2021/22 Fundraiser

CEEALAR advances education, learning and research through the provision of free/subsidised living accommodation, helping to alleviate bottlenecks to desk work in the effective altruist (EA) community.

Do you like this initiative, and want to see it continue for longer, on a more stable footing, and at a bigger scale? Do you want to cheaply buy time spent working full time on education and research relating to EA, whilst simultaneously facilitating a thriving EA community hub? Then we would like to ask for your support.

With current funding our runway extends to ~June 2022. We are seeking funds to extend our runway to 2023. Our costs are ~£4-8k/month depending on occupancy. Note that all funds raised so far have been put towards costs from 14th May 2019 onward. Founder Greg Colbourn covered the first year (ending 13th May 2019), and donated the building to CEEALAR.

This giving season (Nov 30 – Jan 31), we have two fundraising targets:

  1. £42,500 would top up our runway for basic operations to 12 months (we currently have ~7 months of runway).
  2. £90,000 would additionally allow us to add 12 rooms to our capacity through opening the building next door to grantees*.

Our total room for more funding is ~£250k, which would include 18 months runway, market-competitive salaries and productivity-enhancing refurbishments.

Greg Colbourn has pledged 50% of the first target (£21,250) unconditionally, and 50% of the second target conditional on the rest** being met by other donors by the end of January 2022. Matching funds from Facebook, every.org and elsewhere will count towards the targets.

*Greg has covered the cost of the building and basic renovation costs; the funds sought are for operating expenses, factoring in 6 months of ramping up and 6 months at the extra capacity.
**£45,000; or £66,250 including the £21,250 from Greg for the first target.

To donate, please use our PayPal Giving Fund page , Facebook fundraiser or GoFundMe.

If you’d like to give regular support, we are on Ko-Fi or you can use the Donate with PayPal button below.

Contact us to donate directly via bank transfer and save in currency conversion losses (The preceding options have 0% fees and ~2% currency conversion losses. Revolut and Transferwise are good options with 0-1% losses in fees and currency exchange. Convert to GBP before sending.). Or, you can..

[Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, USD Coin, Dai; see address below for Ethereum]

If you’ve been inspired by Vitalik Buterin, you can donate your ETH or ERC20 memecoins to 0x44dd86cd189b07c760f4e940232fb14c90f3e877. This is a 2/3 multisig Ethereum wallet controlled by our Trustees. Any unwanted ERC20 tokens greatly appreciated!

As a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1189768), donations to us are tax deductible as of 6th December 2019. Let us know if you’d like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation (UK tax payers are eligible; please provide us with your address).

Donors from the USA can make their donation tax deductible by donating to us here (6% fees). In this case, CEEALAR is a England and Wales nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to CEEALAR are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

More detail on the EA Forum:
EA Hotel Fundraiser 1: The story
EA Hotel Fundraiser 2: Current guests and their projects
EA Hotel Fundraiser 3: Estimating the relative Expected Value of the EA Hotel (Part 1)
EA Hotel Fundraiser 4: Concrete outputs after 10 months
EA Hotel Fundraiser 5: Out of runway!
EA Hotel Fundraiser 6: Concrete outputs after 17 months
EA Hotel Fundraiser 7: Pitch focusing on case studies with counterfactuals
EA Hotel Fundraiser 8: Life at the EA Hotel, and Testimonials
CEEALAR Fundraiser 9: Concrete outputs after 29 months
Updates from the Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research [November 2020; includes section “A resident describes life at CEEALAR this year”]

Written by others:
The Case for the EA Hotel (winner of 3rd place EA Forum Prize for Mar 2019)
My Q1 2019 EA Hotel donation
TAISU 2019 Field Report

Significant Donors

£83,400 _ Jaan Tallinn

£10,000 – £20,000 _ Victor Yunenko, 2 anonymous donors

£5,000 – £10,000 _ John Maxwell, Isobel Colbourn, Chris Smith, David Kristoffersson, 1 anonymous donor

£2,000 – £5,000 _ Denisa Pop, Vipul Naik, Richard Ngo, Max Räuker, 2 anonymous donors

£1,000 – £2,000 _Alex Nil, Chris Leong, Toon Alfrink, Will Kirkpatrick, 4 anonymous donors


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