Good Ventures

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Good Ventures
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Founded 2011
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Type private foundation
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Website goodventures.org[1]

Good Ventures is an impact-focused private foundation and philanthropic organization in San Francisco. It was co-founded by Cari Tuna, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and her husband Dustin Moskovitz, one of the co-founders of Facebook.[2][3] Unlike many other foundations, that aim to maintain an endowment indefinitely or at least for a very long period of time, Good Ventures aims to spend out most or all of its money before Moskovitz and Tuna die.[4][5]

History[edit]

Tuna, a reporter at the San Francisco bureau of the Wall Street Journal, and Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder, met on a blind date in 2009 at the recommendation of a friend. In 2010, Moskovitz signed the Giving Pledge, and he and Tuna began investigating how best to give away the money.[4]

Tuna first learned about charity evaluator GiveWell and the movement for effective giving after reading The Life You Can Save, a book by ethicist and philosopher Peter Singer, and the couple was introduced to the ideas of effective altruism. Tuna and Moskovitz formed Good Ventures. Moskovitz was busy running Asana, so Tuna quit her job in 2011 to work full-time on Good Ventures. She also joined the board of GiveWell in April 2011.[2][6]

In March 2013, Good Ventures launched its own website.[7]

In August 2014, GiveWell Labs, an internal project of GiveWell, morphed into the Open Philanthropy Project, a joint venture of GiveWell and Good Ventures, and got a separate website.[8]

Operations[edit]

Spending policy[edit]

Good Ventures plans to spend out the majority of its money before the death of Moskovitz and Tuna, rather than be a foundation in perpetuity. Most of the money for the foundation comes from the stock Moskovitz obtained as a Facebook co-founder. They are working closely with charity evaluator GiveWell to determine how to spend their money wisely. At GiveWell's recommendation, Good Ventures is not currently spending a significant share of the couple's wealth, but they plan to up their spending to 5% of the foundation's wealth every year once GiveWell has built sufficient capacity to help allocate that level of money.[9][10]

Researching causes and charities[edit]

Staff from GiveWell (left), GiveDirectly (middle), and Good Ventures (right), on a field trip to one of the villages that have recipients of GiveDirectly's cash transfer program in Kenya.

Good Ventures researches causes and charities in a variety of ways, including reading the relevant research and conversations with charity representatives and development experts. In June 2012, Good Ventures announced a partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell whereby the two organizations would share information and insights with each other in order to minimize duplication of effort.[11]

Good Ventures does not solicit grants or applications and discourages charities from contacting it.[1] Rather, they prefer to follow leads by themselves.

In the interests of transparency and to avoid duplication of effort, Good Ventures makes public, where possible, the notes from all their conversations.[12] Conversations have included conversations with grantees such as the Center for Global Development[13] and with other foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.[14]

Commissioned reports[edit]

In July 2013, the organization made public a version of a report on the War on Drugs prepared by Matt Stoller and Aaron Swartz. The report considered three sides in the war on drugs: the Drug Warriors, the Legalizers, and the Technocrats.[15]

Grants[edit]

The organization has a publicly available grants database on its website.[16] It also announces some major grants on its blog.

Grants to GiveWell-recommended charities[edit]

Grant amounts are in current United States dollars (not adjusted for inflation). The list does not include a $100,000 grant made in October 2014 to Living Goods on GiveWell's recommendation, prior to its formal recognition as a standout charity.[17]

Organization December 23, 2011 (top charities)[6] August 6, 2012 (standouts)[18] December 28, 2012 (top charities)[19] December 3, 2013 (end-of-year)[20][21][22][23] December 1, 2014 (end-of-year)[24] August 3, 2015 (one-off)[25][26][27][28] November 20, 2015 (end-of-year)[29][30] Total
Against Malaria Foundation 500,000 -- 1,250,000 -- 5,000,000 -- 22,800,000 29,550,000
GiveDirectly -- 100,000 500,000 7,000,000 5,000,000 25,000,000 9,800,000 47,400,000
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative 250,000 -- 250,000 750,000 3,000,000 -- 1,000,000 5,250,000
Deworm the World Initiative -- -- -- 1,500,000 250,000 -- 10,800,000 12,550,000
Nyaya Health -- 50,000 -- -- -- -- -- 50,000
KIPP (Houston branch) -- 50,000 -- -- -- -- -- 50,000
Small Enterprise Foundation -- 50,000 -- -- -- -- -- 50,000
Innovations for Poverty Action -- 50,000 -- -- -- -- -- 50,000
Pratham -- 50,000 -- -- -- -- -- 50,000
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition's Universal Salt Iodization Program -- -- -- -- 250,000 -- 250,000 500,000
Development Media International -- -- -- -- 250,000 -- 250,000 500,000
Iodine Global Network (formerly International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders) -- -- -- -- 250,000 -- 250,000 500,000
Living Goods -- -- -- -- 250,000 -- 250,000 500,000
Total 750,000 350,000 2,000,000 9,250,000 14,250,000 25,000,000 45,400,000 97,000,000

Other grants[edit]

Below are some key domains where Good Ventures has funded organizations, along with some information on the grants. It is current as of November 2016. Many, but not all, of these grants were made as part of the Open Philanthropy Project. All grants made as part of the Open Philanthropy Project can be found on the Open Philanthropy Project grants page. Some grant domains listed below that include grants not part of the Open Philanthropy Project are the grants on education, marriage equality, and meta-philanthropy.

Domain Approximate total money granted in current US dollars Grantees Percentage of total amount
Artificial intelligence $7,506,075 UC Berkeley ($5,555,550), Future of Life Institute ($1,186,000), Machine Intelligence Research Institute ($500,000), George Mason University ($264,525) 9%
Biosecurity $820,000 International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation ($520,000), Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense ($300,000) 1%
Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness $2,744,000 UPMC Center for Health Security ($2,744,000) 3%
Criminal Justice Reform $10,354,390 Pew Charitable Trusts ($3,000,000), Alliance for Safety and Justice ($1,750,000), JustLeadershipUSA ($900,000), Harvard University ($783,000), Faith in Texas ($637,000), Brooklyn Community Bail Fund ($404,800), Accountable Justice Project ($350,000), Vera Institute of Justice ($308,000), Mijente ($255,000), Washington Office on Latin America ($245,000), Pepperdine University ($200,000), American Conservative Union ($200,000), The Ordinary People Society ($175,000), Center for Court Innovation ($160,000), Ayni Institute ($155,000), RAND Corporation ($103,000), Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice ($100,000), Promise of Justice Initiative ($81,000), New York University ($80,000), Legal Services for Prisoners with Children ($70,000), Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition ($61,600), Human Impact Partners ($60,990), Prison Policy Initiative ($50,000), Institute of the Black World ($50,000), Correctional Association of New York ($50,000), Florida Rights Restoration Coalition ($48,000), Voice of the Ex-Offender ($40,000), ReFrame Mentorship ($37,000) 13%
Drug Policy Reform $1,562,500 Drug Policy Alliance ($750,000), Georgetown University ($250,000), Brookings Institution ($212,500), Heffter Research Institute ($200,000), Pepperdine University ($150,000) 2%
Education $5,100,000 Startup:Education ($5,000,000), Pratham ($50,000), KIPP Houston ($50,000) 6%
Effective Altruism $2,381,950 Center for Applied Rationality ($1,339,000), Founders Pledge ($1,032,950), Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley ($10,000) 3%
Farm Animal Welfare $8,938,752 The Humane League ($2,000,000), Mercy For Animals ($2,000,000), The Good Food Institute ($1,000,000), Humane Society International ($1,000,000), WildAid ($700,000), Compassion in World Farming USA ($550,000), The Humane Society of the United States ($500,000), Global Animal Partnership ($500,000), Animal Equality ($500,000), Brighter Green ($99,360), People for Animals ($89,392) 11%
Forecasting $500,000 University of Pennsylvania ($500,000) 0.6%
Global Catastrophic Risks $593,425 University of Cape Town ($493,425), Future of Life Institute ($100,000) 0.7%
Global health and development (excluding GiveWell top charities and standout charities) $14,219,382 Results for Development ($6,400,000), Center for Global Development ($3,300,000), IDinsight ($2,019,382), Population Services International ($1,000,000), New Incentives ($500,000), International Development Association ($500,000), Innovations for Poverty Action ($400,000), Small Enterprise Foundation ($50,000), Nyaya Health ($50,000) 18%
History of Philanthropy $77,000 Center for Global Development ($50,000), Rockefeller Archive Center ($25,000), ARNOVA ($2,000) 0.1%
Housing Affordability $2,159,865 Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation ($500,000), San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association ($500,000), Sightline Institute ($400,000), California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund ($300,000), Smart Growth America ($275,000), Urban Institute ($97,865), Seattle for Everyone ($50,000), Better Boulder ($37,000) 3%
Immigration Policy $4,750,220 U.S. Association for International Migration ($1,490,500), Center for Global Development ($1,184,720), International Refugee Assistance Project ($700,000), Protect the People ($550,000), ImmigrationWorks Foundation ($435,000), Niskanen Center ($360,000), New York University ($30,000) 6%
Macroeconomic Policy $4,060,000 Center for Popular Democracy ($1,850,000), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ($760,000), Economic Policy Institute ($500,000), Center for American Progress ($500,000), Peterson Institute for International Economics ($250,000), Roosevelt Institute ($200,000) 5%
Marriage Equality $500,000 Freedom to Marry ($400,000), Silicon Valley Community Foundation ($100,000) 0.6%
Meta-Philanthropy $4,316,690 GiveWell ($4,216,690), Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society ($100,000) 5%
Meta-Research $400,000 Cochrane Collaboration ($300,000), United States Cochrane Center ($100,000) 0.5%
Open Philanthropy Project $56,250 GiveWell ($56,250) 0.07%
Organ Transplantation $250,000 Waitlist Zero ($250,000) 0.3%
Policy/policy & civil society $700,000 Alliance for Open Society International ($500,000), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace ($100,000), Brookings Institution ($100,000) 0.9%
Potential GiveWell Top Charities $1,012,351 Evidence Action ($812,351), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab ($200,000) 1%
Scientific Research $6,285,952 MIT Synthetic Neurobiology Group ($2,970,000), Life Sciences Research Foundation ($1,488,000), Foundation for the National Institutes of Health ($1,228,840), Future of Research ($300,000), Rescuing Biomedical Research ($299,112) 8%
Solar Radiation Management $576,234 Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative ($500,000), Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment ($76,234) 0.7%
Total amount granted $79,865,036 100%

Partnerships[edit]

In July 2014, GiveWell Labs, a joint project of Good Ventures and GiveWell (that would later be renamed the Open Philanthropy Project), announced a partnership with the Pew Charitable Trust on the Pew Public Safety Performance Project.[31][32]

For-profit investment subsidiary[edit]

Good Ventures LLC is a for-profit investment company that invests in for-profits that show potential to improve human well-being at scale, and donates earnings to the Good Ventures Foundation.[33] Its investments include Vicarious, a company working in artificial intelligence.[34][35]

Media and blog coverage[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Good Ventures was covered early in its history in the Chronicle of Philanthropy in January 2012.[2] The Chronicle article contrasted the cautious approach of Tuna and Moskovitz to philanthropy with that of Facebook's principal founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who donated $100 million to the New Jersey public school system.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covered Good Ventures again in December 2013.[3]

Good Ventures is also mentioned on Moskovitz's Forbes profile.[36]

In December 2014, the Washington Post published a lengthy article profiling Good Ventures, its history, and its work to date.[4]

Reporting for Vox in April 2015 about a GiveWell conference, Dylan Matthews discussed the work of GiveWell, Good Ventures, and the Open Philanthropy Project in the context of the broader movement called effective altruism.[5]

Blog coverage[edit]

Good Ventures was also covered in the blog of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).[37] At the time of the blog post, IPA had not received any funding from Good Ventures, though it later received funds from Good Ventures.[18]

Similar resources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Good Ventures home page". 
  2. ^ a b c Preston, Caroline (January 10, 2012). "Another Facebook Co-Founder Gets Philanthropic". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Gose, Ben (November 3, 2013). "A Facebook Co-Founder and His Wife Use Effective Altruism to Shape Giving". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Ariana Eunjung Cha (December 26, 2014). "Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy". Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Matthews, Dylan (April 24, 2015). "You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do?". Vox. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Tuna, Cari (2011-12-23). "Guest post from Cari Tuna". GiveWell (blog). 
  7. ^ Olanoff, Drew (March 12, 2013). "Dustin Moskovitz And Cari Tuna Launch Site For Their Philanthropic Foundation, Good Ventures". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (August 20, 2014). "Open Philanthropy Project (formerly GiveWell Labs)". GiveWell. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (November 25, 2015). "Good Ventures and Giving Now vs. Later". GiveWell. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (November 17, 2015). "Should the Open Philanthropy Project be recommending more/larger grants?". Good Ventures. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (2012-06-28). "GiveWell and Good Ventures". GiveWell. 
  12. ^ "Good Ventures conversations list page". 
  13. ^ "A conversation with Kimberly Elliott on November 13, 2013". November 13, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "A conversation with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Group on September 23, 2013". September 23, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ Tuna, Cari (2013-07-03). "Observations on the War on Drugs". Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  16. ^ "Grants Database". Good Ventures. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  17. ^ Stone-Crispin, Natalie (October 22, 2014). "Our ongoing review of Living Goods". GiveWell. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Grants to "standout" charities". Good Ventures. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  19. ^ Tuna, Cari (2012-12-28). "Year-End Grants to GiveWell's Top Charities". Good Ventures. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  20. ^ Tuna, Cari (December 3, 2013). "Our Giving Season Plans". Good Ventures. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ Moskovitz, Dustin. "Breakthrough Philanthropy: Just Give Them the Money. Good Ventures will match every dollar up to $5M to GiveDirectly through Jan 31, 2014". Medium. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (December 3, 2013). "Good Ventures Matching Gift to GiveDirectly and Grants to Top Charities". GiveWell. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ Joy (February 1, 2014). "Good Ventures matching challenge: $5 million raised and matched!". GiveDirectly. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  24. ^ Hassenfeld, Elie (December 1, 2014). "Our updated top charities". GiveWell. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ Tuna, Cari (August 3, 2015). "Announcing a $25 Million Grant to GiveDirectly". Good Ventures. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  26. ^ Dolan, Kerry (August 3, 2015). "Facebook Billionaire's Good Ventures Donates $25 Million To GiveDirectly, Which Gives Cash To The Very Poor". Forbes. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  27. ^ Pitney, Nico (August 3, 2015). "Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached". Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  28. ^ Rosenberg, Josh (August 3, 2015). "Good Ventures' $25 million grant to GiveDirectly". GiveWell. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  29. ^ Tuna, Cari (December 1, 2015). "Our Grants to GiveWell's 2015 Recommended Charities". Good Ventures. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Our updated top charities for giving season 2015". November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Pew Public Safety Performance Project". GiveWell. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  32. ^ Karnofsky, Holden (July 24, 2014). "Partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts". Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Other Investments". Good Ventures. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Vicarious Announces $15M Series A Funding Led by Good Ventures". Good Ventures. August 21, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  35. ^ Ha, Anthony (August 21, 2012). "Vicarious Raises $15M Led By Dustin Moskovitz's Good Ventures To Build Software That 'Learns Like A Human'". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Dustin Moskovitz". Forbes. 
  37. ^ "Another Facebook Co-Founder Gets Philanthropic". Innovations for Poverty Action. 2012-01-10. 

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