Peter Hurford

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I'm working as a data scientist at Avant Credit, a start-up in Chicago offering online loans.  I'm also the co-founder of .impact, which coordinates online volunteering for effective altruists.


How much do you plan to donate?: 
20% of income
To which causes?: 
Global poverty
Animal welfare
For how long?: 
Until I retire
Any additional information about the donation plans above: 

Donation log:

Selected past donations: 
12-Aug-154000.00Charity ScienceOperational support
09-Aug-152000.00Mercy for AnimalsFor a study on FB ads
02-Aug-15800.00.impactOperational support
24-Jul-151066.45Schistsosomiasis Control InitiativeWedding
23-Jul-15767.86Schistsosomiasis Control InitiativeWedding
18-Jul-15400.00.impactOperational support
03-Jul-151000.00Charity ScienceFor Causevox fees
14-May-1540.00.impactFor Shop for Charity plugin development
23-Apr-1545.16Deworm the WorldSeeding money for the Experience Poverty fundraiser
20-Apr-1535.88.impactMeetup groups funding
06-Apr-15176.91Deworm the WorldSeeding money for the Experience Poverty fundraiser
06-Apr-15176.91Deworm the WorldSeeding money for the Experience Poverty fundraiser
28-Mar-15493.51Schistsosomiasis Control InitiativeSeeding money for the Experience Poverty fundraiser
22-Mar-15519.02Schistsosomiasis Control InitiativeSeeding money for the Experience Poverty fundraiser
18-Jul-15200.00.impactOperational support
25-Jan-155000.00Charity ScienceOperational support
23-Jan-151300.00Mercy for AnimalsFor a study on FB ads
02-Jan-151524.00Against Malaria FoundationMatching money for Birthday Fundraisers
2014634.00Against Malaria FoundationMatching money for Birthday Fundraisers
201480.00Various charitiesSeeding money for Birthday Fundraisers
2014545.00Various charitiesSeeding money for Christmas Fundraisers
19-Dec-14100.0080,000 Hours
14-Dec-14435.00.impactContracted some veg advocacy research
30-Sep-14516.38Charity ScienceOperational support
07-Sep-1478.95.impactMTurk fees for data processing
15-Aug-141000.00Charity ScienceOperational support
12-Jul-141000.00Charity ScienceOperational support
17-Jun-1445.75GiveDirectlyMatching for a family fundraiser
06-May-1490.00Machine Intelligence Research InstituteFor SVGives
14-Jan-149.99.impactBook for researching vegetarianism
24-Dec-135.95.impactFor a domain name
22-Dec-1332.90Schistsosomiasis Control InitiativeFor a friend
17-Dec-135.95.impactFor a domain name
12-Dec-1380.00Centre for Effective Altruism
04-Jul-131700.00Giving What We CanSpent on expenses for my UK internship
25-Dec-12659.70Animal Charity Evalutors
18-Dec-1220.00GiveDirectlyOn behalf of a friend
10-May-12123.00GiveWell (Clear Fund)
10-Apr-12200.00GiveWell (Clear Fund)
31-Dec-1110.00GiveWell (Clear Fund)
Donations I've helped influence: 
2014$17,727.81Various organizations14.2% of Charity Science's 2014 money moved, minus double counting.
2014$9.31GiveWell (Clear Fund)Amazon Smile
Dec-14$2062.92Against Malaria FoundationMy Birthday Fundraiser
19-Dec-14$1900Mercy for AnimalsFor a study on FB ads
17-Dec-14$25Against Malaria FoundationAdvised a friend on donations
17-Jun-14$137.25Give DirectlyRaised from a family fundraiser
11-Dec-13$140GiveDirectlyDonated by friends and family for my birthday
11-Dec-12$72Against Malaria FoundationDonated by parents on my behalf for my birthday
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Your views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Global poverty
Animal welfare
Cause prioritization
Actions you're taking to support these causes: 

Earning to give

Running .impact

Hours a month spent on these activities: 
Other social movements identified with: 
Animal Rights
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Animal welfare
Effective giving
Global poverty
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
Giving What We Can (you've taken the pledge)
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
The online EA community
Giving What We Can
The Life You Can Save
80,000 Hours
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
80,000 Hours
Animal Charity Evaluators (formerly Effective Animal Activism)
Giving What We Can
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
6-10 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
The Life You Can Save

Your career

Planned career path: 
Earning to Give
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
67%-100% chance I will take this path in the future.
Current occupation or career: 

Data Scientist, DataRobot

Are you currently doing earning to give?: 


Peter Hurford
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Undergraduate degree (bachelor’s)
United States
Religious beliefs: 
Atheist, agnostic or non-religious
Political views: 
Centre left
Full-time student?: