Question posted by Ben West to EA Facebook group on December 10, 2017. Original link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1606722932717391/
What is the status of EA funds? They seem pretty dormant:
1. Global development: 0 grants
2. Animal welfare: 1 grant in April
3. Long-term future: 1 grant in March
4. EA community: 0 grants
(Taken from the website.)
Did they just not get enough money to donate out?
I'm trying to figure out if I should donate there again this year.
Response from Sam Deere of CEA:
Hey all, thanks for this. I'm head of Tech at CEA, and have been responsible for most of the technical implementation of EA Funds. (Just to clarify, I know about website stuff, whereas I don't know the specifics of the grants off the top of my head, because I haven't been involved directly with the regranting process.)
To assuage the first-order concerns, yes, EA Funds is still very much operational, is still processing donations, and funds have been regranted over the course of the year.
Regarding the writeups, the website is just out of date. There's been a bit of a failure of process, where the grant reports from our Fund Managers haven't been entered correctly into the EffectiveAltruism.org content management system. I identified this as an issue a few weeks ago, and we've been pulling records of all the grants together to ensure the website is up-to-date. This has unfortunately taken much longer than expected due to one of the staff members responsible for processing these grants being unwell for an extended period of time. However, the writeups should be finalised and on the website very soon. I'm really sorry for the delay on this, but we're working on getting it fixed ASAP.
(Meta: for raising future suggestions/concerns etc. regarding EA Funds (or EffectiveAltruism.org more generally) directly with the team, I'd suggest using the chat feature on EffectiveAltruism.org [blue bubble in the bottom right of the screen] or emailing email@example.com. I do my best to avoid Facebook, so it's possible that these concerns may be missed, and using the support channel means we can triage things as part of our normal process.)