Donation guide

Choose an annual donation amount:

$1–5,000 annual donation

AI Safety is currently funding-limited and every bit counts.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

Donate to a fund, such as the Long-Term Future Fund. Grantmakers evaluate projects on behalf of donors and choose the projects they think are most effective to fund.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to specific projects that you think effectively tackle the issues of AI safety. We recommend exploring Manifund, which allows you to "invest" in projects you think will be impactful, or nominate regrantors to decide on your behalf. GiveWiki and the Nonlinear Network are similar platforms where you can choose projects to fund.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

What

Get involved in the community, and fund projects or individuals who you think are doing the best work.

How

Join the S-process for funding run by some of the major funders in the field, including the Survival and Flourishing Fund and Lightspeed Grants.

$5,000–40,000 annual donation

You are a mid-sized donor. You can fund at least one project, and support potentially several people full time to work on the problem.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

Donate to a fund, such as the Long-Term Future Fund. Grantmakers evaluate projects on behalf of donors and choose the projects they think are most effective to fund.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to specific projects that you think effectively tackle the issues of AI safety. We recommend exploring Manifund, which allows you "invest" in projects you think will be impactful, or nominate regrantors to decide on your behalf. GiveWiki and the Nonlinear Network are similar platforms where you can choose projects to fund.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

Consider self-funding, i.e. "funding yourself" to work on the problem of AI Safety. There is important work to be done by people with a large range of skillsets. Many consider AI safety to be a preparadigmatic field, which means that more individuals with informed views about the problem are important.

Alternatively, getting involved in the community will allow you to fund projects or individuals who you think are doing the best work.

$40,000–500,000 annual donation

You can provide significant support to several organizations or be the main donor for one or two, or could also support several full-time researchers. This would make you a significant donor.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

Donate to a fund, such as the Long-Term Future Fund. Grantmakers evaluate projects on behalf of donors and choose the projects they think are most effective to fund.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to specific projects that you think effectively tackle the issues of AI safety. We recommend exploring Manifund, which allows you "invest" in projects you think will be impactful, or nominate regrantors to decide on your behalf. GiveWiki and the Nonlinear Network are similar platforms where you can choose projects to fund.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

Fund valuable projects yourself. Good ways to do this include getting involved in the community to see what people are working on or first self-funding, i.e. "funding yourself" to work on the problem of AI Safety – and then paying others to work with you, or on projects you don't have time to work on.

This will help reduce the workload of grantmakers, who may be staffing limited. Many consider AI safety to be a preparadigmatic field, which means that more individuals with informed views about the problem are important.

$500,000–2.5 million annual donation

With this much, you could support several mid-sized organizations and/or many independent researchers. This makes you a major funder in the field.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

Donate to one of the larger grantmakers in the field. These grantmakers regularly have many projects that they believe are worth funding that they are not able to cover. This includes Lightspeed Grants, the Long-Term Future Fund, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, and Open Philanthropy.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to one of the larger grantmakers in the field. These grantmakers regularly have many projects that they believe are worth funding that they are not able to cover. This includes Lightspeed Grants, the Long-Term Future Fund, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, and Open Philanthropy.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

The S-process, run by the Survival and Flourishing Fund as well as Lightspeed Grants, will allow you to appoint recommenders to review grant applications for you, which emulates the giving processes of starting your own organization.

$2.5 million–10 million annual donation

With this much, you can support several mid-large organizations or a large portion of the independent research in the field. This would make you one of the top few funders in the field.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

Donate to one of the larger grantmakers in the field. These grantmakers regularly have many projects that they believe are worth funding that they are not able to cover. This includes Lightspeed Grants, the Long-Term Future Fund, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, and Open Philanthropy.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to one of the larger grantmakers in the field. These grantmakers regularly have many projects that they believe are worth funding that they are not able to cover. This includes Lightspeed Grants, the Long-Term Future Fund, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, and Open Philanthropy.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

The S-process, run by the Survival and Flourishing Fund as well as Lightspeed Grants, will allow you to appoint recommenders to review grant applications for you, which emulates the giving processes of starting your own organization.

$10 million–100 million+

Donating this much would make you the largest funder in the space. If humanity succeeds, you will almost certainly have played a part.

If you have

5 minutes–5 hours

As one of the largest funders in the space, it would make sense to start your own funding organization. The S-process, run by the Survival and Flourishing Fund as well as Lightspeed Grants, will allow you to appoint recommenders to review grant applications for you, which emulates the giving processes of starting your own organization.

If you have

5–50 hours

Donate to one of the larger grantmakers in the field. These grantmakers regularly have many projects that they believe are worth funding that they are not able to cover. This includes Lightspeed Grants, the Long-Term Future Fund, the Survival and Flourishing Fund, and Open Philanthropy.

If you have

An ongoing commitment

As one of the largest funders in the space, it would make sense to start your own funding organization. The S-process, run by the Survival and Flourishing Fund as well as Lightspeed Grants, will allow you to appoint recommenders to review grant applications for you, which emulates the giving processes of starting your own organization.

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