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Center for Applied Rationality — General Support (2018)

CFAR alumnus Kenzi Amodei addresses participants at a CFAR workshop. (Photo courtesy of CFAR)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
1/2018
Grant Amount 
$1,000,000
Purpose 
For general support.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Nick Beckstead

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a renewal grant of $1,000,000 over two years to the Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) for general support.

CFAR is an adult education nonprofit that seeks to find and develop cognitive tools and to deliver these tools to promising individuals, groups, organizations, and networks focused on solving large and pressing problems. Our primary interest in these workshops is that we believe they introduce people to and/or strengthen their connections with the effective altruism (EA) community and way of thinking, which we hope results in people with outstanding potential pursuing more impactful career trajectories. CFAR is particularly interested in growing the talent pipeline for work on potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence (AI). More on our interest in supporting work along these lines is here.

Since our 2016 funding recommendation, CFAR has largely met its milestones for organizational improvement. CFAR’s performance on this grant will be judged primarily in terms of whether it provides adequate evidence of its programs resulting in improved career trajectories of the sort described above.