The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a renewal grant of $1,000,000 over two years to the Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) for general support. This grant falls within Open Philanthropy's work aimed at growing and empowering the effective altruism community.
CFAR is an adult education nonprofit that seeks to find and develop cognitive tools, and deliver these tools to promising individuals, groups, organizations, and networks focused on solving large and pressing problems. Open Philanthropy's primary interest in these workshops is that it believes they introduce people to and/or strengthen their connections with the effective altruism community and way of thinking, which Open Philanthropy hopes results in people with outstanding potential pursuing more impactful career trajectories. CFAR is particularly interested in growing the talent pipeline for work on potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.
Since Open Philanthropy's 2016 funding recommendation, CFAR has largely met its milestones for organizational improvement. CFAR’s performance on this grant will be judged primarily in terms of whether it provides adequate evidence of its programs resulting in improved career trajectories of the sort described above.