Charity investigators could be time-effective by optimizing non-cause-neutral donations.
There are a lot more non-EA donors than EA donors. It may also be the case that EA donation research is somewhat saturated.
Say you think that $1 donated to the best climate change intervention is worth 1/10th that of $1 for the best AI-safety intervention. But you also think that your work could increase the efficiency of $10mil of AI donations by 0.5%, but it could instead increase the efficiency of $50mil of climate change donations by 10%. Then, for you to maximize e