Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

The Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI) is a US-based public charity that collaborates with university research groups working to reduce existential risk, by providing them with free services and support.


BERI was founded in 2017 by Andrew Critch[1][2] and has been run by Sawyer Bernath since 2020.[3]


A full list of the organizations BERI helps is available here. Detailed information about BERI's activities can be found on BERI's transparency page.


As of July 2022, BERI has received >$7 million in funding (both for general support and collaborations with other organizations) from Jaan Tallinn, >$3.3 million from Open Philanthropy,[4] >1.6 million from the Survival and Flourishing Fund,[5][6][7][8][9] $100,000 from the Future Fund,[10] and ~$5 million from other funders. Details can be found on BERI's transparency page.


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