Thanks for the mention :-)
Not sure how helpful this is, but grad schools typically move more money (certainly per pledger/per student/per class etc. and often in naive terms). We have no idea yet of the long term changes in attitudes/actions and how those relate to school-type.
Also FWIW someone just started raising OFTW pledges at HLS and is absolutely crushing it - about $20k/annum of pledges in about a fortnight!
Interesting project mate. One use case - I am always interested to know what the total 'value' of the community's donation is. Indeed, I ended up doing a back-of-an-envelope version of this for a presentation in December, using publicly available donations data. The issue is that everyone reports data over different time periods/in different formats, and there's also a very real risk of double-counting quite a few donations, and so it's tricky to do. I'd be interested to keep track of a) total donations influenced by EA; and b) trends in giving over time.
Thanks Jan - looking forward to hearing from you!
Will send you an email :-) you might also be interested in my post here, although it's only tangentially-related
It might be useful context to some of the comments below to highlight this page on our resource for our volunteers, which encapsulates for me how we talk about EA within OFTW (and how we signpost people to find out more): https://chapters.1fortheworld.org/info/effective-altruism-thinking/ (props to Vaidehi for helping us revise this and make it better this summer)
Hey Vaidehi - I hope you're well :-)
Just on the factual questions:
To pick up two of your risks above:
Hi Alex - these are very good points and largely correct, I think - thanks for contributing them. I've added some thoughts and mitigations below:
Hi Brian - Jack here (ED at OFTW). Thanks for your thoughtful questions and it looks like Sabrina ha answered them really well :-)
Some quick additions:
Hi guys - Jack here (Executive Director at OFTW). Sabrina makes some great points here. I would add as well that we need to be mindful of how much the average American is giving to effective charities. You're right, @Larks, that persuading people to give 1% to effective charities would be odd, if the average person would give 3% to them - but, of course, the average American gives ~0% to effective charities! We have introduced some checkout questions to give us an indication of this 'counterfactual' argument ('how much do you already give (if anything) to GiveWell's charities?') and also have some students at Yale researching typical giving trends for graduates to give us a proxy control group.
Hi Naryan - this sounds like great work, well done. One for the World may be able to help you with your 2020 plans (www.1fortheworld.org). We're a network of people giving 1% of their income to the GiveWell charities and have a couple of chapters in Canada. My email is jack [at] 1fortheworld [dot] org - please do get in touch!