Donation history

My donation history begins in 2015 because that is the year during which I first started working/earning money that could be considered “my own”.

2015

I earned around $2,000 doing mostly content creation work under Vipul Naik. I did not donate in 2015 because I am still building a financial buffer.

2016

I earned around $9,700 (not counting deferred payments) working under Vipul Naik. I did not donate in 2016 because I am still building a financial buffer.

2017

I earned around $34,000. This amount includes the $9,360 deferred payment from last year. My main source of income was contract work for Vipul Naik. I also did some contract work for Peter Hurford (recorded on Vipul Naik’s contract work site) and sold leftover bitcoin that I had (worth around $250).

In addition, Vipul Naik offered me $500 to donate to a charity of my choice (kind of a bonus for working for him all year).

I decided not to donate in 2017 (both with my own money and Vipul’s offer, which I deferred to a later time) due to a combination of (1) uncertainty about my understanding of the world; and (2) continuing to build a financial buffer (which is a smaller priority now that I’ve crossed the $30k threshold).

2018

I earned around $18,000. Like last year, my main source of income was contract work for Vipul Naik. I also wrote a timeline of the Future of Humanity Institute, which was funded by Alex Flint.

In addition, like last year, Vipul Naik offered me an additional $500 to donate to a charity of my choice.

I decided to take up Vipul’s offer this year, using both last year’s and this year’s amount (so a total of $1,000). I chose the following allocation:

Some other things I considered but didn’t end up choosing:

I decided to not donate any of my own money as I am now reducing my contract work hours in order to do something about AI safety (so I might actually need to use some of my savings for something).

Besides the donations listed above, Vipul also gave another donation on the same day (that he chose himself); you can read about that donation in the post he wrote about his 2018 donations.