Friday, July 24, 2020

Think Tanks Supported by Millions of Dollars From Open Philanthropy

The grantmaking foundation Open Philanthropy has only been around for several years but it has already given millions of dollars to more than a dozen think tanks for a variety of projects.  Facebook co-founder Dustin Muskowitz and wife Cari Tuna are the main funders of the entity, which is based in San Francisco, California.

Here is a look at the think tanks that have received money from Open Philanthropies as well as some of the projects that the foundation has funded:
  • Center for Global Development (CGD): Research on the net health impacts of COVID-19 on various countries (here)
  • RAND Corporation: Research on the state of AI assurance methods (here); legalizing marijuana in Vermont (here)
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP): To support the Full Employment Project (here)
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Chinese and Indian perspectives on biotech security risks (here)
  • Urban Institute: History of Philanthropy Project (here)
  • Niskanen Center: Research on immigration policy (here)
  • Center for American Progress (CAP): Macroeconomic stabilization (here)
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE): Macroeconomic research projects (here)
  • Roosevelt Institute: Macroeconomic policy research (here)
  • Economic Policy Institute (EPI): Macroeconomic policy research (here)
  • Center for a New American Security (CNAS): Outreach on technological risk (here)
  • Wilson Center: AI policy seminar series (here)
  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Macroeconomic policy research (here)

Muskowitz's net worth is estimated to be $14.9 billion, so it looks like he will have plenty of funds to continue funding think tanks for many years to come.