What’s the hype evidence?

Staff at the Mulago Foundation recently commented on the results of IPA’s impact evaluation of GiveDirectly’s cash transfer program. Broadly speaking they see the results as “important” but think the media have overhyped them. As an organization, we are skeptical of nothing more than hype. Our intention from the start has been to search for […]

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What Happened When We Gave to Whole Villages

“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 […]

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Two countries, one team

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 […]

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Good Ventures matching challenge: $5 million raised and matched!

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 […]

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New ways to give directly

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 Coinbase payment page. Bitcoins are […]

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