated, which comes to 119% in matching minus maybe 2.3% in credit card fees.
Moving this from the main post to here:... (read more)
After you donate, check your notifications on the site for confirmation that your donation was matched. I just donated $100 to MIRI and received two notifications that my donation was matched because I clicked the link to share it:
Here is the link I was given to share my donation with friends or on social media after donating: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/miri/3
Is there a deadline for the Fall Giving Challenge, or will it continue until the matching funds run out?
So glad I discovered this - there's still quite a bit of money left! I just donated $100 to Rethink Priorities and got matched for a total of $210. (My profile)
Donations to BERI (Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative) were just enabled on Friday FYI: https://email@example.com/existence
I'm guessing that donating via DAF or stock would be too slow to get the match in time. Can someone with more experience confirm though?
Anyone know where the $250k is coming from? This is all I could find:
If anyone is wishing to donate while the remaining matching funds are still available, but are struggling to find more EA-aligned charities to donate to, my page may be of use: https://firstname.lastname@example.org
I've tried to find and donate to as many EA-aligned orgs I could, based on the very helpful links in this post. I can't guarantee they are all the most cost-effective but I think they are all recommended by at least one EA-related organisation (e.g. Open Phil, Founders Pledge) and should be worth donating to while matching still applies.
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I’m wondering how it was we in effective altruism more able to capture so much of this?
Is it that every.org is EA affiliated and somehow gave us an early scoop?
Or is it we are the main group of smallish donors that really care about the amount the charities receive and thus pay attention to these things
-… on the second point, you might think that Facebook giving Tuesday match is a counter example, as most of that ends up going to jonEA charities. However, FB giving Tuesday is heavily publicised.
In short, I think that's basically the reason. In particular, EAs got donations matched to at least 66 different nonprofits. Many EAs participating in this match donated to 10+ different nonprofits. I'm not aware of any other groups of people who are that excited to support that wide a range of different nonprofits. So the $100 per donor per nonprofit limit really helped EAs direct a disproportionate amount of the matching funds due to our disproportionate willingness to donate to several different charities.
Regarding your other 'early scoop' hypothesis: Every.org reached out to me about this #FallGivingChallenge in mid-October (because they liked my post promoting their #25DaysOfGiving initiative last year), but I don't think this is what led to the EA community directing such a large portion of the matching funds to effective charities. This can most apparently be seen from the facts that: (1) I waited until after the match began to publish this post and promote the match to others in EA ; (2) Every.org published their announcement post more than a week before the match, s... (read more)
Did anyone else use Google Pay? Didn't seem to incur fees for me.
I used the referral link and donated to https://www.every.org/sanctuary-hostel, i did get the $25 and i also referred another person, they donated to the same animal charity. I did not get $25 from their donation, is that still happening?
For some reason, there is $5 in my account from Every Org that expires on 12/24.
FYI I've emailed every.org to notify them of the issues people mentioned they had when attempting to donate with Bitcoin and PayPal and bank account. (I haven't heard about any issues when donating via card.) If anyone experienced any other issues, feel free to comment here.
Could you move this to the top of the post, so they get the most important info first?
Maybe move "If this sounds familiar..." to the bottom, si... (read more)
How many $/hour of work per person do you expect from this? Including the time to sign up, make donations, check the confirmations, everything. Maybe how many $/hour for the first donation, and then separately for each later donation?
I think a lot of people might get enjoyment from participating though, and might participate at times when they wouldn't be working such that it doesn't cut into the time they spend doing productive work this week, so thinking of it just in terms of dollars directly moved per hour spent might not make the most sense.
There are also harder to quantify benefits that might be more significant, like increasing the prevalence of EA-aligned nonprofits on Every.org. One obvious benefit of giving publicly in this way is that the President of the Board of Every.org Garret Camp has a net worth of $3.6 billion, and showing him which nonprofits we think use marginal dollars most effectively might help inspire him to learn more about those nonprofits or effective altruism in general, and perhaps donate a lot more to EA-aligned organizations some day.
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I tried making a donation of bitcoin and it looks like that was not matched. Have other people tried this?
I tried to submit a donation to CEA via PayPal and it didn't work right. I'm not sure how representative my experience is but it may be preferable for others to use credit card.
For my PayPal donation to CEA:
So I'm not sure what happened. I submitted 4 more donations to other nonprofits via credit car... (read more)
Thanks for the post. I realized that:
No longer considered a good idea:
Why don't EA orgs just us this as an arbitrage opportunity? Create a spread sheet and share it on the forum EA orgs can add themselves to the spreadsheet if they agree to donate 100 dollars to all other charities on the list at a time x. If 10 sign up they send $1,000 out and receive $2,000 back If 30 sign up they send out $3,000 and receive $6,000 back consuming $90,000 of the total match remaining. At 4:57 pm GMT there is ~194 K left for matching This would also be an interesting case study in game theory, does EA have what it takes?
I don't think people should do this because it seems like it is not in the spirit of the match.
Additionally, it would create a large risk of having the orgs removed from match eligibility (including retroactively removed). From the match terms and conditions:
That is a good point - upon reflection, risk of organizations being removed outweighs the potential benefit, thanks for looking into the terms and conditions.