About a year ago, I took on the job of answering phone calls and responding to the messages that come to GiveDirectly’s email inbox. At the time, I had no idea what to expect, but I was happy to be involved with this “crazy new idea” of giving cash directly to the poor. It looked […]
Blog - Yearly Archives: 2014
Candid thoughts from staff, donors, and recipients on our work and the broader movement towards cash transfers.
“How do you decide whom to give to?” is usually the first question I get when I describe GiveDirectly’s model. It’s also a question we think about a lot internally. Effective targeting is a core feature of the product we offer donors, and a moral imperative. In 2013, we began to experiment with a new […]
Fast Company has just named GiveDirectly one of the world’s Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Finance. The list highlights enterprises that “exemplify the best in business from across the economy and around the world.” GiveDirectly is the only one on the list focused exclusively on finance for the poor in developing countries, and was […]
I had the great pleasure of attending our first East Africa staff retreat this past weekend. Eight members of our Kenya team made the six hour trip from Kisumu to Mbale, the hub for our Uganda country operations. Members of our Kenya and Uganda field teams gathered in Mbale, Uganda for last weekend’s GiveDirectly staff […]
It’s official – poor families in Kenya and Uganda are getting the full $5M match from Good Ventures. In just eight weeks, thousands of people have given $5,019,543 directly to the poor. What this community has done is just remarkable: 4,000+: individual donors 32: countries represented $1: smallest donation $100,000: largest donation 3.4: bitcoins donated […]
As we race to meet Good Ventures’ $5M matching challenge by January 31, we’ve introduced five new ways to give directly to the poor – all with the goal of making it easy and efficient: 1. Bitcoin. We now accept donations in bitcoin! You can donate bitcoin through our donate page. Bitcoins are automatically […]