What is the Effective Animal Advocacy Fund, and how does it work?
The Effective Animal Advocacy Fund is for anyone who wants to maximize the impact of their donation. Contributions will support a wider scope of charities outside of ACE’s normal recommendations, funding more groups doing diverse, important work to create positive change for the most animals. Donations will be distributed to promising charities,1 as well as Top Charities, Standout Charities, and/or ACE’s own research.2 100% of the Fund will support those working efficiently and effectively to help reduce animal suffering, and its disbursement will be determined by ACE’s research team.
The Fund will be disbursed twice per year (January and July) according to the distribution that our research indicates is most effective at that time. Because January’s disbursement falls soon after our annual release of new charity recommendations and July’s disbursement falls soon after our mid-year check on Top Charities’ room for more funding, we will be able to use up-to-the-minute information to guide our allocation decisions.
Due to a tremendous response from over 100 applicants, we will announce the recipients of our first round of EAA Fund grants in mid-February. We initially hoped to announce these decisions by the end of January, and we apologize for the delay.
In February, we expect to distribute grants from the Fund to some combination of Top Charities, Standout Charities, and other promising options. The funds will be distributed based on our analysis of how effectively different recipients would use the additional funding (jump to: How is the Effective Animal Advocacy Fund’s distribution determined?). Depending on the amount in the Fund, we may grant to relatively few charities, or even to just one charity. We think it’s plausible that in the first disbursement we will first consider providing smaller grants to charities or programs that have not yet been reviewed by ACE—but that we are eager to see develop—while any more substantial grants would be made to one or more recommended charities. However, if our analysis suggests otherwise, we will allocate funds accordingly.
Past Effective Animal Advocacy Fund Grants
The Effective Animal Advocacy Fund launched in August 2018, and its first grants will be made in February 2019.
Grants to ACE will not exceed 5% of the Fund. While we expect to make grants to ACE rarely if at all, we may on occasion make grants to ACE to conduct or support research projects that we expect to be as important and/or cost-effective as other potential non-ACE recipients.