The Risks and Resilience Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to reduce global catastrophic risks. Currently, the research team plans to allocate half of the fund's budget to the Long-Term Future Fund (EA Funds) and half to the Emerging Challenges Fund (Longview Philanthropy).
The Risks and Resilience Fund directs funding to highly effective organisations working to reduce global catastrophic risks. When you donate to this fund, the Giving What We Can research team will pool your money with other donors’ contributions and allocate quarterly, working with the evaluators and grantmakers they think are best suited to maximise impact. Currently, the research team plans to allocate half of the fund's budget to the Long-Term Future Fund (EA Funds) and half to the Emerging Challenges Fund (Longview Philanthropy).
You might want to donate to this fund if:
The Risks and Resilience Fund is one of three funds managed by Giving What We Can. Each of these funds directs donations based on our research team’s latest research on charity evaluators and their recommendations, with the aim to help donors with a variety of worldviews maximise their impact. All of these Giving What We Can managed funds work the same way: Giving What We Can collects your donation, pools it with the donations of other donors, and then disburses the funds to highly effective projects working within the fund’s cause area.
The Risks and Resilience Fund supports projects that aim to positively influence people living today as well as the long-term future of humanity by addressing some of the largest and likeliest threats to both the way that we live, and in some cases, our very existence. Because the impact of interventions in this area is harder to measure than in other areas, this fund takes a more hits-based approach to giving.
Some examples of the kinds of projects the fund might support include organisations working to ensure that AI technology is aligned with human interests, pandemic prevention and response initiatives, and policy research into interventions that could mitigate the risk of nuclear war/escalation.
Grants from the Risks and Resilience Fund may take a variety of forms, based on the funding opportunities our research team believes to be exceptionally impactful given their latest research. These opportunities will be determined in consultation with evaluators and grantmakers identified — through the research team’s evaluator investigations —to be particularly well-suited to helping donors maximise their impact. More specifically, this may include allocations to:
This is a new fund as of November 2023; it will make its first quarterly round of grants in early 2024.
For this first round, we expect to allocate 50% of donations to this fund to Longview’s Emerging Challenges Fund and 50% to EA Funds’ Long-Term Future Fund, based on our recent evaluations of their work. You can see the Emerging Challenges Fund's previous grant recipients here and the Long-Term Future Fund’s previous grant recipients here and here. Our research team may identify new funding opportunities (outside of those recommended by the Emerging Challenges Fund and the Long-Term Future Fund) in future grantmaking rounds.
Previously, we recommended several different top-rated funds for each of the cause areas we believe to be particularly impactful. However, donors often weren’t sure how to choose between these top-rated funds working in the same area. The goal of this fund (and the other two funds managed by Giving What We Can) is to provide a single high-impact default fund option for each cause area. We think these funds are a great choice for most donors, as our research team makes allocation decisions in consultation with the evaluators and grantmakers they believe to be best suited for maximising impact in each particular cause area.
Our funds are currently only advised by the grantmakers and evaluators our research team has already looked into as part of their 2023 evaluations of evaluators and deemed to be the best candidates for informing our grantmaking. This means there may be other impact-focused evaluators our research team has not yet looked into but that you believe to be better matched to your personal values and worldview.
If you prefer to look into impact-focused charity evaluators on your own and follow the recommendations of the one(s) you believe best suit you, or do your own research into individual funds and charities, we recommend you read our research team’s evaluator reports, as they provide information that most donors could not access on their own.
Currently, we plan to allocate half of this fund to EA Funds’ Long-Term Future Fund and half to Emerging Challenges Fund. You can read more about both of these funds in our reports to better understand how they differ from each other.
One other notable difference is that the Giving What We Can research team may consult with other expert evaluators (who can recommend grants in areas that might not be covered by either fund’s work) in the future, based on the outcomes of their ongoing research. Thus, donating to this fund allows you to set up a single recurring donation and know that your money will be allocated based on the most up-to-date evaluator research from the Giving What We Can research team.
We currently only recommend the Long-Term Future Fund (EA Funds) and the Emerging Challenges Fund (Longview Philanthropy) as top-rated fund options working to reduce global catastrophic risks. (See above for how donating to either of those options differs from this fund.) However, we may add additional top-rated funds in the future. In other words, the fact that another fund focusing on global catastrophic risk reduction doesn’t appear on our list of recommendations does not necessarily mean it’s not an impactful giving opportunity, but may mean that our research team hasn’t yet looked into it as part of their recent evaluations. As such, we can’t (yet) be sure how these opportunities differ from donating to the Risks and Resilience Fund managed by our research team, except to say that we are confident the allocations our Risks and Resilience Fund makes will always reflect our research team’s latest research into which evaluators and grantmakers they think are best suited to help donors maximise their impact. As the research team looks into additional evaluators, we will revisit both our list of recommendations and who we consult with to allocate the donations collected via our funds.
We typically recommend donating to funds over charities as a general rule of thumb; this option capitalises on the free expertise of fund managers and advisors, whose job it is to direct the money received as effectively as possible given the most up-to-date information available to them. Since the field of global catastrophic risk reduction is developing so rapidly and the impact of interventions is harder to measure than in other areas, the added expertise and context of specialised grantmakers is even more valuable in this case. As such, we don’t currently include any charities or organisations on our list of recommendations for supporting the reduction of global catastrophic risks, but rather recommend that donors give via one of our three recommended funds (including this one).
Still, if a donor has time or expertise available and/or wants to donate to a specific organisation, they can choose from a selection of promising programs on our donation platform.
Funds / Organisations you select will show up here