Because a large majority of those we are positioned to help have not yet been born, we believe that scope-sensitive giving often means focusing on the long-term future, including an emphasis on reducing global catastrophic risks.
We’re interested in supporting organizations and projects that connect and support people who are interested in doing as much good as possible and helping ensure the long-term future goes as well as possible. We hope to provide them with guidance in doing so and generally grow and empower the community of people who use reason and evidence to cost-effectively help as many others as they can. It’s fairly common for people who are inspired by these ideas to describe themselves as effective altruists. We think of Open Philanthropy as an effective altruist organization, while acknowledging that this term is subject to multiple interpretations, not all of which apply to us.
The work we fund in this area is primarily focused on identifying and supporting people who are or could eventually become helpful partners, critics, and grantees.
Illustrative grants to organizations
- Should We Studio — Video Production
- Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative — SERI Summer Fellowship
- Centre for Effective Altruism — General Support (2021)
- 80,000 Hours — General Support (2019)
Funding opportunities and requests for proposals
We encourage interested individuals to submit short pre-proposals and applications for the following open and upcoming funding programs:
- The Century Fellowship
- The University Organizer Fellowship
- Open Philanthropy Course Development Grants
- Request for proposals focused on engaging young people or developing/distributing content
- Early-career funding for individuals interested in improving the long-term future
If you’re seeking funding for a project relevant to our team’s goals that doesn’t fit one of the above programs, you can fill out our general application for community-building projects.