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Donation Report

Julia and I want to make the world better, and we think one of the best ways to do that is to donate money to effective charities. Since we're advocating this, I think being transparent about our own donations is fair.

YearFederal IncomeDonationsPecentage Donated
2007 $336 
2006 $336 
2005 $336 
2004 $168 
2003 $168 

Donation details:

2015-12-28$79,152Against Malaria Foundation
2015-12-28$34,152Center For Effective Altruism
2015-08-30$5,000Against Malaria Foundation
2015-05-28$50,000Center For Effective Altruism
2015-05-28$6,000Center For Effective Altruism
Employer donation match
2014-12-31$6,443To GiveWell, for distribution to their top charities
2014-12-20$57,763To GiveWell, for distribution to their top charities
2014-08-28$20Give Directly
Donation in exchange for work
2014-07-28$30,000Center For Effective Altruism
2014-02-01$4,250To GiveWell, for distribution to their top charities
2014-01-08$30,000Center For Effective Altruism
2014-01-08$5,800Center For Effective Altruism
Employer donation match
2013-12-28$13,000To GiveWell, for distribution to their top charities
2013-12-28$10,000Center For Effective Altruism
2013-12-09$1,550To GiveWell, for distribution to their top charities
2013-08-11$15,000Center For Effective Altruism
2013-08-08$1,000Against Malaria Foundation
2013-08-08$26,000Center For Effective Altruism
2013-07-01$10,000Against Malaria Foundation
2013-06-26$10,000Against Malaria Foundation
2013-04-26$6,000Against Malaria Foundation
2013-04-26$5,800Against Malaria Foundation
Employer donation match
2013-02-08$400Against Malaria Foundation
2013-02-04$6,000Against Malaria Foundation
2013-02-04$5,800Against Malaria Foundation
Employer donation match
2013-01-21$200Against Malaria Foundation
Donation in exchange for work
2012-11-17$4,200Giving What We Can
2012-11-07$21,05380,000 Hours
2012-09-18$19,000Against Malaria Foundation
2012-09-18$12,000Against Malaria Foundation
Employer donation match
2012-09-10$1000Against Malaria Foundation
Donation in exchange for work
2012-07-07$150Against Malaria Foundation
2012-06-04$2000Against Malaria Foundation
Donation in exchange for work
2012-05-28$31Schistomiasis Control Initiative
2012-01-29$5000Against Malaria Foundation
2012-01-29$500Schistomiasis Control Initiative
2010-10-17$10,000Oxfam America, for monitoring and evaluation
2010-07-23$75Oxfam America
2010-07-08$1,391Oxfam America
2010-06-03$25Oxfam America
2010-05-19$505Oxfam America
2010-05-10$14,000Oxfam America
2010-02-23$10Oxfam America
2010-02-03$10,000Oxfam America
2009-11-10$13,000Oxfam America
2009-11-04$719Oxfam America
2009-09-11$10Oxfam America
2009-04-15$50Oxfam America
2009-04-15$7,000Oxfam America
2009-03-19$30Oxfam America
2009-02-19$7,000Oxfam America
2008-12-26$3,400Oxfam America
2008-12-26$500Oxfam America
2008-12-15$360Oxfam America
2008-10-11$5,000Oxfam America
2008-07-26$1,500Oxfam America
2007$336Save the Children
2006$336Save the Children
2005$336Save the Children
2004$168Save the Children
2003$168Save the Children

Donations labeled "employer donation match" and "donation in exchange for work" are not included in the totals or counted towards our 50% goal.


[1] In 2014 we donated more than half of our income, and the IRS only lets you deduct half. This means our Schedule A lists our donations as $127,598 (half our adjusted gross income) while the $128,556 figure here is the total of our qualifying 2014 donations.

[2] Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2012 our situation was unusual:

[3] In 2008 and earlier we took the standard deduction instead of reporting donations. The figures here are our total qualifying donations.

[4] My shares were 0.06% of a company I estimated an expected value for of $100M. (It had previously spun off two other companies at valuations of over $100M.)

[5] It's actually worse than that: when I left CogoLabs in April 2012 I paid $2,820k to exercise my options, and in June 2015 they did a reverse stock split at a much reduced valuation that forced me to sell the shares for a total of $734. So you could say -$2,086 instead.

Last modified by Jeff Kaufman: Fri Feb 5, 2016