Open Philanthropy Project: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Open Philanthropy Project focuses its global security related grantmaking on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

IP TAKE: Those seeking grants from this funder will have a difficult time. While grants are generally sizable, fewer than 10 are awarded each year. 

PROFILE: The Open Philanthropy Project (OPP) is a joint venture between Good Ventures and Give Well. While OPP is not an organization in and of itself, it recommends grants to the OPP fund, which is a donor-advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

While initially confusing, the OPP fund makes some sizable grants through its Global Catastrophic Risks portfolio. This portfolio focuses on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. According to the OPP, pandemics pose a significant threat to “global welfare and stability.” Thus, the fund supports projects related to disease surveillance, pandemic and biosecurity policy development, and “the governance of dual-use research.” The fund is also interested in backing other work and projects that may reduce biosecurity threats.

Grants typically range anywhere from $300,000 to $3 million. The fund awards few biosecurity grants each year, typically to INGOs such as the Center for International Security and Cooperation. To learn more about OPP fund grantees, explore its grants database.

The OPP does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Cari Tuna, President, Good Ventures
  • Holden Karnofsky, co-Executive Director, GiveWell
  • Elie Hassenfeld, Managing Director OPP and co-Executive Director, GiveWell
  • Howie Lempel, Program Officer, Global Catastrophic Risks
  • Jaime Yassif, Program Officer, Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness

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