Our donors

We greatly appreciate all the support we receive to keep 80,000 Hours running.

The vast majority of our donations come from individuals, who give because they expect us to have a large social impact by helping people improve the world through their careers.

We haven’t accepted any donations from corporations (though we did receive a $50,000 donation from the partnership Y Combinator to fund our participation in their non-profit start-up acceleration program). Our donors range from large philanthropists, to former coaching alumni, to members of the effective altruism community who donate 10% or more of their income.

As of December 2016, we had received around £1,000,000 in donations. To see our income and expenses to date in more detail, please see the financial report in our latest evaluation. Find out more about donating to us.

We also appreciate the non-financial support we’ve received from many other people and organisations over the years.

The people below have donated over £10,000 to 80,000 Hours.

Our major supporters

Over £100,000

Alex Gordon-Brown and Denise Melchin

Sam Bankman-Fried

Quantitative trader

Luke Ding

Investor and philanthropist

Anonymous donor


£50,000 – 100,000

Frederick Mulder Foundation

Founder of The Funding Network, art dealer

Patrick Brinich-Langlois

Software engineer

Jaan Tallinn

Co-founder of Skype, Kazaa, MetaMed

Several anonymous donors


£25,000 – 50,000

Mark Barnes

Director at Wave Transfer Limited UK

Y Combinator

Julia Wise and Jeff Kaufman

Google software engineer and social worker, members

Several anonymous donors


£10,000 – 25,000

Sam Altman

President of Y Combinator

The Van Houten Fund

University of Oxford project fund, bequeathed by Georges van Houten

Tony Purnell

Founder of Pi Research, Professor of Engineering at Cambridge

Anonymous donor