Table of Contents
1. The basics
2. Previous feature stories on Open Philanthropy
- Co-CEO Holden Karnofsky on the New York Times’s Ezra Klein Podcast (the New York Times’s The Ezra Klein Show, 10/5/2021)
- Co-CEO Holden Karnofsky on the 80,000 Hours Podcast (Part II) (80,000 Hours, 8/26/2021)
- Co-CEO Holden Karnofsky on the 80,000 Hours Podcast (Part I) (80,000 Hours, 8/19/2021)
- Alexander Berger on improving global health and wellbeing in clear and direct ways (80,000 Hours, 7/12/2021)
- Giving in the Light of Reason (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 5/17/18)
- Wringing the Most Good Out of a Facebook Fortune (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 12/1/15) (non-paywalled pdf)
- You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do? (Vox, 4/24/15)
- Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy (Washington Post, 12/26/14)
See more media coverage about our work and that of our grantees here.
3. Frequently asked questions
3.1 What is Open Philanthropy?
Open Philanthropy is a philanthropic funder. Our mission is to do as much good as possible with the resources available to us. Meet our staff here.
3.2 What is the relationship between Open Philanthropy, Good Ventures, and GiveWell?
GiveWell was founded in 2007 by Elie Hassenfeld and Holden Karnofsky, who had been trying to donate as effectively as possible. They aimed to help people facing a similar situation to their own: interested in giving to charity, short on time for researching their options, and looking for highly evidence-backed charities to support.
Good Ventures was founded in 2011 by Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz. They were looking to give their fortune away in their lifetimes, and as effectively as possible, in order to help humanity thrive. Cari took the role of President, and spent her first year speaking with a broad range of people in search of advice.
The two organizations found that they shared a great deal in terms of their vision and values, and came to collaborate closely. The partnership adopted the Open Philanthropy Project name (which has since been shortened to Open Philanthropy) in 2014, and began operating independently in 2017. Read more about our governance here.
3.3 Where does the money for Open Philanthropy come from?
Our main funders are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook and Asana, though we have partnered with other donors on a case-by-case basis. Over the long run, we aspire to work with many donors, and to inform more giving than our current primary funders can do on their own, in order to maximize our impact and do as much good as possible.
3.4 Is Open Philanthropy related to Facebook?
Open Philanthropy is not related to Facebook. Dustin Moskovitz co-founded Facebook in 2004 and left the company in 2008. He and Cari Tuna created Good Ventures in 2011. Good Ventures began working closely with GiveWell on Open Philanthropy later that year. In 2017, Open Philanthropy began operating independently.