Survival and Flourishing
.Fund (SFF)

SFF versus SAF: SFF facilitates grants to existing charities; for smaller grants and service contracts for long-termist projects that don't yet have an institutional home, visit SAF.

SFF-2021-H2 announcement

SFF is announcing its 2021-H2 grant round, find out more here: SFF-2021-H2 grant announcement

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SFF-2021-H1 recommendations

SFF has finalized its grant recommendations for 2021-H1:
SFF-2021-H1 S-process Recommendations Announcement

The total funding distributed was $9.756MM, at the high end of our expected $9-10MM estimate.

SFF-2021-H1 announcement (round closed)

SFF’s 2021-H1 grant round announcement can be found here: SFF-2021-H1 announcement

SFF-2020-H2 recommentations

SFF has finalized its grant recommendations for 2020-H2:
SFF-2020-H2 S-process Recommendations Announcement

The total funding distributed was $3.625MM, above the high end of our expected $2.5-$3MM estimate.

SFF-2020-H2 announcement (round closed)

SFF’s 2020-H2 grant round announcement can be found here: SFF-2020-H2 announcement

SFF-2020-H1 recommendations

SFF’s had finalized its grant decisions for 2020-H1:
SFF-2020-H1 S-process Recommendations Announcement

The total funding distributed was $1.82MM, above the high end of our expected $0.8MM-1.5MM estimate.

SFF-2020-H1 announcement (round closed)

SFF’s 2020-H1 grant round announcement can be found here: SFF-2020-H1 announcement

SFF-2019-Q4 recommendations

SFF has finalized most of its grant decisions for 2019-Q4:
SFF-2019-Q4 S-process Recommendations Announcement

The total funding distributed was $2.01MM, at the high end of our expected $1MM-$2MM estimate.

About Us

Survivalandflourishing.fund is a “virtual fund”: we organize application submission and evaluation processes to help donors decide where to make donations. Our goal is to bring financial support to organizations working to improve humanity’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. We use this website to host announcements about our plans to investigate grant-making opportunities.

SFF was initially funded in 2019 by a grant of approximately $2 million from the Organizational Grants Program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI), which in turn was funded by donations from philanthropist Jaan Tallinn. We previously maintained a DAF at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation under the same name (SFF), but that DAF is not currently in active use for our grant-making process.

SFF works closely with Survival and Flourishing (SAF), a Sponsored Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs with a similar mission and overlapping leadership. While there is no formal relationship between SAF and SFF, we have complementary functions:

Survival and Flourishing Fund Advisors

Andrew Critch
Andrew Critch
Fund Advisor
Andrew Critch is currently a full-time research scientist in the EECS department at UC Berkeley, at Stuart Russell's Center for Human Compatible AI. He earned his PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley studying applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning models. During that time, he cofounded the Center for Applied Rationality and SPARC. Andrew has been offered university faculty positions in mathematics and mathematical biosciences, worked as an algorithmic stock trader at Jane Street Capital's New York City office, and as a research fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. His current research interests include logical uncertainty, open source game theory, and avoiding arms race dynamics between nations and companies in AI development.
Eric Rogstad
Fund Advisor
Eric works at EMX.com, where he was a founding engineer, building a new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. Previously, he worked as a software engineer at Microsoft and Amazon.com, and was co-founder of Arbital.com, a platform for finding, reading, and creating crowdsourced, intuitive explanations, developed partly in response to the observation that arguments about civilization-scale priorities like existential risk are complex and in need of better organizational tools for conveying them. Eric holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University.

Past Grant Recommendations

Below is a list of grants we have recommended using the S-process. Recommendations after the final date might not be listed yet.

Round Source Organization Amount Receiving Charity Purpose
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF 80,000 Hours $280,000 Centre for Effective Altruism, USA General Support
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF Center For Applied Rationality $110,000 SFF DAF General Support
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF Centre for the Study of Existential Risk $40,000 Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge General Support
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF Future of Life Institute $130,000 Future of Life Institute General Support
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF Global Catastrophic Risks Institute $60,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General Support
SFF-2019-Q3 SFF DAF LessWrong 2.0 $260,000 Center for Applied Rationality General Support
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF 80,000 Hours $40,000 Centre for Effective Altruism, USA General Support of 80,000 Hours
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF AI Impacts $70,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General Support of AI Impacts
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF AAAI/ACM conference on AI, Ethics and Society (AIES 2020) $20,000 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence General Support of AIES
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) $10,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) General Support of ALLFED
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Center For Applied Rationality $150,000 Center For Applied Rationality General Support
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Charter Cities Institute $60,000 Center for Innovative Governance Research General Support of the Charter Cities Institute
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge $50,000 Cambridge in America General Support of Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Earth Law Center $30,000 Earth Law Center General Support
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $30,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General Support of GCRI
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Longevity Research Institute $160,000 Longevity Research Institute General Support
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Median Group $50,000 Median Group General Support
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Modeling Cooperation $50,000 Convergence Analysis General Support of Modeling Cooperation
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF OAK (Optimizing Awakening and Kindness) $100,000 Center for Mindful Learning General Support of OAK (Optimizing Awakening and Kindness)
SFF-2019-Q4 SFF DAF Ought Inc. $100,000 Ought Inc. General Support
SFF-2020-H1 SFF DAF LessWrong $290,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support of LessWrong
SFF-2020-H1 SFF DAF Machine Intelligence Research Institute $20,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 SFF DAF Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute $120,000 Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 SFF DAF 80,000 Hours $120,000 Centre for Effective Altruism USA General support of 80,000 Hours
SFF-2020-H1 SFF DAF Future of Life Institute $100,000 Future of Life Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn LessWrong $110,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support of LessWrong
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Machine Intelligence Research Institute $280,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute $60,000 Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn 80,000 Hours $30,000 Centre for Effective Altruism USA General support of 80,000 Hours
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn The Future Society $130,000 The Future Society, Inc. General support of The Future Society
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Future of Life Institute $30,000 Future of Life Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $90,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General support of Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Leverage Research $80,000 Leverage Research General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn AI Impacts $40,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support of AI Impacts
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Milan Griffes to pursue an MHS in Mental Health $30,000 Johns Hopkins University General support of Milan Griffes to pursue an MHS in Mental Health
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn BERI/CSER Collaboration $20,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI/CSER Collaboration
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Metamorphic Group LLC $10,000 Children, Families, and Communities General support of Metamorphic Group LLC
SFF-2020-H1 Jaan Tallinn Convergence Analysis $10,000 Convergence Analysis General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb LessWrong $30,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support of LessWrong
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Machine Intelligence Research Institute $40,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute $20,000 Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb 80,000 Hours $30,000 Centre for Effective Altruism USA General support of 80,000 Hours
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb The Future Society $30,000 The Future Society, Inc. General support of The Future Society
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Future of Life Institute $10,000 Future of Life Institute General support
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $50,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General support of Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb AI Impacts $20,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support of AI Impacts
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Metamorphic Group LLC $10,000 Children, Families, and Communities General support of Metamorphic Group LLC
SFF-2020-H1 Jed McCaleb Future of Humanity Foundation $10,000 Future of Humanity Foundation General support
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF Future of Life Institute $23,000 Future of Life Institute General support
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF Center for Applied Rationality $212,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support
SFF-2020-H2 SAF Future of Humanity Institute, Research Scholars Programme $218,000 University of Oxford General support of the Research Scholars Programme at Future of Humanity Institute
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF Center for Innovative Governance Research $58,000 Center for Innovative Governance Research General support
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF The Center for Election Science $44,000 The Center for Election Science General support
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF The Future Society, Inc. $37,000 The Future Society, Inc. General support
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF Generation Pledge $37,000 Centre for Effective Altruism General support of Generation Pledge at the Centre for Effective Altruism
SFF-2020-H2 SFF DAF Center for Applied Utilitarianism $21,000 N/A General support of Center for Applied Utilitarianism
SFF-2020-H2 Jed McCaleb Topos Institute $144,000 Topos Institute Conditional support
SFF-2020-H2 Jed McCaleb Center for Applied Rationality $23,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jed McCaleb Stanford Existential Risks Initiative $56,000 Stanford University General support of Stanford Existential Risks Initiative
SFF-2020-H2 Jed McCaleb RadicalxChange Foundation Ltd. $13,000 RadicalxChange Foundation Ltd. General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jed McCaleb The Roots of Progress $14,000 Mercatus Center Inc General support of The Roots of Progress
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Center for Human-Compatible AI $779,000 UC Berkeley Foundation General support of Center for Human-Compatible AI
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Machine Intelligence Research Institute $543,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Future of Life Institute $347,000 Future of Life Institute General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Topos Institute $151,000 Topos Institute Conditional support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Center for Applied Rationality $19,000 Center for Applied Rationality General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Future of Humanity Institute: Research Scholars Programme $30,000 University of Oxford General support of the Research Scholars Programme at Future of Humanity Institute
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative $247,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $209,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General support of Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Stanford Existential Risks Initiative $69,000 Stanford University General support of Stanford Existential Risks Initiative
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Median Group $98,000 Median Foundation General support of Median Group
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Modeling Cooperation $74,000 Convergence Analysis General support of Modeling Cooperation
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Rethink Priorities $57,000 Rethink Priorities General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn RadicalxChange Foundation Ltd. $26,000 RadicalxChange Foundation Ltd. General support
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn The Roots of Progress $21,000 Mercatus Center Inc General support of The Roots of Progress
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn AAAI/ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society $20,000 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence General support of AAAI/ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence
SFF-2020-H2 Jaan Tallinn Effective Thesis $15,000 N/A General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Center For Applied Rationality $1,207,000 Center For Applied Rationality General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn LessWrong $1,055,000 Center For Applied Rationality General support of LessWrong
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Alpenglow Group Limited $1,013,000 The Centre for Effective Altruism General support of Alpenglow Group Limited
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn David Krueger’s Research Group at Cambridge $1,000,000 Cambridge in America General support of David Krueger’s Research Group
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Dr. Andrew Critch at CHAI, UC Berkeley $898,000 UC Berkeley Foundation General support of Dr. Andrew Critch at CHAI, UC Berkeley
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Long-Term Future Fund $675,000 Centre for Effective Altruism General support of Long-Term Future Fund
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn BERI-FHI Collaboration $478,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI-FHI Collaboration
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Expii, Inc. $347,000 Idea Foundry General support of Expii, Inc.
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn BERI-SERI Collaboration $333,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI-SERI Collaboration
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Generation Pledge $291,000 Generation Pledge, Inc. General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Legal Priorities Project $265,000 Legal Priorities, Inc. General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute $253,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn AI Impacts $221,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support of AI Impacts
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn AI Safety Support $200,000 Rethink Charity General support of AI Safety Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters $175,000 Players Philanthropy Fund General support of Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations $171,000 Founders for Good General support of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn New Science Research, Inc. $147,000 New Science Research, Inc. General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge $145,000 Cambridge in America General support of Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Center for Innovative Governance Research (dba Charter Cities Institute) $137,000 Center for Innovative Governance Research (dba Charter Cities Institute) General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Moonlight Institute $127,000 Moonlight Institute General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Convergence: Project AI Clarity $103,000 Convergence Analysis General support of Convergence: Project AI Clarity
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Viento $102,000 Social Good Fund General support of Viento
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research $61,000 Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $48,000 Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs General support of Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn BERI-CSER Collaboration $37,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI-CSER Collaboration
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Convergence $13,000 Convergence Analysis General Support of Convergence
SFF-2021-H1 Jaan Tallinn Laboratory for Social Minds at Carnegie Mellon University $11,000 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) General support of Laboratory for Social Minds at Carnegie Mellon University
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb AI Impacts $82,000 Machine Intelligence Research Institute General support of AI Impacts
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb New Science Research, Inc. $51,000 New Science Research, Inc. General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb Expii, Inc. $41,000 Idea Foundry General support of Expii, Inc.
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research $21,000 Centre for Enabling EA Learning & Research General Support
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb BERI-FHI Collaboration $17,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI-FHI Collaboration
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute $17,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of Centre for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute
SFF-2021-H1 Jed McCaleb BERI-SERI Collaboration $14,000 Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative General support of BERI-SERI Collaboration

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