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It’s all about the Bordens (aka, Canadian Benjamins): A Mid-2018 RC Forward Update

Rethink Charity Forward’s maiden voyage proved to be a successful one. In fact, that may be an understatement. At present, we support 20 high-impact charities, ranging in cause from combating malaria, to making animal cruelty obsolete, to slowing the robots en route to the eventual enslavement of mankind. Most of these are charities to which Canadians would not be able to donate tax efficiently without the aid of RC Forward.

We are excited to announce that RC Forward’s inaugural disbursements of funds are seeing $3,611,142.94 (CAD)* moved to effective charities!

Not all of this money was raised in the first half of 2018. Some of it is carried over from Giving Season 2017. So, Happy (rollover) Holidays!

We are excited to announce that RC Forward’s inaugural disbursements of funds are seeing $3,611,142.94 (CAD)* moved to effective charities!

RC Forward Funds

First, the funds. RC Forward began with four cause area-specific funds, but has since chosen to retire one of those four. We bid farewell to the Future Prosperity Fund, which was aimed at supporting too broad an array of causes: AI research, the environment, and rationality education. How do you even compare these?! (Rhetorical question, you-know-who-you-are.) The good news is that you can still donate to these specific charities individually (herehere, and here); we just choose not to bear the crushing moral burden of having to fairly distribute among them.

Here’s how the funds fared

  • Global Health Fund – $231,457.81 – 70% ($162,020.47) to AMF & 30% ($69,437.34) to SCI, as per GiveWell’s most recent recommended allocation. This includes donations through Charity Science labeled as ‘unrestricted for GiveWell’s top charities.’
  • Human Empowerment Fund – $30,988.25 – 100% to GiveDirectly as per GiveWell’s recommendations.
  • Animal Welfare Fund – $14,323.67 – First quarter funds were split evenly between ACE’s three top charities, $3,941.00 each to Animal Equality, The Humane League, and The Good Food Institute, as per ACE’s recommendations. Second quarter funds have yet to be disbursed.
  • Future Prosperity Fund (R.I.P.) – $2,997.46 – First quarter funds were split evenly between three wildly different charities: $620.33 each to CFAR, Cool Earth, and MIRI. Oh, and the extra cent went to CFAR. Sorry, Cool Earth and MIRI. Second quarter funds have yet to be disbursed.

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