Would donating small amounts to AI safety organizations help?

Donating money is a great way to support AI safety, especially since alignment grantmaking is funding-limited as of mid-2023. One might mistakenly presume that the contributions of small donors are merely drops in the ocean. But donating small amounts can still have a significant impact!

What matters when donating is not only the size of your donations, but how cost-effective they are. So if they go to the right cause, small donations can still have a great impact. AI safety is both very important and neglected, so we consider it to be one of the most important cause areas.

For an overview of the work the major organizations are doing, see the 2021 AI Alignment Literature Review and Charity Comparison. The Long-Term Future Fund seems to be an outstanding place to donate based on that, as they are the organization which most other organizations are most excited to see funded.