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143 Post author: BrandonReinhart 02 May 2011 07:08AM

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Comment author: wallowinmaya 30 June 2011 04:55:16PM 4 points [-]

This is an excellent post! Does anyone know of a similar examination of the Future of Humanity Institute which is led by Nick Bostrom? I just can't evaluate if FHI or SIAI has greater potential to reduce existential risks. And, maybe even more importantly, does the FHI need donations as badly as the SIAI? Any suggestions?

Comment author: gwern 06 September 2011 03:03:50PM 2 points [-]

Why don't you look at the filings yourself? It's really not hard, and wouldn't take more than an evening to get a lot of insight - you don't have to do it as thoroughly as Brandon did here. I recently spent an enjoyable* evening reading through and summarizing Edge.org's filings.

* I like hunting down puzzles and there were a few in the Edge.org filings for minor things like who was donating to them

Comment author: wallowinmaya 06 September 2011 07:00:06PM *  1 point [-]

Why don't you look at the filings yourself?

I don't know where I can find them. I've already used guidestar but apparently guidestar only specializes in US non-profits. FHI is a UK non-profit.

Maybe I don't have enough google-fu...

Comment author: gwern 06 September 2011 07:52:09PM 7 points [-]

Wikipedia doesn't mention any required disclosures, but mentions the Charity Comission which links to Intelligent Giving which merged with New Philantropy Capital.

FHI doesn't show up in the CC, NPC, or Guidestar, so I went a little broader afield and tried a site search on the FHI website: budget site:fhi.ox.ac.uk. This immediately turned up FHI's own documentation of its activities and budgets, a 2007 'annual report'; I used part of its title as a new Google search: future of humanity institute achievements report. These seem to be what you want:

  1. 2005-2007
  2. 2008-2010

(That wasn't so hard, was it?)

Comment author: wallowinmaya 07 September 2011 10:55:27AM 0 points [-]

Now I'm feeling kinda stupid but, anyway, thanks a lot! These papers are great!