Avi Norowitz

677Joined Aug 2015

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I missed this as well: "I also ask that if you claimed one of these free cards last year, you either let others participate this year or pass this offer along to someone else who hasn't received one yet."

I've received the gift card but have not redeemed it. If anyone misses out on receiving a gift card this time around and hasn't received one last year either, send me a message and I'll give you mine.

I actually had to resubmit the donation:

Just following up here. It seems there was an error and the donation failed to process. If you would like to retry the donation to Centre for Effective Altruism USA, the match should automatically be applied.

While resubmitting the donation with a credit card, it did indicate that I would get $100 matched. I'm not sure if this will be the case for other donors with PayPal issues, or if it's necessary for each donor to contact every.org for help.

I actually had to resubmit the donation:

Just following up here. It seems there was an error and the donation failed to process. If you would like to retry the donation to Centre for Effective Altruism USA, the match should automatically be applied.

While resubmitting the donation with a credit card, it did indicate that I would get $100 matched. I'm not sure if this will be the case for other donors with PayPal issues, or if it's necessary for each donor to contact every.org for help.

I think the following should probably be considered EA-aligned nonprofits (at least marginally) as well, which would imply somewhat higher impact:

  • Our World in Data: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/tag/our-world-in-data
  • Crate Free Illinois: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/farm-animal-welfare/crate-free-illinois-campaigning-against-gestation-crates
  • Living Goods: https://www.givewell.org/charities/living-goods-November-2014-version
  • International Refugee Assistance Project: IRAP: https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/immigration-policy/international-refugee-assistance-project-general-support-2020
  • Population Services International: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/best-charities/population-services-international/
  • Seva Foundation: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/best-charities/seva/
  • Pratham USA: https://www.givewell.org/international/charities/pratham

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%):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/134p73NxhVvB8ggP4uu0kNwttbvb0KNk7PSh6ZLwzKZY/edit#gid=1518752980

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 posted this on another thread, but for visibility, I reported my PayPal issue to Every.org and received this reply:

Hi Avi,

Thank you so much for your generosity and participating in the #FallGivingChallenge! 

Due to the sudden high volume, PayPal seems to be holding our transactions and your donations are currently stuck in "pending" for us. We are investigating the issue and will let you know when we have an update.

The match will be applied after the PayPal donation is cleared and you will receive a receipt then. We will make sure you receive both the $100 and $10 match for sharing for your first donation to Centre for Effective Altruism USA.

Thank you for the detailed feedback: we are making a change to issue receipts for PayPal donations immediately to reduce confusion.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you once again for using Every.org!
 

— Tina, co-founder & COO at Every.org

I reported the issue to Every.org and received this reply:

Hi Avi,

Thank you so much for your generosity and participating in the #FallGivingChallenge! 

Due to the sudden high volume, PayPal seems to be holding our transactions and your donations are currently stuck in "pending" for us. We are investigating the issue and will let you know when we have an update.

The match will be applied after the PayPal donation is cleared and you will receive a receipt then. We will make sure you receive both the $100 and $10 match for sharing for your first donation to Centre for Effective Altruism USA.

Thank you for the detailed feedback: we are making a change to issue receipts for PayPal donations immediately to reduce confusion.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you once again for using Every.org!
 

— Tina, co-founder & COO at Every.org

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:

  • I can't remember whether I got a confirmation dialog.
  • I did not receive an email receipt from  every.org.
  • I don't see the transaction in my PayPal activity.

But:

  • My profile says I've supported CEA.
  • When I try to donate again to CEA, I don't see the +$100 match.

So I'm not sure what happened. I submitted 4 more donations to other nonprofits via credit card and all those went through fine.

I may follow-up with every.org if/when I have time to report the issue.

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