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.

Fund Managers

Lukas Gloor Portrait

Lukas Gloor

Lukas Gloor is the Executive Director of the Foundational Research Institute3, which seeks to identify and prioritize effective and cooperative strategies for reducing involuntary suffering. Due to the enormous ethical importance of the long-term future, his research focuses on the risks for dystopian futures, especially those arising from new technologies such as transformative artificial intelligence. Lukas conceptualized risks of astronomical future suffering and helped coin the term s-risks. He also helped found REG in 2014 and is a recreational poker player.

Brian Tomasik Portrait

Brian Tomasik

Brian Tomasik helped to start the Foundational Research Institute3 and his ideas have been very influential in the effective altruism movement. Currently, he writes about ethics, animal welfare, and far-future scenarios from a suffering-focused perspective on "Essays On Reducing Suffering". Previously, he was a software engineer at FlyHomes and Microsoft. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009, where he studied computer science, mathematics, statistics, and economics.

Jonas Vollmer Portrait

Jonas Vollmer

Jonas Vollmer is the Executive Director of the Effective Altruism Foundation4. He studied medicine and economics with a focus on health and development economics, through which he acquired expertise central to charity evaluation. He wrote a policy paper on evidence-based development cooperation, which was read by managers of several development agencies and led to conversations with the largest Swiss aid organization. Previously, Jonas served on the boards of several charities and played a key part in establishing the effective altruism movement in continental Europe. He also helped found REG in 2014.

Grantmaking

Grantmaking Process

Grant decisions are made by simple majority of the fund managers.

Past Grants

2018

Below we list the grants made by REG with donations we received for free allocation over the past four years. While we believe that these are somewhat predictive of future grants, those future grants will likely differ in some significant ways as a result of our past decision-making process having been different from the one currently used for the REG Fund. The two main differences are that we now allow for grants to individual researchers as well as organizations, and that we now consider impact on the long-term future as the most important criterion for selecting recipients.

2017

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2015

2014

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1 Due to conflicts of interest, grants may not be made to the Effective Altruism Foundation or its affiliate projects.

2 The Open Philanthropy Project makes grants in this area, but they only publish very few rigorous analyses or comparative reviews.

3 The Foundational Research Institute is a project of the Effective Altruism Foundation, of which REG is also a project.

4 REG is a project of the Effective Altruism Foundation.


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