Last December, ACE began talking with Lewis Bollard from the Open Philanthropy Project about the possibility of becoming a grant recipient. We are now excited to announce that Open Phil has awarded ACE a two-year grant totaling $500,000. The disbursement of this grant will be spread over a two-year period.
This grant will enable ACE to make a long list of improvements. These improvements include the addition of several new positions, the establishment of an experimental research division, and the ability to increase the attention placed on promoting effective altruism for animals. It will also allow ACE to increase staff salaries to increase sustainability, and to provide need-based stipends for interns. Because these improvements are operational in nature, they will enable our organization to grow sustainably and successfully. For complete details about the grant, please see Open Phil’s writeup.
We feel that this grant is a reaffirmation of the value and impact of ACE’s work, and we are incredibly honored to have been selected. We hope this award inspires confidence in those who have invested in ACE and our recommended charities over the past few years—it has only been through the commitment of our donors that we have become a strong organization worthy of Open Phil’s support.
To those who may wonder if ACE will still be able to efficiently use additional donations, at this stage the answer is an emphatic yes. We have established a long list of ambitious goals for 2017, and we continue to need donations in order to accomplish all of them. Additionally, you can be comforted by knowing that your donation will be used efficiently and effectively even if we do end up funding all of our initiatives this year. Once we meet our $1 million revenue goal, all additional donations ACE receives will be regranted through our Recommended Charities Fund at the end of the year. You can read more about our plans for fundraising in 2017 on our recent blog post.
We will make every effort to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by this grant. We look forward to providing our followers with updates as we accelerate our work to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals.