Calling all MIRI supporters for unique May 6 giving opportunity!

(Cross-posted from MIRI’s blog. MIRI main­tains Less Wrong, with gen­er­ous help from Trike Apps, and much of the core con­tent is writ­ten by salaried MIRI staff mem­bers.)

Up­date: I’m live­blog­ging the fundraiser here.

Read our strat­egy be­low, then give here!

SVGives logo lrgAs pre­vi­ously an­nounced, MIRI is par­ti­ci­pat­ing in a mas­sive 24-hour fundraiser on May 6th, called SV Gives. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for all MIRI sup­port­ers to in­crease the im­pact of their dona­tions. To be suc­cess­ful we’ll need to pre-com­mit to a strat­egy and see it through. If you plan to give at least $10 to MIRI some­time this year, dur­ing this event would be the best time to do it!

The plan

We need all hands on deck to help us win the fol­low­ing prize as many times as pos­si­ble:

$2,000 prize for the non­profit that has the most in­di­vi­d­ual donors in an hour, ev­ery hour for 24 hours.

To para­phrase, ev­ery hour, there is a $2,000 prize for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that has the most in­di­vi­d­ual donors dur­ing that hour. That’s a to­tal of $48,000 in prizes, from sources that wouldn’t nor­mally give to MIRI. The min­i­mum dona­tion is $10, and an in­di­vi­d­ual donor can give as many times as they want. There­fore we ask our sup­port­ers to:

  1. give $10 an hour, dur­ing ev­ery hour of the fundraiser that they are awake (I’ll be up and donat­ing for all 24 hours!);

  2. for those whose giv­ing bud­gets won’t cover all those hours, see be­low for list of which hours you should priv­ilege; and

  3. pub­li­cize this effort as widely as pos­si­ble.

In­ter­na­tional donors, we es­pe­cially need your help!

MIRI has a strong com­mu­nity of in­ter­na­tional sup­port­ers, and this gives us a dis­tinct ad­van­tage! While North Amer­ica sleeps, you’ll be awake, ready to tar­get all of the overnight $2,000 hourly prizes.

Hours to tar­get in or­der of importance

To in­crease our chances of win­ning these prizes we want to prefer­en­tially tar­get the hours that will see the least dona­tion traf­fic from donors of other par­ti­ci­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions. Below are the top 12 hours we’d like to tar­get in or­der of im­por­tance. Re­mem­ber that all times are in Pa­cific Time. (Click on an hour to see what time it is in your time­zone.)

For the 5 pm hour there is an ad­di­tional prize I think we can win:

$1,000 golden ticket added to the first 50 or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing gifts in the 5 pm hour.

So if you are giv­ing in the 5 pm hour try and give right at the be­gin­ning of the hour.

Bot­tom line, for ev­ery hour you are awake, give $10 an hour.

Give prefer­en­tially to the hours above, if un­able to give dur­ing all wak­ing hours.

We also have plans to tar­get the $300,000 in match­ing funds up for grabs dur­ing the event. If you would like to con­tribute $500 or more to this effort, shoot Malo an email at malo@in­tel­li­

For those who want to fol­low along and con­tribute to the last minute plan­ning, as well as re­ceive up­dates and giv­ing re­minders dur­ing the event, sign up here.