The REG Fund helps you give more effectively with minimal time investment. It works similarly to a mutual fund, but the fund managers aim to maximize the impact of your donations instead of your investment returns.
How it works
You entrust your donation to our team of fund managers, who then make grants to the best organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the future of human civilization. Essentially, this allows you to draw on the expertise of our researchers, respond more quickly to funding opportunities when they open up, and gain access to opportunities that aren’t even available to individual donors.
We expect most grants to benefit organizations or individuals working on improving the future of human civilization for all. The fund managers’ primary goal is to identify grants that decrease the likelihood of worst-case outcomes that cause vast amounts of suffering as a result of advanced technologies. Recipients may be charitable organizations, academic institutions, or individuals.1 Grants will likely be made every six to twelve months.
Why it makes sense to donate to the fund
Giving through a fund can increase the impact of your donation in several ways:
- Unique opportunities. Some funding opportunities, such as academic grants, are simply not open to most individual donors, unless they pool their contributions in a fund or donor lottery.
- Economies of scale. Finding the best funding opportunities is difficult and time-consuming since there are a lot of different considerations and relevant research. A fund allows many donors with limited time to delegate the relevant work to the fund managers. They in turn can invest significant amounts of time in order to identify the best recipients for many people at once, making the process far more efficient.
- Expert judgment. The fund managers have built up knowledge in the relevant domains and consult with technical experts where appropriate. They have thought about the long-term effects of different philanthropic interventions for years. Using expert judgment might be particularly important in this domain since unlike for other cause areas, no charity evaluator such as GiveWell exists yet for selecting organizations dedicated to improving the long-term future.2
When it does not make sense to donate to the fund
Meanwhile, the main reason not to give to the REG Fund is disagreement with the views of the fund managers. For instance, you might believe that positively shaping the quality of the future of our civilization is not the most important cause to focus on, or that one needs to go about it differently. If that’s the case for you, then the REG fund won’t be your best bet.