Longview Philanthropy: Emerging Challenges Fund
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Emerging Challenges Fund

The Emerging Challenges Fund — managed by Longview Philanthropy — directs funding to highly effective organisations working to safeguard the long-term future of humanity.

The Emerging Challenges Fund (previously called the “Longtermism Fund”) is managed by Longview Philanthropy and directs funding to highly effective organisations working to safeguard the long-term future of humanity.

We were involved in the creation of the fund and initially managed its communications by writing the grant reports and public updates. In November 2023, we stepped down from this role, and now Longview is fully responsible for the fund. We did this so that we could come to a more impartial decision on whether to recommend the fund, based on independently evaluating Longview’s grantmaking.

What kind of work does the Emerging Challenges Fund support?

The fund supports work that reduces existential and catastrophic risks, such as those coming from misaligned artificial intelligence, pandemics, and nuclear war.

The Emerging Challenges Fund aims to be a strong donation option for a wide range of donors interested in reducing global catastrophic risk. The fund focuses on organisations that:

  • Have a compelling and transparent case in favour of their cost effectiveness that most donors will understand; and/or
  • May benefit from being funded by a large number of donors (rather than one specific organisation or donor).

Grants so far

The Emerging Challenges Fund has awarded grants to several organisations and projects aligned with its key priorities, including:

Grant reports:

See the full list of grant recipients.

Why donate to the Emerging Challenges Fund?

As part of our work evaluating evaluators, we investigated Longview’s grantmaking. After doing so, we decided to recommend the fund because:

  • Longview has solid grantmaking processes in place to find highly cost-effective funding opportunities.
  • In the grants we evaluated, we generally saw these processes working as intended, which makes us optimistic about the cost-effectiveness of the grants.
  • The scope and structure of the Emerging Challenges Fund is — by design — consistent with what we are looking for with our Risks and Resilience Fund: a fund that makes grants that are relevant and understandable to a wide variety of donors looking to reduce global catastrophic risks.

We don’t know of any clearly better alternative donation option in reducing GCRs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Longview, we recommend reading our evaluation report. For a more casual introduction, see this video with one of the fund managers: Longview’s co-CEO, Simran Dhaliwal.

Fund managers

The fund’s grantmaking will be informed by all of Longview’s work, and therefore everyone in their team plays a role. The fund managers are:

  • Kit Harris — Longtermist Grants Officer at Longview Philanthropy
  • Simran Dhaliwal— Co-CEO of Longview Philanthropy
  • Tyler John— Global Priorities Research Programme Officer at Longview Philanthropy
  • Carl Robichaud— Nuclear Weapons Policy Programme Officer at Longview Philanthropy


How are grants decided?

Longview Philanthropy aims to fund the most cost-effective organisations that fit within the fund’s mandate. Longview’s evaluation of cost effectiveness is informed by its past and ongoing work trying to find the most impactful longtermist organisations, as well as the work of other funders.

Often, this will involve making grants to organisations where Longview’s team are especially involved (for example, having provided early funding, conducted thorough evaluations, or helped found the organisation). In other cases, Longview’s judgement of cost-effectiveness will be based on its judgement of evaluations done by other funders.

The size of the grants will be determined based on the resources given to the Emerging Challenges Fund and the overall funding needs of the organisations being considered.

What’s the difference between the Emerging Challenges Fund and the Long-Term Future Fund?

We think the Long-Term Future Fund (LTFF) is also a compelling option for donors, though it makes different kinds of grants. We document these differences in more detail in our investigations of the LTFF and the Emerging Challenges Fund. The biggest differences is in the kinds of grants each fund makes: the LTFF is likely to support researchers early in their careers, or highly targeted outreach efforts to encourage more people to work to improve the long-term future. We ultimately don’t have a view on which fund is more cost-effective.

Will the Emerging Challenges Fund's grants cause other donors to give less to the same organisations?

In many cases, major funders will react to Emerging Challenges Fund grants by making smaller donations to the recipient organisations. These funders will then have resources freed up for supporting other longtermist projects, which we see as a good thing. However, if your values differ from these other funders, then you may disagree.

We suggest looking through Open Philanthropy’s grants to reduce global catastrophic risk to inform whether your values are in fact aligned with other funders in a similar space. You can also see some of the organisations Longview Philanthropy has supported in the past, but it is worth noting that many of their grant recommendations are not public.

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