Co-funding Partnership with Ben Delo

We are excited to announce a new co-funding partnership with Ben Delo, co-founder of the cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX and a recent Giving Pledge signatory. In his Giving Pledge letter, Ben said his ambition is to do the most good possible with his wealth, in particular by funding work to safeguard future generations and protect the long-term prospects of humanity. He explained the reasons for his focus:

I believe that all lives are valuable, including those of future generations. I expect that a vast and extraordinary future lies ahead if we can navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies in the upcoming century. And I am confident that we in the present generation can act prudently to safeguard that extraordinary future for our descendants. Indeed, we may be at a critical moment to do so.

Human wellbeing has increased dramatically over recent centuries. Violence and extreme poverty have declined. Prosperity, literacy, and longevity have all increased. If these trends continue or accelerate, our descendants could outnumber us millions to one, enjoy an unprecedented quality of life, and achieve remarkable things.

Ben will be providing funds (initially in the $5 million per year range as he gets started with his giving) for Open Philanthropy to allocate to our long-termist grantmaking, which assesses giving opportunities by how well they advance favorable long-term outcomes for civilization. This work includes reducing potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence, furthering biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and other initiatives to combat global catastrophic risks, as well as much of the work we fund on effective altruism. Example grants in this category include the UC Berkeley Center for Human-Compatible AI, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute.

This partnership is possible because we feel closely aligned with Ben on some core values, including our shared belief that people have equal intrinsic value regardless of the circumstances of their birth, and because we have significant common ground on philanthropic goals, as we do with our primary funders, Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz.

This partnership grew out of Ben’s work with the non-profit Effective Giving UK, which was his first point of contact in the effective altruism community. Effective Giving helped Ben to think about maximizing the impact of his philanthropy and to identify the long-term future as his top philanthropic priority. Effective Giving also works to source and evaluate high-impact giving opportunities for Ben and others, and initiated and helped to establish this partnership.

At the same time Ben signed the Giving Pledge earlier this year, he also joined the Giving What We Can community, whose members pledge to support effective organizations.

Close partnerships of this type (beyond Cari and Dustin) have so far been rare for Open Philanthropy, and pursuing them is not currently a major organizational priority. However, we aspire to eventually work with many donors in order to maximize our impact. We want to be flexible in terms of relationship structures, and can imagine a variety of different forms. Depending on structure and donor preferences, we may or may not announce some relationships, though we will continue to publish in our public database grants that are the result of the Open Philanthropy process.

We’re excited to be partnering with Ben, and look forward to collaborating with him over the coming years.

Comments

Well done Ben ! Great to see such good work! As you know I have been passionate about children and underprivileged adults for years and still working hard in the charities I founded with friends to support these

Erica
(still at Provek of course!)

Great post you have done. Thank you so much for publishing this awesome content.

Please forward directly to Mr. Ben Delo -
Significant Message and respectful GUARANTEE to Mr. Ben Delo:

Dear Mr. Delo,

I imagine it’s nearly impossible to impress you as you’ve most probably “seen it all”
but I respectfully GUARANTEE if you take a close look at my lifetime body of art work you will see for yourself it has never been done before in history. I can only hope that my true originality will matter to you in a big way and motivate your willingness to
support Sunflower Initiative Sponsorship. Initiative has a genuine philanthropic
purpose for everyone.

Yours truly,
Michael Colavito

SUNFLOWER INITIATIVE - PHOTOGRAPHY ARTIST’S CHALLENGE FOR ONE MILLION USD SPONSORSHIP

Challenge is for one million USD sponsorship (or smaller contribution) from someone who has it within their means but initiative also has a genuine philanthropic purpose
for everyone.

I am just an ordinary person trying to stay true to what I believe in my life long pursuit of creating art through photographic purity. My art can not change who you are but as a human you need to step up in staying true to yourself and what you believe in your own way as I do in mine. We all share the same common ground in staying true to some aspect of our lives. I can’t pave a path to enlightenment but like a sunflower we all face the sun which is the soft and true part of our heart. The “Sunflower Initiative” is a challenge for everyone. Your legacy is what you leave behind and mine spans nearly a half century where I am energized and calmed at the same time through creating art.
It is my way in every living part of me. I endorse digital technology because it brings us convenience but I stay true in my own way through my art style without computers or digital enhancements. I challenge and call out for everyone to stay true to what they
believe because it defines who you are.

Sponsorship challenge is based on the authenticity of my art style and lifetime body
of work as the first of its kind in history. Please see Colavito Art on my website in
Fine Art Images and in Television Broadcasts, “Making a Name in Art History with
Michael Colavito” and please see documentary, “Michael Colavito: Cubist Illusionism”.
contact:
347 920 7200, [email protected]
www.michaelcolavito.com

Making a Name in Art History with Michael Colavito:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CZY10bq58g

Michael Colavito: Cubist Illusionism (film documentary):
https://vimeo.com/78211130

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