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FLI is a mission-driven organisation and continually aims to diversify its funding. Shortly after we were founded in 2014, Elon Musk funded the world’s first academic grant program in AI safety. Since those early days, we have received over 1,500 donations of various sizes from a wide variety of donors to fund our programs.

Featured new donor: Erik Otto

"We increasingly need effective institutions dedicated to mitigating catastrophic risks associated with our tightly connected, tech-driven world. The Future of Life Institute has been adept at enacting creative, cost-effective strategies to address these issues, and I am very happy to support their continued resolve."

In 2021, computer programmer Vitalik Buterin provided FLI with a large and unconditional donation that in part serves as an endowment and helps to guarantee our independence.

FLI is committed to transparency and good governance. Please do not hesitate to reach out through if you require any further information.

Expenditures for FLI activities 2022

Category2022 Expenditure
Grant review & oversight, research, management, other28%
EU advocacy10%
US advocacy5%
Media and outreach15%
Awards and prizes11%
Legal and other Professional services4%
Admin, travel, and other4%
TOTAL 2022 Expenditure$4.4 million
Please note that the numbers displayed on this page are approximate and unaudited. They are for informational purposes only and FLI reserves the right to revise these numbers once an audit has been completed.

Our income in 2022

FLI only engaged in limited fundraising in 2022 and our total income that year was about 10,000 USD. The difference between income and expenditure was covered out of our endowment.

Conflicts of interest

Our policy positions are decided by our five-member Board of Directors and internal FLI teams based on the latest academic research and input from conferences and consultations.

With the exception of Jaan Tallinn, who has served on FLI’s Board of Directors since its founding, donors do not influence FLI’s positions. Vitalik Buterin, our largest donor by far, has no formal or informal role in our decision-making.

The Board of Directors have adopted an internal policy to help protect against conflicts of interest. You can download this policy here.

EU Transparency Register

Our entry to the EU Transparency Register includes key information about our activities in the EU and our funding sources:
EU Transparency Register


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